LONG WEEKEND IN TORONTO: Ashkenaz Festival is Back at Harbourfront Centre Toronto

“North America’s Premier Festival of Global Jewish Music & Culture returns…

…with its 10th biennial celebration. Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.”

If you love Klezmer music, Toronto’s own Lemon Bucket Orkestra and all things Yiddish then by the lake is where you need to be. The 2012 Festival was really amazing and this year’s line up of Jewish performers and musicians from around the globe won’t disappoint. Best of all most of the events are FREE! Harbourfront knows how to do a long weekend well.

HIGHLIGHT TODAY: Lemon Bucket Orkestra will be giving a dance workshop @ 4 pm. “Learn Ukrainian and Breton dances to the thrilling musical accompaniment of Canada’s only klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” More info…

HIGHLIGHT TOMORROW: The Ashkenaz Parade @ 4 pm.
“Propelled by the music of Lemon Bucket Orkestra and all the Festival musicians, Shadowland Theatre will once again transform Harbourfront Centre into a swirling spectacle of colour, puppetry, stilt-dancing, and performance.”
More info…

See full festival line up here



All images by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

MASHUP MUSIC: Ashkenaz Festival Wrap Up

Celebratory Finale

“The signature event of the Ashkenaz Festival, the Ashkenaz Parade transforms Harbourfront Centre into a swirling cavalcade of music, dance, theatre, masks, giant puppetry, stiltwalkers and various other forms of pomp and pageantry. Once again under the direction of Toronto street theatre stalwarts Shadowland Theatre (Anne Barber and Brad Harley, Artistic co-Directors), the Parade features hundreds of musicians, artists and community participants in a joyful and whimsical procession that serves as the penultimate climax to the Ashkenaz Festival. This year’s Parade is based on an imagined “sequel” to the famous tale of the Golem of Prague, in which the famous monster of Jewish folklore embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to find love and personal fulfillment.” (cited www.ashkenazfestival2012.sched.org )










Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag

FYI – Mixed Bag Mag recommends checking out Caribbean Tales Film Festival running this week at Harbourfront Centre. More information on film screenings here.

MASHUP MUSIC: Ashkenaz Festival, a Little Sampling

A little this, a little that…

Mixed Bag Mag wanted to give you a taste of what went down at Harbourfront Centre this weekend with a cross-cultural, genre-bending line-up of amazing musical acts at the ASHKENAZ Festival.

YEMEN BLUES

SHYE BEN TZUR

KLEZMERSON

Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

MASHUP MUSIC: The Ashkenaz Festival

Ashkenaz Festival Information

North America’s premier festival of Jewish and Yiddish culture!

This weekend is the Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront Centre.

The programming reflects a beautiful mix of artists who draw inspiration from Jewish musical traditions and then mash it up with other traditional music as well as contemporary sources.

Yiddish – Indian – Yemeni – Ugandan – Mexican – Argentinian – Russian

Find out more on the Harbourfront website or the official festival website.

Ashkenaz
Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.