Radość-Joy Song and Dance Ensemble
The Radość-Joy Song and Dance group was founded in 1992 by Ms. Ania Piwowarczyk, who has been an organist in our parish for more than 30 years. Initially the group sang in both Polish and English only during Mass. A year later, the group performed in a Christmas pageant called “Betlejem Polskie” (Polish Bethlehem) in Toronto. Over the years, the ensemble has grown to encompass various age groups. It has developed its repertoire to include Polish folklore, patriotic songs, artistic skits and modern dance. The group performs in colourful and stylized costumes designed especially for its members. Radość-Joy has performed in Canada and the United States, as well as in Poland and Taiwan. The group has recorded a number of CDs which were warmly received by the public. It has been recognized by an award of Merit from the Canadian Polish Congress, the Citizens of the Year 1996 award in the Music Category funded by the AmPol Eagle, Buffalo NY, and has won first place in the International Festival of Religious Song in Mississauga on two occasions. Weekly rehearsals in the parish hall, frequent trips and performances permit the youth not only to develop their musical and dance talents and artistry, but also to build lasting friendships. The group continues to participate in parish events. Many talented individuals have left a lasting mark on Radość-Joy, inspiring the more than 150 members who are currently involved with the group.
For more information, please contact A. Piwowarczyk at (905) 275-9262.