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january 2018 | Volume 163


Chutzpah! Festival 2018

Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival
February 15 - March 15, 2018
Performances at the Rickshaw Theatre, Fox Cabaret, Norman Rothstein Theatre
www.chutzpahfestival.com or 604-257-5145

TROKER (Mexico) February 17, Rickshaw Theatre
IDAN RAICHEL (Israel) February 25, Norman Rothstein Theatre
URI GURVICH QUARTET (Israel/USA) March 4, Norman Rothstein Theatre
PERLA BATALLA IN THE HOUSE OF COHEN (USA) March 11, Norman Rothstein Theatre
BEYOND THE PALE (Canada) March 15, Norman Rothstein Theatre

Chutzpah! Festival 2018 presents outstanding internationally-celebrated music, including leading world music pioneers from Israel, Mexico, USA and Canada. “The rich global landscape of music presented as part of Chutzpah! 2018 showcases some of the world’s most exciting musical performers,” says Artistic & Managing Director Mary-Louise Albert. “Whatever your musical tastes are, Chutzpah! Festival has something for you.”  

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  Photo credit: Troker.

TROKER (Mexico)
West Coast Premiere

“noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, and altogether wonderful” – all about jazz
“one of the best live act experiences in our country” – warp

“Funkadelic.” “Post-rock.” “Boundary-averse.” Blurring jazz, rock, mariachi, metal, funk and hip hop, Mexico’s Troker refuses to be pigeonholed.

NPR describes the band’s sound as “heavy jazz: lots of horns, pummeling rhythms, and a fierce huge sound.” In concert, Troker’s pulsing cacophony of “immediately infectious tunes” (The Huffington Post) has made them a festival favourite (they were the first band in history to play twice, in consecutive years, at the West Holts Stage of the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England), and SXSW, which billed Troker as “a powerful expression of contemporary Mexico.”

A fusion of jazz, funk, DJ scratching and the tradition of mariachi horns; this band is a contemporary expression of the Mexican music scene, with a sound that travels between the sublime and dangerous.


Presented with Cap Jazz Series

Performance Details:
February 17@ 8pm
Rickshaw Theatre - 19+
254 E. Hastings Street
Student $25 / Adult $30 (+GST & service charges)
(adult only at door)
(show included in ChutziPack) 

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  Photo: Barbara Adler.
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  Photo: Jake Klar.


“Barbara Adler guides her audience with the easy charm of someone who loves what they do” – CBC

Ten Thousand Wolves led by Barbara Adler is an intimate, collaborative ensemble whose work brings together songwriting, storytelling, theatre, design and whatever other tool comes to hand. Their Chutzpah! musical journey Decoy incorporates an 8-piece band and weaves together meticulously crafted folk songs with a poetic narrative, projection and object theatre, combining to tell a story about the power of artifice to bring us closer to something real!

“…Jake Klar is an urgent meeting of folk, roots and good old rock and roll, that carries with it the kind of unbreakable spirit that makes music of this ilk undeniably powerful.” – Gold Flake Paint

An American singer/songwriter, poet and visual artist, Jake Klar is part of a New Bohemia, that’s grown out of the tobacco farms and flood plains of Western Massachusetts.

Barbara and Jake will delight us with separate sets as well as collaborating on multiple songs as this stellar evening comes to a close.


Performance Details: February 24 @ 8pm | Fox Cabaret - 19+ | 2321 Main Street

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $26.00, Students $24.00 (+GST & service charges) (show included in ChutziPack) 




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  Photo credit: Idan Raichel. Photo by Toni Delong.


“Idan Raichel makes music that is an ambitious celebration…an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional the modern" – The Times (London)

“one of the most fascinating titles to emerge in world music…a multi-ethnic tour de force” – Billboard Magazine

“[this is an] elegant, acousticled album of songs with a gentle, devotional feel” – The Boston Globe

Idan Raichel is back! This time . . . solo . . .grand piano . . .digital keyboard . . .video . . .singing songs and sharing stories . . .

Keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. Returning to Chutzpah! in this rare chance to see him perform in such and intimate venue, he’ll play his greatest hits and songs from his latest album, At the Edge of the Beginning.

Performance Details:
February 25 @ 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.
Adult:  $55 (+ GST and Service Charges)
(show NOT included in ChutziPack) 

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  Photo credit: Uri Gurvich. Photo by Press5.


“Gurvich's ability to unpredictably flit and dart through the phrasing on his horn while retaining the integrity of the groove is likewise reminiscent of (Joe) Lovano"- Jazz Times

"Jazz is an indigenous American art form, but it is also a thoroughly global enterprise. And few of the music's practitioners embody its universality more completely than saxophonist Uri Gurvich" – DOWNBEAT

“his alto is multifaceted, light and clear with an intermittent touch of grittiness”– NYC Jazz Record

Internationally-acclaimed saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and at age twenty won Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel. Winning great acclaim as a bandleader, Gurvich and his quartet have appeared at the legendary Village Vanguard, NYC Town Hall, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Stone, and more.

Performing concerts in the USA, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia, Gurvich has shared the stage and recorded with such artists as Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Ben Monder, George Garzone, Alon Yavnai, Avishai Cohen, Jorge Rossy, Paquito D’Rivera, Uri Caine, Anat Cohen and Django Bates, among others.

Uri Gurvich saxophone | Nitzan Gavrieli piano | Peter Slavov bass | Ronen Itzik drums


Performance Details:
March 4 @ 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $26.00, Students $24.00 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack) 

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Onstage, offstage, digital or analog, I love Perla Batalla.”– Leonard Cohen (zt”l)

“Batalla’s gorgeous, rich, contralto voice adds another layer of beauty to Cohen’s elegantly crafted songs.” – San Jose Mercury News

“... Perla Batalla possesses one of the finest singing voices on planet Earth...”

“... Batalla’s music caresses ... a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense

Batalla inhabits her music completely, and is “...an astonishingly rich contralto capable of stratospheric arches of unadulterated emotion.”– Songtalk Magazine – Latino Los Angeles Angeles Times

Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen reveals the timelessness of Cohen’s art through Batalla’s signature cross-cultural style, to convey her sincere respect and deep love for the music, the poetry, and most of all for her dear friend, Leonard Cohen. World-class vocalist Perla Batalla is a full-throated songstress who has worked with Leonard Cohen, k.d. lang, Nick Cave and Laurie Anderson.


Performance Details:
March 11 @ 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $26.00, Students $24.00 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack) 

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  Photo credit: Beyond the Pale. Photo: Avital Zemer.


Bracingly modern, mind-blowing” – LA Weekly

Fabulously inventive” – Pasadena Weekly

“Post-modern klezmer, in all the best senses.” – klezmershack.com

“A rich musical experience” Canadian Musician Magazine – DOWNBEAT

For nearly 20 years, Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been creating boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion. Inspired by Klezmer and Balkan styles but influenced by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass and reggae, Beyond the Pale’s music
traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape. Their stellar musicianship, meticulous dynamics, adventurous compositions, and inventive arrangements of traditional material make them one of Canada’s most innovative acoustic ensembles.

Having performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia and Brazil, they have received wide critical acclaim and many honours for their recordings, including three Canadian Folk Music Awards with seven nominations. Their latest release, Ruckus, is a richly-textured album that captures the band’s range, from delicate chamber-folk to exuberant, village-style party music.

Aleksandar Gajic violin | Bret Higgins bass | Milos Popovic accordion |Eric Stein mandolin Martin van de Ven clarinet


Performance Details:
March 15 @ 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adult $29.50, Senior $26.00, Students $24.00 (+GST & service charges)
(show included in ChutziPack) 


Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $24 to $55 (+ gst/sc) and can be purchased online at chutzpahfestival.com, by phone at 604-257-5145 or in-person starting January 15th at the on-site Chutzpah! Box Office at the Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Avenue, just 2 blocks west of the Oakridge Skytrain Station.  Chutzi Packs are also available for only $98: see 4 different shows of your choice (excluding Idan Raichel’s Piano-Songs Concert & Mary Walsh) and back this year is a special 5-Show Dance Pack for only $120.

*Please note: during the Festival, the onsite Chutzpah! Box Office is open from 12 noon to one hour after the last show on all show days.


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