KlezKanada’s 25th annual retreat will be held online on August 24-30th, 2020! Please click here for more details.
This information on this page is for reference only and does *not* necessarily reflect the program, prices, or policies for our 2020 Summer Retreat.
FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
There is so much going on during the week at KlezKanada that it can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you settle in:
• It can get VERY cold at night at KlezKanada, with temperatures falling to freezing. With the exception of the Retreat Centre, accommodations are unheated. We recommend that you bring an extra sleeping bag and plenty of warm clothing for the evenings and nights.
• Instruments can be left in the Retreat Centre overnight to keep them from getting too cold.
• If you are a new to your instrument or new to klezmer, consider taking our beginner’s classes and ensembles. We make sure that there is an offering suitable for beginners in every period.
• Schedule changes and announcements are posted on noticeboards by the door to the Retreat Centre, the sign-post by outside the Dining Room, and inside the Dining Room. The most up-to-date changes and announcements are posted inside the Dining Room.
• Where are the classes? Don’t be afraid to stop people and ask for directions to the class locations. There is also a shuttle service available to take you to your classes.
• Dance Dance Dance! We highly recommend that you take a dance class each year, but especially in your first year. The AM2 dance class is open to all levels and is a fun way to learn the steps and style of Yiddish dance. Taking the class during the day will set you up to dance all night! As a musician, the dance classes are an important part of learning how to play for dancing.
DEADLINES AND FEES
How do I pay?
To secure your reservation, please make a non-refundable deposit of $150 per person at the time of registration. Full payment may be accepted at any time, but no later than Monday, June 22nd, 2020. For reservations made after Monday, June 22nd, 2020, payment must be received in full at the time of registration.
If you wish to pay by credit card, please note that on your registration form and call our registrar Sandy Goldman at 514.489.9014 to arrange payment. To pay by cheque, submit an online registration form and then send payment to our address below.
Reservations are not considered finalized until a deposit is received.
Jack Reitman Hillel House
3460 rue Stanley
What happens if I have to cancel?
Registered participants who cancel before Monday, June 22nd, 2020 will receive a full refund minus their non-refundable $150 per person deposit. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after June 22nd, 2020. No refunds or discounts will be given for non-arrivals, late-arrivals, or early departures.
Can I attend for a portion of the week?
For the 2020 summer retreat, we will have a limited number of day and evening passes available, but apart from this we expect participants to attend KlezKanada for the full week.
But I have to leave early for school/audition/job etc – is that ok?
There are always extenuating circumstances. You should plan to attend for the full week but if you must leave a day early, let us know as soon as possible. We do not offer a reduction in fees for students or registrants that need to leave early.
What is the fee for Azrieli Scholarship Recipients?
Recipients of Azrieli Scholarship are required to pay a highly subsidized participation fee of $375. Scholarship students can also take the shuttle from Montreal to camp for a reduced rate of $20 round-trip. For more information about the shuttles, see below.
When is the scholarship fee due?
THE FULL FEE MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 1st, 2020. Applicants who have not submitted the fee by that date will have their place offered to a student on the waiting list. As always, if there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from submitting payment on time, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator to discuss your individual situation.
How do I get to KlezKanada from Montreal?
We offer a shuttle service from Montreal to KlezKanada (and back) on the first day on the first day and the last day of KlezKanada. The cost per person is $40 one way/$80 round-trip. This service is $20 round-trip for Azrieli Scholarship recipients. Advance sign-up is compulsory for this service . There is no room on the buses for those that have not requested a seat on the shuttle.
Where do the shuttles leave from?
Shuttles leave from Montreal’s local Federation CJA office, from Dorval train station, and from Trudeau International Aiport (YUL). The shuttle from the Federation leaves outside 1 Carré Cummings Square, which is about a 10 minute walk from Côte St-Catherine metro. The meeting point for the airport shuttle (for 2020) is Pub John Molson. Please be at the meeting point early to ensure that shuttles can leave on time!
I received an Azrieli Scholarship, can you help me pay my travel?
Azrieli Scholarship recipients seeking assistance with travel costs are strongly encouraged to apply for our Bernstein Bursary Program. These two bursaries provide substantial subsidy of KlezKanada fees, along with an award of up to $500 CAD in reimbursement for travel expenses to KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat. The Bernstein Bursaries are open to all applicants with financial need, with priority given to applicants from the prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta).
Please note that Bernstein Bursary awardees are still required to pay the regular $375 Scholarship Fee.
To apply for this opportunity, please click the appropriate box on the application for the Azrieli Scholarship Program.
Can you provide me with driving directions?
Driving directions and a map are available on our website here.
When should I arrive at KlezKanada?
If you are driving to KlezKanada, please do not arrive before 2pm on the first day (Monday). We recommend that you arrive in time for dinner at 6:30 as this is followed by the orientations and activities in the evening.
What do I do when I arrive?
When you arrive, please stop at the gates and sign-in at the front office. Shuttle buses will stop at the front office to unload. They will give you an arrival packet with camp rules, KlezKanada information, and a name tag – please read the information in your folder carefully. A member of the Camp B’nai Brith staff will help you find your accommodation so that you can settle in.
FOOD and ACCOMMODATIONS
What are the accommodations like?
Cabins: Camp B’nai Brith of Montreal is, for the most part, organized into circles of cabins (like a summer camp). Each circle of cabins has as separate building with shared showers and washrooms. Cabins generally sleep between 4 and 8 people each. Please note that the accommodation in the cabins is very basic, and they have no heating, so be sure to bring appropriate bedding (see below).
**Azrieli Scholarship recipients are housed in cabins.**
Tents: The tents are pioneer tents with raised floors and electricity. There is a separate building with shared showers and washrooms. Tents sleep 1 to 2 people each.
Retreat Centre: The Retreat Centre is fully heated and staffed. 2 people per room. Each room has a private bathroom.
Offsite: Guests who choose to stay offsite are responsible for finding their own accommodation.
What should I bring for my cabin?
• Sheets, blankets, and bedding. We recommend that you bring a warm sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night. Temperatures can drop to freezing.
• Towels and toiletries
• Flip-flops for the showers
Where do scholarship recipients stay?
Azrieli Scholarship recipients stay in these cabins, generally with four to six other students. Couples may be accommodated if you let us know far enough in advance.
Can I stay with my friends?
You may make roommate requests. These requests should be emailed to our Scholarship Coordinator or Registrar. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Is the food kosher?
Yes. CBB is strictly kosher.
I am a vegetarian/vegan, will there be food for me?
Yes. Please make sure you have alerted us to this on your application.
Can I keep food in the cabin?
Please note that Camp B’nai Brith is strictly kosher. All food brought onto the site must be kosher. We strongly advise you not to keep food in your cabins as it attracts animals. In the past few years we have had a run of raccoon thefts! If you must keep food in your cabin, make sure that it is completely sealed in an animal-safe container.
WHAT TO BRING
What will the weather be like?
Be prepared for everything. The days are generally quite summery and beautiful but Camp B’nai Brith is north of Montreal and the temperature can be much cooler than the city. Mornings can be chilly, evenings cold and nights positively freezing! Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains a lot. Then again, the weather is often gorgeous and warm enough to go swimming in the lake during the day.
What should I bring with me?
• Bring anything pertinent to your practice (i.e. your musical instrument!), sheet music, music stands, etc. There is no music store on site, so be sure to bring spare strings, reeds etc.
• Anyone with the intention of dancing (which should be all of you!) but especially those planning to attend the dance classes should bring comfortable shoes for dancing. Flip flops are not acceptable dance shoes.
• We strongly recommend that students bring recording equipment in order to tape lessons and ensembles for later review. Don’t forget: extra batteries, a microphone, extra discs, cords, and chargers.
• Sheets and bedding. We recommend that you bring a warm sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night. Temperatures can drop to freezing.
• Bring your own towels and toiletries
• Flip-flops for the showers
• There are no laundry facilities at KlezKanada. Please make sure that you bring enough clothing for the full week.
• We recommend that you bring warm clothing with you. It can get VERY cold at night so bring a warm sweater, a toque, and a scarf. Bring warm sleepwear: long underwear, sweatpants and sweatshirts. Bring boots. We also recommend bringing a sleeping bag.
• Raingear (rainjacket, umbrella, rainboots)
• Despite the evening temperatures, the days can be very warm. You will probably want casual summer clothing for daily wear. Bring clothes that you can be comfortable in – think summer camp. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, and sandals.
• Many participants like to dress up a little bit on Shabes. Not formal, but nice. You may want to bring a yarmulke, hat, or other head-covering.
• Every year on Thursday night there is also a themed dance ball. Themes have included Black&White, Renaissance, and others, and many people like to dress up in costume according to the theme. If you want to prepare a costume or themed accessories in advance you can check out the theme for this year’s ball in the current program.
• Earplugs (for sensitive ears during classes or concerts, for sharing cabins with roommates who might snore, etc)
• There is no drugstore or other shops on site except for the boutique which sells CD’s and merchandise. If you need to buy anything, the nearest small town, Ste-Agathe, is a fifteen minute drive from camp, and there you can find a pharmacy, restaurants etc.
All those warm clothes and a sleeping bag – that’s a lot to pack….?
Yes it is. However, you won’t regret it when you have to run back to your unheated cabin at 2am and climb into a cold bed. The temperatures have been known to drop to freezing during the night.
Should I bring money to KlezKanada?
It is, of course, up to you how much money you bring with you to KlezKanada. There is a boutique where you can purchase the books and CDs of our faculty as well as KlezKanada t-shirts and paraphernalia. Most CDs are $20 Canadian each. The store accepts cash and credit cards. There is also a cash bar in the evenings.
Can I bring my dog/cat/parrot?
No, sorry – no pets.
How are the days structured?
There are four main workshop periods per day, two before lunch and two after lunch. Lectures, films and discussions run concurrently with the technique classes, performance ensembles, and master classes. There is usually a concert after dinner followed by dancing and the KlezKabaret. On Friday evening there is a special schedule, with the Backwards March, Shabes Dinner, and evening events.
Do I have to attend all of the classes?
Registrants may attend as many or as few classes as they choose. Azrieli Scholarship recipients musy attend a minimum of three classes per day.
Will I have free time?
It is impossible to partake in everything offered at KlezKanada. That said, it is up to you to structure your time. There are always plenty of opportunities for informal jam sessions and long walks outside in the sun. Shabes is, for the most part, left unscheduled.
What will the weather be like?
Be prepared for everything. The days are generally quite summery and beautiful but Camp B’nai Brith is north of Montreal and the temperature can be much cooler than the city. Mornings can be chilly, evenings cold and nights positively freezing! Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains a lot. Then again, the weather is often gorgeous and the days warm enough to go swimming.
Is there swimming?
Camp B’nai Brith is located on a beautiful, clear lake. The camp also has a swimming pool. The pool and the lakefront are open at select times during the day. Please note that swimming is ONLY allowed when a camp lifeguard is on duty. This policy is strictly enforced.
Can I smoke?
There is a strict non-smoking policy within the camp grounds, except for in designated smoking areas that are provided for the consumption of tobacco exclusively. Use of other substances, such as cannabis, in these areas is prohibited.
Is there internet access?
There is usually wireless internet access, however the connection is often unreliable and slow. Please note that internet access is not available in cabins or rooms. It is only available on the main floor of the Retreat Centre.
What is your policy for Shabes?
We try to create a Shabes atmosphere on Saturday, and any formal programming on Shabes does not require the use of technology or instruments. As individuals, you are free to decide on your own behaviour and activity; e.g. playing music, swimming, hobbies, lights in room, etc., while at the same time respecting the Shabes integrity in the public spaces.
KlezKanada is proud of its diverse community and aims to create a safe, welcoming environment for participants at all its programs. Full community guidelines and policies are published in our program book, which is also available on our website here
Substance Abuse Policy
KlezKanada aims to create a safe and healthy community for all ages. The use of any illegal substance or drug at any time during the Retreat and at any KlezKanada programs is strictly prohibited. Abuse of legally available substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis is strictly prohibited. Substance abuse may be defined, but is not limited to: engaging in behaviour that results in the harm or discomfort of oneself or others; encouraging the use of any of the aforementioned substances by participants and staff under age 18 (minors); use of these substances by minors themselves. Participants and staff caught in violation of these rules will be removed from the Retreat and will not be allowed to return in subsequent years. In the event that this occurs, no reimbursement will be offered to participants who are removed from the program. Designated smoking areas are provided for the consumption of tobacco exclusively. Use of other substances, such as cannabis, in these areas is prohibited.