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September 2012

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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.

Rexite on the Radio: The Golden Age of Yiddish American Music

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

Yiddish radio matinee idol Seymour Rexite is brought to life in this entertaining retrospective by singer, actor and former Ashkenaz artistic director, Mitch Smolkin, accompanied by renowned pianist and composer Nina Shapilsky.

Guy Mendilow Ensemble - Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed

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

Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo and Jerusalem, this award-winning ensemble breathes new life into old Sephardi songs.

Veretski Pass - The Klezmer Shul

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

Virtuosic musicianship and raw energy come together in an exciting combination of old country Ottoman-era music.

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.

Finjan

Saturday, September 1, 2012
8:00pm – 9:15pm

Canada’s first Klezmer revival band celebrates the 30th anniversary of their founding with a very special reunion concert.

Festival Havdallah featuring The Abayudaya

Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:15pm – 9:45pm

Ashkenaz marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of weekend festival events with the one of the most beloved Jewish rituals, Havdallah.

Socalled

Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:45pm –11:00pm

Mixing sounds from his own history into sample-based beats, the music of Socalled is catchy, smart, hilarious, emotional and timeless.

Global Shtetl Cabaret Hosted By Aviva Chemick

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

An eclectic stage showcasing the diversity and vibrance of Jewish music traditions from all around the world. Hosted by Toronto’s Aviva Chernick.

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.

Opa!

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

Post-Soviet klezmer and pop collides with reggae, ska, funk and rock in the electrifying music of Opa!, Russia’s hottest new World music party band.

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.

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.

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.

Community Klezmer Showcase

Sunday, September 2, 2012
1:00pm – 2:30pm

A lively showcase of local community groups and up-and-coming ensembles in the Toronto klezmer scene.

Bob Bossin - Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk: My Father's Life in the Gambling Business

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

Canadian folk music legend Bob Bossin presents a new, one-man show about his father's exploits in Toronto's gambling demimonde of the 1930s and '40s.

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.

Ventanas

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

Ventanas explores many musical forms and languages from flamenco palos to Balkan broken rhythms, Sephardic diaspora to Hutsul Ukraine.

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.

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."

Shashmaqam

Sunday, September 2, 2012
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Shashmaqam performs a panorama of the classical and folk music of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as well as the liturgical repertoire of Bukharan Jews.

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.

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.

Aaron Bensoussan

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

One of the world's great cantorial voices, Bensoussan debuts his adventurous new CD, Maroc N Roll, of contemporary Sephardi pop rock.

The Yiddish Songs of Arkady Gendler

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

This special tribute concert and CD release celebrates the original work of one of the greatest living treasures of Yiddish song.

The Tarras Band

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

Showcasing klezmer legend Peter Sokolow on piano and the music of the late, great clarinetist/composer Dave Tarras and clarinetist Naftule Brandwein.

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.

The Abayudaya

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

The musical traditions of Uganda's Jewish community presented by two of their musical and spiritual leaders, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and JJ Keki.

Basya Schechter's Songs of Wonder

Sunday, September 2, 2012
7:00pm – 8:15pm

Basya Schechter's new solo project sets the Yiddish poetry of revered philosopher and civil rights activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to original music.

Shye Ben Tzur

Sunday, September 2, 2012
8:00pm – 9:15pm

Israeli composer, producer and performer Shye Ben Tzur mixes Hebrew and Middle Eastern influences with those of the Indian sub-continent.

Yemen Blues

Sunday, September 2, 2012
9:45pm –11:00pm

With an explosive, 21st century brew of Yemenite-Jewish song and poetry, West African grooves and American jazz, blues and funk, Yemen Blues is the most exciting new music act out of Israel. Co-presented by Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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.

Canadian Cabaret Hosted By Finjan

Sunday, September 2, 2012
10:30pm – 1:00am

A showcase of some of the leading new artists and veterans of the Canadian Jewish music scene. Hosted by the members of Finjan.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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

Toronto's own 13-piece Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band brings their lively, street-savvy, Eastern European folk music to Ashkenaz.

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.

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Monday, September 3, 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.

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir

Monday, September 3, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

Pete Sokolow - The Last of the Old Guys

Monday, September 3, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

Lucidarium Ensemble

Monday, September 3, 2012
1:30pm – 3:00pm

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

Fanfare Severni

Monday, September 3, 2012
1:30pm – 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.

Beyond the Pale

Monday, September 3, 2012
2:30pm – 3:30pm

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

Fern Lindzon Quartet - Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr.

Monday, September 3, 2012
2:30pm – 3:30pm

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

Klezmerson

Monday, September 3, 2012
3:00pm – 4:00pm

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

Michael Wex - Heartburn as History: Traditional Ashkenazi Food

Monday, September 3, 2012
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Award-winning author, Yiddish raconteur and Ashkenaz fave Michael Wex returns to the festival with a sneak preview of his latest book about Jewish food.

Jewish Jug Band Featuring Joshua Skye Engel

Monday, September 3, 2012
3:00pm – 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.

David Buchbinder - Diasporic Genius: Transforming the City through Creative Power

Monday, September 3, 2012
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Ashkenaz Festival co-founder presents the vision behind his latest venture, Diasporic Genius, a non-profit organization engaged in intercultural artistic creation and community-building.

Sagapool

Monday, September 3, 2012
5:00pm – 6:00pm

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

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

Monday, September 3, 2012
5:00pm – 6:00pm

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

Sholem Aleichem: The Ger Mandolin Orchestra

Monday, September 3, 2012
5:00pm – 6:00pm

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

Anthony Russell

Monday, September 3, 2012
6:00pm – 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.

Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody 1939-1945

Monday, September 3, 2012
6:00pm – 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.

Nicole Borger - Jewish Music and Culture in Brazil

Monday, September 3, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Cultural organizer and singer-songwriter Nicole Borger discusses the Brazilian Jewish community and its cultural life over five centuries.

Masterclass: The Fellowship of the Strings

Monday, September 3, 2012
6:00pm – 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.

Festival Finale

Monday, September 3, 2012
7:00pm – 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.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
11:00am

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.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Thursday, September 6, 2012
5:30pm

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.

Bach at Dusk

Thursday, September 6, 2012
7:00pm

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.

49th Parallel

Sunday, September 9, 2012
4:00pm

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

INTERNATIONAL LECTURE SERIES / Omer Fast

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
7:00pm

Berlin-based artist Omer Fast will speak about his acclaimed art practice in conjunction with solo exhibition at The Power Plant, Continuous Coverage, opening 14 September.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
11:00am

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.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Thursday, September 13, 2012
5:30pm

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.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Thursday, September 13, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Friday, September 14, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

TyTy Nguyen

Saturday, September 15, 2012
2:30pm

TyTy is excited to take part in the Vietnamese Lantern Festival this year, singing two songs from her heart.

Thien Oanh

Saturday, September 15, 2012
3:00pm

As a VWAT Music Class participant, Thien Oanh will showcase what she has learned at this year's Vietnamese Lantern Festival.

Julie Nhu Ha

Saturday, September 15, 2012
3:20pm

Come listen to eight-year-old Julie Nhu Ha, whose voice is sure to capture your heart at this year's festival!

Nguyen Hoang Nam

Saturday, September 15, 2012
3:45pm

Don't miss singing sensation Nguyen Hoang Nam on the Redpath Stage!

Across U-hub Music Group

Saturday, September 15, 2012
4:50pm

Across U-hub will bring their not-to-miss musical performance to this year’s Vietnamese Lantern Festival stage!

Tran Dinh Tu

Saturday, September 15, 2012
5:05pm

Tran Dinh Tu has sang in many venues around the world. Don't miss your chance to see him at this year's Vietnamese Lantern Festival.

Jacey Nguyen

Saturday, September 15, 2012
5:30pm

Eleven-year-old Jacey Nguyen will be presenting her own cover of a song by Christine Perri called "Jar of Hearts" at this year’s Vietnamese Lantern Festival.

Christine Van

Saturday, September 15, 2012
5:35pm

Making her vocal performance debut at this year’s Vietnamese Lantern Festival is Christine Van, a talented eight-year old singer with a mesmerizing voice you will love!

Julie Nhu Ha

Saturday, September 15, 2012
5:55pm

Come listen to eight-year-old Julie Nhu Ha, whose voice is sure to capture your heart at this year's festival!

Nguyen Hoang Nam

Saturday, September 15, 2012
6:40pm

Don't miss singing sensation Nguyen Hoang Nam on the Redpath Stage!

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Saturday, September 15, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Jeng Yi

Sunday, September 16, 2012
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Enjoy the beauty and power of Korean drum and dance in this harvest-themed performance by Jeng Yi.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Sunday, September 16, 2012
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

100 Years of Venice

Sunday, September 16, 2012
4:00pm

Glorious music from Baroque Venice, performed by three brilliant young artists: Christopher Verrette (baroque violin), Kate Bennett Haynes (baroque cello) and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo). Thanks to Margaret & Jim Fleck.

Raging Asian Women

Sunday, September 16, 2012
5:30pm – 6:00pm

Raging Asian Women (RAW) continues to mesmerize audiences while pounding out the powerful sounds of social justice on the taiko. Keep your eyes and ears open for the sound of RAW's thunder!

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Sunday, September 16, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
11:00am

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.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Thursday, September 20, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Friday, September 21, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Saturday, September 22, 2012
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Saturday, September 22, 2012
8:00pm –10:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

SUNDAY SCENE / Public Studio: Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky

Sunday, September 23, 2012
2:00pm

Toronto-based filmmaker and artist Elle Flanders and architect and artist Tamira Sawatzky have collaborated since 2010 as Public Studio. They will speak about the exhibition Omer Fast: Continuous Coverage at The Power Plant.

Eventual Ashes presents: Hiding Words (for you) by Gein Wong

Sunday, September 23, 2012
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Hiding Words (for you) delves into nushu, a secret language created in 400 A.D. when Chinese women were not allowed to read or write. The performance seamlessly blends together theatre, poetry, hip hop, western and Chinese classical music, modern dance, performance art, and the visual arts.

Toronto Music Garden Tours

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
11:00am

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.

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