As well as relating outrageous stories of survival and tidbits of Ukraine's fascinating Indigenous history (progenitor of the werewolf legend and home of the Amazon tribe), Raisa sings beloved Ukrainian folk songs, providing hilarious translations of such top 40 hits as, My Mother Beat Me Because I Hung Out With Soldiers and I Can't Sleep When I Smell Fish.
Ukrainian Canadian Raisa Stone (Stohyn) has spent decades
collecting heart wrenching and hilarious stories and recipes from
survivors of Soviet and Nazi terror, including her family. Baba is a
composite of these invincible spirits. Raisa attended classes at
Winnipeg's Ukrainian National Home throughout her childhood.
She brings to her performances her background as a professional storyteller, instructor for the Victoria School of Writing and Features writer for The Winnipeg Gazette. She was a scholarship voice student at the Banff Centre, has sung with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, voiced a special for Bravo TV. recorded with CBC National and performed in dramatic and musical theatre. She has earned SOCAN/ASCAP affiliation.
National Ukrainian magazine Nasha Doroha published her Chornobyl commemoration poem. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress chose Baba's Kitchen for their prize package in their 125th Anniversary celebrations of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.
Raisa's indie book, Baba's Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food
has been a Top Three Bestseller in European culture for over three
years. Having gained a large following through her writing, social media
posts and Hello Poopchik! How To Be Ukrainian videos,