While Toronto’s Polish community celebrates up and down Roncy and the Ukrainians take over Bloor West, Hugh’s Room Live brings the vibrancy of Eastern European together with two hot new bands, drawing on their roots.
Polky Village Band
Polky Village Band perform authentic energetic folk songs from various regions of Poland.
Born in Katowice, Poland, ethnomusicologist and singer Ewelina Ferenc moved to Toronto in 2015. Here she met professional Polish dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, originally from Zielona Gora. Together they were eager to share the music they learned growing up back home with some incredible Canadian musicians & friends they acquired in Toronto. Today, the instrumentation of Polky Village Band consists of:
Ewelina Ferenc – Matka Polka & lead vocal, frame drum, tapan
Alicja Stasiuk – vocals, dance instructor
Matti Palonen – hammer dulcimer, jouhikko, flutes, mandolin, vocals
Tristan Murphy – accordion, vocals
Georgia Hathaway – fiddle, vocals
The band has performed and taught traditional dance workshops at numerous cultural events around the Great Toronto Area.
Polky Village band is always ready to make you dance, even if you’ve got two left feet!
DoVira [do-VEE-ruh] is a Canadian world fusion group that integrates Eastern European folk music with contemporary arrangements, electronic textures, and other music influences from around the World.
The band is fronted by Ukrainian-born pianist/vocalist/composer Stacey Yerofeyeva, and joined by composer/sound designer Mike Romaniak; a pioneer in integrating the sopilka (a traditional Ukrainian flute-like instrument) with guitar pedals & effects. The group also features guitarist, electronics, and synth master Patrick O’Reilly.
DoVira, whose name translates to ‘trust’ in Ukrainian, released their first EP ’Obrys’ (or ‘Outline’) in 2014. The EP featured re-mastered versions of such successful debut singles as ‘Yihav Kozak Mistom’, featuring the Sudanese multi- instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid (currently celebrating 50,000+ views on YouTube).
DoVira’s second release was their debut full-length album, self- titled as ‘DoVira’ on November 25th, 2016. Recorded at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, the album features nine guest artists, including Juno-award winning tabla virtuoso Ed Hanley (Autorickshaw), woodwind master Ernie Tollar (Tasa), percussionist Derek Gray (Ventanas), Georgian polyphony specialist Andrea Kuzmich (Darbazi, ZARI), and Slavic village-voice singer Anastasia Baczynskyj (Lemon Bucket Orkestra), and more. The album singles out the Ukrainian folk melody as the point of departure for a musical treasure hunt within tradition.
“This is world fusion at it’s best” – Whole Note Magazine 2016.
For more information, stay tuned to doviraband.com and follow @doviraband on Facebook.