North American Premiere
Thursday August 30, 12pm, Indigo Books on Bay and Bloor (55 Bloor St W), FREE
Saturday September 1, 11pm, Brigantine Room, FREE
Post-Soviet klezmer and pop collides with reggae, ska, funk and rock in the electrifying party music of Opa! Fresh off a European tour of packed houses and hour-long encores, Opa! unites musicians from different parts of the former USSR in Saint Petersburg, the vibrant multicultural capital of Russia. Fired by unrestrained joy and irreverence, their music expresses the freedom and euphoria of the post-Soviet music scene. Their openhearted shows, multilingual lyrics, and willingness to give it all to the audience create a wild festive atmosphere that promises to make you laugh, sing, and dance! Featuring Evgeny Lizin (percussion), Dmitry Khramtsov (violin, voice), Christian Dawid (sax), Roman Shinder (guitar), Ilya Gindin (clarinet), and Grigory Spiridonov (trombone, voice).
In association with KlezKanada and J-Academy Russian-Jewish Summer Camp