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REEL ASHKENAZ @ TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL April 11-21, 2013
Ashkenaz is pleased to partner once again with Toronto Jewish Film Festival in presenting four very different Jewish musical stories on film, encompassing Ashkenazic, Mizrahi and popular musical traditions. For advance tickets visit the TJFF box office online or call 416-324-9121.
Sunday April 28 2013
A community celebration featuring an afternoon of Yiddish-language lectures, as well as musical and family programming, highlighting contemporary directions in Yiddish studies. Speakers will include Professors Rebecca Margolis, Anna Shternshis, Kalman Weiser, and Sholem Berger, MD. The day includes a special reading for kids of Dr. Seuss and Curious George in Yiddish, and a performance by the MNJCC Klezmer Music Ensemble. The day concludes with an evening CD release concert by Toronto’s Lenka Lichtenberg and her “Fray” ensemble, presenting their contemporary blend of original Yiddish song with world music influences.
• $10 for access to all lectures, payable at the door, cash only
• Kids reading and klezmer performance FREE
• Lenka Lichtenberg concert $25 / $15 for students & Seniors (see below for ticket details)
Yidishtog is presented by Ashkenaz Foundation, Miles Nadal JCC, Committee For Yiddish, Workmen’s Circle, Friends of Yiddish, Winchevsky Centre, The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, and the Al and Malka Green Yiddish Studies Program at the University of Toronto and The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
11:00am Prof. Rebecca Margolis Lecture
11:30am Dr. Seuss and Curious George in Yiddish! FREE (ages 2+)
12:15pm Prof. Anna Shternshis Lecture
1:15pm Lunch Break
2:30pm Dr. Sholem Berger Lecture
3:45pm Prof. Kalman Weiser Lecture
5:00pm MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble performance
8:00pm Lenka Lichtenberg CD Release Concert
11am – MNJCC room 318
Prof. Rebecca Margolis “Yidishe Kultur in Kanade: Nekhtn un Haynt”
Yiddish has flourished in Canada during the last century and continues to have a vibrant life. This talk will examine facets of Yiddish cultural life in Canada, notably education, the press and literature, theatre, and as a daily spoken language.
Rebecca Margolis grew up in Montreal, where she learned Yiddish in the JPPS Jewish day school system. She studied Yiddish at McGill and received her MA-PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University. Her research centres on Yiddish culture in Canada, in particular in Montreal. Her book, Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945, was the recipient of a Canadian Jewish Book Award as well as a J.I. Segal Prize.
11:30am – MNJCC Aerobics Studio
Dr. Seuss and Curious George…in Yiddish (with some English, for flavor)
Read by Dr. Sholem Berger
For ages 2+ MNJCC
12:15pm – MNJCC room 318
Lecture 2 – Prof. Anna Shternshis “Soviet Yiddish Culture in the Post-Soviet Jewish Life”
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jewish culture in the post-Soviet space began to transform. With 1.6 million Jews leaving the country and settling in Israel, United States, Canada and Germany, the Russian Jewish culture became transnational too. Accompanied with video-clips, the lecture will discuss Yiddish popular culture as it developed in post-Soviet Moscow and other centres of Russian Jewish Diaspora.
Anna Shternshis is the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish and Diaspora studies and the Associated Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a D.Phil degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Oxford. Shternshis is an author of “Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939″ (Indiana University Press, 2006), and articles on Soviet and post-Soviet Jewish culture and identity. She is currently working on two book projects. One is entitled “Jewish Heart in the Soviet Body”, examining the life of the Soviet Jews born in the 1920s. The other one is devoted to the evacuation and escape of Soviet Jewish Civilians during World War II.
2:30pm – MNJCC room 318
Lecture 3 – Dr. Sholem Berger “After the Kids Sleep: Confessions of a Yiddish Poet”
Imagine there is a language spoken by millions of people who are largely unaware of the literature that has been written in it – and, conversely, that the few thousand cognoscenti, who know and love its poetry, rarely if ever speak the language on a daily basis. That’s the situation Yiddish poetry is in. The paradoxes and contradictions are heightened all the more by my life in Baltimore, incongruously part of a mini-community (several families) of Yiddish speakers, surrounded by English speakers and minutes away from a Jewish community which neither knows nor cares about what I write. I will talk about these paradoxes and how they underlie my poetry.
Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, translator, and short-story writer in English and Yiddish. In the small world of Yiddish readers he is probably best known as the translator of The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish into Yiddish, published by he and his wife (www.yiddishcat.com). In 2011, his first book of Yiddish and English poetry, Not in the Same Breath/Zog Khotsh Lehavdl, was published to acclaim and even some sales. His second book is due out this year. In his parallel existence, he is an internal medicine physician and researcher, with a book coming out in July entitled Talking to Your Doctor. Sholem, his wife, and his three Yiddish-speaking kids live in Baltimore, USA.
3:45pm – MNJCC room 318
Lecture 4 – Prof. Kalman Weiser “The Post-Holocaust History of Yiddish”
One of the contemporary paradoxes of Yiddish is that now that millions of Jews no longer speak it daily, it finally enjoys the respect that it was so frequently denied when it was in its fullest bloom. Yiddish has gone from being the often disparaged language of the uneducated Jewish masses to the language primarily of Hasidim and of Jewish Studies professors – two groups who seldom talk to teach other. It is taught in universities not only in Israel and North America but in Germany, Poland, and other European countries. And it is even has official minority language status in countries such as Sweden and Moldova. How did lowly Yiddish find a home in such lofty perches? Where is it heading? Join Kalman Weiser for an exploration of how Yiddish became ‘balebatish’ (respectable).
Kalman Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University, where he teaches Jewish history and culture, and has recently been cross-appointed to University of Toronto to participate in its Yiddish Studies program. A native of New York City, he completed his doctorate at Columbia University. He is the co-editor of Czernowitz at 100: the First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (2010) and the author of Jewish People, Yiddish Nation (2011), which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award for scholarship. He is currently working on projects about Jewish naming practices in Eastern Europe and the life and career of the pioneering Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich.
5pm – MNJCC room 318
Concert by MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble
8pm – Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West
Lenka Lichtenberg “Embrace” CD Release Concert
Celebrate a daring new album from Lenka Lichtenberg’s all-star world music group, Fray, where Yiddish poetry, English verse and Hebrew prayer meet Middle Eastern, Indian and Brazilian grooves with lively, stirring results. Featuring Lenka Lichtenberg, the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ 2012 Traditional Singer of the Year, with her six-piece band of the country’s top Indo-Canadian and world jazz artists including John Gzowski, Chris Gartner, Alan Hetherington, Ravi Naimpally and Ernie Tollar plus surprise guests!
Tickets: $25 | $15 for students / seniors
416-872-4255 | www.cbc.ca/glenngould
Please note: service charges apply. To avoid additional fees, tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office in person, Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street
For details and music visit www.lenkalichtenberg.com
Saturday March 2
The Music Gallery & the Ashkenaz Foundation presents
Joel Rubin and Uri Caine
“Klezmer’s outer limits and inner space”
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $30 regular | $25 advance | $15 Music Gallery members
Following an initial collaboration with the Music Gallery during our Harbourfront festival last year, we are pleased to partner again on what is sure to be one of highlights of the season: klezmer legend Joel Rubin and esteemed jazz keyboardist Uri Caine bringing their album Azoy Tsu Tsveyt to life.
Joel Rubin has long been considered by many to be the leading performer of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse as klezmer giants Dave Tarras, avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann.
He was the founder and clarinetist of some of the most internationally respected klezmer ensembles, including the Joel Rubin Ensemble and the pioneering revival group Brave Old World. His albums are considered to be masterpieces of classical eastern European and American Jewish music. Rubin has made guest appearances with the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, among others. His music can be heard in several films, including the French feature film, L’armée du crime (The Army of Crime, 2009), and the award-winning documentary portrait A Tickle in the Heart (Germany/Switz./USA, 1996), which is based on his research and screenplay.
Uri Caine has earned extensive jazz bona fides since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied composition with George Crumb. He has played with old school jazzers (Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope) and modern explorers (Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay) with equal verve. Caine has recorded 22 CDs as a leader.
Azoy Tsu Tsveyt brings the two together in a surprising and exciting new context. Evoking some of the spirit of Miles Davis’ proto-fusion classics like In A Silent Way, they perform a freewheeling repertoire of Old and New World nigunim, cantorial music, klezmer classics and more. Joel shines like never before in this passionate meeting of modern Jewish masters. This is a must for all fans of improvised music and of Jewish musical eclecticism.
For tickets click HERE
More info: 416-204-1080 • www.musicgallery.org
We are pleased to announce details of the first event of Ashkenaz’s 2013 season!
Ashkenaz teams up with the Koffler Centre of the Arts for the Canadian debut of Buenos Aires’ Simja Dujov, a rising star in Argentina’s world music scene. In this very special concert collaboration with an all-star cast of young Toronto musicians, Duhov will present his eclectic blend of Latin and South American influences with klezmer, Balkan and worldbeat styles. Click here for a sneak preview!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Doors 7 PM, Concert 8 PM
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West*
Advance tickets $12/Door $15 (Advance tickets on sale soon)
*Dinner reservations guarantee seating. To reserve for dinner please call (416) 588-0307 or go to www.lula.ca
AVIVA: CD Release Concert and Celebration
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Doors 7:30pm, Concert 8pm
918 Bathurst Street Arts Centre
$15 Advance, $20 Door
> Purchase advance tickets here
Celebrate the release of When I Arrived You Were Already There, Aviva Chernick‘s new album of sensual, soulful music. This special evening will include a concert of the album’s songs as well as new music yet to be recorded. Transcendent vocals matched to light, instrumental textures, gentle harmonies, sublime solos, playful rivers of rhythm, heavily spiritual in nature. You may even find yourself singing along!
Joining Aviva are Ernie Tollar (bansuri, bass flute, nay), Joel Schwartz (resonator guitar, electric guitar), Rakesh Tewari (percussion), Aaron Lightstone (oud, sax), Maryem Tollar (vocals) and Sundar Viswanathan (vocals).
The Ashkenaz Foundation is a proud Community Partner for this event.
Congratulations to our lucky Festival volunteer Noah Van Der Lan who has won an artist-autographed 11 x 17 Ashkenaz Festival 2012 poster in our volunteer draw! The poster looks great, featuring over 50 artist autographs. This is just one way we wanted to give back to our amazing Festival volunteers. There are many year-round volunteer opportunities and incentives to enjoy; please email janis [at] ashkenazfestival [dot] com to learn more.
The Ashkenaz Festival together with Shadowland Theatre are energetically gearing up for Festival Parade production, which begins next week! Monday August 13th kicks off a whirlwind three weeks of work on the infamous Ashkenaz Parade, which promenades around Harbourfront Centre to conclude the Festival on September 3 (Labour Day), at 4pm. Parade production will take place at 918 Bathurst cultural centre, just north of Bloor on the west side of Bathurst.
There will soon be a flurry of activity as students, interns, families, teens and cultural groups take part in the various programs happening in the lead-up to the Festival. In addition to the Parade Masterclass and the community Workshop Day on August 26th, Ashkenaz and Shadowland welcome participants of all ages to a free drop-in experience from August 27th-August 31st, 10am-4pm. These days have been set aside to invite everyone who has a few hours here and there to get creative with papier mache, painting, wood-cutting, stilt-walking training and more! Depending on the level of involvement, participants may have the chance at the parade to maneuvre a puppet that they worked on. The group of drop-inners will also get to work on site decor for the Festival long weekend. So come on down and contribute to what is surely going to be a wonderful spectacle at North America’s largest festival of Yiddish and Jewish Culture!
For more information on the free drop-in days at 918 Bathurst, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-979-9955. We look forward to welcoming you and your creativity!
The 2012 Ashkenaz Festival is pleased to announce details of the community workshop day with Shadowland Theatre on Sunday, August 26 at 918 Bathurst (just north of Bloor). This unique and fun-filled day is a lead-up event to the 2012 Festival – led by Ashkenaz staff and Shadowland interns – and a chance to take part in the production of the Parade that will promenade at Harbourfront on Monday, September 3rd.
We will focus on parade images that participants can wear or animate in the parade. You’ll have the chance to create an oversize character/puppet that reflects a historical character or attribute, or an exaggerated prop for use in the Ashkenaz Parade. Participants will be guided in transforming simple materials into a dramatic sculpted mask or object that will be used in the Parade performance.
Sunday, August 26 at 918 Bathurst:
10am-12pm - Children under 12 and Young Families workshop (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian). Participants will be guided by Shadowland staff to decorate personal hamsas and will make dramatic face masks based on characters from Yiddish folklore. A sparkly, joyous morning!
1pm-3pm- Combined Seniors and Teens/Young Adults workshop. Participants will decorate a giant mezuzah with created tiles and decorative elements and will be encouraged to exchange stories of mezuzot they have had in the past, doorways and entrances and homes that are special to them. Elements of these stories will be woven into the final sculpture.
4pm-6pm- Teens workshop. Create an oversize character that reflects significant a historical character or attribute, or an exaggerated prop for use in the Ashkenaz Parade. Participants will be guided in transforming simple materials into a dramatic sculpted mask or object that will be used in the performance.
There will be a nominal fee of $10 per family for the morning session, and $5 per participant for the other two sessions in order to cover costs of workshop materials. Please note that for the 1pm-3pm session, the teens/young adults participation fee will cover the seniors fee, ie., seniors go free.
For more info and to register for a workshop, please email email@example.com. We look forward to having you join us for the fun pre-festival excitement!
Since the Ashkenaz festival began in 1995, Shadowland artists Anne Barber and Brad Harley have created the festival’s largest work of art involving hundreds of community participants. This processional performance will travel around Harbourfront Centre and adjacent Queens Quay locations on Monday, September 3 2012 in the afternoon. The 2012 parade will be based on folkloric characters, superstitions and stories from Jewish and Yiddish culture but with a radical new twist.
Ashkenaz is pleased to present, in partnership with the Canada Israel Cultural Foundation, the Canadian debut of Israeli jazz guitarist Ori Dakari. Israeli guitarist Ori Dakari is an exciting new arrival on the international world-jazz scene. With his debut CD release “Entrances” (2009) on John Zorn’s prestigious Tzadik Records label, Ori Dakari has fashioned a compelling sound all his own. Lyrical and powerful, his unique compositions are rooted as much in contemporary jazz sounds as in Israeli, Yemenite, East European, and North African music. Surrounded by an impressive cast of some of NY’s top young jazz heavies, Dakari and his quartet create exciting improvisations and intense rhythmic drive. The band has already lit up the international jazz circuit with festival and club performances in Israel, US, Russia, Serbia and Thailand; don’t miss their Canadian debut at Toronto’s Trane Studio.
The exciting new event space at the Lower Ossington Theatre Lounge will play host to Toronto’s only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Come down to Queen and Ossington for Ashkenaz’s kick-off show of the season.
DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2011
PLACE: LOT Lounge, 100 Ossington Ave (street-level space, just north of Queen)
TIME: Doors at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.
For more info on the artists go to www.lemonbucketorkestra.com
Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland
Oct 18, 2011
The official launch of the new book by Professor Kalman Weiser. Featuring a special musical performance by Marilyn Lerner and David Wall
Linguist, folklorist, journalist, and politician Noah Prylucki (1882–1941) was a champion of Yiddishism, a movement that promoted secular Yiddish culture as the basis for Jewish collective identity in the twentieth century. Prylucki’s dramatic path – from russified Zionist raised in a Ukrainian shtetl, to Diaspora nationalist parliamentarian in metropolitan Warsaw, to professor of Yiddish the University of Vilnius in Soviet Lithuania – uniquely reflects the dilemmas and competing options facing the Jews of this era as life in Eastern Europe underwent radical transformation. Using hitherto unexplored archival sources, memoirs, interviews, and materials from the vibrant interwar Jewish and Polish presses, Professor Kalman Weiser investigates the rise and fall of Yiddishism and of Prylucki’s political party, the Folkists, in the post-World War One era. Jewish People, Yiddish Nation reveals the life of a remarkable individual and the fortunes of a major cultural movement that has long been obscured. Professor Weiser will discuss his research, present selected passages from the book and participate in a Q and A.
Illustrating the continuing relevance of the Yiddishist movement, two of Toronto’s leading interpreters of Yiddish song, Marilyn Lerner and David Wall, will present new musical settings of Yiddish folksong texts collected by Prylucki himself.
Ashkenaz is thrilled to announce that this year’s Annual Summer Yiddish Concert will feature the Canadian debut of Serendipity4, a veritable supergroup including the legendary star of song, stage and screen Theodore Bikel, along with renowned Dutch Yiddish singer Shura Lipovsky, virtuoso Bosnian accordionist Merima Kljuco and acclaimed conductor and pianist Tamara Brooks. This quartet of highly celebrated musicians highlight the diversity and commonality of different cultures, performing songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Bosnian styles.
Springtime in Toronto can mean only one thing: the Jewish Film Festival is upon us! From May 7-15, Ashkenaz is thrilled once again to partner with the TJFF in the presentation of two films at this year’s festival.
Ashkenaz kicks off the summer with an eardrum-rattling double bill featuring two electrifying bands from opposite ends of the earth. Brooklyn’s Yiddish Princess wowed audiences at the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival with its bizarre and compelling re-take on Yiddish music set as 1980′s-style power pop. Combining the soaring vocals of Sarah Gordon with the irreverent arrangements of klez-synth madman Michael Winograd, the group is completed by a double guitar onslaught and arena rock drum/bass rhythm section that rocks out without leaving the shlock out.
Making their Toronto debut, Australia’s The Barons of Tang blend tango, zydeco, jazz and rockabilly with East European gypsy and klezmer influences. Performed with crushing intensity and an unabashed punk attitude, the 7-piece group’s self-described brand of “gypsy deathcore” music is unlike anything heard before in these parts.
We are very excited to partner for the first time with the Toronto Jazz Festival in presenting another returning favourite from our last Festival. Since their Ashkenaz-commissioned, world premiere performance at Harbourfront Centre last summer, Montreal’s LES BATARDS DE BOUCHE has continued developing its unique and virtuosic repertoire of Jewish- and Quebecois-influenced harmonica music. Featuring the full range of Harmonica family instruments (diatonic, chromatic, chord and bass), the group elicits a delightful range of sounds and moods from its quirky instrumentation, and will release its debut CD back where it all began in Toronto in a free outdoor performance on Wednesday June 29, 5:30pm at Metro Square (next to Roy Thomson Hall), co-presented by Ashkenaz and the Toronto Jazz Festival.
Ashkenaz presents the premiere Toronto performance of YEMEN BLUES, the most exciting new World music act out of Israel. With its explosive, 21st century brew of Yemenite-Jewish song and poetry, West African grooves and American jazz, blues and funk, the nine-piece ensemble creates a breathtaking musical experience, brimming with innovation, celebration and virtuosity.
“Yemen Blues is THE discovery of the year“ (WDR Funkhaus Europa, Germany)
Ashkenaz and The Annex Shul present…
Thursday December 2nd, 2010
The Mod Club, 722 College St. at Crawford
Doors 9pm, Show 9:30pm
19+Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
*Bring a new, unwrapped toy to participate in our charity toy drive and get the chance to win some awesome prizes. Hip Hop Hanukah, a one-night celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights, will bring together arts and charity and feature Jewish hip-hop sensation SOCALLED, with Hanukah songs and music from his upcoming CD.
Montreal-based SOCALLED (aka Josh Dolgin) combines hip hop, rap and funk with Yiddish theatre tunes and old-school Klezmer samples gleaned from 78 rpm records rescued out of derelict basements and garbage piles. Spicing up his eclectic music mix with electric guitar, bass, horns and live folk musicians on traditional instruments, it’s an irresistible sonic tapestry that promises a not-to-be-missed evening!
HIP HOP HANUKAH TOY DRIVE: Please bring a new unwrapped toy to the event for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Toys will be donated to Chai Life Line, an organization that brings hope to children suffering from serious illness & their families. Toy donations will be matched by Best Made Toys, a local toy importer.
For more on SOCALLED, check out the following links:
NFB’s “The Socalled Movie” trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdov1ZhZWBo
These Are The Good Old Days” video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lLK_kkL2yjY
“You are Never Alone” video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8tS4OWiozmw
Sponsers: Artist accomodations for Hip Hop Hanukah have been generously sponsored by Annex Quest House.
September 8-30, 2010 – Visual Arts Exhibit
Ashkenaz and the Al Green Gallery present
“Isaac Bashevis Singer and his Artists”
Al Green Gallery, 64 Merton St. (Yonge/Davisville)
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 14th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition began September 8th, & continues through September 30th, 2010.
Viewing hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 12-5pm; Thursdays 12-7pm; Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
This exhibit is also a collaboration with the The Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion Museum (NY)
For more info phone theAl Green Galleryat 416-440-3084 or contact Ashkenaz
Winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s (1902-1991) prolific legacy of fictional work is a pillar in the canon of Yiddish and Jewish literature. Of his many books and stories, more than thirty have been illustrated. The visual interpretations given to his work by various artists reveal a fascinating variety of approaches, matching the authors own diverse themes and moods.
This unique exhibit features over 80 paintings, drawings and photographs created by 17 artists for Singer’s books and stories. Exhibited artists include Larry Rivers, Maurice Sendak, Raphael Soyer, Roman Vishniac, William Pene Du Bois, Ira Moskowitz, Eric Carle, Leonard Everrett Fisher, Antonio Frasconi, Nonny Hogrogian, Yuri Shulevitz, Irene Lieblich and Margot Zemach.
With a unique sense of humanity, humour, and clarity, Singer’s early writing evoked the vanished world of Polish Jews prior to and during the First World War. Beginning with his 1961 short story collection The Spinoza of Market Street and continuing in his later works, the writer depicted a post-Holocaust world rife with chaos and paranoia. Based on his sharp observations and genuine love of pious, superstitious, earthy, heroic, and tragic figures, his works continue to live in our collective memories. Singer’s fictional characters blur the lines between folk tales, legends and supernatural powers, and the harsh realities of fear, anxiety, and despair that come with surviving.
For more information click here
Ashkenaz and the Al Green Gallery present
I Am From Here: The Paintings of Maciej Frankiewicz
Al Green Gallery, 64 Merton St. (Yonge/Davisville)
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition continues through July 8th, 2010.
Viewing hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 12-5pm; Thursdays 12-7pm; Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
For more info phone the Al Green Gallery at 416-440-3084 or contact Ashkenaz at 416-979-9901
A portion of proceeds will benefit the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival
The incredibly unique and beautiful paintings by Polish artist Maciej Frankiewicz elicited a powerful response from our audience at the 2008 Ashkenaz Festival, including many inquiries to purchase the work right off the walls of Harbourfront Centre. We are thrilled now to partner with the Al Green Gallery in re-mounting an extended two-week exhibit and sale of this artists’ extraordinary, one-of-a-kind works.
Maciej Frankiewicz was born in 1968 in Starachowice, Poland, previously known as Wierzbnik to its once-sizable Jewish population. Frankiewicz has devoted much of his adult life to preserving the memory of a world and a people he never knew. He has worked in collaboration with North American and Israeli-based organizations of Jewish landslayt (former townspeople) from Wierzbnik/Starachowice, to restore and preserve the remains of the Wierzbnik Jewish cemetery and establish the “Memorial Room of the Wierzbnik Jews” in the Starachowice cultural centre. As a prolific painter he has produced hundreds of works depicting his vision of former Jewish life in Wierzbnik. These striking works are by turns surreal, provocative, and romantic, inhabiting an amorphous realm somewhere between “slice of life” documentary and nostalgic fantasy. In his various capacities as artist, historian, researcher, collector, and activist, Frankiewicz signals hope for the continuing preservation of the memory of the lost Jewish worlds of Poland, by those who grapple with the legacy of the Holocaust on their own soil.
Brass -band blowout with Philadelphia’s Susan Watts and Montreal’s Fanfare Severni
Canadian debut of two of Israel’s leading Yiddish/Klezmer artists
Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre, Earl Bales Park, free
Ashkenaz and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival are proud to present
The World Premiere screening of:
THE KLEZMATICS: ON HOLY GROUND (USA 2010, 108 MIN)
Preceded by a special concert presentation with Klezmatics members
FRANK LONDON, LORIN SKLAMBERG AND LISA GUTKIN
THURSDAY APRIL 22, 8 PM, BLOOR CINEMA 506 BLOOR ST. WEST
Film followed by Q & A with the musicians and director Eric Greenberg Anjou
For over 20 years The Klezmatics have been at the vanguard of the international Klezmer revival movement. The Grammy award-winning group has redefined the boundaries of contemporary Jewish music, through nine albums and collaborations with such diverse artists as Chava Alberstein, Arlo Guthrie, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Nelson. Following the group through tours in the US, Germany and Poland, this strikingly honest documentary portrait reveals the challenges faced by the Klezmatics as they strive to continue making joyous, boundary-breaking music while balancing the demands of family, career and their own individual lives.
To purchase tickets visit www.tjff.com Phone orders 416-967-1528 (beginning April 1)
Russian-Jewish troubadour presents Soviet popular hits and post-shtetl songs in Russian, Yiddish, and Moldavian
Robert Gill Theatre, Uof T, 216 College St. 3rd floor
Yiddish raconteur releases his new book “How to be a Mentsh (And not a shmuck)”
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. West – $5@door, or free with book purchase
Moldova’s leading performer of Yiddish song and a leader in the revival of post-Soviet Jewish culture
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder St – $10@door
World/roots fusion from Montreal
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West – $15@door
High-octane Roma music and jazz/folk fusion from Hungary
Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre, 840 St. Clair West – $25@door
Toronto group blends Sephardic, Hebrew and Middle-eastern sounds with Jazz, latin, funk, reggae and electronica
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. – $12 adv, $15@door
Jazz/World music interpretation of famous I.B. Singer story, performed with narration
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. – $15 adv, $20@door
Balkan-Ladino music from Bosnia
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. – $20 adv, $25@door
Legendary singer/actor performs in Toronto for the first time in 20 years!
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. – $45/$60/$75
Montreal’s Yiddish Hip-hop renegade fuses Jewish roots with urban grooves
The Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St.
Yiddish swing and three-part harmony a la the Barry Sisters
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
Yiddish raconteur reads from his new book
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
Holland’s leading Yiddish songstress’ first Canadian appearance in over a decade
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave.
THE SOCALLED MOVIE
Sunday May 2, 9:15pm Bloor Cinema 506 Bloor St. West
Tuesday, May 04 11:30 am at The ROM Theatre., 100 Queens Park
The Socalled Movie is an NFB-produced, feature documentary film about Montreal-based Yiddish hip-hop madman Josh Dolgin – aka Socalled. Directed by Garry Beitel, the film features Katie Moore, Fred Wesley, C-Rayz Walz, David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Arkady Gendler, Benjamin Steiger Levine, D-Shade, Gonzales and Irving Fields, in a kaleidoscopic portrait offering 18 entertaining short films about Socalled’s creative process.
View the Socalled Movie Trailer on YouTube
Visit the official NFB Socalled Movie website
Internationally renowned Klezmer supergroup performs Jewish street and cabaret songs from the Nazi ghetto of Lodz, Poland
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St.
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