Join us in the Mountains for the 19th edition of the KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat, Canada’s largest annual festival of Jewish/Yiddish culture and the arts. Featuring: an all-star faculty, world-class concerts, workshops for instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and visual artists of all levels, films and lectures on Jewish history, literature, language and culture, children’s and teen programs that set the standard for learning and creativity.
Our November 25 Yiddish dance party has been postponed until January 19th. Please stay tuned for further information.
We are very pleased to release our 2013 brochure: 56 pages packed with amazing programming!
The brochure contains the faculty, highlights, workshops, and FULL daily schedule of events.
Download by clicking on the cover image!
Whether you are joining us for the week or just for one day, our 2013 concert line-up is sure to amaze! Join us for a week of afternoon and evening concerts, dancing, and celebration. Read More
Montreal klezmer Hyman (Blackie) Herman has just confirmed his first visit to KlezKanada. The Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal (IMJM) presents an intergenerational conversation with a very musical Montreal family. Having immigrated to Canada at age two in 1924, drummer Hy “Blackie” Herman was at the height of his musical career as a band leader in the 1950s. Hailing from a musical family who were klezmer musicians in Poland, Blackie worked with music greats such as trumpet player Maynard Ferguson, and pianists Oscar Peterson and Paul Bley. His grandson and bass player, Zack Lober, has transformed his zaide’s music and stories into the multi-media Ancestry project. The Founder and Director of the IMJM, Zev Moses, will host a discussion with grandfather and grandson about the swinging days of Montreal’s music scene and its lasting legacy for future generations.
The McGill/KlezKanada Summer Course students will be working with him to better understand what the life of a working Jewish musician in mid-twentieth-century Montreal was really like. For more on Blackie Herman, check out this article in the Canadian Jewish News about former KlezKanada fellow Emily Lam and her work with him.