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Uproot Andy's global bass domination gets Noisey (and comes to T.O.)

Uproot Andy’s global bass domination gets Noisey (and comes to T.O.)

Fresh off a Mexican tour, where he did up a nearly one-hour mix special for Noisey Mexico (that country’s arm of the VICE music property), Uproot Andy  continues the worldwide global bass takeover was on last time he came to town (with partner in crime Geko Jones from Brooklyn’s Que Bajo!? at our festival‘s Bridges...
Festival Wrap and Video

Festival Wrap and Video

This year’s Uma Nota Festival was killer. So much fun and so many good times. We can’t wait until next year. The third annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expression presented Toronto with four days of music, arts and culture from across the Americas. The live music and DJ lineup...
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Quique Escamilla's 500 Years of Night

Quique Escamilla’s 500 Years of Night

What is it about this guy Quique Escamilla? Quirky? lovable? romantic? Yeah, he’s got sweet tunes that can bring you the full moon by the water. He is also bad ass, and the music is coupled with themes of resistance and consciousness. His new record, 500 Years of Night, smacks us in the face with truths about...
The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

  Wagner Petrilli is one of Toronto’s most prominent Brazilian musicians. While Wagner has been a cornerstone of the Brazilian music scene since his arrival in 1998, playing and collaborating alongside the city’s prominent jazz artists as well as notable Brazilian musicians, he had yet to manifest himself as the father of his own project — until...
Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Ok the Souljazz Orchestra released a new CD, Inner Fire.  Already an established name on the Canadian groove music scene, they have done it again and there is no other band that delivers so consistently over and over again. Inner Fire is a culmination of the years of influence, from West African, American funk and...
Heavyweights won't bring you down.

Heavyweights won’t bring you down.

Heavyweights Brass Band are part of the Uma Nota community. Christopher Butcher, the trombonist and main activist behind the band, is a former housemate, a friend, and one sexy guy. Anyways… so their new CD Brasstronomical is pretty dope and the release is going to be killer. Check the details below. Book it! This country’s...
Lettuce in TO

Lettuce in TO

Dig…. there is only one show for the live music lover on Saturday February 22. “From Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston to Hamilton, London and Windsor and all points in between, music lovers are gearing up to descend on Toronto for one of most exciting funk music concerts in years. On Saturday, February 22nd at the...
Family Jam! Feb 17th

Family Jam! Feb 17th

Roll out the barrels! Uma Nota presents Family Jam! It is a common scenario: People who have kids don’t come out anymore.  Somewhere along the line in our busy modern lives we lost the enjoyment for cross-generational fun. Well, Family Jam or (#FamJam) hopes to bring back the community vibes of Toronto’s creative class of youth,...
Pedro Sá Moraes "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Pedro Sá Moraes “Beyond the Pleasure Principle”

(Versão em português abaixo) Navigating the currents of what is Brazilian popular music (música popular brasileira), we have always stepped beyond what agents send down the line and have used our knowledge as fans of the music and active people in the scenes, from Sampa, Rio, Recife, New York, Montreal and the Tdot. With that,  on Saturday,...
Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Maracatu Mar Aberto & Uma Nota Culture present a stellar holiday party: The Mar Aberto Christmas Classic Bring your cheer and raise a glass to celebrate a time of renewal and another year gone by! Come early wine & dine, or come late party and dance. Or both. Everyone is welcome! featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto...
Uproot Andy's worldwide tropical bass takeover

Uproot Andy’s worldwide tropical bass takeover

Since we last checked in with our hero, Uproot Andy continues to be the world’s biggest and best tropical bass DJ. The co-founders of the popular Que Bajo?! parties in NYC (now in year five), aka Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, took a big step earlier this year in furthering the tropical bass world domination...
Informações em Português: Festival Uma Nota 2013

Informações em Português: Festival Uma Nota 2013

Terceiro Festival Uma Nota Festival 17-20 OUTUBRO EM TORONTO INFORMAÇOES ATUALIZADAS — 11 de Outubro de 2013  O terceiro festival anual Uma Nota acontecerá entre 17 e 20 de Outubro de 2013. Uma Nota é uma série de eventos únicos com foco em música afro-brasileira, latina, caribenha, funk e soul oferecidas por bandas, djs e...
The Hustle of Alice Russell

The Hustle of Alice Russell

Guest blogger DJ Mogpaws, aka James Bamberger, is a musical treasure hunter, Pan-American multi-linguist and tropical traveler. He is the DJ for the third annual Community Cultural Fair at this year’s festival. He is also a giant fan of Alice Russell, and here are his words and video selections as her Toronto show approaches. —...
Lido Pimienta is La Papessa

Lido Pimienta is La Papessa

Lido Pimienta is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based artist who defies categorization and makes art and music that collide in surprising and unique ways. “Picture Bjork if she grew up in Baranquilla,” says Sergio Elmir of Dos Mundos. Lido, who sometimes performs under the name Soundsister, has more creative energy than Burning Man and her music outstrips Latin...