For 20 years Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion. Inspired by Klezmer and Balkan styles but influenced by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass, newgrass, and reggae, Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape, bound by no particular idiom yet shaped by many. Their stellar musicianship, meticulous dynamics, adventurous compositions, and inventive arrangements of traditional material make them one of Canada’s most innovative acoustic ensembles.
Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals and venues across the world, including the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. Their latest release, RUCKUS, received two nominations from the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA), increasing the band’s career total to seven CFMA nominations, including three wins. Beyond the Pale features Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Bret Higgins (bass), Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin, mandocello), and Martin van de Ven (clarinets).
Funded in part by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts