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REF NO.: 112

SUBJECT: MMaP lecture discusses Winnipeg’s Ukrainian recording industry

DATE: Feb. 2

            Memorial University’s Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) is holding its next lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the MMaP gallery, located on the second floor of the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.              
            Dr. Brian Cherwick will present From Polka to Pow Wow: The Ukrainian Recording Industry in Winnipeg. The event is free and open to all.
            Dr. Cherwick specializes in the musical traditions of Ukrainians in both the Ukrainian diaspora and in Ukraine. He has taught at the University of Alberta
and Athabasca University, and most recently has taught courses at Memorial University. He has also worked as a researcher for the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village museum and as a music specialist with public schools in Edmonton.
            His research interests include ethnic identity, performance studies,
the ethnic music industry, material culture and oral history. Dr. Cherwick’s recent work documented historic leather trades in east central Alberta.
            He has also performed throughout North America and Europe and his compositions have been broadcast on four continents and even featured on Hockey Night in Canada.
            Dr. Cherwick’s upcoming lecture explores an unlikely industry in Manitoba’s capital. From the vacuum of a diaspora community isolated by Cold War politics, a thriving Ukrainian Canadian recording industry emerged, with its epicenter in Winnipeg. 
            In addition to developing its own system of stars, this predominantly ethnic industry offered a forum for a wide range of Aboriginal music genres and provided early exposure for future international stars like Neil Young and Chantal Kreviaziuk.
            Dr. Cherwick will provide an insider’s glimpse at this unique phenomenon.
About this series:
The Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, in conjunction with the School of Music and the Department of Folklore, inaugurated this interdisciplinary lecture series in 2002-03. Distinguished scholars from the academic community are featured in a series of presentations regarding historical and contemporary musical practices. Members of the general public, as well as the university community, are cordially invited. The Music, Media and Culture lecture series for 2011-12 is grateful for financial support from the Office of the President at Memorial University.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Kristin Harris Walsh, MMaP project co-ordinator, at 709-864-2051, or visit


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