Ashkenaz Finale event

Ashkenaz Finale

Ashkenaz 2022 comes to a climactic finish with a series of performances by one of this year’s headlining artists. From Jewish bluegrass to Ukrainian klezmer, and from Ethiopian Israeli jazz to contemporary Sephardic/Ladino song, the variety and eclecticism of this festival will be on full display. The finale culminates in a massive jam session with […]

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Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble

Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble

Chloe Pourmorady is an award-winning Persian American artist known for the versatility of her creative expression. She sings in over ten languages, plays violin, kamancheh and guitar and writes music in many different styles: instrumental, liturgical, folk, modal and more. Combining elements of the ancient with the modern, the avant-garde with the traditional and the […]

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Abate Berihun

Abate Berihun

Saxophonist, vocalist and composer Abate Berihun is one of Israel’s most prominent Ethiopian musicians, known for his collaborations with artists such as Ariel Zilber, Ehud Banai, Yossi Fine, Kutiman, Anat Fort, Omri Mor, Shay Zelman and many others. Joined in his latest project by pianist Roy Mor, bassist David Michaeli and drummer Nitzan Birnbaum, he […]

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Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain is one of today’s most formative bluegrass Americana bands. Their latest studio album, Songs for the Sparrows, is a testament to the imagination of their musicianship and creativity. Creators, band leaders and husband-and-wife team Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic quintet. The band is adept with string virtuosity in […]

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Gephilte

Gephilte

Gephilte, a jam-band experiment in Yiddish funk, is the latest boundary-busting project from renowned Canadian Yiddish hip hop provocateur Josh “Socalled” Dolgin. Branching off from his internationally famous hip hop project and taking cues from his funk/klezmer supergroup Abraham Inc, Dolgin has brought together an ensemble of virtuosos to explore Yiddish repertoire. Less about stylistic […]

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Cabaret Yitesh

Michael Wex’s “The Last Night at the Cabaret Yitesh”

Cabaret meets The Producers in this uproariously edgy new show from the New York Times best-selling author Michael Wex. It’s March 15, 1938, and the censor’s office has just advised the performers in Warsaw’s Yiddish-language “Cabaret Yitesh” that tonight’s show will be their last. With visas to leave the country and nothing left to lose, […]

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TAIWANfest

Stories of Independence

The songs that define our heritage and struggles tell stories rooted in the people and the community. More than politics, more than history, music is an experience of culture and identity that continues to echo across oceans. What is the sound of independence? Some of the familiar music Taiwanese people thought was their own turned […]

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cutsleeve

the parts we could not abandon

With the release and positive reception of their debut EP, the parts we could not abandon, cutsleeve is grateful to perform again, sharing songs that explore their queer diasporic experiences. From punk to alt-rock, you’ll hear music as diverse as the group itself. 

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Ho Deng Music Ensemble

Connections Across Generations

Ho Deng Music Ensemble is joining us in our return to in-person programming this year. Inspired by our connections to various cultures and each other through music, their performance will range from classic folk songs to modern tunes from Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia, across generations and time. 

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Janice Jo Lee

Janice Jo Lee Trio

How do we take care of ourselves and each other in a world that is crumbling before us? Janice Jo Lee presents a set of songs and poems about repair, courage and the healing power of water. Expect cascading vocal harmonies inspired by traditional Korean melody and American jazz harmony. Jo Lee will be joined […]

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Beyond Tribute Band

Beyond Tribute Band

As reality shows like Infinity and Beyond gain popularity abroad for their take on golden oldies, CCT (Cha Chan Ting) aims to bring a unique twist to old favourites closer to home.   A tribute to famous Hong Kong rock band Beyond, each member brings a particular pizzaz to help create a sound to get you […]

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Mackay's Love

Mackay’s Love

Learn about George Leslie Mackay and his work in Taiwan through Mackay’s Love, an adaptation of the 2018 musical theatre show: Kai the Barbarian: the George Leslie Mackay Story. Mackay’s Love is Supported by Spotlight Taiwan, the Canadian Mackay Committee and the Association of Taiwanese Organizations in Toronto.

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Kanatal

Peace

When Suana Emuy Cilangasay came to perform in Canada in 2019, he was deeply moved by the similarities between the histories of Indigenous peoples in Taiwan and Canada, particularly their rapidly disappearing cultures and languages. Since then, his musical journey has taken on a mission to inspire other young Indigenous musicians to join him to […]

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Theresa Chang

Be Courageous || Be Yourself

To be ourselves, we must recognize and respect our parentage. The song “Le Ho Shia” is a beautiful reminder that mothers love and care for us even when we cannot appreciate what they have done for us. “Yong Chi” was first sung by the Malaysian Chinese singer Fish Leong, and it talks about courage even […]

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Orkes Garasi

Blossoming Indonesia

Blossoming Indonesia is a showcase of traditional music, choreography and vocal performances. Featuring Legong, Topang and Tari Piring genre dance performances accompanied by traditional music, the two-part show is an event of dramatic and songful wonder, capturing the essence of Indonesian arts in the face of cultural evolution and history. 

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Henry Ho

biosphere

biosphere will be DJing for Jen Moon and Koven Wei, including a piano ballad duet with Jen Moon and Nujabes live cover performance with Koven Wei. A set list of Koven’s hit singles in the Rap/Korean Hip-Hop genre and new unreleased singles fusing punk and rock with hip-hop undertones. 

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Sadaka

Sadaka

Sadaka (“to give”) was created by Nigerian dance educator, performer and choreographer Sani Abu Mohammed Allen of Ijovudu Dance International to invite divine deities to share their energy and blessings with us. Join master drummer Amadou Kienou and friends in a parade to the heart of Habari Africa. Everybody is welcome to drum, dance, clap […]

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Butterfly band

Butterfly Band

The Butterfly Band is led by Kofi Ackah, son of the legendary Ghanaian highlife musician Jewel Ackah. The Butterfly Band features an all-star lineup of musicians that share a love of Ghanaian highlife music. 

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djely tapa

Songs of My Mother

Four electrifying vocalists with roots on the African continent will honour the role of women and mothers in carrying on musical traditions. Lorraine Klaasen, Djely Tapa, Mis Blandine and Ruth Mathiang share their talents in a musical diversity and excellence showcase, supported by accomplished musicians from Toronto and Montreal. 

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dicko fils

Dicko Fils

Moulaye Dicko, better known by his stage name Dicko Fils, is a popular Burkinabé musician who sings and plays the kamala n’goni. He has been awarded the Knight’s Order of Merit from the Ministry of Culture of Burkina Faso and the Golden Kundé award for Best Artist. Dicko Fils has released several successful albums through […]

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