Beyond the Pale

Bios, Reviews, Sound Samples, Pictures, Schedule are all featured on the website. “Since their formation in 1998, Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has emerged as one of the most exciting ensembles in the Canadian klezmer, folk, and world music scenes. Rooted firmly in the spirit and forms of klezmer music, the group flirts with elements of other eastern-European folk styles (Romanian, Roma, Balkan) as well as modern and North American styles (bluegrass, reggae, funk) to forge a unique contemporary sound. Known both for inventive arrangements of traditional material and for compelling original compositions, their music has been described as “post-modern klezmer in all the best senses” (KlezmerShack— and “an altogether original mix” (Victoria Times-Colonist). The band performs at music festivals, concert theatres, community and private events, and has toured across Canada and parts of the United States. Their debut CD “Routes” (2001, Borealis Records) received great reviews and was nominated by the Canadian Independent MusicAwards for World Album of the Year, 2001. The group features Eric Stein (mandolin, cimbalom), Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Bogdan Djukic (violin), Milos Popovic (accordion), and Bret Higgins (bass). They are frequently joined by guest vocalists.