Dear Friends and world music lovers!
Be part of the Global Toronto Conference!
Taking place from April 4-7, 2018, this four-day event will feature a series of concerts all over Toronto, and Blisk is performing!
Where: Aga Khan Museum in the yurt.
When: April 6 @3:35 - 4:00 PM.
Admission: $20 museum admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002964986691597/
Blisk is a synthesis of polyphonic Balkan and Slavic song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. Experience a musical journey through Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and beyond. Based in Toronto, the members of the group hail from Poland, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and were brought together by a deep love and respect for these ancient songs and dances. They made their public debut in December 2017 at the Aga Khan Museum opening for JUNO-nominated Turkwaz.
Ewelina Ferenc (Poland)
Stacey Y (Ukraine)
Stephania Woloshyn (Ukraine/Canada)
Kassandra Prus (Ukraine/Canada)
Come to the Aga Khan Museum and join me in this new exciting musical journey! :)
Dear Friends and world music lovers!
Hugh's Room Live
2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Sunday, September 17, 8:30 - 11 PM
Tickets info here: http://hughsroomlive.com/event/polky-village-band-dovira/
"While Toronto’s Polish community celebrates up and down Roncy and the Ukrainians take over Bloor West, Hugh’s Room Live brings the vibrancy of Eastern European together with two hot new bands, drawing on their roots".
Toronto Ukrainian Festival and Roncesvalles Polish Festival Toronto always happen during the same weekend in September in Toronto's west end in two different locations.
Finally Ukrainian and Polish festivals unite under one roof at Hugh's Room Live!
Polky Village Band and DoVira, Polish and Ukrainian music, on one stage to close off both festivals.
It cannot be missed :)
ABOUT THE BANDS:
Polky Village Band
Polky Village Band perform authentic energetic folk songs from various regions of Poland.
Born in Katowice, Poland, ethnomusicologist and singer Ewelina Ferenc moved to Toronto in 2015. Here she met professional Polish dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, originally from Zielona Gora. Together they were eager to share the music they learned growing up back home with some incredible Canadian musicians & friends they acquired in Toronto. Today, the instrumentation of Polky Village Band consists of:
Ewelina Ferenc - Matka Polka & lead vocal, frame drum, tapan
Alicja Stasiuk - vocals, dance instructor
Matti Palonen - hammer dulcimer, jouhikko, flutes, mandolin, vocals
Tristan Murphy - accordion, vocals
Georgia Hathaway - fiddle, vocals
The band has performed and taught traditional dance workshops at numerous cultural events around the Great Toronto Area.
Polky Village band is always ready to make you dance, even if you've got two left feet!
DoVira [do-VEE-ruh] is a Canadian world fusion group that integrates Eastern European folk music with contemporary arrangements, electronic textures, and other music influences from around the World.
Fronted by Ukrainian-born pianist/vocalist/composer Stacey Yerofeyeva, the group also features drummer/percussionist Derek Gray from Ventanas, guitarist Patrick O’Reilly from D’bi & the 333, bassist Mark Rynkun, and Mike Romaniak from Lemon Bucket Orkestra; a pioneer in integrating the sopilka (a traditional Ukrainian flute-like instrument) with guitar pedals & effects.
DoVira, whose name translates to ‘trust’ in Ukrainian, released their first EP ’Obrys’ (or ‘Outline’) in 2014. The EP featured re-mastered versions of their successful debut singles ‘Nese Halya Vodu’, ‘Oy Chyj To Kin’ Stoyit’, and ‘Yihav Kozak Mistom’, featuring the Sudanese multi- instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid (currently celebrating 35,000+ views on YouTube).
DoVira’s second release was their debut full-length album, self- titled as ‘DoVira’ on November 25th, 2016 at the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto. Recorded at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, the album features nine guest artists, including Juno-award winning tabla virtuoso Ed Hanley (Autorickshaw), woodwind master Ernie Tollar (Tasa), Georgian polyphony specialist Andrea Kuzmich (Darbazi, ZARI), and Slavic white-voice singer Anastasia Baczynskyj (Lemon Bucket Orkestra).
The album singles out the Ukrainian folk melody as the point of departure for a musical treasure hunt within tradition. By putting a contemporary spin on well-known folk songs, while researching and reviving forgotten material, DoVira hopes to showcase the beauty and richness of this music to broad audiences. By collaborating with artists of different backgrounds, including Indian, Polish, Georgian, and French-Canadian musicians, the project has an even greater philosophy. With the events going on in the world today, negativity and hate is increasing between brothers, sisters, and the closest of neighbours. DoVira aims to spread awareness about Ukraine’s current struggle to keep its culture alive, while promoting a universal message of trust and a ‘unified planet’ through their music. DoVira’s music isn’t meant to be catering to a specific community or demographic – it is true contemporary ‘world’ music.
Roncesvalles Polish Festival 2017 located along Toronto’s beautiful Roncesvalles Ave. has continuous live music on multiple stages including Polka and Euro Dance Bands, Polish folklore song and dance groups, Saturdays night’s Dance Under The Stars.
Polky Village Band
September 17, 12:00 - 1:00 The main stage!
Come to say "pryvit" during the Toronto Ukrainian Festival happening on Bloor West Village between 15 - 17 September!
Polky Village Band Festival schedule:
FRI 8:15 PM - 8:45 PM, Runnymede Stage
SAT 2:00 PM - 4 PM - 6 PM, Buskers Stage
SUN 1:55 PM - 2:10 PM, Runnymede Stage
SUN 2:00 PM - 3 PM, Buskers Stage
Where to buy the best sausage and pickles? Of course on Roncy! Where to listen to the best music? Of course at The Local Pub!
Polky Village Band in the heart of Roncesvalles - the old Polish neighbourhood!
Polish your Polish and come to listen to some good portion of the Polish folk music!
Made in Poland ;)
August 5, 2017 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
The Local Pub, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
admission: We will pass the jug (as we don't wanna go back to the corporate jobs) ;)
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This unusual cooking workshop will be spiced up by the live music performance by me and my band - Polky Village Band!
LOCATION: 510 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
DATE: Friday July 28th
TIME: 6:30-9:30 PM
EARLY BIRD RATE: $60 Register before July 21st
REGULAR RATE: $80 Register after July 21st
Every culture has their comfort food and warm, hearty Polish pierogi are right up there with the best of them. In this fun, hands-on workshop, Maria Rozynska leads you through the process of kneading & rolling, filling & shaping, and boiling & frying homemade pierogi from scratch.
You’ll start the class with a warm borscht broth, then dive into learning how to make several fillings including: classic dry cottage cheese & potato, savoury sauerkraut, mushroom and onion, as well as delicious dessert pierogi with a sweet fruit filling.
There will also be a short presentation on Polish cuisine with live music performance by members of Polky Village Band while you eat! You’ll get a chance to try all your pierogi in class with a sour cream and warm caramelized onion topping, and extras can be taken home and frozen (if you can resist eating them on the way home ;)
Dear Toronto dancers, folk music lovers and friends!
We would like to invite you to the Summer Polka at Ontario Place - Eastern European social folk dancing.
This Summer Polka event is part of the Heritage Ontario Festival, happening at Ontario Place during Canada Day weekend!
Live music and dance workshop provided by Polky Village Band.
What: Eastern European social folk dancing - couple and line traditional dances with live music. No dance experience necessary!
Where: Heritage Ontario Festival, the Main Stage.
Date: July, 3rd, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Who can participate: families, kids, couples, all ages welcome!
Free admission :)
Polky Village Band performs traditional Polish folk songs and dances spanning different regions and rituals.
Most of their repertoire is comprised of music that singer Ewelina Ferenc learned while growing up in Poland.
Together with Canadian musicians playing the tunes on traditional Polish instruments and by teaching simple dance steps,
Polky Village Band moves even those with two left feet to dance.
The Heritage Ontario Festival lets you delve into our past and gaze into our future. This free admission 4-day Ontario150 festival will celebrate Ontario’s vast multicultural history with lots of activities, entertainment, food and drink. Join us and show off your provincial pride!
is there any better way to celebrate Canada 150th anniversary other than dancing and singing?
If you agree come and dance with us :)
Experience Polish-Canadian culture on Saturday, June 10! Come out for traditional food, a beer garden, live music, kids' zone and more!
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga L5B 3Y3
Time: Polky Village Band show - 5:30!
Free entrance :)
Hello dancing Toronto! We are coming back! :)
Remember Spring Polka Eastern European Dance Night?
This time we would like to invite you for the summer edition to High Park at the porch of the Nature Center!
Live music and dance workshop provided by Polish and Hungarian bands.
When: June, 9th, 2017 (Friday) @ 7 pm till 11 pm
Where: Nature Center in the High Park on the porch!
map : http://bit.ly/2qBCLP6
Tickets: pwyc (suggested donation $15 - 20)
You should all know that László - charismatic Hungarian dance teacher - is going back to Hungary! We should give him a proper goodbye ;)
You should also know this old Polish and Hungarian expression:
Pole, Hungarian — two good friends,
together they dance and drink their wine ;)
So come and dance with us :)
Polky Village Band & Folk Camp team!
Email Ewelina @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Where to buy the best sausage and pickles? Of course on Roncy!
Where to listen to the best music? Of course at The Local Pub!
Polky Village Band in the heart of the Roncesvalles - the old Polish neighbourhood!
2nd of May at 9 pm - midnight
The Local Pub, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
admission: pass the jug
Polky Village Band performs traditional Polish folk songs and dances span different regions and rituals. Most of their repertoire is comprised of songs that singers Ewelina Ferenc and Ala Stasiuk learned growing up in Poland. Polky Village Band has led Polish folk dance workshops in collaboration with Biały Orzeł Song and Dance Academy, and Folk Camp Canada. They have performed at Polish, Ukrainian, and Lemko cultural events and they can move to dance even those squares with two left feet ;)
Ewelina Ferenc - vocal, drum, mandolin
Alicja Stasiuk - vocal, drum
Matti Palonen - hammer dulcimer, flutes, jouhikko
Tristan Murphy - accordion
So are you ready to polka with Polky? :)
Spring Polka! Eastern European folk dance night is a fun social dance evening including great bands, delicious food and drinks.
Featuring dance workshops and live music from Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia!
When: March 25th, 2017 (Saturday) @ 7 pm till midnight
Where: St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue
Tickets: adults - $20 at the door, kids - 16 and under: $10
What: Bring comfortable clothes and shoes.
There will be cash bar and food provided by Folk Camp.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/398930547128419/