Ashkenaz is thrilled to return as a guest programmer to Richmond Hill’s premier multicultural festival, Tastes of the Hill. This free event takes place at Richmond Green in Richmond Hill on Sunday September 24. Our musical pick, the Boxcar Boys, will close down the festival with the last music set of the day at 5pm.
The Boxcar Boys create their distinct and energetic sound by weaving together a captivating bevy of folk traditions, Dixieland jazz and Klezmer, all performed with a good time New Orleans spirit. Their shows are joyous acoustic celebrations featuring 6 inimitable musicians on clarinet, tuba, fiddle, trombone, accordion and washboard. Their debut album “Don’t Be Blue” placed them on the EJazzNews list of Best Canadian Jazz Bands and their sophomore release “Rye Whiskey” earned them a nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2013).Their diverse and innovative sound has brought the band to a wide variety of venues and festivals including The WayHome Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Deep Roots Festival, Blissfest, The Blue Skies Folk Festival and The Ashkenaz Klezmer Festival.
The band’s third album, Cicada Ball, was recorded in Ken Whiteley’s studio in Toronto, and launched in September 2015 to a sold out crowd at The Burdock Hall. The band supported the album with a successful tour of the East Coast, receiving national airplay on CBC and topping campus radio charts for folk and jazz. The Boxcar Boys continue to bring their lively show to audiences of all ages across the country and abroad.