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Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:21

Roncesvalles Polish Festival 2008

Canada’s Biggest Polish Festival is back in Toronto’s hottest neighbourhood 2008 Roncesvalles Polish Festival bigger, better, and hotter than ever.

Official Opening Ceremony: Saturday September 13th at 1:30.

The 2008 Roncesvalles Polish Festival is back in the heart of the trendiest part of Toronto for its biggest event ever this fall, September 13th and 14th. Canada’s best celebration of Polish culture, food, and dancing will take over Roncesvalles Village infusing the surroundings with the unique sights, sounds and tastes of Poland. The Roncesvalles Village BIA hosted over 75,000 people in 2007 and expectations are even higher this year.

“We are expecting over 100,000 people this year,” said Chomentowski, Vice Chair Roncesvalles Village BIA. “We are right in the middle of the coolest neighbourhood in Toronto. The area has attracted many smart young entrepreneurs. During the festival you can experience some of this street’s history and explore the hippest shops in town.

“One of the biggest elements of any successful festival is great music and this year’s Polish Festival is no exception. There is something for just about every taste. If you want to party, this is the place to be.

“In addition to great performances by local musicians that call Roncesvalles their home, you are going to enjoy music that you have never heard before,” added Chomentowski. “Imagine a polka band backed by the Supremes. That’s what you get with Freeze Dried, from Chicago. We will also be featuring Polka Family from Pennsylvania who punctuate their distinct sound with Mexican horns. From Buffalo we have the Concertina All-Stars.”

The entertainment also includes European Fine Foods sponsored folk dancing which will take place every 90 minutes on the Credit Union stage. Twice Grammy-nominated Canadian musician John Gora will also be featured bringing with him an eclectic interpretation of polka beats that include a California-inspired blues sound.

The Chopin Festival 2010 Committee in cooperation with Yamaha Music Canada are returning with some of the most talented young pianists in Ontario who will perform the works of one of Poland’s most famous composers.

“The growth of the event has been amazing thanks in part to Dr. Kanoza who convinced us to put a large stage on his mom’s front lawn last year and to feature his favourite music,” added Chomentowski. “The Polkamania stage located directly across from my shop, Image Professional Photography, was a huge success - it attracted Polka fans from across Ontario and many from the USA. We’re definitely doing that again this year.”

The event, which does not charge admission, is only minutes from both the lake and High Park, making it a great destination for families.

“We wanted to represent the huge group of young people that were having such a great time dancing under the stars last year,” added Chomentowski, when referring to the colorful new Festival poster featuring four blondes, “I asked my son to organize some Polish youth for a photo session. These ladies appeared for the shoot. It turns out that that the three sisters have a babcia (grandmother) that lives in the area. They attended the festival last year and they plan to return because it was such a good time. Perfect! “

“We are honoured to have the Patronage of the Consulate of the Republic of Poland and very pleased to once again welcome back the Polish Parishes Credit Union as our presenting sponsor,” said Chomentowski,. “We are also fortunate to have several key partners returning such as Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd. featuring Tyskie Beer & Luksusowa Vodka, Supreme Pierogies and TD Canada Trust.

The Roncesvalles Polish Festival was established in 2005 and has become the biggest celebration of Polish culture, dancing, music and youth in Canada.  When you take all these great festivities and put them in Toronto’s best neighbourhood, with its unique independent shops and wonderfully diverse restaurants and cafés, and add our great local musicians, entertainers, artisans and craftspeople, it’s a recipe for an unforgettable weekend.

For more information on this year’s Roncesvalles Polish Festival, please check out the website at