You'll love Polky Village Band
Imagine yourself 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 melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe, in which you hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian 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
Every Monday @La Rev - Balfolk Toronto, more info: balfolktoronto.com
feb. 17— Moskitto Masquerade PARTY, More info here!
feb. 22 — Borscht & Dumpling Workshop with Live Music! more info here!
Mar. 2 — Live in the Library @Parkdale library, 7 - 8 PM. Free! MOre info here!
Mar. 23 — The Bring Back Spring Fest @Ciro's Pub, 9 PM, more info Here!
Apr. 8 — Sunday jewish brunch @Free Times Cafe, Toronto
May 12 — Warkworth by night @Warkworth 7:30 PM
Jun. 2 — Warkworth, more detAILS COMING SOON!
Past Performance Highlights
Jan. 28 — An Open Showcase for Summerfolk's Artistic Director, Owen Sound.
JAN. 27 — KOSA KOLEKTIV MALANKA
JAN. 14 — Wośp mississauga @fregata restaurant
DEC. 20 — TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKEt @DISTILLERY DISTRICT
Nov. 19 — The Cameron House, w. Moskitto Bar, Toronto
Nov. 10 — Tranzac Club, Toronto w. guest John Williams
NOV. 4 — LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA CD RELEASE @THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL
OCT. 18, 21, 22 — AGA KHAN MUSEUM
SEP. 15, 16, 17 — TORONTO UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL
SEP. 17 — RONCESVALLES POLISH FESTIVAL
SEP. 17 — HUGH'S ROOM LIVE
JUL. 23 — BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL
JUL. 3 — heritage ontario festival @ontario place
JUN. 25 — PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS IN KENSINGTON MARKET
JUN, 24 — POLISH CONSULATE TORONTO
JUN. 10 — MISSISSAUGA POLISH DAY
Performed at the Balfolk Toronto Bal, Toronto, September 2017
Do Ciebie Kasienko
Matti's house, Toronto, March 2017
Na kapuscie drobne liscie
Blackout Party, Toronto, August 2017