September 3- 9, 2012
Week 36 of Year 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Monday, September 3, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Ira Moskowitz: Mystical Routes

Monday, September 3, 2012 10:00 AM - 10:00PM

The dazzling visual diary of Ira Moskowitz is presented in this gallery exhibition of his paintings, drawings and prints.

September 1- 3, 2012

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Monday, September 3, 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00PM

Aiming to recreate the sound of these classic European klezmer ensembles, the Festival Strings Masterclass is a unique group of professional and amateur musicians assembled for the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival. Participants will learn the function of melodies and their accompaniments, ornamentation and variation, culminating in a multi-level suite.

September 1- 3, 2012

Parade Crafts with Shadowland Theatre

Monday, September 3, 2012 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.

September 2- 3, 2012

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is the oldest continuing Jewish performing group in Canada. Conducted by Alexander Veprinsky.

September 3, 2012

Pete Sokolow - The Last of the Old Guys

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

Legendary klezmer/jazz pianist Pete Sokolow presents a musically-illustrated discussion of his six-decade career in NY's Jewish music scene.

September 3, 2012

Lesley Simpson - Yuvi’s Candy Tree

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:00 PM - 1:45PM

Lesley Simpson reads from her award-winning book and leads kids and families in a fun activity: make your own candy tree! Recommended for ages 6-10.

September 3, 2012

Lucidarium Ensemble

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:00PM

A unique programme of little-known Renaissance-era Italian-Jewish music performed on period instruments in Hebrew, Italian and Ladino.

September 3, 2012

Fanfare Severni

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:30 PM - 2:30PM

Some of Montreal's top young folk/world musicians, Fanfare Severni captures the raucous energy of Balkan brass and east European village music.

September 3, 2012

Yiddish Dance Workshop with Avia Moore

Monday, September 3, 2012 1:30 PM - 2:30PM

Leading Yiddish dance at events internationally, Avia instills workshops with a sense of tradition while exploring contemporary approaches to the style.

September 1- 3, 2012

Marky Weinstock - Little Superstars: Music Circle for Babies & Toddlers

Monday, September 3, 2012 2:00 PM - 2:45PM

Join this acclaimed entertainer for Little Superstars: Music Circle for Babies & Toddlers, a special event for very young children.

September 3, 2012

Meet the Abayudaya: Songs and Stories from Uganda’s Jewish Community

Monday, September 3, 2012 2:00 PM - 2:45PM

The spiritual leaders of Uganda’s Jewish community share rich choral traditions of familiar Jewish songs in a special interactive session for the whole family.

September 3, 2012

Beyond the Pale

Monday, September 3, 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30PM

One of Canada's longest-running and most-acclaimed Klezmer/Balkan fusion ensembles returns to Ashkenaz for the first time since 2008.

September 3, 2012

Fern Lindzon Quartet - Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr.

Monday, September 3, 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30PM

This live musical score by Fern Lindzon weaves klezmer themes into a delightful new accompaniment to a Buster Keaton silent film classic.

September 3, 2012

Klezmerson

Monday, September 3, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Mexico City's Klezmerson reflects the diverse urban sounds of its hometown by injecting Latin American musical influences into its music.

September 3, 2012

Jewish Jug Band Featuring Joshua Skye Engel

Monday, September 3, 2012 3:00 PM - 3:45PM

Families and kids of all ages join in with Joshua Skye Engel in the return of one of the festival's most popular family programmes.

September 2- 3, 2012

Ashkenaz Parade

Monday, September 3, 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00PM

Shadowland Theatre transforms Harbourfront Centre into a swirling cavalcade of music, dance, theatre and giant puppetry.

September 3, 2012

Sagapool

Monday, September 3, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:00PM

With a mix of good-natured shenanigans and striking musical skill, Sagapool is known for their high-intensity, spirited live shows.

September 3, 2012

Jerry Gray - From the Jewish Folk Choir to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Monday, September 3, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:00PM

Co-founder of The Travellers, Jerry has travelled across around the world singing for labourers, picketers, protesters, politicians, children and royalty.

September 3, 2012

Sholem Aleichem: The Ger Mandolin Orchestra

Monday, September 3, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:00PM

Inspired by a dusty photograph, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra is recreated by 11 of the world’s finest mandolinists. Exclusive sneak preview.

September 3, 2012

Storytelling with Dan Yashinsky

Monday, September 3, 2012 5:00 PM - 5:45PM

In a tribute to the late children's writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Ashkenaz presents a two-part series with Toronto storyteller Dan Yashinsky.

September 2- 3, 2012

Anthony Russell

Monday, September 3, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony Russell's heartfelt programme of Yiddish art song simultaneously evokes Sidor Belarsky and Paul Robeson.

September 3, 2012

Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody 1939-1945

Monday, September 3, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

The Canadian premiere performance of 99-year-old Toronto composer’s tour de force, originally written in 1947 in a German DP camp.

September 3, 2012

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Monday, September 3, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

Aiming to recreate the sound of these classic European klezmer ensembles, the Festival Strings Masterclass is a unique group of professional and amateur musicians assembled for the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival. Participants will learn the function of melodies and their accompaniments, ornamentation and variation, culminating in a multi-level suite.

September 1- 3, 2012

Festival Finale

Monday, September 3, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:30PM

The festival comes to a rousing close with a series of performances by some of this year's headline artists, culminating in a massive jam session.

September 3, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:00 AM

Learn about the Toronto Music Garden's unique design and history on a guided, one-hour tour, led by a volunteer Toronto Botanical Garden guide.

September 5-26, 2012

The Story of Lover's Rock

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:00 PM

Directed by award-winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz, The Story Of Lover’s Rock combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archival footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it.

September 5, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Thursday, September 6, 2012 5:30 PM

Learn about the Toronto Music Garden's unique design and history on a guided, one-hour tour, led by a volunteer Toronto Botanical Garden guide.

September 5-26, 2012

Bach at Dusk

Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:00 PM

Baroque cellist Kate Haynes performs J.S. Bach's beautiful, dark-hued Suite No. 2 in D Minor for unaccompanied cello. Note: Short concert (ca. 30 minutes) due to early sunset. Thanks to Q Media Solutions.

September 6, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Friday, September 7, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Saturday, September 8, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:00 AM - 9:00PM

Eight exciting new exhibitions, including a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre as part of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

July 20 - September 23, 2012

49th Parallel

Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:00 PM

The Ton Beau String Quartet performs music with cross-cultural threads by Haydn, Dvorak and Kevin Lau. Thanks to Judy & Wil Matthews.

September 9, 2012

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

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