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The Fabulous Festival Review (w Video)

The Fabulous Festival Review (w Video)

Ok so  The 4th Annual Uma Nota Festival came at us in late October with some of the best programming in the short history of our festival. Dancing happy people packing the house every night (and during the day in the case of the Sunday). many thanks to all the people...
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The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

Here is the rundown of the Live acts featured at this year’s Uma Nota Fest (#UmaNotaFest for the social media savvy). Lots of talent and creativity in the mix to move your body and stimulate the pleasure zones of the mind. The Human Rights Uma Nota alumni The Human Rights (formally Friendlyness & The Human...
Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Uma Nota Festival has got a wicked line-up of live music and some of the best selectors and beat producers. Let’s take a look at the deejays on the bill for Uma Nota Festival 2014. Ushka  Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and deejay re-defining the boundaries...
Andrew Lamb Is Watching Your Neighbourhood, Toronto

Andrew Lamb Is Watching Your Neighbourhood, Toronto

Our Toronto street art correspondent Missy Cohen talks to the artist behind a city-wide wheatpaste campaign. Neighbourhood Watch is a Toronto street art project that shares pure joy with the residents of this city. Wheatpasting over old “This Community Protected” Neighbourhood Watch street signs with superheroes and supervillains of pop culture  [mostly from the ’80s and...
Yes yes Uma Nota Fest

Yes yes Uma Nota Fest

The fourth annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions  running October 16th to the 19th brings fresh bands, more DJs, more Brazil and more global citizenship. Four days of music, dance food and culture for your senses. Ok so this is just a temporary post before we get all the write ups on the artists etc.. check...
Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Yuka is releasing their 3rd CD on September 25th at Lula Lounge. Never heard of them? Well, for those who don’t know, YUKA is a 5 piece Toronto-based band that plays old school funk and soul music. Maybe you’ve stumbled upon them on a hot summer night at the Drake or the Reservoir Lounge, or...
End of Summer Block Party

End of Summer Block Party

Summers in Toronto are all too short… so let’s live it while we can… Uma Nota, teamed up with Dub Connection present this September End of Summer Block Party! If you haven’t been before, the skinny: music, food, art, drink, games, theatre all the Uma Nota good stuff. Ping Pong & site production by VanGrey, and 15000 Watts...
Tdot Batu's Nice Up Festa celebrates reggae and percussion

Tdot Batu’s Nice Up Festa celebrates reggae and percussion

Tdot Batú burst onto the Toronto Brazilian percussion scene over one year ago with their debut performance at Muhtadi Festival in summer 2013. Since then they have torn up the place and have won a lot of fans for their “Bloco Afro” style percussion group, based on the Salvador da Bahia-originating  form that incorporates many surdo...
Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre

Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre

We don’t normally delve into the world of theatre but this foray is entirely related to our extended community, our musical roots, and indeed part of the history of Uma Nota, Toronto and yours truly. In late 2002 I brought the city’s first alfaia (maracatu bass drum) from Brazil and began teaching a few individuals...
5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

We’re going to start a new series of blog posts about visual art and most specifically street art in Toronto. Here we go with our initial blog post by Missy Cohen! Anser (@ansermysteriousdate on Instagram) Who is Anser? A mysterious night painter with serious fine art skill. These one-stroke faces can be found all over...
☼ SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 ☼

☼ SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 ☼

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are on tour again with the release of the new album A Long Way to the Beginning and, when they pull in to Toronto on July 12, the show promises to be ecstatic, off the wall, and energetically purifying. You may think this sounds like hyperbole but the last time Seun...
Block Party IV

Block Party IV

SUNDAY JUNE 15 1pm till 9pm  It’s back! Mar Aberto’s Block Party is this Sunday.  An afternoon of music, food, drink, dance and delight. There will be live music and DJs programmed by Uma Nota, screenings of the day’s World Cup games, an artist marketplace, set up by Big Village, plus food and drinks in an...
The Human Rights Switch It Back

The Human Rights Switch It Back

  The Human Rights have made some changes. They have added singer Tréson to the crew . The talented artist’s powerful voice fits perfectly with  the band’s uplifting sound, a heavy but unique style of expertly executed new roots reggae. With two singers in the band, they have re-booted under the banner The Human Rights, opting to...