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Toronto's Roncesvalles Polish Festival - Polski Festiwal na Roncesvalles

Polish soldiers visiting the 
Katyń Monument
Ludowa Nuta
Freeze Dried / The Icicles: "Walkin on Sunshine"
Ed Guca & The Polish Canadians as Major Music : "O Miła Moja"
View more of Ed Guca's music: HERE 
John Góra and Górale: "Wszyscy Polacy" / "Za Gorami Za Lasami"
Stan Stawiarski: "Czarne Konie" - Piosenka Cygańska
 
Źródło Polish Song and Dance Ensemble from Brampton, Ontario

Natalia, Alicja, Agnieszka

Shrine to Blessed John Paul II 
Peggy A. Nash is a Canadian labour official and politician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park and the Official Opposition's Finance Critic, in Canada's 41st parliament.
 
She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park in the 2006 federal election, in the 2008 federal election she was defeated by Liberal candidate Gerard Kennedy. Nash was elected President of the NDP on August 16, 2009, at the party's convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 2011 federal election she defeated Kennedy, to regain her former seat in the Canadian House of Commons.

Peggy Nash
Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park

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2011 Roncesvalles Polish Festival Opening Ceremonies
Roncesvalles Festival Opening Ceremonies: MP Peggy Nash
Roncesvalles Festival Opening Ceremonies: Cheri DiNovo

Cheri DiNovo
MPP Parkdale – High Park

Cheri DiNovo, MPP, is a Canadian social democratic politician. She is an United Church of Canada minister and previously headed the Emmanuel-Howard Park congregation in Toronto, Ontario. As the New Democratic Party of Ontario (NDP) candidate in Parkdale–High Park, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in a by-election on 14 September 2006. She was re-elected in the 10 October 2007 general election.


Teresa Berezowski
President
Canadian Polish Congress
Kongres Polonii Kanadyjskiej (KPK)

Canadian Polish Congress
Kongres Polonii Kanadyjskiej 
288 Roncesvalles Avenue
 Toronto, Ontario M6R-2M4
 
Telephone: 416-532-2876

Fax: 416-532-5730
 
E-mail address: kongres@kpk.org
 
KPK Website: www.kpk.org


Roncesvalles Festival Opening Ceremonies: Teresa Berezowski

I940 - 2000

IN MEMORIAM
... LEST WE FORGET..

MAY THE TRAGIC DEATH OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF POLISH CITIZENS IN SOVIET FORCED-LABOUR CAMPS, POLITICAL PRISONS AND EXECUTION SITES, ALWAYS REMIND THE WORLD THAT FREEDOM IN BOUGHT WITH GREAT SACRIFICE.
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DEDICATED TO THE MEORY OF OVER ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND POLISH SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS ARRESTED IN EASTERN POLAND BY THE SOVIET SECRET POLICE (NKDV) IN 1940-1941 FOR THE ONLY REASON THAT THEY WERE POLISH CITIZENS AND WERE DEPORTED TO THE FAR REACHES OF THE SOVIEW UNION 9SIBERIA0, WHERE MANY WERE EXECUTED OR DIED OF HUNGER, COLD, DESEASE AND EXHAUSTION DURING WOLRLD WAR II.
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PAMIĘCI PLAKÓW, KTÓRY ZOSTALI ZAMĘCZENI NA SYBERII, W 60 ROCZNICĘ PIERWSZEJ WYWÓZKI W DNIU 10 LUTEGO 1940r. POŚWIĘCAMY. JEŚLI MY ZAPOMNIMY O NICH, TY BOŻE ZAPOMNIMY O NAS.

ALLIANCE OF THE POLISH EASTERN PROVINCES IN TORONTO
FEBRUARY 10, 2000

More photos and videos of Tatry are available HERE.
Tatry Polish Song and Dance Ensemble
CLICK HERE to view more videos and photos of Ludowa Nuta 
More photos and videos of Ludowa Nuta are available HERE.
Do Not Be Afraid - Nie Lękajcie Się
 Andrew Golebiowski took lots of great pics of the 2012 Festival:
CLICK HERE
Katyn Monument
Ludowa Nuta
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Band
Polka dancers
Marie-Antoinette at today's Polish fest: "Let them eat chrusciki!"
 (And we did.)
Smolensk air disaster monument

Check down toward the bottom of this page to read the inscription.
Zapiekanka artist
I940 - 2010

KATYŃ - SMOLENSK



In memory of the 96 person Polish delegation headed by the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyski, who died tragically at Smolensk, on April 10, 2010, en route to the official commemoration ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the Katyń Massacre.

Without the Katyń Massacre -
there would have been no Smolensk tragedy.

Canadian Polish Congress
April, 10, 2011
Roncesvalles is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada centred around Roncesvalles Avenue, Culturally, the area is known as the centre of the Polish community in Toronto, with prominent Polish institutions, businesses and St Casimir's Catholic Church located on Roncesvalles Avenue. The street has long been known as the cultural and commercial centre of Toronto's Polish community. A number of Polish-speaking restaurants, delicatessens and shops specializing in Polish goods are located on Roncesvalles Avenue. The sign "Mówimy po polsku" ("We speak Polish") is displayed in some storefronts. The office of Gazeta, Toronto's Polish language newspaper, is located on Roncesvalles Avenue as is the headquarters of the Canadian Polish Congress.

In Poland, the Catholic faith is predominant, and this is the case for persons of Polish descent ('Polonia') in Canada. There are two large Catholic churches on Roncesvalles. St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church offers Polish-language masses every Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, at Westminster Avenue, holds Masses in English and Latin.

The public library branch holds a collection of Polish-language books and magazines. Polish-language lessons are part of the curriculum at St. Vincent de Paul separate school.

Saint John Paul II visited the neighbourhood when he came to Toronto in 1984. He dined at the Sir Nicholas Tavern, which is now the site of the coffee shop Tinto. An enormous memorial was held on Roncesvalles Avenue when Pope John Paul II died, with standing room only on the street and sidewalks of Roncesvalles from Marion Avenue to Wright Avenue. The memorial was loosely centred around a statue of the Pope located at the St. Stanislaus-St. Casimir's Credit Union, a credit union for people of Polish descent. A tribute of candles and flowers around the statue continues today.

RONCESVALLES PHOTO GALLERY
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Toronto's Roncesvalles Polish Festival 
 Polski Festiwal na Roncesvalles
September 16 & 17, 2017
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The Rt. Hon. Justin P.J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada,
greeting the participants of the 
2017 Roncesvalles Polish Festival.

Hello everyone. Bonjour à tous. Welcome to the 2017 Roncesvalles Polish Festival. For generations Polish Canadians have made Canada stronger, more open, and more inclusive. And as we mark 150 years of Conferation this year, it's a great time to honor Polish heritage in Canada. This festival is a wonderful place to celebrate. I hope you enjoy the music, art and food as you come together with friends and neighbors here in Toronto. Merci à la communauté Polono-Canadienne de contribuer à faire de notre pays un endroit où il fait si bon vivre, et merci à tous d'être venues à Roncesvalles à partager à l'occasion de ce magnifique festival. Thank you.