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Balaklava Blues

Canadian/Ukrainian duo and founders of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra give us their latest show when music and film bring a war-torn Ukraine into Toronto’s Mod Club with Balaklava Blues.

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June 21, 2018

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$25
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Where:
Mod Club
Doors at 8 PM.
BEDZVIN performs at 8:15 PM
Balaklava Blues performs at 9 PM


This is a standing, general admission show. 

THIS EVENT IS 19+
 
No photography

   

Please be aware of the following during this event: strobe, loud noises, gun shots.

Tickets available at the door if not sold out and while quantities last.

Balaklava Blues is an etno-rave set in the middle of the war-torn Ukrainian steppe. Video from the front lines of the Donbas war, footage from mine shafts, factories, and fields, and iconic Soviet cartoons form the backdrop for remixed folk songs by Counting Sheep/Lemon Bucket Orkestra creators Mark and Marichka Marczyk.
When the revolution started, I was not a political person. I am an artist – I didn’t want to be part of that game. Then, of course, the situation changed.
— Marichka Marczyk

A couple named WAR (Marichka Marczyk) and SOLDIER (Mark Marczyk) guide you through this complex visual expression of the Ukrainian psyche, and glimpses of life on the front lines of the current Ukraine-Russia conflict. Celebration, regret, obligation, fear, anger, introspection, and surprise weave with industrial synths at this unusual party.

Mark and Marichka Marczyk are the recipients of two Dora Awards, a Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and an Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.

Balaklava Blues is supported by the Shevchenko Foundation.

 

Opening Act: BEDZVIN
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Born into a family of professional musicians, Volodymyr Bedzvin started violin lessons at the age of five and the cello shortly thereafter. Volodymyr went on to study at the Lviv National Conservatory. With a growing interest in contemporary music, he began to perform and record world music, folk, and pop rock music. V. Bedzvin presented his solo project as `BEDZVIN` in 2012, with his debut single `Dance inside`.


BEDZVIN is a unique breathtaking combination of the world, neofolk and indie-pop music. Volodymyr has performed throughout his native Ukraine and toured throughout Europe and North America.

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selfconscious Productions

Balaklava Blues

Canadian/Ukrainian duo and founders of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra give us their latest show when music and film bring a war-torn Ukraine into Toronto’s Mod Club with Balaklava Blues.

Buy Tickets

Select a performance

Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Mod Club
Seats Going Fast! Buy Book Now Sold Out
WITH SUPPORT FROM
City of Toronto

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“Gets the audience right into the heart of a revolution”
– What’s On Stage (on 2016’s Counting Sheep)

Creative Team

MUSIC PRODUCTION
Mark Marczyk, Marichka Marczyk, Rob Teehan, Dave Plowman


PERFORMANCE
Mark Marczyk, Marichka Marczyk, Luke Garwood


DIRECTION
Mark Marczyk, Marichka Marczyk, Michael Rubenfeld


PRODUCTION DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
David Mesiha


VIDEO EDITOR
Roman Lubiy


CHOREOGRAPHER
Orian Michaeli

LIGHTING
Jaycob Luque


ASSOCIATE PRODUCTION DESIGN
Melissa Joakim


GRAPHIC DESIGN
Oksana Hawrylak


PRODUCER
Selfconscious Productions


The creation of Balaklava Blues has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Shevchenko Foundation and the St.Vladimir Institute.