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(Photo credit: Polina Teif)
"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
Polish folk music - Canadian musicians - Multicultural way!
Created by two courageous ladies from Poland, singer Ewelina Ferenc and dancer Ala Stasiuk, Polky Village Band is not a typical "polka band" but an authentic, energetic Polish-Canadian folk music group.
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.
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. 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.
The band performs folk songs and dances that Ewelina and Ala learned while growing up back home, and now they share them with incredible Canadian musicians & friends they acquired in Toronto!
They present music and traditional instruments currently reviving on the Polish music scene and create their own unique sound by adding Canadian and multicultural flavor!
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, the 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.
Ewelina Ferenc - lead vocal, baraban, Polish frame drum
Ala Stasiuk - vocals, dance teacher
Georgia Hathaway - fiddle, vocals
Matti Palonen - cello, hammer dulcimer, vocals
Tristan Murphy - accordion, pocket trumpet, vocals
John Williams - clarinet
Stacey Yerofeyeva - accordion, piano
Marta Solek - knee fiddle, Bilgoray suka
Past Performance Highlights
May 28, Jun. 2 & 3 — Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Apr. 8 — Sunday Jewish Brunch @Free Times Cafe, Toronto
Mar. 2 — Live in the Library, Parkdale Library, Toronto
Feb. 17— Moskitto Masquerade Party, Redwood Theater, Toronto
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/