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The 15th Anniversary Ashkenaz Festival celebrates contemporary Jewish music and art.

Tribute to Avram Sutzkever

7:30pm

An evening of Avram Sutzkever's poems set to music.

Music

Off-Site Event

Rafael Goldwaser: “A Gilgul fun a Nign” Metamorphosis of a Melody

7:00pm

Yiddish theatre actor, director and founder of Strasburg's Der LuftTeater, Rafael Goldwaser, returns to Toronto with his newest one-man show.

Music

Theatre

Off-Site Event

Song of the Lodz Ghetto

7:00pm

Don't miss the world premiere screening of this documentary featuring the haunting musical programme of songs from the Lodz Ghetto, as performed by the Klezmer supergroup Brave Old World.

Film

Music

Off-Site Event

Michael Winograd Trio

8:30pm

Clarinetist and composer Michael Winograd is considered a modern master of the klezmer clarinet style.

Music

Off-Site Event

Geoff Berner

8:30pm

The goal of Vancouver singer-songwriter/accordion player Geoff Berner is to “drag klezmer music kicking and screaming back into the bars.”

Music

Off-Site Event

Isacc Bashevis Singer and His Artists

12:00pm – 1:00am

A unique exhibition presenting the work of 17 artists who illustrated 25 of Singer's novels and short stories, including Larry River, Maurice Sendak, Raphael Soyer, Roman Vishniac, and William Pene Du Bois.

Visual Arts

Redpath Kids Crafts

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Kids can make "apeeling" fragrant apple decorations!

Craft

Family

Havdallah – Celebration & Ritual

4:00pm – 5:00pm

One of the most revered Jewish rituals, the celebration of Havdallah at the Ashkenaz Festival is one of Canada’s largest outdoor Havdallah ceremonies.

Family

Music

Lenka Lichtenberg: CD Release

6:00pm

A long-time staple of the Toronto Jewish music scene.

Music

Michael Winograd Dance Band

6:00pm

Michael Winograd is one of the leading young clarinetists in the American klezmer scene.

Dance

Music

KlezKanada Film Scholarship Retrospective

6:00pm

Founded in 2006, the David A. Stein Memorial Filmmaking Scholarship program has given emerging filmmakers an annual opportunity to explore the KlezKanada Festival in Lantier Que creatively through the camera’s eye.

Film

Flory Jagoda: Judeo-Spanish Songs from Bosnia

7:00pm

For the last six decades Flory Jagoda has made it her personal mission to keep the rich Ladino musical tradition of Bosnia’s Jews alive, earning her the sobriquet "Keeper of the Flame.”

Music

The Black Sea Station: CD Release

7:00pm

The Black Sea Station adds a fresh modern spin to its take on traditional klezmer music.

Music

Boris Sandler: Abraham Cahan and the Forverts

7:00pm

This year we celebrate the 150th birthday of Abraham Cahan — founder of the Forverts.

Lectures

Literary Arts

Elaine Hoffman Watts

8:00pm – 9:00pm

A third-generation klezmer musician, scion of the great Philadelphia Hoffman family of klezmorim.

Music