For centuries, Jewish musicians wandered from village to village in Eastern Europe playing for weddings and other celebrations.

They developed an eclectic repertoire influenced by the dances and songs of the many people who have lived alongside Jews between the Baltic and the Black Sea.

From the Yiddish word for musician – klezmer – comes the name by which this cosmopolitan music is known.


The Bagg Street Klezmer Band was formed in 1992 in the old Jewish Quarter of Montreal, taking our name from Québec's oldest synagogue, situated on the corner of Bagg and Clark.


Faithful to the klezmer tradition, Bagg Street plays regularly at weddings and other celebrations within the Jewish community in and around Montreal.


The band has also entertained thousands of people at concerts and festivals, including Hamilton’s Earthsong Festival;

the Mont-Tremblant Music Festival; as a featured guest of Québec’s national folkdance troupe, Les Sortilèges; and at a two-day appearance at the acclaimed Montreal International Jazz Festival.


 The band has also been featured numerous times on television and in films, including the TVA mini-series Ces enfants d'ailleurs and the Radio-Canada teen show Les Débrouillards.


Our first CD, Go Meshuggah!, was released in 1995 to rave responses from critics and fans alike.



 Minda Bernstein – Violin

Stephen Errington – Keyboards

Rick Goldman – Clarinet and tenor sax

Lorin Levine – Baritone sax and guitar

Harle Thomas – Percussion

Philip Weech  Trumpet and flugelhorn