Budka Suflera is a classic Polish rock band from Lublin. Think Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Okay, that sounds a tad bad but really, Budka Suflera can hold its own. Driven by the powerful voice of Krzysztof Cugowski, the band’s music is quite good actually and they have a string of unforgettable Polish classics to prove it. On Saturday May 8th they played at the Exhibition Place in Toronto in a concert which was entirely financed by the Polish Senate (a thank you gesture to the Polish-Canadian community during the Canadian visit of the Senate’s Speaker, Bogdan Borusewicz.)
As standard concert protocol demands, audiences were treated to a pre-show before the big event. Being an opening act is no easy task especially when the audience is expecting a handful of old dudes. What they got was a 20-something rock babe. Hmm, okay maybe it’s not that tough. On Saturday night the opening act for Budka Suflera was Anna Cyzon. A mix of Pink meets Polish rockette Doda, the Polish-Canadian singer delivered a string of catchy power-pop tunes from her upcoming album.
Born Anna Czyszczon in Kraków, she moved to Canada with her family in 1990 and eventually graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a minor in philosophy and political science.
In February 2010 Anna was the runner-up in the Polish pre-selections for the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest. Previously she worked as a correspondent for CTV’s eTalk and a host for MTV Canada.
The power-pop princess was apparently approached by Gene Simmons to be the first artist on his joint label venture with Belinda Stronach, but ended up passing to complete work on her album which is slated to come out shortly.