Summer wedding and festival season begins!

Thanks to everyone who came to Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival! The music and energy in the room was amazing, and everyone had a great time. And thanks to our island fans who filled the halls in Victoria and CUmberland!  It is a great way to end our winter indoor show season.

Now we will begin our wedding and festival season, with European Festival being the first stop as we travel as far as Northern Alberta. See the calendar on the right for more information on all our public appearances.

We still have some dates open for private weddings and parties! Let us know, even if you see we have a booking that day, we may be able to do a second performance if the timing works out. Email us at 0rkestars at gmail d0t com, or telephone 6o4, 612-1o5o.

Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival tickets on sale now!

Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival returns for its seventh year, once again starring Romani trumpet master and singer Demiran Cerimovic all the way from Vranje, Serbia!

Tickets are on sale now! and at Highlife Records, 1317 Commercial

This year we have a new band all the way from San Fransisco, Fanfare Zambaleta!

Here’s the lineup for each evening:

7-8 : Opening band and dance workshop
8-9 : Orkestar Slivovica followed by folk dancers
9-10: The m9
10-11: Fanfare Zambaleta
11-12: Orkestar Slivovica with special surprise guests
12-1: The massed band grande finale, with dancers!
Opening band is Zlatna Mountain on Friday and Grupa Dunbarov on Saturday
Serbian Folk dance group is Vuk Karadzic Veterans on Friday and Gradina on Saturday!

Saturday afternoon drumming, singing, and band workshops!
Info here.


Plans for 2016…

Happy New Year to all of you! We have many things in the works for 2016, here are some highlights:

  • Ederlezi festival returns for its 7th year on May 13-15 at the Grandview Legion. Stay tuned for lineup announcements!
  • Opa Tsupa festival will return in the fall after a 2 year hiatus, most likely October 21-22
  • We will be touring Alberta in mid-June, including Edmonton and the North Country Fair festival
  • We have many smaller festivals in BC lined up already
  • We already have 4 weddings booked, no doubt many more to come in… so book soon if you want us at your wedding or special event!

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 ——->


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!





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.

cd cover


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!