KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat returns, August 23-29th, 2021!
Join us for our 26th annual celebration of Yiddish culture and Jewish music, an immersive week of learning and performance in a dynamic, diverse, and creative community.
The first five days of workshops, classes, and concerts (Monday-Friday, August 23-27th) will take place online in a rich, immersive environment. As the public health situation allows, on Saturday night August 28th and all day Sunday, August 29th, we will present an array of in-person activities right here in Montreal including concerts and other events, live-streamed for others further afield.
Artists and scholars ages 16-35 can apply for an Azrieli Scholarship Program now (priority deadline June 15th!). General registration will open July 1st, 2021. Watch this space for more information and programming highlights in the months ahead!
What is KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat usually like?
Each year, KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat draws people from around the world. On the shores of a calm lake, nestled amongst the beautiful Laurentian mountains, participants celebrate the tradition, innovation, and continuity of Jewish music and Yiddish culture. Intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and international, KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat has grown into one of the leading Jewish cultural events in the world.
“When imagining the perfect environment, a warm sunny day at KlezKanada is invariably the location.” Arielle Lewis-Weigens, Azrieli Scholarship Program Alum
KlezKanada features an all-star faculty, world-class concerts, and a KlezKabaret that will keep you singing and dancing late into the night! There’s workshops for instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and visual artists of all levels, plus classes and lectures on Jewish history and culture, Yiddish language and literature, and programs in theatre, creative writing, and children’s learning, and so much more!
Whether in-person or online, KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat is far more than a festival. It is the place where a true community is formed and where the living, vibrant tradition of Yiddish culture and Jewish music continues to thrive.