Bulgarian Arts Festival-Canada
March 24 – April 16, 2017
Bulgarian Arts Festival showcases the best of Bulgarian culture. It brings attention to contemporary art, music, theatre and film to offer a glimpse of some of the most amazing and unique cultural expressions of modern Bulgarian artists, musicians and actors from Bulgarian and Canada.
During that period a few shows and events have been planned with the participation of some of the most popular Bulgarian classical/jazz performers and actors living in Europe and North America. The theme of the festival is “Contemplation”/”Съзерцания”.
Fall Music Series 2016:
Award-winning pianist Ani Gogova appears in over 40 performances each season throughout Europe and North America including broadcasts on NPR, WBEZ, TEDx Talks, and WFMT Chicago among others. Some of her concerts have been selected as top recommendations by Time Out Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Her latest album titled “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares” was released in October of 2014 on Blue Griffin Recording label gathering critical acclaim for her playing being “quite hypnotic”, “eliciting fine nuances”, “project[ing] a special magic “ and for its “incisive accuracy” “as if she were Martha Argerich on speed.” (Audiophile Audition) Gogova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has served as a professor at world-renowned Music Conservatory of Roosevelt University and at the prestigious Interlochen International Arts Camp. BUY TICKETS
PAST EVENTS 2016:
Sat. May 14. 2016 Toronto
VALYA BALKANSKA LIVE
with PETAR IANEV
(“gaida” player – Bulgarian bagpipe)
“Sts. Cyril and Methody “ Macedono-Bulgarian Cathedral, 237 Sackville St.
Doors Open 7:30pm
Seniors and Students: $20; Kids under 12 – FREE
Group tickets of 10 – $20 (online pre-sale only)
Cash Bar and Buffet available at additional charge.
Valya Balkanska is the most famous Bulgarian folk singer from the Rhodope Mountains known for singing the song “Izlel e DelyuHaydutin”, part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. Voyager 1 space probe carries a gold-plated audio-visual phonograph disc in the event that the spacecraft is ever found by intelligent life forms from other planetary systems. The disc carries a collection of music, including a song by Valya Balkanska.
DO NOT MISS THE CHANCE TO SEE AND HEAR LIVE VALYABALKANSKA.
April 24, 2016
7pm – Jazz Trio “Acoustic Version” with Antoni Donchev (piano), Hristo Yotsov (drums, vibes, percussion), George Donchev (bass), CD Release “Time In, Time Out” Tickets: $20; Jazz Bistro – 251 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8
April 1 Friday, 8 pm ART CLASH with DJ IVAN SHOPOV aka Balkansky / Cooh.
With the participation of Marina Velikova aka Marina India (voice and soprano sax)
Live Art By Ianitza Vassileva, Ashley O’Gorman, Ross “Flips” Iaydjiev
Anthony Yordanov – sound and DJ
at Whistler’s, 995 Broadview Ave, Toronto www.whistlers.ca
Cover $10 at the door
Sat. April 9, 2016
6pm – Official Opening Night. Cocktail hosted by General Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria. CD Release “Awakening the Cosmos” of Marina Velikova/Marina India. The concert is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Guinness Records Everest Concert where she was the only woman to perform with musicians such as Teodosii Spasov, Nikolai Ivanov, Doni, Kalki, Dari and others.Tickets: $20; Broadview Place – 296 Broadview Ave Toronto, ON M4M 2G7
MARINA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://marinaindia.bandcamp.com/releases
Fri. April 15, 2016 Toronto
6pm – New Bulgarian Film “While Aya was Sleeping” (2015), 90′;
Direcred By Tsvetodar Markov; Cast: Stefan Denolyubov, Yulian Vergov, Georgi Kadurin and others. Golden Rose FF 2015 Best
Actor Award of Stefan Denolyubov. Tickets: $10; Combined tickets Theater and Movie ($30) Todmorden Mills Heritage Site – 67 POTTERY RD Toronto ON M4K 2B9 (BUY NOW)
Fri. April 15, 2016 Toronto
8pm – Theater Play “Finding Aphrodite” (“Пътят към Афродита”) Staring Boyka Velkova – a play written by Boyka Velkova and inspired by the scent of cinnamon, red wine, the lips of a man, lonely nights, Isabel Allende’s thoughts and a number of other aphrodisiacs. Music by Theodosii Spasov. Tickets: $25; (Combined ticket for couples $40)Todmorden Mills Heritage Site – 67 POTTERY RD Toronto ON M4K 2B9;