US WEST COAST TOUR, FEB 2020 (posted January 2, 2020)
This February 15-29 we will be hitting the US west coast for a 12-city tour. The tour begins with our first shows ever in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Arcata), followed by dates in San Francisco, New Mexico, and southern California. Check the schedule page for details.
SONGWRITING AWARD FOR BTP (posted July 31, 2019)
We're thrilled to report that our tune "The Whole Thing," written by Eric Stein, has been selected winner of Folk Music Ontario's "Songs From the Heart" Songwriting award in the Instrumental category. We will perform the piece on Sept 27 as part of the awards ceremony at the FMO Conference, where we are also official showcase artists. In the meantime, check out a video of a live performance of the tune here
BACK AT IT IN 2019 (posted February 12, 2019)
With our 20th anniversary year now behind us, we're back at it with some exciting plans in the works for 2019. Next chance to hear us will be as part of the Barrie Concerts series in Barrie, ON, Feb 23. Then in May we'll be playing the Washington DC Jewish Music Festival. In June we'll be returning to Europe for the first time in eight years, as headliners at the Jodisc Kulterfestival in Copenhagen, where we'll be joined by the great Vira Lozinsky on vocals. There will be additional dates in Germany and Netherlands as part of that tour. More show announcements for this spring and summer coming soon, stay tuned to our social media for the latest news.
20th ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE (posted August 28, 2018)
We're concluding our 20th anniversary celebrations with a show this weekend back at Harbourfront Centre as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. Details here, please join us!
CHECK US OUT ON WOODSONGS RADIO HOUR (posted July 7, 2018)
Last March we concluded our Southern US tour with a performance on the internationally-syndicated Woodsongs Radio Hour. Have a look and a listen to the show here.
SOUTHERN US TOUR, MARCH 2-12, 2018 (posted January 24, 2018)
As we enter our 20th anniversary year as a band, we are super stoked for our first tour of the American south this March. We'll be hitting seven states over 11 days, culminating with an appearance on the internationally-syndicated "Woodsongs Radio Hour" program, Check the shows page for the full tour itinerary. Oh, and for good measure we'll close out our winterlude tour with a show at Vancouver's Chutzpah Festival on March 15.
RUCKUS NOMINATED FOR 2 CFMA AWARDS! (posted September 23, 2017)
We are so thrilled to have been nominated for two 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards, for World Music Group of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year. These are our 7th and 8th CFMA nominations following four for "Postcards" (2010) and two for "Consensus" (2005). Winners are announced in mid-November - hopefully we'll have two more of those beautiful awards to go with the four we won on those previous nominations!
NEW VIDEO AND POP-UP SHOW, JULY 26 (posted July 24, 2017)
Check out this new video highlight reel from our "Ruckus" album release show at Hugh's Room last month. We're excited to be sharing a night at The Rivoli this week with our friends Ventanas. Two of Canada's top acoustic roots ensembles, for the price of one. Details here or on Facebook.
NEW ALBUM "RUCKUS" DROPS IN JUNE (posted May 3, 2017)
We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our new record, RUCKUS, in June 2017. Almost four years in the making, RUCKUS is the long-awaited follow up to our last release (2009's multi award-winning Postcards). The album contains a dozen new tracks, with an equal balance of genre-bending original compositions and inventive arrangements of traditional material. There will be a short tour in June to mark the release, with shows in Montreal, Ottawa-area, and in Toronto on June 22 at the newly reopened Hugh's Room Live. More info about the album here. Follow us on Facebook for the latest news about availability of the new album and future shows and band news.
FUNDRAISER FOR HUGH'S ROOM (posted February 6, 2017)
Join us for a rare local show, unplugged, in the intimate confines of Jeremy Darby's Canterbury Music Company, one of the finest recording studios in the city and the scene of all our in-studio exploits. Plus, an opening set by Ozere, all for the worthy cause of saving Hugh's Room, one of Toronto's great "listening" rooms for folk, jazz and world music. This is gonna be good! Check the Facebook event for more details.
NEW ALBUM SNEAK PREVIEW (posted August 15, 2016)
Our new record is now finished, just awaiting design and final post-production. Watch for the release this winter. In the meantime catch a sneak preview of all this new repertoire in our performance at the Harbourfornt Centre Theatre as part of this year’s Ashkenaz Festival, on labour day Monday September 5 at 2pm.
18 YEARS OF BTP (posted January 16, 2016)
Welcome to 2016, the 18th anniversary year of Beyond the Pale! Eighteen, or “chai,” is a special number in Jewish culture. It represent life, and good luck, two things we’ve had our fair share of in being able to keep this enterprise going for so long. It is a rare thing for a group such as ours to last this long. Our longevity speaks to our genuine affection for each other as people as well as the creative synergy that is always present when we get in a room together with our instruments. Over the last few years we’ve been a little less active due to personal circumstances and some bandmembers starting families or otherwise contending with other musical projects and life’s little distractions. But we’re excited to re-invigorate BTP, with a new record nearing completion and set for release later this year. Thanks to all our families, friends, followers for sticking with us all this time, the best is yet to come!