Vancouver, BC's own Balkan Brass orchestra!


Sljivovica Social Club kafana nights are back, First Friday of each month!

On October 2 we kicked off our 6th year of first Friday of the month “kafana” nights! Still at the Seven Dining Lounge on Broadway, we began the season with our old friend and mentor Lache Cercel, with his Roma Swing Ensemble! It was an amazing night, and it will happen again every month until April, with a different guest band each time!

See the postings on the right for details ——->

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Summer wedding and festival season!

Next public show is Wednesday June 24, Make Music Vancouver! Free street performance! Last scheduled public performance until September! Click on the event on the calendar to the right for more information——>



(PS: We still have several dates available in the summer! Throwing a big party? Getting married? Hire us to make it unforgettable!)

Ederlezi Festival a big success!

A big thank you to all of you who came and made this year’s Ederlezi the best ever, according to feedback from both audience and performers!

Special thanks to Robert Benaroya of Caravan World Rhythms for producing, to Adrian Sinclair of Transformation Projects for house management, Matt Bryant and Jonas Shandel for sound, and all the volunteers and paid staff who made the event possible.

Orkestar Slivovica has one final week with Demiran Cerimovic to learn some more new tunes, sharpen up our arrangements, and glean what we can from his vast skill and knowledge. We have several private performances but there is still one evening still free, Friday May 15, or Sunday May 17 afternoon, if someone wants to book us.

We will take a 2 week break and then begin our summer wedding and festival season. Our next public appearance is Saturday May 30 (Collingwood Days and European Festival). See the calendar to the right for more information!

Once again, thank you all!





Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival May 8-9!

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting this annual celebration of Balkan Brass music! See the calendar link to the right for more details ———–>



Sljivovica Social Club – first Friday of each month!

Another great show! Big thanks to our friends in Tambura Rasa, and to everyone who came out!


A great start to the new year…

Thanks to everyone who came out to our show on Friday Jan 2… one of our best parties ever! An epic jam with Byzantine Blue was our highlight, top notch sound and singing by Dragan Markovic, and collaborations with bellydancer Aviva and a turkish interlude by Shivaun!

Don’t miss the next one, Feb 6 with Tambura Rasa!

But before that, join us on Jan 17 at Performance Works! All the details on the calendar to the right: —->



Thank you and news update

Thanks to everyone who came to the last Sljivovica Social Club at the Seven Lounge. And as we begin our seventh year as Vancouver’s Balkan Brass band, we want to give a big thanks to everyone who has supported us over all this time. 2015 holds much promise as our best year yet: we have a great new lineup with new members Nikola Tosic (tenor, trumpet), Steve Clements (tenor), and Dragan Markovic (singer, snare/darabuka).

We would also like to announce that Demiran Cerimovic will once again be coming to Canada to headline our annual Ederlezi Festival on May 8 an 9! This will be his fourth visit to Canada. He will be available for private events between April 24 and May 17, but dates are booking up fast already!

We already have many weddings and festivals booked for 2015! Last year we were booked solid from early June through end of August, so if you are planning a wedding or special event, reserve your date soon if you want to be sure of getting us!

Our latest CD, “Sa!”, has been awarded as one of Highlife Record’s “top picks” CDs of 2014! You can buy it from them (1317 Commercial Dr, Vancouver) or from us at any of our shows.

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As you can see from the new photo above, we recently did a photo shoot with Diane Smithers and the results are fabulous! Big thanks to Diane and her assistant Martin for putting in so much effort! ( Here’s another one of the many great shots:



And finally, a number of us are planning to visit Serbia and Macedonia this August! On the agenda is Guca trumpet festival, and workshops and lessons in Vranje, Ohrid, and elsewhere. And of course partying in kafanas and splavs in Belgrade, attending Roma weddings with Demiran in Vranje,  and tasting wine in Southern Macedonia!

Six years and a new album!

We are looking forward to our combined CD release party and 6th Anniversary party at the Seven Dining Lounge on Friday November 7!

Many things have changed in those six years. We began as a 6-piece Balkan-inspired band, and didn’t even have a trumpet in the beginning! Since then we have transformed to an authentic South-Serbian-style “trubachi” band and have learned many of the standard tunes and styling both by traveling to Serbia and by bringing our teacher and mentor Demiran Cerimovic to Canada three times.

During that time we have had many members join and leave, with only three of the founding members still in the band. This fall marks another new era, with several people departing the band, and some very talented new members joining us! We will be introducing these new musicians at our show on November 7, please do come and support them and us as we begin a new era!

(And hopefully you will buy our new CD!)



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October 18, the greatest Balkan Brass Band ever is coming to town…

…and we will be opening for them!

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar is the band that inspired the founders of Orkestar Slivovica to form a band in the South Serbian/Macedonian Romani style. Our teacher and mentor Demiran Cerimovic considers Boban Markovic to be one of the greatest trumpet players ever in the entire history of this genre. Please come to this very special show, which will also be the final appearance for a few retiring members of Orkestar Slivovica, and will feature collaborations with Jack Garton, who used to play with us before rising to fame with his bands Maria in the Shower and Demon Squadron.




Autumn gig schedule

We have had a very busy and eventful festival and wedding season and we now shift to more indoor and intimate shows. We will resume our monthly “kafana” nights at the Seven Dining Lounge on the first Friday of each month, and on the November 7 show we will have the official release of our long-awaited second CD! And the highlight of the season will no doubt be on October 18 when the grand master of our style of music Boban Markovic comes to Vancouver!

Here is our schedule in brief, details can be found by clicking on the calendar to the right —>

Oct 3 Sljivovica Social Club kafana night at Seven Dining Lounge. Guest tba
Oct 18 Opening for Boban i Marko Markovic at the Vogue
Oct 9, 10, 17, 24, 31 Ghost Train at Stanley Park
Nov 1 All Souls night at Vancouver cemetary
Nov 7 Sljivovica Social Club and cd release / anniversary party
Nov 22 Candytown – Daytime outdoor event in Yaletown