Jewish Music Week has something for everyone – Ontario News

Jewish Music Week has something for everyone – Ontario News

Amy Sky

Jewish Music Week in Toronto, which runs from May 21 to 28, is continuing its tradition of celebrating Jewish music, while appealing to a broad range of musical tastes.

A revival of the popular multimedia show, 100 Years of Jewish Hollywood, will be staged at the Toronto Centre for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on May 24. Originally presented during the second edition of the seven-year-old festival, this year’s larger production features many more classic songs. Jewish Hollywood includes songs from movies made by MGM Studios during the golden age of musicals – the mid-1940s, to the late ’50s – as well as those featured in James Bond movies, Disney films and more. Music composed by Jews for silent movies will also be performed.

Cantor Simon Spiro

The show’s cast of vocalists include  Cantor Simon Spiro, the founder and spiritual leader of Toronto’s Song Shul, who’s also known as the “British jazz singer”; Julie Barber, a featured soloist with several orchestras; Elicia Mackenzie, who starred in the Mirvish production of The Sound of Music; and  Jeff Madden, who played Frankie Valli in the local stage production of Jersey Boys.

Jewish Hollywood is an extravaganza that also features a 26-piece orchestra and movie footage. A narrative written by the festival’s artistic director, Aliza Spiro, ties it all together. The show is sponsored by The Song Shul and Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue.


Another act that’s returning to the festival this year is Rocky Mountain Jewgrass, a band that made its Jewish Music Week debut in 2013. Jewgrass performs humorous tunes like Jews Don’t Camp, as…

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