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Our Musicians

These skilled & talented people bring that extra layer of fun, entertainment and culture to our events.

Ewalina Ferenc

& Polky Village Band

Eastern & Central Europe Folk Music
Born in Poland
Ewalina is a founding member of the GTA's premier Eastern European folk music band, the Polky Band. After coming to Toronto Ewelina met dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, sharing a deep interest and love of their shared musical heritage.
Ewalina and Ala were eager to share the music and dance they learned growing up in Poland with some incredible Canadian musicians, so in 2017 Polky Band was founded. The band came together through a shared passion for the unique and enigmatic style of Central and Eastern-European folk music.
Ewalina is a founding member of the GTA's premier Eastern European folk music band, the Polky Band. After coming to Toronto Ewelina met dancer and choreographer Ala Stasiuk, sharing a deep interest and love of their shared musical heritage.
Polish Workshops
Ewalina & Polky Village Band perform at our Polish Workshops. They generally play towards the end as we wrap up the workshop part of our event and start sitting down for the communal meal. Maria often joins in, singing along to songs shes heard all her life. A very lively, engaging and above all fun musical background to an evening steeped in Eastern European culture!

Mélyssa Rose

& Minuit à Paris

French Ballads & Love Songs
Born in France
Specializing in min-20th Century French music, especially that of Edith Piaf, Mélyssa Rose & Minuit à Paris are a perfect match to our French Workshops & Masterclasses. 
Originally from France, Mélyssa came to Toronto in 2016 after a year in New York City. She met Kevin Barrett, a great Canadian guitarist and the talented Portuguese accordionist Louis Simao. The collaboration of these 3 passionate musicians, perfect picture of Toronto melting-pot became "Minuit à Paris" a mix of traditional jazz with a touch of Edith Piaf. Let’s go to Paris!
French Workshops & Masterclasses
Mélyssa Rose & Minuit à Paris performed live at our first French Pastry Workshop in April 2018. Mélyssa's sultry voice and magnetic performance accentuated the French Cafe atmosphere perfectly.

Maria Rozynska

Singer (Soprano)

French Ballads & Love Songs
Born in France
Maria grew up listening to Polish  & Ukrainian folk songs. Born in Poland when the Iron Curtain still stood, Maria and her family escaped Soviet Communism and left Poland for Canada. Her family never forgot their Eastern European heritage, though and Maria grew up in a household steeped in Polish (her father) & Ukrainian (her mother) culture, language and music. 
Indeed, it was partly due to that mix of experiences and backgrounds that led Maria to the idea of Just Be Cooking - a welcoming space to learn about another culture by learnignt o make one of its signature dishes while listening to its music and songs.
Polish Workshops
With her strong knowledge of Polish & Ukrainian music Maria is a perfect fit for teaching and singing, Whenever we have the Polky Village Band play with us Maria is certain to join and lend her superb voice to these lively events.
Want to talk in person?
(647) 689-5780
Just Be Cooking  & Maria Rozynska 2018
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