2018 Ashkenaz Festival

The 2018 Ashkenaz Festival will take place August 30 to September 3 in Toronto, at Harbourfront Centre and other venues around the GTA. The Festival will once again feature artists from across Canada and around the world, including Israel, Russia, Poland, Italy, Australia, Brazil, and the US. Our weeklong celebration will simultaneously showcase diversity and cross-culturalism within the Jewish music and arts world, while also delving deeply into the Yiddishkayt that has always been at the core of our work. This year’s Festival will shine an enhanced spotlight on women in Jewish music and culture, highlighting great female artists, past and present, and conveying their centrality in creating, maintaining and evolving Jewish musical and artistic traditions. Other festival highlights will include a number of artists and programs representing the great re-birth of Jewish music and culture in the former Soviet Union, and an exploration of Polish-Jewish music and culture in observance of a number of significant anniversaries related to that history (1918, 1943, 1968, 1988, 2013). We will also celebrate Israel’s 70th year with a robust program of diverse Israeli world music. Watch these pages throughout June and July as we add artist listings and scheduling information. And be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest info and updates as they become available.

OPENING CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Yiddish Glory will open the Festival on August 28 at Koerner Hall. Click here for details!


Featured Performers

A-Wa   Israel

A-WA (pronounced Ay-Wa) is a band formed by 3 sisters who combine music inspired by the ancient oral history of Yemenite women’s Read More

Salomé: Woman of Valor   Vancouver/NYC

Innovative, transformative and daring, Salomé: Woman of Valor is the culmination of years of work by Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter Frank London and celebrated Read More

Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars   NYC

The soulful and inimitable Eleanor Reissa and the “mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz” Frank London have been inspiring each other Read More

Gili Yalo   Ethiopia/Israel

Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new artists in Israel’s world music scene. Combining his Ethiopian roots with soul, reggae, Read More

Yiddish Glory   Russia/Canada

Hailed by more than 100 critics and journalists around the world, Yiddish Glory is a rare and extraordinary program of songs and Read More

YID!   Australia

Conceived by Melbourne musician Simon Starr, YID! is an extraordinary 22-piece collective of virtuoso musicians that unfurls a joyous, edgy and ferociously Read More

Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk   Poland

Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. Her research and creative work focuses on Read More

Dobranotch   Russia

Russia’s Dobranotch performs its own irreverent brand of Jewish, Gypsy and Balkan traditional music, drawing on deep knowledge of traditions, rich experience Read More