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About Toronto Jewish Folk Choir:
Founded in 1925, the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is the oldest continuing Jewish performing group in Canada. The Choir was formed on D’Arcy Street by workers from the needle-trades district, and specializes in perpetuating the heritage of Yiddish folk and working-class music in multiple languages. In June 2011, the TJFC lost its longtime leader, Ben Shek. Their performance at this year’s Ashkenaz Festival is dedicated in his honour and will feature the late Toronto composer Milton Barnes’ “Dos Naye Lid,” originally commissioned for the TJFC over a decade ago. The remainder of their program will include a variety of selections in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino. The TJFC is conducted by Alexander Veprinsky, with piano accompaniment by Lina Zemelman.