Eric Stein is Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival, one of the largest celebrations of Jewish music and culture in the world.
A multi-instrumental musician (mandolin, bass, cimbalom), Stein is an accomplished artist in Canada’s World and Jewish-roots music scene. He leads klezmer/world fusion group Beyond the Pale, as well as the Brazilian choro ensemble Tio Chorinho, and performs with many other groups and artists such as the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, Socalled, and Theodore Bikel.
A Toronto native, Stein moved to Montreal to complete his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in History at McGill.
The biennial Ashkenaz Festival features the work of artists from Canada and around the world. It is produced by the Ashkenaz Foundation, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an increased awareness of Yiddish and Jewish culture through the arts. This year’s festival runs from August 28 to September 3.