ABOUT JOHN GORA & GORALE BAND

ABOUT THE BAND

Call us by any name.  We are your VARIETY PARTY BAND playing multiple musical genres that include Classic Rock, Country, Big Band, Swing, Oktoberfest, Disco Polo, Polka, Waltz, Cha-cha and more in several languages. 

 

All of our music is LIVE! We provide the latest HITS with our DJ SERVICE that is complimentary when you book the band or separately as DJMUSIC.CA

 

The John Gora Band is "dynamic, [whose] crowd-pleasing stage performances have become a trademark of this group" - Steve Litwin, PAJ Writer

RECORDING HISTORY

In 1998 the band released a 45 RPM Record with 2 songs. Two years later the first CD was released to make a total of 10 CD's so far.  Next release will be a Christmas CD.

READY FOR TAKEOFF - 1990

TAKE A SPIN - 1993 

DUTY FREE POLKAS - 1997 (Grammy Nominated)

FOLLOW ME - 1999 (Grammy Nominated)

CAN AM POLKAS - 2002

PANGORA'S BOX - 2004 (Grammy Nominated)

BULLETPROOF POLKAS - 2007 (Grammy Nominated)

POLKA PLAYIN' FOOL - 2009

BUTTERFLY - 2013

MY POLISH ROOTS & BEYOND - 2019 (IPA & USPA Award winning CD)

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

In August of 2008 John and the band were recognized by the International Polka Association (IPA) and won awards for:

IPA Album of the Year - Bulletproof Polkas
IPA Song of the Year - Kiss of Fire

Bulletproof Polkas was also nominated for the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville, TN.  In 2020 four of our songs from various albums are on the list of Just Plain Folks for Spotify.

In 2011, John was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame

John also received the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Polka Association (USPA) in 2012 for his contributions to the world of polka music. 

In April of 2020, John and the band were again recognized by the IPA's 2019 Music Awards, winning awards for: 

Favorite Polish Style Group of the Year - John Gora & Gorale

Favorite Polish Style Male Vocalist of the Year - John Gora

Favorite Polish Style Album of the Year - My Polish Roots & Beyond

Favorite Polish Style Song of the Year - Walentyna

The awards will be presented at the 52nd Annual IPA Convention and Festival in Buffalo, NY on September 5, 2020

on May 23rd, 2020 John and the band were also recognized by the USPA as winners for the 2019 Music Awards in the following categories:

USPA Male Vocalist - John Gora

USPA Recording - My Polish Roots & Beyond

USPA Song - Walentyna

Here is WALENTYNA as put together by Les Kapuscinski with his great photos

Thank you and remember that "LIVE" music is best.

John Gora is an active member of:

  • AFM (America Federation of Musicians) Local #293 Hamilton, Ontario 

  • USPA (United States Polka Association) 

  • IPA (International Polka Association)

  • NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)

  • CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts 

        and Sciences)

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle

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