Purchase “Special I.P.A. 50th Anniversary” Items Here!

  Please check out the I.P.A. ‘s “Pop-Up” store to purchase special 50th Anniversary Merchandise!  < < < Click here for the CafePress Store > > >  Happy Shopping!  * * * * * Note:  All purchases/returns/refunds made from this site are handled directly by Cafepress and not the responsibility of the International Polka…

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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees and 2017 Award Winners

The International Polka Association Announces 2018 Polka Hall of Fame Inductees and 2017 Music Award Winners! On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce the 2017 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2018.…

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Reservations: IPA Hall of Fame & Polka Music Awards Banquet!

Please join the International Polka Association in celebrating its landmark 50th year anniversary by attending the I.P.A. Hall of Fame & Music Awards Banquet!  Held on Saturday, September 1st 2018 at the Millennium Hotel, Buffalo, NY. It’s sure to be a memorable event!   Cocktail Hour begins at 10am Banquet begins…

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2017 Song of the Year Submissions

The International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to share the “Song of the Year” candidates for 2017. The “Song of the Year” award will be presented at the 50th Annual I.P.A. Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY. Click on the links below to listen . . .…

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2018 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner – Norb Ciesla

      Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of Individuals who have made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. After much discussion, the International…

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Next General Meeting of the International Polka Association

Our next general meeting of the I.P.A.  will be held as follows: Date:  T.B.D. Time: T.B.D. Location: T.B.D.   Note:  The General Meeting will be held before a “to be determined” polka event. Those attending the I.P.A. General Meeting will receive $2 off the admission price.   We will be discussing all topics pertaining to…

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Requesting photos for our 50th Anniversary!

WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE . . .   In preparation for our 50th Anniversary in 2018, we are looking for photos from IPA Events throughout the years.  Please help us by submitting your photos of your experiences at IPA events through the years.  Any help you can give us would be greatly…

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I.P.A. T-shirt Clearance Sale!

Show your I.P.A. pride by wearing one of our colorful T-Shirts! Red, Green, and Blue are still available in limited sizes and quantities. Act quickly before its too late!! Click here to Purchase!

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Polka Music Awards Submission Process

2017 IPA Polka Music Awards Notice Polka Recording Companies and Artists Must Submit Nominations by January 14, 2018   The International Polka Association is preparing to conduct the balloting for the annual Polka Music Awards that will determine the Favorite Polish Polka Album, Favorite International Polka Album, Favorite Polish Polka Song, Favorite…

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49th Annual I.P.A. Festival & Convention Photo Gallery

Photo Galleries of the 49th Annual International Polka Association Polka Festival and Convention Photos courtesy of Les Kapuscinski  * * * * * Click on the links below to view the photo gallery: Friday Welcome Party Photos Ballroom Photos Saturday: Music Awards / Hall of Fame Banquet & Pool Party…

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and 2016 Award Winners

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce the 2106 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2017. The IPA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 2,…

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2016 Album of the Year Submissions

The International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to share the “Album of the Year” candidates for 2016. The “Album of the Year” award will be presented at the 49th Annual IPA Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY. Listed below are musical clips from the albums submitted by…

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2017 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner

On behalf of the International Polka Assocation’s Officers and Directors; it is our privilege to announce Les Kapuscinski  from Oakville, Ontario, Canada as the winner of the 2017 Joe Jozwiak Award! When you think of people that really work hard at promoting polka music, and discussing this topic with others,…

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Copernicus Foundation Annex Dedication: T Ron Jasinski-Herbert

The Copernicus Foundation announced that the Copernicus Center Annex building, located in Chicago Illinois, will be named in the honor of the International Polka Association’s former Director T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert.  The following is a brief biography of T. Ron’s involvement and dedication to the Polish community: ============================== Annex Dedication: T.…

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2016 I.P.A. Festival & Convention Photo Gallery

Photo Galleries of the 48th Annual International Polka Association Polka Festival and Convention Photos  courtesy of Les Kapuscinski  * * * * * Click on the links below to view the photo gallery: Friday:  Welcome Party & Ballroom Photos I.P.A. Music Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet Photos Saturday Pool…

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International Polka Association Appoints New Trustee

       Texas Native to Represent Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico  Since the establishment of the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame and annual Music Awards presentations back in 1968, eleven trustees have governed the processes that select Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees and recognize polka artists with awards. …

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I.P.A. Polka Hall of Fame Nominations Instructions and Form.

It’s that time again when nominees for possible IPA Polka Hall of Fame induction and Music Awards consideration need to make the proper, timely submissions.   For over 45 years, IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards Chairman Leon Kozicki has faithfully managed this vital process ensuring the ongoing…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Chet Schafer

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Hall of Famer, Chet Schafer. Chet was inducted into the International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame in 1976, and played a vital role in bringing polka music entertainment to the masses in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Polka…

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2018 I.P.A. January Festival of Bands Weekend – Chicago

Mark your calendars to join your polka friends and family for a fun-filled weekend on January 13th and 14th 2018 for some foot tapping, hand clapping, polka entertainment to take the winter chills away! Please join us, as we begin our year long 50th anniversary celebrations! Saturday, January 13th, 2018: …

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Passing of I.P.A. Director Edward F. Szela

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Director, Ed Szela. Ed had been a director since 1999 and one of the co-organizers of the annual IPA Hall of Fame benefit dance in Ludlow, Massachusetts. We extend our deepest sympathies the entire Szela family. May he…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Matt Wasielewski

Matt Wasielewski, musician, band leader, vocalist, song writer, composer, master or ceremonies, radio disc jockey, promoter and record distributor, started his polka career in 1957 when he formed his Polka Jets band. Seven years with the same musicians, his group was playing three to four jobs a week. Through the…

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