About

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Photo: Ken Dobb

Ensemble Topaz is a Toronto-based music and dance ensemble dedicated to performing an original fusion of arts from the Turkish, Klezmer, Romani and Balkan traditions, as well as dances from South Asian and Central Asian Heritages. The artists involved in Ensemble Topaz have international dance and music profiles. Collectively conceived by music composers Mike Anklewicz, Selcuk Suna and dance artist Paromita Kar, Ensemble Topaz offers a variety of dance and musical traditions.  The Ensemble has performed at numerous events in Toronto, Ontario and abroad. Highlight performances include the International Stage, Canadian National Exhibition,  Asian Heritage Day hosted by SAFSS,  Toronto International Youth Dance Festival, Klezmer Brunch at the Free Times Cafe, and stages such as the Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square. Ensemble Topaz is programmed to perform at Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival at Chinese Centre of Mississauga, and is hosting a behind-the-scenes experience and performances for nationwide Culture Days at the historic Annette Library in September 2016.

With:

Selçuk Suna – saxophone and clarinet
Mike Anklewicz – saxophone and clarinet
Mert Omurtak – guitar
Bret Higgins – bass
Max Senitt – drums

Paromita Kar – dance
Stephanie Stella – dance
Angelica Marrett – dance

Performances

June 24, 2016: Members of Ensemble Topaz perform at Global Village Festival – Mel Lastman Square, North York (free) – 4:15pm

August 24, 2016: Ensemble Topaz performs at the CNE at the International Pavillion, Toronto (free with admission to CNE) – 3:00pm

September 30, 2016: Ensemble Topaz participates in Ontario Culture Days at the Annette Street Library, Toronto (free) – 1pm

November 27, 2016: Bampot Teahouse with Ihtimanska (Montreal), Toronto (recommended donation: $10-15) – 8pm