Ashkenaz 2020: Live and From the Archive

Join us online September 1-7 for a virtual celebration of Ashkenaz’s 25th anniversary! The festivities will include two parallel programs: a series of new ‘pop-up’ performances by Toronto based artists, livestreaming each day at 4pm, and a series of archival performances from past Festivals, streaming each evening at 8pm. Streams will take place on FACEBOOK… Read More »

2020 Festival Postponement

We regretfully announce today the postponement of the 25th anniversary Ashkenaz Festival to 2021. We have arrived at this decision through ongoing consultation with our venue partner, Harbourfront Centre, and in alignment with the recommendations of Toronto Public Health, Public Health Ontario, and Health Canada, as well as the Government of Ontario’s recently announced roadmap… Read More »

COVID-19 update

(April 1, 2020) The staff and Board of Directors of Ashkenaz are closely following the COVID-19 situation to determine if and how our plans for this year’s 25th anniversary festival will be impacted. The safety and health of our audience members, artists, staff and volunteers are of primary importance to us. Stay tuned for further… Read More »

Eric’s Hanukah Playlist on CBC

What do Moishe Oysher, Flory Jagoda and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have in common? Answer: they have each created some of the best Hanukah songs ever, all of which were part of a playlist our Artistic Director Eric Stein brought in for a spot he did yesterday on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.  Click… Read More »

2018 Festival Internships available

We are hiring for this summer’s Ashkenaz Festival team. See links below for three paid internship opportunities. Please note that due to funding restrictions, applicants must be a Canadian citizen, under 30 years of age, and have been in school full-time in the prior year and planning to return to school full-time in the fall.… Read More »

The Ashkenaz Festival as Temporary Shtetl
2016 Ashkenaz Festival 2016 Ashkenaz Festival

Hard to believe it’s that time again, but the 11th biennial Ashkenaz Festival is now less than two months away. Our dedicated staff have been working feverishly to put all the pieces of this massive, one-of-a-kind event together. Once again we’ll be bringing the best of the international Jewish culture scene to Toronto for one… Read More »

Muzsikás: The Lost Jewish Music of Transylvania

AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE OF PRE-WAR HUNGARIAN-JEWISH MUSIC, BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY HUNGARY’S PREEMINENT FOLK ENSEMBLE, MUZSIKÁS For over 40 years, the  musicians of Budapest’s Muzsikás Ensemble have been the leading global emissaries of Hungarian folk music. Their legendary career began in the mid-70s when they pioneered in the development of Budapest’s Tanchaz (dancehouse) scene,… Read More »

Channukah 2014

Saturday December 20, 7-9pm – FREE Schwartz-Reisman Centre, Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St. Ashkenaz is pleased to participate this year in community Channukah festivities at the Schwartz-Reisman Centre in Vaughan, as part of our York Region Initiative, and in partnership with the JCCs of Greater Toronto. Ashkenaz will host family-friendly activities, including face-painting and craft-making… Read More »