Mandolinist, bassist, bandleader, artistic director and producer, Toronto’s Eric Stein has been a prominent figure in Canada’s folk, world, and Jewish-roots music scenes for over 25 years. He is founder/leader of the innovative klezmer/balkan fusion group Beyond the Pale, with whom he has performed across North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia and released four award-winning albums. Eric also leads the Brazilian choro ensemble Tio Chorinho, is a member of the international supergroup the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, and has performed with a number of other leading world, folk and classical artists, including Socalled, Theodore Bikel, Flory Jagoda, MIke Marshall, Avi Avital, and various Canadian chamber groups and symphonies. Eric is Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival, one of the world’s largest celebrations of Jewish music and culture. Eric remains close to his roots in classic rock and folk music through his work with the unique acoustic trio King Harvest, and with rock outfits Eat a Peach and Electric Meat. For more information about Eric's various projects visit this page.
2021-04-23 - On Monday April 26, 2pm EST I will present my lecture "Tremoloing Before God: The Mandolin in Jewish Life" as part of Joshua Horowitz's Jewish music lecture series. Details here: https://klezcalifornia.org/events/mandolin/
2020-08-23 - Check out Tio Chorinho's new livestream show for Harbourfront Centre's Summer Music in the Garden series, with special guest Flavia Nascimento.
2020-02-14 - Beyond the Pale's West Coast Tour kicks off tomorrow in Seattle. Two weeks of shows across four states. Visit the BTP website for detailed tour dates.
019-07-31 - I'm pleased to have won Folk Music Ontario's "Songs From the Heart" Songwriting competition (for the second time!) in the instrumental category, for my tune "The Whole Thing" (click to see/hear the tune). Beyond the Pale will perform the piece as part of the awards ceremony on Sept 27 at the FMO Conference, where BTP are also official showcase artists.
2019-02-14 - Listen to Tio Chorinho live on KPFK FM in Los Angeles, kicking off our California tour
2018-12-03 - Have a listen to Eric's Hanukah playlist on CBC's Metro Morning
2018-11-28 - Eric speaks to Mike and Jean in the morning on Classical 96FM, about Tio Chorinho and the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra