Stage Schedules – Festival Highlights

Roncesvalles Polish Festival 2018 located along Toronto’s beautiful Roncesvalles Ave. has continuous live music on multiple stages including Polka and Euro Dance Bands, Polish folklore song and dance groups, Saturdays night’s Dance Under The Stars.

Discover the treasures along the 18 blocks of boutique shops, merchants and restaurants including: side walk sale’s, over 40 local restaurants / cafes / bakeries / bistros offering sample plates, expanded street patio’s at our restaurants and bars.

Visit our two Beverage Gardens located at the Main and Polkamania Stages.

We also have Polish and international food vendors, buskers, entertainers, family zones, amusement rides, art zone, 3 Stages (Main Stage, Scotiabank Polkamania Stage, and Mirabella Condos Stage) and so much more you’ll have to come for both days!

Roncesvalles Polish Festival is fun for all!

Below are a few the highlights you can plan to see!

Map of the Festival:

Map 2018 v1

Stay Tuned for our 2018 Schedule Updates

Here is who performed last year:

2017 Performers and Bands

HARNASIE – Highlanders Folklore Dance Ensemble

ZRODLO – Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble from Brampton

MILLENIUM – Polish Folk Dance Group from Brampton

TATRY – Song and Dance Ensemble from Windsor

CRACOVIA – Polish Folk Dance Ensemble from London

LECHOWIA – Polish Canadian Folk Dance Company from Mississauga

RADOSC JOY – Vocal Dance Group from Mississauga

LUDOWA NUTA – Folklore Choir from Hamilton

BIALY ORZEL – Polish Dance Ensemble from Toronto

POLONEZ – Polish Canadian Folk Dance Ensemble


JOHN GORA
(John Gora is an inductee of the INTERNATIONAL POLKA ASSOCIATION POLKA HALL OF FAME in CHICAGO)

ED GUCA
(Ed Guca is inductee of the INTERNATIONAL POLKA ASSOCIATION POLKA HALL OF FAME in CHICAGO)

GORALE

THE POLISH CANADIANS

KORONA

PHOCUS

WASTED KNIGHTS

MR. SYSTEM

ANNA CYZON

IMPULS

POLKY BAND

AKORD

CONCERINA ALL STARS

POLANIE

ELLAVIS – Female Elvis

GYPSY MUSE

NICK PRESLEY – Young Elvis

EVORGLENS – Tributes to Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Righteous Brothers

JOEY CUNDARI – Young Elvis

SAM CALLERI – Concert Years Elvis

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL – Family Fun

Stage Schedules

Saturday September 16th, 2017

Festival Hours: 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Main Stage

Main Stage Schedule
Main Stage located at Wright Avenue

Time Performers
11:30PM - 12:30PM Harnasie - Highlanders Folklore Dance Ensemble
12:00PM - 1:30PM Zrodlo - Folklore Song and Dance Ensemble from Brampton
Millenium - Folklore Dance Ensemble from Brampton
1:30PM - 2:30PM Tatry - Folklore Dance Ensemble from Windsor
Cracovia - Polish Folklore Dance Ensemble from London
2:30PM - 3:30PM Lechowia - Folklore Dance Ensemble from Mississauga
3:30PM - 4:00PM Radosc Joy - Vocal Dance Ensemble from Mississauga
4:00PM - 5:00PM Opening Ceremonies
5:00PM - 5:30PM Radosc Joy - Vocal Dance Ensemble from Mississauga
5:30PM - 6:00PM Ludowa Nuta - Folklore Choir from Hamilton
6:00PM - 7:00PM KOMPOT
7:00PM - 8:00PM MR. SYSTEM
8:00PM - 9:30PM ANNA CYZON
9:30PM - 11:00PM IMPULS - Dance Under The Stars!

Scotiabank Polkamania Stage

Polkamania Stage Schedule
Scotiabank Polkamania Stage located north of Westminster Avenue

Time Performers
12:00PM - 4:45PM ED GUCA & THE POLISH CANADIANS /
JOHN GORA & GORALE
ED GUCA & JOHN GORA have both been inducted into the INTERNATIONAL POLKA ASSOCIATION POLKA HALL OF FAME in CHICAGO
4:45PM - 6:00PM INTERLUDE - Mass at ST. Vincent de Paul
6:00PM - 11:00PM PHOCUS (from BUFFALO N.Y.) /
WASTED KNIGHTS

Mirabella Condos Stage

Mirabella Condos Stage Schedule
Mirabella Condos Stage located near Marion Street

Time Performers
12:00PM - 1:00PM NAVY BAND
2:00PM - 3:00PM NAVY BAND
3:00PM - 5:00PM LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL FAMILY FUN
5:00PM - 6:00PM ELLAVIS - Female Elvis & GYPSY MUSE
6:00PM - 7:00PM NICK PRESLEY - Young Elvis

Sunday September 17th, 2017

Festival Hours: 11:00AM to 7:00PM

Main Stage

Main Stage Schedule
Main Stage located at Wright Avenue

Time Performers
10:00AM - 11:00PM Howard Park United Church Service
11:00AM - 12:00PM POLKY BAND
12:00PM - 1:00PM AKORD (from BURLINGTON)
1:00PM - 2:30PM JOHN GORA & KORONA
2:30PM - 4:00PM POLANIE
4:00PM - 4:30PM Ludowa Nuta from Hamilton
4:30PM - 5:10PM Bialy Orzel Polish Dance Ensemble from Toronto
5:10PM - 6:10PM Polonez Polish Canadian Folk Dance Ensemble from Hamilton
6:10PM - 7:00PM Tatry Polish Folk Song & Dance Ensemble from Oshawa

Scotiabank Polkamania Stage

Polkamania Stage Schedule
Scotiabank Polkamania Stage located north of Westminster Avenue

Time Performers
11:00AM - 12:00PM INTERLUDE - Mass at ST. Vincent de Paul
12:00AM - 12:30PM GYPSY MUSE
12:30PM - 1:30PM LUDOWA NUTA
1:45PM - 6:30PM CONCERTINA ALL STARS (from BUFFALO N.Y.) /
ED GUCA & THE POLISH CANADIANS
ED GUCA has been inducted into the INTERNATIONAL POLKA ASSOCIATION POLKA HALL OF FAME in CHICAGO

Mirabella Condos Stage

Mirabella Condos Stage Schedule
Mirabella Condos Stage located near Marion Street

Time Performers
12:00PM - 1:00PM NAVY BAND
2:00PM - 3:00PM NAVY BAND
3:00PM - 4:00PM EVORGLENS - Tributes to Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Righteous Brothers
4:00PM - 5:00PM JOEY CUNDARI - Young Elvis
5:00PM - 6:00PM SAM CALLERI - Concert Years Elvis
6:00PM - 6:30PM LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - Family Fun

Festival Highlights

Boutique shops, Merchants, Restaurants and Bars

Boutique shops, Merchants, Restaurants and Bars
Discover the treasures along the 18 blocks of Roncesvalles Avenue
Taking place all day long, our local Boutique shops, Merchants, Restaurants and Bars, are excited to welcome you to the neighbourhood.
Without their support this great festival could not happen.
Discover the many businesses that make Roncesvalles Village such a great place to shop! You can expect to see our local shops and merchants with side walk sales and street front displays, over 40 local restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros offering sample plates, along with expanded street patio’s.

Dance Under The Stars

Dance Under The Stars - Saturday September 16,2017 - 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Dance Under The Stars takes place at the Main Stage
Saturday September 16,2017 - 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Come out and enjoy Canada's largest outdoor Polka Party with the ever-popular "Dance Under The Stars". Watch from the sidelines or better yet join the fun as we turn Roncesvalles Avenue into a Polka dance floor for all!

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

Polish Cultural Display
Located at Garden Avenue
 
Poles in the Canadian Mosaic – 150 Years of History Display

The Polish-Canadian Commemorative Exhibition

Location: 156 Roncesvalles Avenue – St. Casmir’s Church Hall
Contribution, Tribute and Celebrations of Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017
Contribution, Tribute and Celebrations of Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017
This year, Canada, a nation with a population of over 36 million, is celebrating its 150th birthday. The democratic achievements of our country have been significant since the beginning of Confederation in 1867. We can say with pride that Canada is one of the best and safest countries in the world.
 
For many centuries, Poles have contributed their knowledge and talents to the development of a better Canada, and a better world. There are over 38 million Poles in Poland and approximately 20 million outside of Poland, including 1 million in Canada. The Polish-Canadian community is very proud to be among the builders of a successful nation on Canadian soil. We are very grateful for the special bond between Canada and Poland and for Canadian support, especially during what were difficult times for Poland, such as wartime.
 
The Polish-Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor with a team from the University of Windsor and other partners have prepared the Polish-Canadian Commemorative Exhibition as a tribute to Canada on its150th birthday.
 
The exhibition contains several displays, making up three thematic groups: Contribution of Poles to Canada, Polish Gratitude to Canada and Contribution of Poles to the World.
 

On display over the weekend of Polish Festival will be,
Polish Gratitude to Canada:

  • The Polish Army Camp in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, during World War I.
  • The Polish Army Recruiting Centre in Windsor, Ontario, during World War II.

Contribution of Poles to the World:

  • Madame Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the greatest scientist of all time.
The Polish Army in Ontario, during World War I and World War II Display's
The Polish nation and Polonia have appreciated Canadian support during difficult times for Poland, for example; allowing the training of soldiers of Polish heritage on Canadian soil during WWI and WWII.
 

The Polish Army Camp in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, during World War I.
In early 1917 leaders of the Polish-American community persuaded Canada to train a Polish army-in-exile, to be armed, equipped, and paid by France. This force, known as the Polish Blue Army, after the blue French uniforms they wore, was trained and assembled at Niagara-on-the-Lake in a facility that was called Camp Kosciuszko…..
 

The Polish Army Recruiting Centre in Windsor, Ontario, during World War II.
In April 1941, Canada and the Polish government-in-exile formally agreed to have a Polish Military Mission based in Canada to recruit North American volunteers. The Polish government-in-exile would finance the recruitment and the training. In May 1941 the Polish Armed Forces Military Mission recruitment centre was opened in Windsor, Ontario…..
Madame Maria Skłodowska-Curie Display
Madame Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the greatest scientist of all time.
Maria Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
 
She was born in Warsaw, in what was then the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. She studied at Warsaw’s clandestine Flying University and began her practical scientific training in Warsaw. In 1891, aged 24, she followed her older sister Bronisława to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and with physicist Henri Becquerel. She won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
 
Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world’s first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms, using radioactive isotopes. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain major centres of medical research today. During World War I, she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.
 
While a French citizen, Marie Skłodowska Curie (she used both surnames) never lost her sense of Polish identity. She taught her daughters the Polish language and took them on visits to Poland. She named the first chemical element that she discovered‍—‌polonium, which she isolated in 1898‍—‌after her native country.

BABCI – Pickle on a Stick

BABCI - Pickle on a Stick
Located at Fern Avenue.
 
BABCI – Pickle on a Stick
The Official Polish Pickle providers to the festival and the originators of the now famous ‘Pickle on a Stick’. Back this year with their delicious ‘Babci’ brands!.

Nissan Test Drive

Nissan Test Drive
Located north of Howard Park Ave.
 
Nissan Test Drive

Indie88 Booth

Indie88 Booth
Located north of Howard Park Ave.
 
Indie88 Booth

Art of the Barbecue Display

Art of the Barbecue Display
Location: 347 Roncesvalles Avenue
 
Pollocks Home Hardware’s Art of the Barbecue Display

Family Fun Zones

Family Fun Zones
Fun For All!
For Kids of all ages! Amusement rides and so much more, bring the whole family and share a smile. We have Midway rides, and Carnival games.

Busker Zones

Busker Zones
Talented Local Entertainers
Located in multiple spots along Roncesvalles Avenue, taking place all day long, come out an see some local entertainers preform and amuse you!

European Car Display

European Car Display
European Car Display
See a beautiful collection of Classic European cars. Located at Garden Avenue.

Vendors and Food Vendors

Vendors and Food Vendors
Vendors and Food Vendors
Vendors with unique items as well as Food Vendors serving Polish and international cuisine located along Roncesvalles Avenue.

Beverage Gardens

Beverage Gardens
Serving Zywiec Beer, Nalewka Babuni Cherry, and Kannuk vodka.
Two locations, at Main Stage, and Polkamania Stage, open during the entirety of the festival, a great spot to meet up with friends and say “Na Zdrowie” (Polish for cheers!) as you enjoy a beverage; listening to music, seeing stage performances!