Monday, September 1, 2014

Fellowship of the Strings - Masterclass

Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00PM

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.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

Canoe & Paddleboat Rides on the Natrel Pond

Monday, September 1, 2014 11:00 AM - 8:00PM

Take a break from the action and enjoy a fun float on the Natrel Pond, located beside the picturesque Harbourfront Centre boardwalk.

August 29 - October 13, 2014

Ashkenaz Parade Band Tune-Up

Monday, September 1, 2014 11:30 AM - 1:00PM

Calling all musicians! The Ashkenaz Parade band welcomes instrumentalists of every ability to be part of the Festival’s signature event. Working with the house band for the Parade, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, participants will learn the tunes and the musical choreography to accompany the Ashkenaz Parade around the Harbourfront Centre site at 4pm on September 1.

September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM

Learn about motivational ways of working with family pets.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:30PM

The WoofJocks Canine All Stars are a team of Southern Ontario professional dog trainers and of course, their very talented dogs. The group offers a 30-minute, variety-type show, which is both educational and entertaining.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

Lake View Market

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 9:00PM

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.

August 29 - September 1, 2014

World Café

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 7:00PM

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

August 29 - September 1, 2014

Parade Crafts with Shadowland Theatre

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00PM

Help create the festival’s largest work of art! Assisted by Shadowland Theatre, kids can create their own costumes and props for the Ashkenaz Parade on Labour Day Monday.

August 31 - September 1, 2014

Ashkenaz Community Village

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 6:00PM

New to Ashkenaz this year is an entire village devoted to family-friendly activities, including storytelling, sing-a-longs, face-painting, arts and crafts, dress-up, and more.

August 31 - September 1, 2014

Jewish Junk Band

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00PM

Anyone and anything can make music! Drop by the Ashkenaz craft table in the community village to make your own Jewish Junk instrument, using discarded packaging from tin cans, cardboard packages, bottle caps, beans and more.

August 31 - September 1, 2014

Simon Spiro

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

Cantor Simon Spiro has earned a reputation as one of the most unique Cantors in the world today, and one of the great Cantors of our generation.

September 1, 2014

Siach HaSadeh

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

Jewish Improvised Chamber Music.

September 1, 2014

Yiddish Writers Monologues: Yechiel Shraybman, A Little Street in Rashkev (2013)

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:45PM

Acclaimed Moldovan Yiddish writer Yehiel Shraybman decribes passages of his life beginning with his childhood in the Bessarabian shtetl of Rashkev (Vadul-Rascov) and culminating with his historic first and only visit to Jerusalem, where he engaged the public there with a reading nearing the end of his eventful life.

September 1, 2014

Seeing Each Other and Ourselves

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 7:00PM

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

August 30 - September 1, 2014

Merima Kljuco: Accordion Workshop

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

Join one of the world’s greatest accordionists for an up close and personal look at her artistry and virtuosity.

September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:30 PM

Learn about motivational ways of working with family pets.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

Yiddish Dance with ICHKA

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30PM

Come and dance to the rhythm of Ichka, a Montreal-based group that performs traditional klezmer stylings with youthful energy, fresh perspective and unbridled joy.

September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:00PM

The WoofJocks Canine All Stars are a team of Southern Ontario professional dog trainers and of course, their very talented dogs. The group offers a 30-minute, variety-type show, which is both educational and entertaining.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

The Fellowship of the Strings

Monday, September 1, 2014 2:00 PM - 2:45PM

Aiming to recreate the sound of classic European klezmer ensembles, this group was created by professional and amateur musicians assembled for the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival.

September 1, 2014

Tio Chorinho

Monday, September 1, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00PM

Tio Chorinho is a Toronto ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music in the tradition of the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim.

September 1, 2014

Something From Nothing

Monday, September 1, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:15PM

Something from Nothing is a heartwarming tale of a boy's special relationship with his Grandfather.

September 1, 2014 14&17

The Rite of Return: Jewish Culture and Contemporary Poland

Monday, September 1, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:45PM

Join an animated roundtable panel discussion about the changing face of Poland, featuring artists and researchers whose recent travels in Poland have inspired new initiatives and artistic projects.

September 1, 2014

Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO)

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00PM

JubanoJazz redefines Jewish melodies influenced by Latin, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban jazz, connecting Klezmer with Miami.

September 1, 2014

Zebrina

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Tzadik recording artists Zebrina takes an East-meets-West approach with their daring, improvisational style of psychedelic klezmer-jazz.

September 1, 2014

A Bainbridgivke Zingeray, Featuring Theresa Tova and Esther Gottesman

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Join a circle of artists, family and friends to share stories, sing songs and re-create the “tish” atmosphere in which the late, great Yiddish poet/songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman thrived.

September 1, 2014

Jewish Junk Band – Jam Session featuring Nicole Borger

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00PM

After you’ve made your own musical instrument at the craft table, join fellow junk musicians for a jam session using your new axe, while also warming up to use your new instrument in the Ashkenaz Parade.

September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:30 PM

Learn about motivational ways of working with family pets.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

WoofJocks

Monday, September 1, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:00PM

The WoofJocks Canine All Stars are a team of Southern Ontario professional dog trainers and of course, their very talented dogs. The group offers a 30-minute, variety-type show, which is both educational and entertaining.

August 30 - September 1, 2014

The Ashkenaz Parade

Monday, September 1, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00PM

The signature event of the Ashkenaz Festival, the Ashkenaz Parade transforms Harbourfront Centre into a swirling cavalcade of music, dance, theatre, giant puppetry, stiltwalkers and various other forms of pomp and pageantry.

September 1, 2014

Shtreiml

Monday, September 1, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00PM

Intertwining Babylonian and Ashkenazi traditions. Dalal and Lichtenberg find a vital and contemporary common ground.

September 1, 2014

Yiddish Swingtet

Monday, September 1, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00PM

This sensational trio infuses the heartfelt emotion of Eastern European Klezmer music with the cool grooves of American swing.

September 1, 2014

Something From Nothing

Monday, September 1, 2014 5:00 PM - 5:45PM

Something from Nothing is a heartwarming tale of a boy's special relationship with his Grandfather.

September 1, 2014 14&17

Yiddish Song Circle with Lenka Lichtenberg

Monday, September 1, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:30PM

In an informal, "sing-along" workshop style, participants will share, learn or simply enjoy listening to well-loved vintage as well as new classic Yiddish songs.

September 1, 2014

The Boxcar Boys

Monday, September 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

Original Folk, Jazz and Klezmer

September 1, 2014

Veretski Pass

Monday, September 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15PM

A chamber-folk opera based on the nasty alternate Jewish story of creation. Note: Explicit language and subject matter.

September 1, 2014

Judith Cohen - “Jews and Music in Medieval Spain and Portugal”

Monday, September 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

Ethnomusicologist and singer Dr Judith Cohen, recently returned from Spain, Portugal and Morocco, takes us back through the centuries to the medieval Iberian kingdoms, and the role of Jews in their thriving music scenes.

September 1, 2014

In Search of Yiddish (2008)

Monday, September 1, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00PM

Singing Russian poet/scientist Alexander Gorodnitsky travels to Belarus and Israel in search of his family history and the remnants of the language of European Jews.

September 1, 2014

Festival Finale

Monday, September 1, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:30PM

Join artists performing at Ashkenaz for this traditional celebratory concert!

September 1, 2014

Catskills Cabaret

Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00 PM - 1:15AM

This new spin in Ashkenaz’s signature late-night cabaret sessions features novelty songs, comedy, spoken word, jokes, magic tricks, ventriloquism, feats of strength and perhaps a rubber chicken or two. Hosted by Aliza Peiro.

September 1, 2014

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

For details inquire at the Info Desk or call 416-973-4000.

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