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A-Wa   Israel

One of Israel’s most exciting world music acts, A-WA(pronounced Ay-Wa)is formed by three sisters who combine the ancient oral history of Yemenite Read More

Salomé: Woman of Valor   Vancouver/NYC

Created by and featuring Frank London and Adeena Karasick Innovative, transformative and daring, “Salomé: Woman of Valor” is the culmination of years of Read More

Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars   New York City

Sultry vocals, inventive arrangements and downtown NYC attitude drive this spirited collaboration between two giants of the Jewish culture scene. Eleanor Reissais 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 musical roots with soul, Read More

Yiddish Glory   Russia/Canada

YIDDISH GLORY IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT AS OF AUGUST 15 Hailed by more than 100 critics and journalists around the world, Yiddish 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-danceable Read More

Lara St. John & Matt Herskowitz   New York City/Montreal

“Lavuta: Violin Without Borders” Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” (The Strad), a “volcanic violinist” Read More

Dobranotch   Russia

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

An Evening of Polish & Polish-Jewish Music

Featuring Olga Mieleszczuk (Poland), Polky Village Band (Toronto) and a pre-concert talk by Kajetan Prochyra (Poland). $20 at the door or $50 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

Socalled String Quartet   Montreal

Montreal’s Socalled (aka. Josh Dolgin) is one of Canada’s leading exports to the international Yiddish music scene. He is best-known as a Read More

The Bashevis Singers   Australia

The Bashevis Singers are the descendants of generations of people who lived their lives in Yiddish. Siblings Evie and Husky Gawenda and their Read More

A Tribute to Elaine Hoffman Watts   USA/Canada

Featuring SUSAN LANKIN-WATTS and special guests TSIBELE, MARILYN LERNER and RACHEL LEMISCH Elaine Hoffman Watts z”l (1932-2017) was a legendary musician and Read More

Sharabi   NYC/Toronto/India

Sharabi is, undoubtedly, the world’s only Yiddish-Punjabi-bhangra-bollywood-funk-klezmer party band. Fronted by trumpeter Frank London, a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning group The Read More

Loyko   Russia

Founded in 1990 by violinist Sergei Erdenko, and also featuring violinist Artur Gorbenko and guitarist Michael Savichev, Loyko has been decribed as Read More

If It Be Your Will: An All-Canadian Tribute to Leonard Cohen   Canada


Ben Caplan   Halifax

Ben Caplanis a songwriter, performer and entertainer in the most time-honoured sense of the word. From the moment he walks onto the Read More

Global Shtetl: Enrico Fink   Italy

For several years now Enrico Fink has been one of the major figures in the Jewish music and theatre scene in Italy, Read More

Beyond the Pale   Toronto

Beyond the Pale is one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting acoustic roots ensembles. Klezmer and Balkan styles serve as the point Read More

Choro Das 3   Sao Paolo, Brazil

Choro das Tresis a vibrant and virtuosic instrumental ensemble comprised of three sisters and their father who carry on the rich tradition Read More

Enrico Fink   Italy

“The Dybbuk In Firenze: A Musical Trip To Jewish Italy” For several years now Enrico Fink has been one of the major figures in Read More

Women’s Cabaret

As part of this year’s Festival’s celebration of women in Jewish music, Ashkenaz devotes one of its signature late-night cabarets to spotlighting Read More

Briga   Montreal

Briga’smusic is a reflection of her fragmented identity.She’s acreator, a composer, a producer, a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, and a vocalist. Her unique sound Read More

David Buchbinder Ensemble   Toronto

David Buchbinderis a JUNO award-winning creator and producer of music and culture working in the borderlands where cultures, peoples, genres and disciplines Read More

Tango Yona   Montreal/Winnipeg

Tango Yonaexplores the legacy of songs in tango rhythm, loved by Yiddish audiences from the 1920s to the 1960s. Tango originated in Read More

Polky Village Band   Toronto/Poland

Polky Village Band takes audiences on a musical journey to Poland, Central and Eastern Europe where one can hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Read More

The Boxcar Boys   Toronto

A rambunctious gumbo of original traditional-style Dixieland jazz, klezmer, and folk Read More

Canadian Cabaret

Canada’s thriving Jewish music scene takes the spotlight with eclectic performances from some of the leading new artists & veterans of the Read More

Sela-Rosenblatt Quartet   Montreal/Israel

“Mizmor Shir” Jason Rosenblatt and Tevet Sela’s “Mizmor Shir” is a scintillating and exotic reimagining of the shabbat evening liturgical service. From Read More

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas   Toronto

Tamar Ilana & Ventanas is a Toronto-based world music ensemble featuring some of the city’s finest musicians. Drawing inspiration from such legendary Read More

Orkestar Kriminal   Montreal

Orkestar Kriminalis comprised of improv performers who interpret inspired renditions of “world music” from the underworld. They sing gutsy and adventurous criminal Read More