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Origin

Canada/Ukraine

Genres

Balkan, Folk, Punk

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Balaklava Blues

Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra –  Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions with EDM, trap, dubstep, and more as a launching pad to explore the seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

The two met there during the 2014 revolution of dignity and ever since, have dedicated their creative energy to telling the stories of  their home country to the world. Their 2015 play Counting Sheep garnered major critical acclaim winning several awards at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe – including a Fringe First award and Amnesty International’s  Freedom of Speech award. It has since had multiple successful runs in  The US, UK and Germany and is currently in the middle of a 2 month run headlining the Vault Festival in London until March 17th.

Mark and Marichka composed all the music for Counting Sheep – a story of love and revolution – and four of the songs are on this debut release. “Balaklava Blues music  is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on my home country,” says  Mark Marczyk, who spent years back and forth between Ukraine and Canada before meeting Marichka there. “We want to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to  inform who we are and what we can become.”

a l l i e

Toronto, ON

Amandine et Rosalie

Toronto, ON

Balaklava Blues

Canada/Ukraine

Begonia

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Bombino

Agadez, Niger

Born Ruffians

Toronto, Ontario

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie

Sudbury, ON

Casper Skulls

Toronto/Sudbury, ON

Cassidy Houston

Sudbury, ON

Celeigh Cardinal

Edmonton, AB

Clay and Friends

Montréal, QC

David Laronde

Temagami, ON

Gurpreet Chana

Toronto, ON

Harvey King & The Grindstone

Sudbury, ON

Hezekiah Procter & The Hash House Serenaders

Montréal, QC / ON

Ian Tamblyn

Ottawa, ON

Judy Collins

New York, NY

Julie Katrinette

Sudbury, ON

Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band

Ontario

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Toronto, ON

Lex Leosis

Toronto, ON

Leyla McCalla

New Orleans, LA

Lillian Allen

Toronto, ON

Myka 9

Los Angeles, CA

Paul Collins’ Beat

New York, NY

Rabbit & Bear Paws

Peterborough, Ontario

Robert Paquette

Montréal, QC

Sharon & Randi

Canada

Spencer Burton

Welland, ON

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Birmingham, Alabama

The New Pornographers

Canada

The Weather Station

Toronto, Ontario

Wax Mannequin

Hamilton, ON

Zal Sissokho

Sénégal/Montréal, QC

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