KlezKanada is proud to present the theme for this summer’s Laurentian Retreat: UPRISING // RISING UP! Drawing upon the richness of Jewish history, the power of Jewish memory, and vitality of Jewish culture today, this is a program you do not want to miss.
Registration for KlezKanada’s 2018 Laurentian Retreat (Monday, August 20th to Sunday, August 26th) is available here.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when a band of Jewish resistance fighters held off the Nazi Army for more than a month. In the midst of the ultimate horror, Jews with divergent political ideologies came together to fight, illuminating the awesome power of people when they unite and rise up. The uprising not only halted deportations, but news from the Warsaw Ghetto spread quickly and inspired Jews throughout occupied Europe. In honour of their sacrifice, in memory of the lives lost, and in recognition of their struggle, this summer KlezKanada will feature special programming throughout the week. (Photo: Bob Blacksberg)
The news of the uprising lifted our spirits and made us proud… And although we were in agony at their unequal struggle… we felt relieved… Our hearts became winged….” Shmerke Kaczerginski
This year we remember and celebrate the life and work of Elaine Hoffman Watts z”l, an
extraordinary musician and teacher in the world of contemporary klezmer percussion. As a woman in a mostly male profession, Elaine paved her own course and challenged people’s perceptions of what a klezmer drummer could look like. Part of a klezmer dynasty going back to Ukraine, Elaine passed on the tradition in her own family. But she didn’t stop there. Her generosity knew no bounds. She shared her trove of knowledge with thousands of students. And she empowered female musicians to rise up against the status quo, making sure that everyone knows that girls do play drums. Her experience, music, and groove was and remains a guiding light.
With Elaine as our inspiration, this summer we’ll reflect on how our art and music can break barriers and rise above expectations. So, join us as we think, play, and dance at concerts, films, lectures, and more all devoted to the funkiest beat around! (Photo: Jonas Becker)