An Evening of Polish & Polish-Jewish Music

Wednesday August 29 , 7:15pm - 10:30pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W

Featuring Olga Mieleszczuk (Poland), Polky Village Band (Toronto) and a pre-concert talk by Kajetan Prochyra (Poland).
$20 at the door or $50 in advance as part of Global Shtetl dinner package | Dinner reservations guarantee seats 416-588-0307

UPDATE: There is no more room at Lula Lounge for dinner reservations. Space in the venue is limited. Walk-up tickets for the talk and concert will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Doors open

Kajetan Prochyra – Music Director, POLIN Museum, Warsaw

Olga Mieleszczuk

This program highlights the eclectic “popular” music sounds of Poland and pre-state Palestine, a unique and varied milieu in which the leading composers and artists were mostly Jews (many of whom later perished in the Nazi ghettos and death camps). The multi-lingual repertoire includes songs in Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew, encompassing such popular styles of the day as cabaret, tango, and foxtrot, as well as jazz compositions with klezmer motifs, and songs alla orientale (reflecting the European image of the Orient). The repertoire is given new interpretation, striking a fine balance between music for dancing and for dreaming.

The band features Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk (vocal) Grzegorz Bożewicz (bandoneon) Hadrian Tabęcki (piano) and Piotr Malicki (guitar), and special guest Ron Davis.

Polky Village Band takes you on a musical journey to Poland, Central and Eastern Europe where you can hear Carpathian Jewish Gypsy Ukrainian Slovak and Hungarian influences. Started in early 2017 by singer and ethnomusicologist Ewelina Ferenc, the band came together through a shared passion for the unique style of Central and Eastern European folk music. In Toronto, Ewelina met dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, and discovered a mutual desire to share the music and dance they had learned growing up in Poland, with some incredible Canadian musicians. They present music and traditional instruments currently reviving on the Polish music scene and create their own unique sound by adding Canadian and multicultural flavor. Ewelina and Ala are joined by Georgia Hathaway (fiddle, vocals), Matti Palonen (cello, hammer dulcimer, vocals), Tristan Murphy (accordion, pocket trumpet, vocals), and Marta Solek  (Plock knee fiddle, Bilgoray suka, Greek lyra)

This event is part of Global Shtetl, a series of curated excursions that pair music and arts with cuisine. For more information click here


Presented in association with:
Travel sponsored by:
Polish Cultural Institute, New York City