Polish Day in Ottawa

Arts & Culture, Festivals

The Polish Day in Ottawa – Sunday, 17 June 2018, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ottawa, May 23, 2018: The Embassy of Poland is pleased to invite you to a Polish Day in Ottawa on Sunday, June 17. Let’s celebrate the 100th anniversary of regaining of the independence by Poland! This free and open event will emphasize friendly relations between Poland and Canada, historical, cultural, people-to-people ties and the contribution of Polish-Canadians to the diverse Canadian society.

We invite you to dance mazurka or polonaise, listen to jazz concert, learn about the achievements of Polish astrophysicists and Polish-Canadian engineers, and admire design of Polish porcelain and ceramics. There is plenty of performances to choose from.

Maria Knapik, an eminent Polish-Canadian soprano opera singer, will present a special recital “In the charm of Waltz and Czardas” (12:40 PM – 1.30 PM). Be prepared for a musical and dancing show where operetta arias are mingled with famous melodies, sung by Maria, accompanied by professional dancers. Her recital will be followed by the Knapik Singers and Dixie Road ensembles concert.

For any music lover a concert by Kuba Stankiewicz, one of the greatest Polish jazz pianists, is a must (2:45 PM). He will perform songs written by such Polish composers as Victor Young, who composed music to almost 300 Hollywood movies. Young was nominated for the Oscar 22 times and finally received the statuette posthumously for his music to “In 80 Days Around the World” movie. Kuba Stankiewicz will also play a piece by Bronisław Kaper who received the first Oscar nomination for music to the film “Chocolate Soldier” in 1941. Eleven years later he received the Oscar for the musical “Lili”.

Science and engineering have always been Polish domains. In a presentation about physics, cold war, and ingenuity, Professor Tomasz Bulik, a renowned astrophysicist from the University of Warsaw will help you understand what happens when black holes merge (12:00 PM). The discovery of gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers two years ago is considered a major achievement of astro-particle physics. Leaders of the discovery team were awarded numerous prizes including the Nobel prize. The early history of endeavors that lead to the discovery has an interesting Canadian-Polish connection.

And then let yourself get away from everyday chores and immerse into beautiful Polish film music performed (4:00 PM) by charming trio of Polish-Canadian and Canadian musicians from Montreal.

It will also be an occasion to learn about Polish – Canadian engineers’ achievements (2:20 PM) and get to know who designed and built a railway bridge across the Niagara River linking Fort Erie and Buffalo and many other well-known and important constructions in Canada.

If you are fond of dancing, you will enjoy a polonaise or a mazurka performed by “Polanie” dance group (10:15 – 10:45 AM) and “White Eagle Folk Dance Academy” (11:00 – 12:00 PM) who will be happy to show you not only how to dance Polish traditional dances, but also foxtrot.

Don’t forget to bring your kids! They will surely like the taste of “krówki” – famous Polish candies.

Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you soon!


Date & Time
June 17, 2018 at 10:00 am
June 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm