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    Celebrating Shabbat in Song

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    Friday March 29, 2019
    Refreshments: 12:30 pm
    Concert and Shabbat Ceremony 1:00 - 2:30 pm

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    We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us at our monthly Friday afternoon program. Enjoy a Jewish-themed concert featuring renowned cantors, rabbis and popular musicians, as well as a kosher lunch and Shabbat ceremony. Presented in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre and Healthy at Home.

    FREE - To register, please call (416) 924-6211 x0 or register below. 

    Friday March 29 -- Chazzan Paula Wolfson and accompanist Giustin MacLean

    Paula Wolfson is a 38-year Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning theatre professional who has performed across much of the continent in “mega-musicals” (Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast) or regional theatres (Charlottetown Festival, Belfry Theatre). She is the regular Cantorial soloist with her congregation Shir Libeynu. Paula conducts Singing With Parkinson’s and a Certified Artist Educator with a special interest in seniors and those with special needs. The National Post called her “…a magnetic performer.”

    Accompanist Giustin MacLean is a musician, conductor, and music director who also creates music arrangements and orchestrations. A former University of Toronto student, Giustin is proving to be a rising star in the Toronto arts community, and Paula works with him at every opportunity. Last summer they collaborated on Paula’s sold-out Fringe hit Judas Star Supersong.


    Friday May 24 -- David Wall and Marilyn Lerner

    Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner has performed internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her musical career has been marked by a deep exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music. Lerner conducts workshops on improvisation and on Jewish music throughout North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union.  Her current projects include recording and performances of "Shake My Heart like a Copper Bell", a contemporary Yiddish song cycle for which she received a Hadassah-Brandeis research award, a new jazz trio project-called Ugly Beauties with Nick Fraser and Matt Brubeck, and a New York based free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano. 

    David Wall is a Toronto-based composer and singer who has had a long and varied career in the Canadian music business. He has written hit songs and sung in various bands and popular musical entities with funny names (e.g. "The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir" and "The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band"). He has collaborated extensively with pianist Marilyn Lerner on Jewish music projects. For two decades, he has been a composer for film, television and experimental projects, working with collaborators such as Avi Lewis, John Greyson, Alan Zweig and Bruce Mau. David resides in Toronto with his wife Kyo and their two sons, Yoshi and Mika.



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    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422

    Charitable Registration Number:
    140344243 RR0001

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