Global Shtetl

Where Food, Music, and Diverse Cultures Meet

Toronto holds a reputation as a global music city and cosmopolitan hub where tourists can sample the cultures and foods of diverse communities from around the world. Ashkenaz’s new tourism experience, Global Shtetl (Global Village), combines music, food and the arts while highlighting Toronto’s rich cultural diversity. The Global Shtetl program is a series of curated excursions in which participants will enjoy a special meal in one of Toronto’s many unique neighbourhoods, sampling the cuisine of a particular ethno-­cultural community whose music or culture will be highlighted within the Festival’s programming. During the meal, participants will be joined by a scholar or festival artist who will perform or give a relevant presentation.

Booking and ticketing for Global Shtetl excursions is available below. Pre-registration is required. Tickets for the Global Shtetl excursions are available for purchased until Monday, August 27, 2018. After this date, please contact bridget@ashkenaz.ca for reservations.

If you are interested in attending any of the events with children, please contact bridget@ashkenaz.ca for more information.

There will be reward packages available for guests who purchase 3 or more of the Global Shtetl experiences. Details coming soon.

For more information abut planning your visit to the Ashkenaz Festival, click here.

Please contact bridget@ashkenaz.ca for additional information.

Wednesday, August 29: A Taste of Poland in Little Portugal

GLOBAL SHTETL: A TASTE OF POLAND IN LITTLE PORTUGAL IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT AS OF AUGUST 27

A special two course prix-fixe menu featuring Lula Lounge’s Latin culinary favorites with a Polish twist. A talk by Kajetan Prochyra, music director of the POLIN museum in Warsaw, will precede the night’s main event featuring musical performances by Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk and Polky Village Band. Pre-registering with the Global Shtetl program will guarantee you seating for the whole night.

6:30 pm: Latin-Polish Two-Course Dinner. Find details on menu here.

7:15 pm: Talk by Kajetan Prochyra music director of the POLIN museum in Warsaw

8:00 pm: Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk plays ‘Li-La-Lo: Interwar Cabaret, Tango & Popular Music from Warsaw and Tel Aviv’

9:15 pm: Polky Village Band plays a spirited set of Polish folk music, dancing and revelry

$50 Ticket Package: Reserved Seating, Dinner, Lecture & Concert

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 30: Montreal’s Finest, Everybody Knows

PLEASE NOTE THAT AN-ALL-CANADIAN TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT AS OF AUGUST 29, HOWEVER, GUESTS ARE STILL WECOME TO COME ENJOY A SMOKED MEAT SANDWICH FROM JACOB’S DELI ($18) AND A TALK BY SETH ROGOVOY AT 7PM (FREE).

If It Be Your Will: An All-Canadian Tribute to Leonard Cohen is a one-of-a-kind concert celebrating the life, work, and words of the legendary Leonard Cohen. Montreal style smoked meat sandwiches will accompany a lecture on “Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash” by author and music critic Seth Rogovoy in advance of the show.

6:30 pm: Dinner  – Kosher Smoked Meat Sandwich with a side of Coleslaw and a Pickle by Jacobs Deli

7:00 pm: Talk by Seth Rogovoy on “Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash”

8:00 pm: If It Be Your Will: An All-Canadian Tribute to Leonard Cohen is a one-of-a-kind concert celebrating the life, work, and words of the legendary Leonard Cohen

$50 Ticket Package: Dinner, Lecture & Concert with Preferred Seating (best available at time of purchase)

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Friday, August 31: ‘Mizmor Shir’ An Ashkenaz Festival Shabbat Experience

A unique Shabbat experience at Toronto’s largest synagogue, Beth Tzedec Congregation. A pre-Shabbat concert by Montreal’s Sela-Rosenblatt Quartet featuring spirited jazz settings of the Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy, will be followed by an inclusive family Shabbat service, and a delicious traditional Shabbat meal.

6:00 pm: Sela Rosenblatt Quartet “Mizmor Shir” (Free Concert)

6:40 pm: Service

8:00 pm: An Eclectic Shabbat Dinner (Ticketed Dinner)

Tickets for Dinner: $40 adults; $18 younger adults (40 years an under) and children

RESERVATIONS FOR THE SHABBAT DINNER ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED, HOWEVER, INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE FREE CONCERT AND SERVICE

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Saturday, September 1: Il Profumo Delle Cose Buone (The Aroma of Things Good)

Authentic Italian-Jewish lunch at Toronto’s newest Eastern European restaurant DROM Taberna, paired with a unique performance. Italy’s Enrico Fink will explore the Italian-Jewish experience through a special pairing of words and music with recipes from the cookbook of Jenny Bassani, whose famous family features in the historical novel (and later feature film) “The Garden of the Finzi Continis” by Giorgio Bassani. Enrico Fink’s unique storytelling and music provides the perfect appetizer before this delicious, authentic meal from the northen Italian city of Ferrara. Be prepared to stimulate all your senses!

12:00 pm: Performance by Enrico Fink

There will be separate $25 tickets available for Enrico Fink’s performance portion of the event on a walk-up basis. Tickets will be available at DROM Taberna starting at 11am. There will be plenty of room in the venue for day of walk-ups.

1:00 pm: Lunch by DROM Taberna

$50 Ticket Package: Concert & Lunch

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Sunday, September 2: A Taste of Jewish Toronto, Old and New

The legendary “Bella! Did Ya Eat?” authentic Jewish Brunch at the iconic Free Times Café with live klezmer music, preceded by a walking tour of Toronto’s original Jewish neighbourhood, Kensington Market with the Ontario Jewish Archives.

9:30 am: Walking Tour of Kensington Market by the Ontario Jewish Archives (Starting point will be emailed to participants 48 hours before event)

11:00 am: “Bella! Did Ya Eat?” authentic Jewish Brunch at Free Times Café with live klezmer music

$40 Ticket Package: Walking Tour & Brunch with Live Klezmer Music

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* Please note that Free Times Cafe is a partially accessible venue: the entrance to the space is accessible, however, the bathrooms are not accessible