“Rhapsody 1939-45” comes to Ashkenaz

The 2012 Ashkenaz Festival team is thrilled to be adding the beautiful work of Leo Spellman (Szpilman) to the festival programme. Spellman, a 99-year-old composer and Holocaust survivor who settled in Toronto after World War II, composed “Rhapsody 1939-45”  in a displaced person’s camp in Germany, in 1947. The score lay forgotten in a suitcase for… Read More »

Workshop Day with Shadowland Theatre

The 2012 Ashkenaz Festival is pleased to announce details of the community workshop day with Shadowland Theatre on Sunday, August 26 at 918 Bathurst (just north of Bloor). This unique and fun-filled day is a lead-up event to the 2012 Festival – led by Ashkenaz staff and Shadowland interns – and a chance to take part in… Read More »

Dancing into summer at Bialik

Ashkenaz brings dance to Bialik’s year-end celebration On June 21st, 2012, Bialik students were once again the participants of an Ashkenaz in the Schools program, this time through the art of Yiddish dance. As part of Panorama, Bialik’s week-long arts celebration program at the end of term, Ashkenaz brought dynamic dance teacher (and Artist Liaison… Read More »

2012 Ashkenaz Parade Masterclass

Since the first Ashkenaz festival in 1995, Shadowland Theatre artists Anne Barber and Brad Harley have created the festival’s largest work of art involving hundreds of community participants. This processional performance will travel around Harbourfront Centre and adjacent Queens Quay locations on Monday, September 3, 2012 in the afternoon. The 2012 parade will be based on… Read More »

2012 Parade Internship

Since the Ashkenaz festival began in 1995, Shadowland artists Anne Barber and Brad Harley have created the festival’s largest work of art involving hundreds of community participants. This processional performance will travel around Harbourfront Centre and adjacent Queens Quay locations on Monday, September 3 2012 in the afternoon. The 2012 parade will be based on… Read More »

Ori Dakari Quartet – January 26, 2012

Ashkenaz is pleased to present, in partnership with the Canada Israel Cultural Foundation, the Canadian debut of Israeli jazz guitarist Ori Dakari. Israeli guitarist Ori Dakari is an exciting new arrival on the international world-jazz scene. With his debut CD release “Entrances” (2009) on John Zorn’s prestigious Tzadik Records label, Ori Dakari has fashioned a… Read More »

Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Nov 19, 2011

The exciting new event space at the Lower Ossington Theatre Lounge will play host to Toronto’s only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Come down to Queen and Ossington for Ashkenaz’s kick-off show of the season. DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2011 PLACE: LOT Lounge, 100 Ossington Ave (street-level space, just north of Queen) TIME: Doors at… Read More »

Book Launch: Jewish People, Yiddish Nation – Oct 18, 2011

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland Oct 18, 2011 The official launch of the new book by Professor Kalman Weiser. Featuring a special musical performance by Marilyn Lerner and David Wall Linguist, folklorist, journalist, and politician Noah Prylucki (1882–1941) was a champion of Yiddishism, a movement that promoted secular Yiddish… Read More »

Annual Yiddish Summer concert – Aug 21, 2011

Ashkenaz is thrilled to announce that this year’s Annual Summer Yiddish Concert will feature the Canadian debut of Serendipity4, a veritable supergroup including the legendary star of song, stage and screen Theodore Bikel, along with renowned Dutch Yiddish singer Shura Lipovsky, virtuoso Bosnian accordionist Merima Kljuco and acclaimed conductor and pianist Tamara Brooks. This quartet… Read More »

Ashkenaz @ TJFF May 8-15, 2011

Springtime in Toronto can mean only one thing: the Jewish Film Festival is upon us! From May 7-15,  Ashkenaz is  thrilled once again to partner  with the TJFF in  the presentation of two films at this year’s festival.