Meet three extraordinary artists who will be teaching at KlezKanada this year!
After more than a decade, Joey Weisenberg will be returning to KlezKanada this summer! It’s hard to define Joey: singer, instrumentalist, community song leader, scholar, composer, author… this only scratches the surface. Since Joey’s last visit to KlezKanada, he has earned an international following, training communities to unlock their spiritual potential through music. His newest book The Torah of Music was released in 2017 and recently won a National Jewish Book Award.
It’s always exciting to introduce a brand new faculty member to the KlezKanada community. This summer we welcome Montreal based writer, storyteller, and poet Joshua Levy. Joshua is the 2018 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Quebec Writers’ Federation Writer-in-Residence, a position that allows him to write and tell stories across CBC Radio, CBC Television, and CBC Digital Print. He is the winner of the 2017 Carte Blanche/CNFC Creative Nonfiction Prize and has written articles and stories for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Jewish News, and the Montreal Gazette. Joshua joins us for the first time this summer, and his Creative Writing and Poetry Workshop will most certainly be a highlight!
And finally (for now), it is with great pleasure that we welcome back Ethel Raim to KlezKanada. Ethel is widely recognized for her expertise in both Yiddish and Balkan vocal traditions. Her celebrated career as a performer, teacher, and recording artist has spanned more than five decades. In the early 1960s she founded the groundbreaking women’s a cappella group The Pennywhistlers, whose recordings were instrumental in seeding a number of women’s vocal ensembles across America. She was the Artistic Director of Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and is an undisputed heavyweight champion of Unaccompanied Yiddish Song, teaching it internationally and at our Retreat this summer.