A Second Generation of Polish-Lithuanian descent
Florence "Singer" Shustack, affectionately called
first heard the Yiddish language as her mother
Mira Goldschmidt-Weinholtz, sang soft and sweetly
accompanying herself on the mandolin.
Having survived two concentration camps,
mother instilled in her a deep sense of pride in her
religion, determination in her faith, love for family,
friends and community and an obligation
purpose to keep their heritage and tradition alive
through their gifts of music
and song. This inspiration
was to be passed on to
Florence’s children, Aaron
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Flo developed a passion
for music and theatre. She enjoyed performing in a
duet with her sister,
Lisa. During McGill University
sang regularly at Montreal’s Golem Coffeehouse
and the DeSola Club.
Moving to Calgary, Alberta in 1979, Flo
herself in the Calgary Jewish Community.
and co-founded in the Nitzanim Israeli Folk Dance
taught Jewish music to the
Day Care, presented regular Shabbat programs at
Beverly Centre Nursing Home,
acted in Beth Israel
served as co-musical director
for a Hadassah-Wizo Youth Aliyah
“The Magical Mitzvah Tour”, co-founded and sang
Jewish Community and
Beth Tzedec High
Holiday Choirs, served as
Cultural Arts Chairperson
Jewish Centre for many years and helped to
City Hall Candle-Lighting Ceremonies.
Flo integrated a Jewish presence into the
Festival circuit, has been involved with
And Culture and the
Folk Arts Council, and she has
performed for literally every Jewish organization in town.
In 1992, Flo
founded the “Take the OY Train”
which has since performed at
countless festivals, holiday celebrations, fundraisers,
cabarets and private functions. The group has been
CBC Radio and Shaw Cable Television.
has also been involved with the larger musical
community, singing with many prominent
and party-show bands, both in Calgary
and also in
was honoured in 2002 with the Jewish
Family Service President’s Award,
musical contributions and talents.
is a songstress
with clear, pure and rich Jewish vocal stylings. She
is filled with a rare spirit,
soul and depth. Her stage
presence and engaging personality enhances every
festival and concert platform.