Ashkenaz Barn Concerts!

In July 2021, Ashkenaz presented its first official concerts with a live audience since the global pandemic began. The performances took place in the barn at Bela Farm, a beautiful property one hour northwest of Toronto. For all of the artists too, this was their first opportunity to perform for a live audience in over… Read More »

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 »

Ashkenaz Paid Summer Internships 2019

We are hiring for this summer’s Ashkenaz team! See link below for information on three paid internship opportunities. If you are someone (or know someone) who would like to be a part of our summer team, please email your cover letter, cv and relevant work samples to Managing Director Samantha Parnes at sam@ashkenaz.ca. Due to… 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 »

iddish Glory to open 2018 Ashkenaz Festival Yiddish Glory to open 2018 Ashkenaz Festival

We are pleased to announce the opening concert of the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival. Hailed by more than 100 critics and journalists around the world, Yiddish Glory is a rare and extraordinary program of songs and lyrics composed by Holocaust victims and survivors in the Soviet Union during World War II. Many of the songs are… 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
Fressers Summit New food program announced at this year’s Ashkenaz Festival

This year’s biennial Ashkenaz Festival welcomes a diverse lineup of notable chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers in its first ever Fressers Summit, highlighting the role of food in contemporary Jewish cultural revival. The new program features talks, demos and tastings by some of Canada’s most colourful Jewish food personalities, as well as some special guests from south of… Read More »