16 - October - 2017

Beyond The Pale

Acoustic - Balkan - East European - Fusion - Jewish
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

For over a decade Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion.

The sextet mixes Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersecting in a shared impulse to push the boundaries of contemporary acoustic roots music into new realms. Their exuberant live performances range seamlessly from raucous dance rhythms to intricate chamber-folk dynamics, taking audiences on an invigorating musical ride with stunning virtuosity and thrilling arrangements.

Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia, including the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, NY’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. The group’s most recent CD “Postcards” (Borealis Records) showcases their characteristic versatility, traversing a vast and exotic musical landscape bound by no particular idiom but shaped by many. Like their first two CD releases, “Postcards” has received wide critical acclaim and a number of honours, including a leading four nominations and two wins from the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards (“Instrumental Ensemble of the Year” and “Pushing the Boundaries”).

The band’s previous CD releases “Routes” and “Consensus” (Borealis Records, 2001 and 2004) received honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Canadian Independent Music Awards, Toronto Independent Music Awards and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Songwriting Competition. In 2011 the band will release its next CD, featuring a daring program of reinterpretations of music by Mozart, originally commissioned by CBC radio.

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Gigs

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Lincoln Theatre - Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Apollo Bay Music Festival
Apollo Bay - Apollo Bay, Australia - Saturday, January 1, 2011

BMW Edge Theatre - Melbourne, Australia - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Amnesia - San Francisco, California United States - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Harbourfront Centre - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Mariposa Folk Festival - Orilla, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Koerner Hall - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

International Accordion Festival - Vienna, Austria - Friday, January 1, 2010

Furth International Klezmer Festival - Furth, Germany - Friday, January 1, 2010

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse - Berkeley, California United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

West End Cultural Centre - Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Skirball Cultural Centre - Los Angeles, California United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

Don Quixote Music Hall - Santa Cruz, California United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

Dizzy's - San Diego, California United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

City Winery - New York, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Great Lakes FOlk Festival - East Lansing, Michigan United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Carnegie Hall - New York, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

University of Buffalo - Buffalo, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Chutzpah Festival - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

University of Santa Fe - Santa Fe, New Mexico United States - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Washington Jewish Music Festival - Washington, DC United States - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Jewish Culture Festival - Krakow, Poland - Monday, January 1, 2007

Camelot Lounge - Sydney, Australia -

Band Members

Eric Stein
Martin van de Ven
Aleksandar Gajic
Bret Higgins
Milos Popovic
Bogdan Djukic

Manager

Eric Stein
Email: estein@sympatico.ca
Phone: 416 434 9900

Discography

Postcards
Borealis Records, 2009

Consensus
Borealis Records , 2004

Routes
Borealis Records , 2001