Folk sensation Aviva Chernick to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in YEG : April 23

The Edmonton Jewish Community will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut with a very special event featuring  the highly acclaimed folk group Aviva Chernick and Jaffa Road. It will be held at the Beth Israel on April 23. It’s going to be a wonderful party and will include a delicious falafel dinner by Catering for Ed. Tickets are available at or by calling Dani at (780) 487 0585 ex 205.yom haatzmaut 1 poster

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Aviva Chernick and Jaffa Road. 

Those who have experienced Aviva Chernick’s intoxicatingly soulful vocals never forget where they heard them first. Whether in her new, CFMA nominated, self-titled project of original devotional songs When I Arrived You Were Already There, as the lead singer with the two-time Juno Award-nominated world music ensemble Jaffa Road, or singing the Balkan Judeo-Spanish repertoire, Aviva’s passionate voice blurs the lines between sacred and secular, asking, isn’t it all holy? 

Writing, recording and touring an original combination of world music sung in Hebrew, Ladino, English and French, this multi-lingual singer collaborates with some of Canada’s best world music makers as well as international virtuosos such as Yair Dalal and Frank London. With each performance, whether for 40 people at a house concert or for 1000 at a music festival, audiences are moved and delighted by Aviva’s authentic presence and ease on stage.Aviva_London_600

2012 ended on a high note for Aviva — both her own solo project and Jaffa Road’s second album Where the Light Gets In were released to sold out houses.  As well as these ongoing collaborations, Aviva studies with ‘American Treasure’ and Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda, supported by an official apprenticeship from Virginia Folklife and Virginia University.

Aviva’s collaborative recordings have garnered nominations and awards including a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) Nomination for her recent release When I Arrived You Were Already There, JUNO nominations for both of Jaffa Road’s albums Where The Light Gets In (2012) and Sun Place (2010), and two more CFMA Nominations for Where The Light Gets In and The Huppah Project’s Under the Canopy (2009).  Aviva and her co-writers from Jaffa Road won the John Lennon International Songwriting Grand Prize for their rendition of “Lo Yisa Goy”, a prayer for peace. She also co-wrote “Sim Shalom” which was selected by CBC Radio 1 (Canada’s national broadcaster) for Here & Now (Toronto)’s “Song of the Week” and co-writer for “Ana El Na” which received an industry nod from OCFF(Ontario Council of Folk Festivals), winning the prestigious “Songs From the Heart” award.

Aviva is also a cantorial soloist, leading prayer at congregations in and around Toronto as well as travelling to congregations around North America as a guest leader, teacher and facilitator of her engaging group vocal and spiritual workshops.

Aviva Chernick and Jaffa Road will be in Edmonton on April 23 at a very special Yom Ha’atzmaut concert and dinner celebration. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Jewish National Fund – Edmonton, and J.CORE. Admission i s $20.00 for adults, $12.00 for students and children 11 – 18, children 10 and under are free.