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August 31 - September 2, 2012
Weekend of Week 35 of Year 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Friday, August 31, 2012
10:00am–11:00pm

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

Event run: July 20 – September 23, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Saturday, September 1, 2012
10:00am–11:00pm

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

Event run: July 20 – September 23, 2012

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Saturday, September 1, 2012
4:00pm– 6:00pm

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.

Event run: September 1–3,2012

Yiddish Dance Workshop with Avia Moore

Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:00pm– 7:00pm

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

Event run: September 1–3,2012

Freydi Mrocki - Oystralia: The Yiddish Community of Melbourne

Saturday, September 1, 2012
7:00pm– 8:00pm

An overview of Australian-Jewish history, focusing particularly on the cultural life of Melbourne’s Yiddish community in the second half of the 20th century.

Event run: September 1, 2012

Café Noah

Saturday, September 1, 2012
8:30pm– 9:00pm

A compelling documentary about Jewish-Arabic musicians who emigrated to Israel in 1948 to find that their music was not valued in their new homeland.

Event run: September 1, 2012

When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young: Di Schaechter Techter on Stage

Saturday, September 1, 2012
10:00pm–11:00pm

Attracting a new generation to Yiddish song, the dynamic Schaechter Sisters bring to life the youth of their grandparents in Eastern Europe. Directed by Josh Waletzky.

Event run: September 1, 2012

Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions

Sunday, September 2, 2012
10:00am– 9:00pm

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

Event run: July 20 – September 23, 2012

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Sunday, September 2, 2012
10:00am–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.

Event run: September 1–3,2012

Parade Crafts with Shadowland Theatre

Sunday, September 2, 2012
12:00pm– 6:00pm

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.

Event run: September 2–3,2012

Abraham Lichtenbaum - Jewish Life in South America

Sunday, September 2, 2012
1:00pm– 2:00pm

Abraham Lichtenbaum will give a talk about the experiences of the first Jews in South America.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Guy Mendilow Ensemble - Sailors, Sirens & Kings: A Children's Adventure in Song

Sunday, September 2, 2012
1:00pm– 2:00pm

An exhilarating interactive adventure for children through Ladino songs, stories and games. Led by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble.

Event run: September 2, 2012

The Great Dolgini

Sunday, September 2, 2012
2:00pm– 3:00pm

Mystery, illusion and laughs abound as The Great Dolgini (aka. Socalled) demonstrates his sleight of hand with a daring display of magic, mischief and misdirection.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Ira Moskowitz: Curatorial Talk with Lindy Green and Diana Gordon

Sunday, September 2, 2012
2:00pm– 3:00pm

Curator Lindy Green interviews Diana Gordon, daughter of Ira Moskowitz, in a curatorial talk that will provide a personal context to the exhibition.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Paul Buhle - Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land

Sunday, September 2, 2012
3:00pm– 4:00pm

Paul Buhle explores images and insights from his anthology Yiddishkeit, and about his late co-editor, the underground comic book writer and personality, Harvey Pekar.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Sharon and Bram

Sunday, September 2, 2012
3:00pm– 4:00pm

Legendary Canadian family entertainers mix Yiddishkeit with iconic favourites such as "One Elephant" and "Skinnamarink."

Event run: September 2, 2012

Jewish Jug Band Featuring Joshua Skye Engel

Sunday, September 2, 2012
4:00pm– 4:45pm

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.

Event run: September 2–3,2012

Storytelling with Dan Yashinsky

Sunday, September 2, 2012
4:00pm– 4:45pm

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

Event run: September 2–3,2012

Ann Samson - The Jews of India

Sunday, September 2, 2012
4:30pm– 5:30pm

An overview of the history, customs and traditions of India's Jewish community, presented by Ann Samson, one of the founders of Toronto's Indian-Jewish Congregation Bina.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Todie and the Miser

Sunday, September 2, 2012
5:00pm– 6:00pm

Join shrewd Todie in Lorie Wolf's new children's play as he teaches Lyzer the Miser a lesson about generosity that he'll never forget!

Event run: September 2, 2012

Judith Cohen - Inquisition to Internet: The Musical World of the Portuguese Marranos

Sunday, September 2, 2012
6:00pm– 7:00pm

From inquisition to internet: the musical world of the Portuguese Marranos, a lecture from Canada's preeminent Sephardic specialist.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Yiddish Dance Workshop with Avia Moore

Sunday, September 2, 2012
6:00pm– 7:00pm

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

Event run: September 1–3,2012

Eatala: A Life in Klezmer

Sunday, September 2, 2012
7:00pm– 8:00pm

A loving portrait of drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and her incredible family legacy featuring performances and interviews.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Dance Panorama

Sunday, September 2, 2012
7:00pm– 8:00pm

An interactive "show-and-tell" demonstrating dance forms related to various world musical styles and cultures featured in this year's Festival, including dances of Egypt, India and Central Asia.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Yiddish Writers Monologues: Yosl Birshteyn

Sunday, September 2, 2012
8:30pm– 9:30pm

An in-depth look at the life and work of Yiddish and Hebrew literary master Yosl Birshteyn. Directed by Forverts editor-in-chief, Boris Sandler.

Event run: September 2, 2012

The Other Europeans: The Broken Sound

Sunday, September 2, 2012
10:00pm–12:15am

An extraordinarily candid behind-the-scenes look at The Other Europeans and their exploration of music and cultural identity.

Event run: September 2, 2012

Shtiler Tants

Sunday, September 2, 2012
11:00pm– 1:00am

Revive your spirit with late-night dancing under the stars to music so quiet you can hear the dancers’ feet scrape the boardwalk.

Event run: September 2, 2012

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