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"Valiant and cheerful"
"Impossible to sit still"
"feels like travelling"
- Rebecca Peirson, Marketing Manager, Crow’s Theatre
Professor and Program Coordinator, Arts Management at Centennial College
"well that got the blood pumpin' and the feet tappin'"
- Robert Menzies, Musician
You'll love Polky Village Band!
Imagine yourself being at an Eastern European party. Musicians are playing accordions, violins, clarinets, tsymbaly and drums, singers are singing traditional songs. Tables bend under the weight of the food. You feel like you are in a wooden barn surrounded by whirling couples dancing waltzes, polkas and obereks, even though you are in Toronto - one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Polky Village Band takes you on a musical journey to Poland, the musical melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe, in which you can hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian musical influences.
Started in January 2017 by singer and ethnomusicologist Ewelina Ferenc, the band came together through a shared passion for the unique and enigmatic style of Central and Eastern European folk music. Here in Toronto, Ewelina met dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk. They were eager to share the music and dance they learned growing up in Poland with some incredible Canadian musicians.
Polky Village Band has performed at the Danforth Music Hall, opening for Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boogát, the Big on Bloor Festival, the Heritage Ontario Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Polish and Ukrainian Festivals and more. They perform and teach folk dances around the city and they collaborate with many world music groups.
Are you in love with Polky Village Band yet?
Ewelina Ferenc - lead vocal, frame drum, tapan
Alicja Stasiuk - vocals
Georgia Hathaway - fiddle, vocals
Matti Palonen - cello, hammer dulcimer, whistles, mandolin, vocals
Tristan Murphy - accordion, pocket trumpet, vocals
John Williams - clarinet
Stacey Yerofeyeva - accordion, piano
Marta Solek - knee fiddle, Bilgoray suka
Past Performance Highlights
Jan. 28 — An Open Showcase for Summerfolk's Artistic Director, Owen Sound.
Jan. 27 — Kosa Malanka-Ukrainian New Year's Party, Toronto.
Dec. 20 — Toronto Christmas Market, Distillery District, Toronto
Nov. 19 — The Cameron House, w. Moskitto Bar, Toronto
Nov. 10 — Tranzac Club, Toronto
Nov. 4 — Lemon Bucket Orkestra CD release, the Danforth Music Hall, Toronto.
Oct. 14 — Canada 150-Cultural Mosaic, Free Times Cafe, Toronto.
Oct. 18, 21, 22 — Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Sep. 15, 16, 17 — Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Sep. 17 — Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Toronto.
Sep. 17 — Hugh's Room Live, w. DoVira, Toronto.
Aug. 13 — Sofar Sounds Toronto
Jul. 23 — Big on Bloor Festival, Toronto.
Jul. 3 — Heritage Ontario Festival, Ontario Place, Toronto
Jun. 25 — Pedestrian Sundays Festival, Toronto
Jun. 24 — Polish Consulate Toronto
Jun. 10 — Mississauga Polish Day
Official website: https://polkyband.com/