Lichtenberg’s ‘Yiddish Journey’ album release this afternoon is timely | 160601We | Shows for Wed., June 01, 2022

Lenka Lichtenberg with Fray


You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the huge talent and delightful sonic adventure that is the music of Lenka Lichtenberg (I’m not but truly do) who this afternoon releases her eighth album, Yiddish Journey, at a free show as part of the Jewish Music Week celebrations taking part across the city.

As we first told you back in January of 2013, Lichtenberg, a native of Prague with a universalist world view, is all about crossing borders with her music, combining elements of Folk musics of countries from across the world to create unique aural textures.

It’s difficult to do justice to her exquisitely ethereal, mind-blowing art-Jazz with words; it’s something you have to experience to appreciate. (Hear and see an example of her in performance elsewhere on our website. and also access tracks on her site or through itunes.)

A member of award-winning Sisters of Sheynville, her compositions have always contained a strong Yiddish strain, but usually combined with other influences, including, dramatically, her Bridges collaboration with Iraqui Folk-Jazz artist Raoul Said as well as blends with South American and Arabian styles among others.

While one would assume, based on the title, that a more purely Yiddish sound is likely to be featured on the new album, which she recorded and is releasing with her longtime inventive band Fray, with Lichtenberg at the wheel I’d expect Yiddish Journey probably involves taking the scenic route, with a lot of twists and turns and probes into unfamiliar but exciting territories, with moments that will have you gripping the arms of your seat.

Today’s one-hour concert, free because it’s sponsored by Jewish Music Week, runs 2-3 p.m. at The Rex, 194 Queen St. West and will include her band (Chris Garntner on bass, Alan Hetherington on drums and pandeiro, Ravi Naimpally on tabla and darbuka and Demetrios Petsalakis on oud, guitar and lyra) as well as special guests Kinneret Kiki Sage on clarinet and Jessica Hana Deutsch on violin.

-Gary 17,

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2-3> special show for Jewish Music Week with Lenka Lichtenberg and Fray celebrating release of Yiddish Journey @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~ethnic World Fusion; no cover

5> Gordon Shawcross @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO

*5:30> Kama House Band @ Kama, 214 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

6-8> Gigi & Friends featuring Genevieve Marentette & guest Robert Scott @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10

6:30> Jim Gelcer Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*7> Jim Heineman Trio @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W., TO ~Jazz

7> Senensky/Riley Organ Trio @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~R&B/Jazz; $10

*7-10> Blues jam with Mark Stafford & Ken Yoshioka @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North

7:30> Troubleshooting with guests @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. TO

*7:30> Jeff Willingham @ Lou Dawgs Ryerson, 76 Gerrard St. E., TO ~acoustic Pop

**8-12> Girls Night Out Jazz singers’ jam with Lisa Particelli, Peter Hill et al @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO

**8 (7 p.m. sign-up)> open stage with 9 p.m. feature by Christine Gaidies @ Fat Albert’s, 25 Cecil St. (Steelworkers Hall), TO ~Roots

8-10:30> Stu MacDonald Quartet @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~Blues; $15

8> Kenn Dunn & Anna Green @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., TO ~songwriters; $10

9> The Digs @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Funk/Jazz/neo-Soul; $

*9 (signup at 8:30)> open mic with Alan Carter @ Lowdown, 276 Augusta Ave., TO

*9-2> What’s Poppin’ indie jam @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St., TO

9> JMSM; Tiffany Gouché; Alcordo @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~$17

9:30> Blues & Troubles @ The Cloak & Dagger Irish Pub, 384 College St. ~Blues

9:30> jam with Sons of Rhythm @ Candyland, 619 King St. W., TO

9:30> Terry Promane & Dave Young Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10-2> Blues-Rock jam with Bruce Domoney @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. TO

10:30> The Undercovers @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

*10:30> The LMT Connection @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. TO ~Funk/R&B; $10


*7:30-10:30> Tiny Davis of The Silverhearts @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~original & old timey saloon classics

8> The Throwdown @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Funk/Rock; pwyc

8> acoustic jam with Gary LaRocca @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East

7> Mike Snow; Muna @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~$30-40

*8> acoustic open mic with Phill Hood @ An Sibin Pub, 709 Queen St. E., TO East

8:30-10:30> Civil Wray @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~original Pop

*9:30> open stage with Nicola Vaughan @ Black Swan (downstairs), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East


8> benefit for Candian Red Cross for Fort McMurray relief @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

8-1> Marshall Dane @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~

9> Space Jazz jam with guitarist Youngchan Na & band with weekly guest tba @ Placebo Space, 2877 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Jazz ; $10/pwyc


5-8> Donghwan Moon Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

6:30> Lulaworld festival launch with Yoser Rodrigeuz (album release); Laura Cole; Cécile Doo-Kingué @ Lula, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic; no cover before 8

8> The ARC Sound @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~ $10

8> Peace Be Still; Blue Healer; Manitou @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., TO West

*8> MFA open mic @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W., TO West

**8:30-10:30> Hump Night Blues with Dave McManus & Cleave Anderson + special guest Paul “Storm” Polisano @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

8:30> Thelonious Hank @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St., TO West ~Country

9-12> Blues Night with Julian Fauth & guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original Juno-winning Blues

9:30> Marlaena Moore; Wares; Father Christmas @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; $10

9> Brendt Diabo & The Ramblers @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~classic Country/Rockabilly

*10> Kristine Schmitt & The Lonesome Ace Stringband @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Pop


8> Ewan Doig @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener

9> The Phil & John Show feat. Phil Naro @ Molly Bloom’s Waterloo, 170 University Ave., Waterloo ~acoustic Pop Rock


*7-11> open jam with The Freacon Band @ The Beacon, 146 45th St., Wasaga Beach ~ Blues, Jazz; $5

7> Bill Dickinson @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Shotgun Jimmie; José Contreras; Sheila Beach @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie

905 EAST

*8-11> open mic @ Frank’s Pasta, 426 King St. E., Cobourg

9> open mic @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*10> Two For The Show @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


*7> open mic night with Tanya Joy Senior @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge

*7-close> open mic with Kevin Ker @ The Mill, 139 Mill St., Unionville

*8-12> jam with Rebelljo Band featuring Dave Girdlestone of Soul Funkshun on guitar @ Fionn MacCool’s Brampton, 11 Ray Lawson Blvd. Brampton

*8:45> open mic jam with Matt Zady @ Magnums, 21 McMurchy Ave. N., Brampton

*9-1> open mic jam with Whiskey Birds @ Sweetz Lounge, 5289 Hwy 7, Woodbridge-Vaughan

*9:30> open mic with The Villagers @ Main’s Mansion, 144 Main St., Markham

*10-2> jam night with Switchbeat Trio @ Maguires, 284 Queen St. E., Brampton


*7> open mic night @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold ~Blues

**8-1> Boogie N Blues jam with Ian Andrews & Friends @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

8> Terrie Petrie & band hosts Country Wednesdays @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster ~Country

*8:30> Something Country @ The Endzone, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country

9> Roger Roger; Logan McKillop; Kirby @ Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton

905 WEST

*8:30> The Carson Freeman Diversion @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

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