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.
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! (https://www.facebook.com/DianeSmithersPhotography). 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!