North Shore Polish Association established 2002

North Shore Polish Association established 2002


There'll Never Be Another You

A musical tribute to Polish-Canadian composer Ryszard Wrzaskała presented by North Shore Polish Association Belweder and Monica Sowinski

November 12, 2022
James Cowan Theatre

Born on March 1, 1932 in Znin, Poland, Ryszard Wrzaskała (1932-2018) was a widely recognized and loved composer, arranger, symphonic conductor and teacher.

“His heart – and creative soul – is in composing.  
Wrzaskała has written more than 200 songs in English and Polish, most of them arranged as instrumental pieces. He also received more than 30 distinctions and honorary mentions over the world, including two gold medals in the Netherlands’ Expo 2000 Song Festival for the Best Song and Best Arrangement of his song “Zelazowa Wola” and another gold in 2002 for the Best Canadian Song “Lonely Man” at the same festival” (Melanie Minty, Now Newspaper).

His song “Beautiful and Free” was featured as one of the 15 official songs for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Wrzaskała’s compositions range from classical to ragtime, pop, soul, jazz and blues. His many songs are known for their charming character and include lyrics in both English and Polish. 


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Saturday, November 12, 2022

James Cowan Theatre

Featuring performances by:

Monica Sowinski (soprano) accompanied by pianists Dina Kholina and Miri Lee. Denis Petrov (vocalist) accompanied by violinist Elvira Voskanyan and dancers Victoria Kazantseva and Polina Kazantseva. Deana Zhdanova (vocalist) accompanied by guitarist Sergey Maryshev, pianist Slava Alexandrov and saxophonist Alexandr Maier. Elvira Voskanyan (violin). Miri Lee (pianist). Chorus Juventus directed by Olga Tokmakova and accompanied by guitarist Sergey Maryshev and bass guitarist Slava Alexandrov.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the province of British Columbia 


Past Events

Polish Festival Vancouver
September 4, 2022


Thank you everyone for the great Polish Festival 
We had rain, we had sunshine and above all we had great performers, devoted volunteers, and fantastic food.

We are exceptionally grateful to this year’s festival sponsors! 
without whom none of this would be a reality.

And a big thank you to our special guest performers SPK Iskry from Winnipeg and Zabavva Band from Portland!

Thank you all for making it an enormous success!

We are incredibly grateful for all your support!

See you all next year! Polish Festival Vancouver


Global BC

Province of British Columbia

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture

The Jim Pattison Auto Group

Pattison Food Group

District of North Vancouver

City of North Vancouver

District of West Vancouver

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

Alpha & Omega Painting

The Charitable Foundation of the Polish Combatants' Association in Canada

Polish Heritage Foundation

Canadian Polish Millenium Fund

Vancouver's Best Places

Dr. Andrew Jakubowski

WG Architecture Inc.

Dr. Krzysztof Klimek

Joanna Kostanski Law Corporation


Holiday Inn & Suites

Let's Meet Wyborowa

D & A Dabrowski and Associates

Dr. Malgorzata and Zenon Cieslak

Dr. Margaret Budzianowska – Kwiatkowski

The Source

Dr. Ewa Lesinska Kostamo

Dr. Marianna Klimek

Starbucks (Lonsdale Quey Market)

Polish Canadian Congress

Polonia Sausage House

Terra Foods

Nickel's Bakery

Polish Festival Vancouver is supported by the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver through the Arts & Culture Grants Program of the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission 

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