24min | English | Igal Hecht
Aviva Chernick is a Jewish artist who sings in Hebrew, Ladino, and English. She was the first Canadian to be awarded a Virginia Folk Life apprenticeship to continue study with ‘American National Treasure’. Aviva’s solo and collaborative recordings have garnered many nominations and awards including a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) nominations for her albums La Serena (2020) and When I Arrived You Were Already There (2012), JUNO nominations for Jaffa Road’s Where The Light Gets In (2012) and Sun Place (2010), a CFMA Award for Where The Light Gets In and a CFMA nomination for The Huppah Project’s Under the Canopy (2009).
Aviva and her co-writers from Canadian world music group Jaffa Road won the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest Grand Prize for their rendition of Lo Yisa Goy, a prayer for peace. She was co-writer for Ana El Na which received an industry nod from OCFF (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals), winning the prestigious “Songs From the Heart” award. We follow Aviva as she sets on her first performance post-Covid. The episode showcases her emotional return to the stage after not being able to play her music for nearly two years.