About Ensemble Polaris:

A unique group on the North American music scene, Ensemble Polaris was founded to explore the "idea of North" in music. Their shows offer a distinctive blend of traditional music from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Canada and elsewhere, and original tunes by Polaris members. The band’s innovative and genre-bending artistry and style, nicknamed "Arctic fusion" by a fan, has earned international rave reviews of all kinds inlcuding a Disc of the Month award from Britain’s Classic CD Magazine.

Ensemble Polaris first performed at Toronto’s Northern Encounters Festival and subsequent concerts have been heard across Canada in numerous broadcasts on CBC-Radio 2 and Radio-Canada. The group has performed in Montréal, southern Ontario, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and western Canada to enthusiastic response. Polaris’s CDs have won international critical acclaim, and are in regular rotation on radio stations in the US, Australia and various European countries.

Marco Cera (guitars), Kirk Elliott (violin, folk harp, mandolin, accordion, bagpipe, etc.), Margaret Gay (cello), Katherine Hill (voice, nyckelharpa), Alison Melville (baroque flute, recorders, seljefløyte), Colin Savage (clarinet, bass clarinet, recorders), Debashis Sinha (percussion).


Songs of the Northern Seas: Maritime Music from Scandinavia, Scotland and Canada

September 15, 2013


With a focus on northern legends, myths and dance music inspired by the sea, Ensemble Polaris celebrates the "big waters" that connect us all. The program features a colourful smorgasbord of traditional instrumentals and songs of seafarers, trolls, lovers and evildoers, plus some original tunes from the band.

Thanks to our 2012 audiences.


Everyone: FREE
Sun, September 15
Toronto Music Garden
479 Queens Quay West