PSA/Polish Studies Program Movie Night “Beats of Freedom”

Visually stunning, the award-winning Beats of Freedom is the story of how Polish rock’n’roll helped bring down communism. Directed by Wojciech Słota and Leszek Gnoiński, and narrated by Chris Salewicz (in English, as is the film largely…), the 73-minute documentary contains previously unseen archive footage of the Iron Curtain Polish music scene, much quite shocking; included are extraordinary, hilarious secret police reports on hippies and punks. The most popular cinematically-released documentary in Poland ever, Beats of Freedom encapsulates a vital missing element of world popular culture.

Where: Carr Hall, Room 403. 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:00pm – 9:00pm

SPK and PSA Movie Night – “The Way Back”

The Polish Combatants’ Association (SPK) and PSA invite u to a special movie night. We will be showing “The Way Back”, a film centered around a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian Gulag camp during World War II.

Where: SPK, 206 Beverley Street, Toronto, ON
When: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

For more information on the film go to:


Kiedy: sroda 12 pazdziernik, 2011
Gdzie: Przed UTSU, 12 Hart House Circle

PSA zaprasza na coroczny BBQ! Pyszna Polska kielbasa swieza z grill’a! Przyjdzcie na lunch i przy okazji zapoznajcie sie z nowym zarzadem i innymi czlonkami! To tez swietna okazja aby kupic czlonkostwo PSA, PSA koszulke i dowiedziec sie o innych naszych wydarzeniach!

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When: Wednesday October 12th, 2011
Where: In front of UTSU, 12 Hart House Circle

Yes it’s here again, PSA invites you to its annual BBQ!!! Best Polish sausages fresh off the grill! Come for a great inexpensive lunch and meet the exec and other members! You can also purchase your membership and PSA t-shirt while you’re there and find out about our other events!

Roncessvalles Polish Festival

PSA zaprasza na Roncessvalles Polish Festival!

Bedzie wiele atrakcji miedzy innymi zespoly taneczne, muzyka, jedzenie i “Szalone Lato z PISKiem!”

Ponizej mozna zobaczyc zalaczony rozklad zajec oraz aplikacje na wiele z tych atrakcji!

Po wiecej informacji zapraszamy rowniez na strone festiwalu

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PSA invites you to the Roncessvalles Polish Festival!

The festival will include many attractions such as dance groups, music, Polish food and “A Crazy Summer with PISK!”

The schedule of events as well as the registration form for some of the attractions can be found below.

For more information you may also go to the festival website

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MS Word Application:

PDF Schedule and Application:

Elections for 2011- 2012, General Meeting, Pub night

WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: University of Toronto, TBA


You can run for up to three(3) positions maximum. You are allowed to drop out after the deadline but not run for any new positions.


a. Prezes
b. Wice-prezes
c. Skarbnik
d. Sekretarz
e. Osoby odpowiedzialne za PR
f. Webmasterzy
g. Organizatorzy wieczorkow filmowych
h. Organizatorzy wycieczek
i. Kronikarze
j. Moderatorzy PSA
k. Organizatorzy wydarzen sportowych

All positions require PSA membership, and top two positions require one year membership on Zarzad. Results of the election come into effect September 2011.

In order to vote you have to be a PSA member.

Also, after the elections we will hold a general meeting, where you can voice your opinions and suggestions in regards to PSA then we will proceed to O’grady’s Pub for a nice relaxing drink.


Paintball for the masses!

WHERE: Defcon Paintball, Downsview Park, 75 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 11:30am to 2:00pm
ADMISSION: Around $35 for the gear rental, coveralls, and 200 paintballs.

Failed an exam? Take out your frustration on your friends by pumping them full of paint. Failed a course? Didn’t get that sweet job you were hoping for? Take out the whole squad rambo style. Come join PSA for outdoor paintball!!!

For more info and to RSVP go to the even facebook page:!/event.php?eid=118629041552133

PSA Movie Night: Documentary “Ten Hungry Men” with Guest Speaker Jesse Flis!

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: South Dining Room, 2nd floor, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON

Jesse Flis is an extraordinarily active member of the Polish-Canadian community and directly participated in the events documented by the film.

Ten Hungry Men – the true story of ten hunger strikers who, on Canadian soil, played a small, yet significant role in the eventual collapse of the Soviet and communist regimes.

The 60 minute documentary is a collaborative effort between Producer Myra Dziama and Director/DOP Richard Pawlowski, Ten Hungry Men follows ten complete strangers who are united by a common cause — to protest the repression their families in Poland faced under Martial Law — as they endure a hunger strike in front of the Polish Consulate in Toronto. Despite many attempts at exit visas for their wives and children, they were declined the basic right that free and democratic people around the world take for granted: the right to live with their families in a country of their choice.

Now, more than two decades later, Ten Hungry Men combines archival footage from the 1983 event with present-day interviews to remind us of the human willpower, determination and courage behind the diverse multicultural history of our country and the passion for freedom that makes us all proud to be Canadian. Seven of the original ten hungry men appear in the production along with community leaders and former politicians, Jesse Flis, Yuri Shymko and Chris Korwin-Kuczynski.

Ten Hungry Men also features a rare interview with the founder of the Solidarity movement in Poland, Lech Walesa, who spoke with the producers while they were filming on-location in Poland.

Their fight was not only for the freedom of their families but also, symbolically, for the freedom of all who face repression and human rights violations.



Lecture: “Hollywood’s War with Poland”

PSA informs you that the Polish Dept. at UofT is organizing a lecture “Hollywood’s War with Poland”
The negative portrayal of Poland during WWII in American films

WHERE: St. Michael’s College, UofT, 121 Joseph St., Alumni Hall, Room 400
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 7pm

The Adam Mickiewicz Foundation
in Canada and the Polish Language and Literature Program at UofT would like to invite all students to a lecture by visiting professor Mieczyslaw Biskupski.

Professor Biskupski is the president of the Cathedral of Polish History, Language and Culture at the Central Connecticut State University in the USA.

The lecture celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation and is sponsored by the National Memory Fund of Anna and Ryszard Paudyn.

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