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"Valiant and cheerful"
"Ewelina is a powerful vocalist whose voice could peel wallpaper off walls, and her four-piece band of hammered dulcimer, accordion, fiddle and upright bass, anchored by Ewelina’s pounding drum beats, sounds like a party on wheels... Oh Polky Village Band. How can I not love you?"
- Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada
"Impossible to sit still"
- Russian Express
"Feels like travelling"
- Rebecca Peirson, Marketing Manager, Crow’s Theatre
Professor and Program Coordinator, Arts Management at Centennial College
Polish folk music - Canadian musicians - Multicultural way!
Created by courageous Polish ladies and fronted by singer Ewelina Ferenc, Polky Village Band is not your typical "polka band" but an authentic and energetic Polish-Canadian folk music group. By adding a uniquely Canadian, multicultural flavour, the band brings their own original sound to traditional forms..
Started in January 2017 the band came together through a shared passion for the unique and enigmatic style of Central and Eastern European folk music. They perform folk songs and dances they learned while growing up back home, and now they share them with incredible Canadian musicians & friends they acquired in Toronto!
Polky Village Band takes you on a musical journey to Poland, the melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe where you can hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian influences
Polky Village Band has performed at the Danforth Music Hall, opening for Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boogát, the Aga Khan Museum, Polish and Ukrainian Festivals ,the Summerfolk Festival, the Ashkenaz Festival, Folk Ontario Conference and more!
Their recently released their newest EP Immigration, inspired by immigration to Canada, Polish traditional music from Mazovia region, Polish mountains and Led Zeppelin…
Marta Solek - knee fiddle, Bilgoray suka, Greek lyra
John Williams - clarinet
Ewelina Ferenc - lead vocal, baraban, Polish frame drum
Ala Stasiuk - vocals, dance teacher
Georgia Hathaway - fiddle, vocals
Matti Palonen - hammer dulcimer, vocals
Stacey Yerofeyeva - accordion, vocals
Robert Alan Mackie - double bass, violin
Past Performance Highlights
Feb. 17 — Polish Consulate in Montreal, w. Magda Navarrete
Feb. 13-17, 2018 — Folk Alliance International - Official Showcase | Montreal
Sep. 27-30, 2018 — Folk Music Ontario Conference - Official Showcase | Mississauga
Aug. 29, 2018 — Ashkenaz Festival | Lula Lounge, Toronto.
Aug. 17-19, 2018 — Summerfolk Arts and Crafts Festival | Owen Sound
Jul. 29, 2018 — Music in Trillium Park | Polky Village Band and Ventanas | Ontario Place, Toronto
Jul. 20-22, 2018 — Capital Ukrainian Festiva | Ottawa
Jul. 13-15, 2018 — Stewart Park Festival | Perth, Ontario
Jul. 1, 2018 — Canada Day | Yonge - Dundas Square | Toronto
Jun. 28, 2018 — EP Release Party, Small World Music Centre, Toronto
Jun. 23, 2018 — Distillery District, Toronto
Jun. 23, 2018 — Polish Consulate, Toronto
May 28, Jun. 2 & 3, 2018 — Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Apr. 8, 2018— Sunday Jewish Brunch @Free Times Cafe, Toronto
Mar. 2, 2018 — Live in the Library, Parkdale Library, Toronto
Jan. 28, 2018 — An Open Showcase for Summerfolk's Artistic Director, Owen Sound
Jan. 27, 2018 — Kosa Malanka-Ukrainian New Year's Party, Toronto
Dec. 20, 2017— Toronto Christmas Market, Distillery District, Toronto
Nov. 19, 2017— The Cameron House, w. Moskitto Bar, Toronto
Nov. 4, 2017 — Lemon Bucket Orkestra CD release, the Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
Oct. 14, 2017 — Canada 150-Cultural Mosaic, Free Times Cafe, Toronto
Oct. 18, 21, 22, 2017 — Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Sep. 15, 16, 17, 2017 — Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Sep. 17, 2017 — Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Toronto
Sep. 17, 2017 — Hugh's Room Live, w. DoVira, Toronto
Aug. 13, 2017 — Sofar Sounds Toronto
Jul. 23, 2017 — Big on Bloor Festival, Toronto
Jul. 3, 2017 — Heritage Ontario Festival, Ontario Place, Toronto
Jun. 25, 2017 — Pedestrian Sundays Festival, Toronto
Jun. 24, 2017 — Polish Consulate Toronto
Jun. 10, 2017 — Mississauga Polish Day
Official website: https://polkyband.com/