Toronto's own, Polky, was created by courageous Polish females, singer Ewelina Ferenc, dancer Ala Stasiuk, and multi-instrumentalist Marta Solek. Polky, meaning "Polish women," came together through a shared passion for Eastern European music's enigmatic and upbeat style. Joined by Canadian musicians, Polky brings its original sound to Eastern European traditional musical forms by adding a uniquely Canadian, multicultural flavour.
Polky takes you on a musical journey to Poland, the melting pot of Eastern and Central Europe, where you will experience Carpathian, Jewish, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Slovak and Hungarian influences!
The band performed at the Danforth Music Hall, opening for Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Boogát, the Aga Khan Museum, Polish and Ukrainian Festivals, Summerfolk Festival, Ashkenaz Festival, Memoires et Racines Festival, and showcased at Folk Ontario Conference and Folk Alliance International promoting Polish folk for Canadians. Their first EP, Immigration (2018), is inspired by Polish traditional music from the Mazovia region, Polish mountains, immigration to Canada, and... Led Zeppelin! Their debut album titled Songs From Home (2020), described by Songlines Magazine as "energetic wilderness" is a celebration of the multicultural city of Toronto, as well as their Polish roots. Polky was nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards 2022 in three categories, and their singer, Ewelina Fern won the Traditional Singer of The Year Award.