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North America's premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns with its 10th biennial celebration. Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.

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Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

Lake View Market

6:00pm –11:30pm

Located at the heart of Harbourfront Centre's festivals, the Lake View Market is a cosmos of the worldliness in Toronto. Visitors can browse and shop a wide range of interesting clothing, housewares, artifacts and products as part of the full Harbourfront Centre experience.

Shopping

World Café

6:00pm –11:30pm

Hungry? The World Café is an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the city.

Food

Deep Fried Gypsy Cumbia

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Start your weekends off right every Friday as Toronto's hottest DJs are paired up with decadent deep fried goodies for the most sizzling party in town.

Food

Music

DJ Socalled's Retro Dance Party

12:15am – 1:15am

Socalled will dig deep into his massive collection of over 10,000 vinyl records to spin a DJ set of obscure classics that will keep the party going late into the night.

Music

Lake View Market

12:00pm –11:30pm

Located at the heart of Harbourfront Centre's festivals, the Lake View Market is a cosmos of the worldliness in Toronto. Visitors can browse and shop a wide range of interesting clothing, housewares, artifacts and products as part of the full Harbourfront Centre experience.

Shopping

World Café

12:00pm –11:30pm

Hungry? The World Café is an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the city.

Food

Fellowship of the Strings - Masterclass

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Before wind and brass instruments began appearing in klezmer ensembles of the late 19th and early 20th century, klezmer music was performed almost exclusively by fidl kapelyes (string orchestras) that featured all members of the violin family, the tsimbl (similar to a hammer dulcimer), and the poyk (percussion). Aiming to recreate the sound of these classic European klezmer ensembles, the Festival Strings Masterclass is a unique group of professional and amateur musicians.

Learning

Music

Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-D

6:00pm – 7:30pm

A powerful, one-man testament to the power of faith, set in the Warsaw ghetto.

Theatre

Yiddish Dance with Festival All-Stars

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Ashkenaz continues its popular tradition of participatory dancing, across the Harbourfront site and with various festival musicians accompanying. This year’s sessions are led by Steve Weintraub, one of the foremost performers, choreographers, and teachers of Jewish dance.

Dance

From Both Ends Of The Earth

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Reunited supergroup presents their vibrant, contemporary take on traditional Yiddish and Eastern European music.

Music

Geoff Berner's Victory Party Band

7:00pm – 8:00pm

A political, drunk mix of punk and klezmer.

Music

Aaron Kula – Black Sabbath: Blues & Jews

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Explore the musical relationship between black music and Jews between 1920-1960, with historical commentary, images and recordings, including Billie Holiday singing My Yiddishe Mame, Cab Calloway singing Ot Azoy and Johnny Mathis singing Kol Nidrei.

Learning

Seeing Each Other and Ourselves

7:00pm –11:00pm

A dual art exhibit featuring works by William Kurelek and Alexander Sherbakov, co-presented with the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.

Visual Arts

David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana

8:00pm – 9:00pm

JUNO-winning, Jewish-Cuban fusion.

Music

El Gusto (2011)

8:30pm –10:00pm

This stunning Algerian/Irish co-production depicts the fascinating history of Algerian Chaabi music and its original Jewish and Muslim practitioners.

Film

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