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Welcome to the official YouTube channel for the Ashkenaz Foundation and Festival. Founded in 1995, the Ashkenaz Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an increased awareness of Yiddish and global Jewish culture through music and the arts. Our internationally-renowned biennial festival and year-round programs showcase the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft, and visual arts. We’d love to hear your comments on our vids!

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Ashkenaz is thrilled to welcome back to Toronto Ethiopian-Israeli dynamo Gili Yalo, last seen in these parts in his show-stopping, North American debut performance on the main stage at the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival.

Category Music

Ukraine’s Zhenya Lopatnik, performs her iconic musical setting of Avram Sutzkever’s Yiddish poem “Ver Vet Blaybn” (Who Will Remain), with accordionist Alan Bern and violinist Mark Kovnatskiy.
Recorded September 3, 2016 in the Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre during the 11th Ashkenaz Festival.