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Uma Nota Festival 2013: Community Cultural Fair

Uma Nota Festival 2013: Community Cultural Fair

Uma Nota Festival 2013: Bridges Tropical Mashup

Uma Nota Festival 2013: Bridges Tropical Mashup

Uma Nota Festival 2013: Festival Launch Party

Uma Nota Festival 2013: Festival Launch Party

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...
Pedro Quental's Carioca Soul in Canada

Pedro Quental’s Carioca Soul in Canada

In our North American musical classification systems, nearly all  types of Brazilian music, it seems to me, are too often considered a part of the World Music genre. Not just Brazilian or “Latin” music styles — even North American funk and soul often fall under the same over-generalized World or Groove categories. Here in Toronto,...
Tale of Two Nations touches down in America do Norte

Tale of Two Nations touches down in America do Norte

Maracatu de Baque Virado — also called Maracatu Nação, the musical and specifically percussive style, and in some special cases the entire royal court procession that completes the cultural manifestation — has had a presence in Toronto for more than 10 years now. The Toronto groups are led by players who learned the form through the...
Diverso Latino at Ritmo y Color

Diverso Latino at Ritmo y Color

Toronto summer time gets a blast of Latin culture this weekend during  the ninth edition of Ritmo y Color, one of the Harbourfront Centre weekend-long festivals that feels most like a community or neighbourhood event. This is due in part to the smartly booked mix of local and international acts, all with that irresistible Latin flavour....
Uma Nota: Throwback edition -- July 5 at the Gladstone Hotel

Uma Nota: Throwback edition — July 5 at the Gladstone Hotel

Throwback! The Gladstone Hotel was the venue for the four years of our original Uma Nota series. The intimate ballroom was our shared stage, where the bands, the DJs, and everyone on that dance floor kept things lively. That unique vibe is how we’re ringing in our sixth year, with the live dub sounds and...
DIY Sound systems: K-Zar and Dub Connection

DIY Sound systems: K-Zar and Dub Connection

Jamaican-style sound systems – many of them mobile rigs loaded with a generator, turntables and speakers – are typically giant powerhouses of sound made for pumping out reggae and dub cuts. From the classic DIY Jamaican systems to the sound trucks of Brazil’s Carnaval parades, the systems in many parts of the Americas aren’t built...