Jubilee Folk Ensemble
Our 1st rehearsal of the 2023/24 season was held on Sept. 11th at the Parkside!
May 29/23: Evening seniors' concert at Pioneer Manor.
May 15/23: Evening seniors' concert at Walford Residence.
March 17/22: St. Paddy's Day concert at the Lockerby Legion.
Dec. 16/19: Seniors' evening Xmas concert at St. Joseph's Villa.
Dec. 9/19: Seniors' evening Xmas concert at Red Oaks.
Sept. 28/19: Downtown concert at Peddler's Pub (Symphony "Crawl").
June 1/19: Afternoon 'Celebration of Life' concert at Jubilee Centre.
May 28/19: Kids' concert at Princess Anne School.
May 22/19: Dinner concert at ‘Spacecraft Brewery’ on Notre Dame.
March 4/19: Celtic-themed seniors' concert at the LaSalle Residence.
Jan. 26/19: Scottish-themed concert at the Lockerby Legion hall.
Dec. 9/18: Parkside Xmas concert; guests: Young Sudbury Singers.
Dec 3/18: Seniors' evening concert at the Lasalle Residence.
June 4/18: Seniors' concert at Extendicare Falconbridge.
May 29/18: Kids' concert at Queen Elizabeth School.
May 14/18: Noon concert at the Elgin St. Mission;
Dec. 10/17: Xmas concert at the Parkside.
Nov. 15/17: Remembrance concert at the Lockerby Legion hall;
Nov. 18/17: Xmas concert at the Rainbow Mall foodcourt;
June 8/17: Concert with Northern Echoes at the Parkside.
May 23/17: Afternoon gym concert at Garson Northeastern School.
March 13/17: St. Patrick’s theme concert at Red Oaks.
Dec. 11/16: Concert at the Parkside with guests, Northern Echoes;
Nov. 19 & Dec. 2/16: Afternoon Xmas concerts, Rainbow Mall;
June 2016: Evening seniors’ concerts at Red Oaks (6th), & Pioneer (13th);
May 24/16: Afternoon gym concert at Garson Northeastern School;
March. 15/15: St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Celtic music at the LU Pub;
Sept. 27/15: Concert at the Market Place;
Oct. 21/15: Concert at St. Andrew’s Place—Body and Soul Lunch;
Nov. 21/15: Sat. afternoon (2-4 pm) Xmas concert, Rainbow mall;
Dec. 2015: Seniors’ Xmas concerts at the Walford (7th) & Red Oaks (14th).
Who are We?
The Jubilee Folk Ensemble (JFE) is a non-profit community-based musical group that contributes to Greater Sudbury's bilingual, multicultural life. Our ensemble consists of a diverse group of amateur musicians who play a variety of instruments under the direction of our conductor, Sandra Faubert.
The group receives support from the City of Greater Sudbury through an annual cultural grant. Our practices are held on Monday evenings between 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Parkside Centre on 140 Durham St. in Sudbury.
The Jubilee Folk Ensemble is committed in its pursuit of how music relates to us all in a multicultural Canada. It is dedicated to learning and playing music which is rooted in the folk music traditions from around the world. Our aim is to perform music which reflects the rich cultural diversity of both Sudbury and Canada.
Of course, most of our members at one time or another have also played with other local ensembles; and the JFE occasionally holds joint concerts with other local musical groups, including for example, Nickel City Sound & the LU Pipe Band. Four of our female members, who refer to themselves the ‘Jubilation,’ will occasionally sing at some of our concerts, as well as perform at separate venues on their own.
Join the Ensemble
The Jubilee Folk Ensemble always welcomes new members who enjoy performing a diverse repertoire of multicultural folk music. Our membership in the past has ranged in age from approx. 20 to 85. Currently there are no membership dues required in order to join. Concert attire normally consists of dark dress pants with a white dress shirt and optional traditional vest.
String players (i.e., both violin & mandolin families) are invited to join us, as are wind players of all varieties. We would be happy to hear from you--regardless of what instrument you play (we currently are in dire need of mandolin, cello, & string bass players). Moreover, it doesn't really matter how long it's been since you last played your instrument. We encourage you to come out and have some fun!
The JFE holds its rehearsals on Monday evenings, between 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Parkside Centre on 140 Durham St. in downtown Sudbury (near the corner of Durham & Elgin). We invite all interested members from the public to come out and hear us rehearse, or even better, to play with us!
If you are interested in joining our band, or if you wish to "book" our ensemble for an upcoming gig, or if you simply want to learn more about us, please contact our conductor and musical director, Sandra Faubert, at either: (705) 857-1951; or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to submit any digital pictures of the band to us, our Webmaster may be contacted at: email@example.com. The band also has a page on the social networking site Facebook.
The Jubilee Folk Ensemble has roots which can be traced back to various early Ukrainian mandolin ensembles in Sudbury in the 1920s and '30s. The name, "Jubilee Folk Ensemble," however, was not formally adopted until 1977 (the ensemble getting its name from its former landlord, the Jubilee Centre).
From its early Ukrainian immigrant beginnings, the ensemble now boasts a membership of Sudburians from numerous cultural backgrounds. The JFE gratefully acknowledges the past financial support and other benefits (e.g., sheet music) it had received over the years from the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC).
Currently, there are about 12-15 members in the group. The ensemble is occasionally featured in local news items found in Sudbury.com as well as in the Sudbury Star.
In past years, the JFE has had the honour of participating in a number of music festivals and conferences held out-of-town, such as in Toronto in 1991, Regina in 2005, etc.
The ensemble also regularly performs for free at various local senior citizens' residences, and occasionally at elementary schools (e.g., St. Andrew’s & Immaculate Conception in May 2015) . On Nov. 13th, 2005, we participated in the "Tsunami Rx Benefit Concert" held at the Sudbury Community Arena, which helped to raise funds to build a school in Sri Lanka.
During the July 1st 2007 Canada Day celebrations, we played to over 3,000 folks in the Sudbury Arena. In June of 2008, we played an outdoor concert at the Via Rail station to help commemorate the City's 125th anniversary (in 1983, we had played at the Garson Arena to help commemorate Sudbury's 100th anniversary).
On Jan. 31st of 2010 at the Jubilee hall, we presented our own music along with a poetry-reading celebration of the works of four great poets: Burns, Neruda, Shevchenko & Whitman. More recently, on March 4th, 2012, we held a similar concert involving poetry readings in celebration of International Women's Day.
In Sept. 2013, the JFE selected its vocalist/flautist, Sandra Faubert, to be its new conductor. Prior to Sandra, Oryst Sawchuk, a local artist and architect, had been the JFE's conductor since 1994 (having taken over the position from Eve Kremyr, who had conducted the group for about 5 years).
On Oct. 28th, 2013, the JFE tearfully held its last rehearsal at the historic Jubilee hall on Applegrove; and on Nov. 4th, we held our first rehearsal at the Parkside Centre.
Sandra Faubert is a retired singing teacher from Cambrian College and Laurentian, who also plays piano and flute. Over the years Sandra has sung in various choirs (e.g., Cambrian, St. Andrew's) and is a member of the Parkside Gang ensemble. She currently also conducts the Club Seniors 111 choir. Sandra is a mother of two, and resides in French River, southeast of Sudbury.
Brenda Rantala-Sykes (accordion)
Sandra Faubert (conductor, flute, vocals)
Dorothy Robidoux (violin)
Paul Laverdure (soprano/tenor recorder--on leave)
Ron Wiseman (violin)
Faye Moffatt (mandolin, piano)
George Schaut (trombone)
Nancy Falat (violin)
Lee Anne Desrocher (cello--on leave)
Donna Moshenko (clarinet, mandolin--on leave)
David Seeney (bass guitar)
David Falat (percussian)
Marc Noiseux (guitar)
Louise Hayden (violin)
Bette Nuss (violin)
Cindy Matikainen (violin)
Director/Conductor: Sandra Faubert; Archivist: [vacant];
Pres./CEO: Nancy Falat; Treasurer: Lee Anne Desrocher;
Secretary: George Schaut; Vice-Chair: [vacant]
Our Current Repertoire
The JFE’s collection of sheet music includes an array of folk music arrangements; which are often difficult to find elsewhere, sometimes handwritten, or even out-of-print. Below is a listing of some of those crowd-pleasing pieces which we‘ve performed recently.
Un Canadian Errant - Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
Fiddler on the Roof (medley) - Jerry Bock
The Thunderer - John Philip Sousa
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - trad. American spiritual
The Emperor Waltz - Johann Strauss II
A Holly Jolly Christmas - Johnny Marks
This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
Hava Nagila - trad. Jewish Folk Song
Danny Boy (“Londonderry Air”) - trad. Irish ballad
In Old Vienna (waltz medley) - arr. C. P. Herfurth
Aupres de ma Blonde – trad. French Canadian folk song
The Minstrel Boy - trad. Irish/ arr. K. Russland
Metsakukkia - trad. Finnish
The Foggy Dew – trad. Irish ballad
Bandura - trad. Ukrainian
Annie Laurie - trad. Scotch Folksong/ Lady John Scott
La Paloma - M. Sebastián Yradier
Alouette – trad. French Canadian
Kiev Waltz - trad. Ukranian
Les Temps Des Cerises - A. Renard
Suo Gan - trad. Welsh lullaby
Farewell to Nova Scotia – trad. Canadian folk song
Last Rose of Summer - Irish Air (arr. K. Russland)
She's Like the Swallow – trad. Newfoundland folk song
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – American folk song
Schedryk (“Carol of the Bells”) - trad. Ukranian Christmas
Irish Washerwoman – trad. Irish jig
Humoreske - Antonin Dvorak
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Johnny Marks
Oy-ra! - trad. Ukrainian
Ukrainian National Anthem - M. Verbytsky
Whisky in the Jar – trad. Irish
It’s a Long, Long, Way to Tipperary - Jack Judge
The Log Driver’s Waltz - Wade Hemsworth
My Wild Irish Rose - Chauncey Olcott
Spancil Hill - trad. Irish ballad
Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar
Working Man – Rita MacNeil
Something to Sing About – Oscar Brand
Linstaed Market - trad. Jamaican
Flowers of Edinburgh – trad. Scottish fiddle tune
Goin' Home - Antonin Dvorak
Rowan Tree - trad. Scottish
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
The Water is Wide - trad. Scottish folk song