Polish folk music – Multicultural way!
CFMA 2022 highlights:
winner, Best Traditional Singer of the Year
nominee, Best Global/Roots Album of the Year
nominee, Best Emerging/New Artist of the Year
“Energetic wilderness” Songlines Magazine
“Valiant and cheerful” Exclaim!
“Ewelina is a powerful vocalist whose voice could peel wallpaper off walls” Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada
Toronto’s own Polky was created by courageous Polish women, singer Ewelina Ferenc, dancer Ala Stasiuk, and multi-instrumentalist Marta Solek. Polky, meaning “Polish women,” came together through a shared passion for Eastern European music’s enigmatic and upbeat style. Joined by Canadian musicians, Polky brings its original sound to Eastern European traditional musical forms by adding a uniquely Canadian and multicultural flavour.
They take you on a musical journey to Poland, the melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe, where you can hear Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian influences!
The band performed at the Danforth Music Hall opening for Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boogát, the Aga Khan Museum, Polish and Ukrainian Festivals, Summerfolk Festival, Ashkenaz Festival, Festival Memoires et Racines, and showcased at Folk Ontario Conference and Folk Alliance International, promoting Polish folk music for Canadians. Their first EP Immigration (2018), is inspired by Polish traditional music from the Mazovia region, Polish mountains, immigration to Canada, and… Led Zeppelin! Their debut album titled Songs From Home (2020), praised by Songlines Magazine, is a celebration of the multicultural city of Toronto, as well as their Polish roots. It was nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards 2022 in three categories, and it won the Traditional Singer of The Year Award for Ewelina Ferenc.