Three polish ladies – Canadian musicians – Multicultural way!
“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
Created by courageous Polish ladies and fronted by singer Ewelina Ferenc, dancer Ala Stasiuk and multi instrumentalist Marta Solek, Toronto’s own Polky (meaning “Polish women”) came together through a shared passion for the enigmatic and upbeat style of Eastern European music. By adding a uniquely Canadian, multicultural flavour, Polky brings their own original sound and lyrics to Eastern European traditional forms.
Polky takes 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 has 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, Folk Ontario Conference and Folk Alliance International, Memoires et Racines in Quebec and more!
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), described by Songlines Magazine as “energetic wildness”, is a celebration of the multicultural city of Toronto, as well as their Polish roots.