Montreal Jewish Music Festival (Festival de Musique Juive de Montréal)

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Festival de Musique Juive de Montréal
c/o KlezKanada
1 Carré Cummings
Montréal, QC
H3W 1M6 Canada

Festival Description

KlezKanada brings the best in traditional and contemporary Jewish music to the streets and venues of Montreal. Many of the festival events will take place around St-Laurent blvd. at the very area where the Montreal Jewish community thrived for over one hundred years and where the city’s multicultural face shines today. The festival will present over sixteen local and international acts in venues across the city and is gearing up to be an even more exciting event than its predecessor. The inaugural edition took place in 2010. The cultural festival has been embraced by the community for all the wonderful musical treasures that are showcased at this event.

Festival Dates August 25 - 29, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Montreal Jewish Music Festival’s mission is to showcase the top local and international artists in the field of Jewish music, thereby promoting Jewish arts awareness and cultural diversity in Montreal. Whether it’s for one show or for the entire week, join us in revisiting the music of Judaism’s treasured past or in rocking the new face of Jewish music party style.


Festival Events:

Highlights 2013:
  • Sergiu Popa’s Ivreyaska Project and Ichka
    • The most authentic evening of traditional Eastern-European Jewish music this city will have heard in years! The Ivreyaska Project is an authentic and virtuosic recreation of Eastern-European Jewish music as it would have been heard a century ago in the region of old Bessarabia. Ichka presents a panorama of Klezmer music, with a repertoire stretching from the Ukraine and Moldova, to Greece and Turkey, passing through Romania and Poland.
  • Socalled Sings Yiddish and Anthony Russell
    • Josh Dolgin has put together an homage to his mentors of Yiddish songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He’ll then hit the decks later in the evening and DJ a set of music drawn from his vast collection of LPs. Andrew Russel is a classical vocalist whose focus is the recital repertoire of the famed Sidor Belarsky, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and prolific performers of cantorial music, Chassidic nigunim and yiddish art song. Formal attire is encouraged.
  • But is it Jewish? with Briga & Shtreiml
    • Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds, with a touch of rock and hip hop backing. Her latest album Turbo Folk Stories (2012) was nominated for Best Album at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, as well as Best Album at the ADISQ Awards.
  • The MJMF will close at Sala Rossa on August 29th
    • Featuring an evening of “Jewish americana” provided by the tight harmonies of New-York Jewish rock legends Soulfarm, featuring the blazing guitar of Grammy Award winning C Lanzbom. They’ll share the stage with cantor Adam Stotland who’ll spark up music from his “Jewgrass” project. There will be folk, jazz and yiddish songs throughout the festival courtesy of Israeli virtuoso flautist Hadar Noiberg who will entrance, amaze and beguile the Upstairs Bar; New-York trumpeter Ben Holmes who will draw on his klezmer, classical and jazz background to deliver a unique constellation of sounds; and much more!


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