We are hard at work on our 2015 festival and we will be posting our concerts, talks, and workshops online over the next few weeks. In the meantime, to learn about the full range of programs we present at KlezKanada every year, please read our 2014 Brochure.

Highlights include:


The Klezmatics newest album, tentatively entitled Apikorsim (Heretics), will be released this Fall. The Klezmatics have been trend setters in the New Yiddish Music scene for almost 30 years and are the only Jewish music group to win a Grammy award – for Wonder Wheel, their settings of Woody Guthrie’s texts.

Miryem-Khaye Seigel will present her celebrated new first CD, Toyznt Tamen (A Thousand Flavors), a collection of original Yiddish songs.

Henri Oppenheim’s Tur Malka (New Songs of Yiddish Montreal) consists of 15 original melodies based on Yiddish poems that were written in the 20th century by poets who chose Montreal as their home including leading figures of Canadian Yiddish literature: Jacob Isaac Segal, Chava Rosenfarb, Rokhl Korn, Melekh Ravitch, Ida Maze, A.M. Klein, N.I. Gotlib. Supported by contemporary Yiddish experts including Pierre Anctil, Rivka Augenfeld and Goldie Morgentaler, this project aims to revive an important period of Yiddish culture in Canada.

A Celebration of Jewish Food features Dr. Eve Jochnowitz and Leah Koenig who will discuss their new and upcoming cookbooks.

Leah Koenig talk about Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen. From a leading voice of the new generation of young cooks who are reimagining traditional Jewish food, this take on the cuisine of the diaspora pays homage to tradition while reflecting the values of the modern-day food movement.

Dr. Eve Jochnowitz, a Yiddish instructor whose doctoral dissertation on Jewish Culinary History is on the subject of Jewish culinary ethnography, is the translator, annotator, and adapter of the forthcoming YIVO publication, Fania Lewando’s Vegetarian Cookbook, originally published in Vilna in 1938.


KlezKanada’s Poetry Retreat will feature expanded interactions between poetry and music, thanks to this year’s special instructor, Hank Lazer, and his interest in fusing poetry with other arts. Hank has published eighteen books of poetry and has collaborated with various jazz musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists in seeking new ways to present poetry.


Our exhilarating dance program features more opportunities than ever to dance to live music.