9 Music Festivals To Add To Your Bucket List

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Entertainment, Event, Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Music festivals in Ontario

Do you plan on spending your summer in the city? Here are five music festivals and events to make your summer of 2018 unforgettable!

Canadian Music Festival-Week of May 7th
The Canadian Music Week (CMW) offers something for every music lover. You can attend specific concerts, hear influential speakers from within the music industry, or attend exciting music award shows. This year, CMW is going into its 36th year, taking place during the week of May 7th. If you want to attend concerts, listen to speakers, or maybe even perform yourself click here to learn all about it.

Spotlight on Israeli Culture- On NOW until June 1st!
This one doesn’t necessarily only offer music, but music is one of the components you will be able to find at the “Spotlight on Israeli Culture”. From Jazz to Classical music, you will find many music events with an “Israeli touch” taking place in Toronto from today until June 1st. Click here and see what events you find most interesting.

Bud Light Dreams Festival- June 23rd and 24th
The Bud Light Dreams Music Festival calls itself a “boutique festival experience”. Block out June 23rd and 24th. Dance on a beach while seeing DJs such as Armin Van Buuren, Galantis, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin, or Tchami X Malaa perform live on the Toronto Island. The festival will include three different stages, amazing VIP experiences, and much more! Buy your ticket now and don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!

Future Forest- July 27th-30th
Are you into electronic music? Then you can’t miss the fifth annual Future Forest Festival in Fredericton, NB on July 27-30. Originally, Future Forest was a fundraiser for a DJ who was diagnosed with cancer. The vision behind the festival is that everyone who attends is a participant, contributing to the festival in some way or another, rather than just being a spectator. Want to learn more? Click here for all the info you need to attend and to buy your tickets.

Veld Music Festival- August 4th and 5th
If you are interested in EDM or Hip Hop, or both, you will love the Veld Music Festival in Toronto. This year, the festival is taking place on the 4th and 5th of August with a line-up including DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Migos on two stages. Thanks to the subway extension, the new subway will take you straight to the festival grounds! If you’re curious about this high energy festival, click here to learn more or purchase your tickets.

Israeli Music Festivals

Going on birthright Israel this summer? Getting to Israel this summer some other way? No worries, Israel has just as much to offer as the six!

DooF Festival- May 4th-7th
The DooF Festival is taking place at the Golan Beach, a beach on the Sea of Galilee. The trans-music festival is known to unite thousands of people into one big family, with a shared love for dancing and music. This year, the Doof Festival is taking place from the 4th to the 7th of May. Tickets are already on sale, so hurry up and purchase your ticket as soon as possible – the longer you wait, the more expensive they will be!

Jacob’s Ladder Festival- May 11th-13th
If you are more into folk music, Jacob’s Ladder Festival is just what you are looking for. Taking place twice a year, the upcoming dates are May 11th to 13th on the shores of Lake Kinneret. This family friendly music event brings out people with all sorts of backgrounds. Want to buy tickets? Go to their website to find out more.

Midburn- May 14th-19th
Have you heard of the world famous “Burning Man” Festival? Midburn is the Israeli version, based on the festival in Nevada. As part of the six-day long festival, participants build a city in the Negev desert, in which they eat, drink, sleep, build, create art, and party. Different from your usual festival, Midburn does not offer you a list of the most famous DJs to perform for you. If you decide to participate in Midburn, you become an active citizen of the “midburn city”, which comes with responsibilities. Anything provided at Midburn is provided by one of the participants, so think about that when you get ready to go. Most ticket categories are already sold out, but if you hurry up you might be lucky. Purchase your ticket here.

Tamar Festival- September 25th-28th
Looking for an opportunity to experience the south of Israel in a different way? Don’t look any further! The Tamar Festival provides you with Israeli soundtracks over a span of four days. But this is not why the Tamar Festival is so amazing. You will get to enjoy top Israeli artists in four of the most amazing southern landscapes: the Masada Fortress, the peak of Masada (with a breathtaking view over the dead sea), at the Kibbutz Ein Gedi (an oasis in the middle of dry desert), and at Neot Hakikar. Did we get you excited? Purchase your ticket today!

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

In their research on listening to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag note listeners’ problematic tendencies towards one of two responses.  On the one hand, they can regard the narratives as so unfamiliar and foreign that they must be pushed away as overwhelming, untouchable, and inaccessible.  On the other, the stories can be seen as familiar, to the point that the listener cannot separate their own experiences and emotional response from what they take in.

But another, preferable response exists: Roger I. Simon and Claudia Eppert talk about a “chain of testimony” and suggest that listening imposes a duty on the listener.  Listening to personal testimony at the crossroads of memory and history “imposes particular obligations on those called to receive it – obligations imbued with the exigencies of justice, compassion, and hope that define the horizon for a world yet to be realized.”  In this way, bearing witness and listening to testimony demands a number of actions and responses, including that we “transport and translate stories of past injustices beyond their moment of telling by taking these stories to another time and space where they become available to be heard or seen.”

If we take Simon and Eppert’s charge seriously, as I believe we should, those of us who have been privileged to hear the direct testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.  Their words come not just with the specific knowledge they impart or the emotional impact they have on us – sorrow, anger, fear, horror – but with a duty, an obligation of some kind.  

On many of our campuses, this week is Holocaust Education Week, and this Friday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Given the significant number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Canada, the scheduled events and programs have a personal resonance for many of our students and their families, but their impact can be deep and meaningful for all of us, regardless of who we are and where we come from.  I encourage each of you to make time to participate in this week’s activities and to consider your place in the chain of testimony: what obligation does listening to narratives from the Holocaust place on you, and how do you carry those stories forward in time?

 

Weekly D’var: Shemot

Weekly D’var: Shemot

In this week’s parashah we learn the story of Moses, from his birth, through his flight from and eventual return to Egypt, to the acceptance of his role as leader of the Hebrew people.

After fleeing Egypt, for killing an Egyptian slave master, Moses was living rather peacefully as a shepherd in the land of Midian. The Torah describes for us Moses’s first interaction with G-d upon coming across a bush, “burning with a heart of fire [Exodus 3:3]”. G-d calls out to Moses and requests he take the Jewish people out of Egypt and eventually into the land of Israel. However, Moses argues with G-d, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should take the Jews out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11]” After initially refusing four times, Moses eventually agrees to G-ds request, and as we know, the rest is history. But why was Moses so unwilling to take up the position of leader, to the extent that he would argue with G-d? And why was G-d so set on having Moses lead the Jewish people? 

Perhaps the answer can be found through the incident that led to his flight from Egypt, years earlier, when Moses, as mentioned above, killed an Egyptian slave master for beating a Hebrew slave. Immediately, he was met with opposition from some of the Hebrew slaves, “who made you chief and ruler over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? [Exodus 2:14]” Moses felt discouraged and unsure of his ability to lead. However, it seems that G-d saw in Moses, a faithful shepherd, the ability to lead his people from slavery to freedom. Very often in Tanakh, the people that are most worthy to lead are the ones who deny that they are worthy at all. Moses may not appear to be the first choice for a leadership figure, suffering from a speech impediment and lacking charisma; however, Moses possessed certain qualities that made him the ideal leader to bring the Jewish people out of Egypt. We too possess qualities that can lead us to achieve incredible success and realize our full potential. We may often feel unmotivated or unsure of our own capabilities. Instead of feeling discouraged, I believe we can look to Moses who, despite all his doubts, stepped up to the challenge and became the greatest leader in Jewish history. 

Sam Virine
VP of Jewish Life at Hillel Waterloo & Laurier

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