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Our Latin Thing - Futuro Libre

Our Latin Thing – Futuro Libre

Futuro Libre, a brand new cultural production house in Toronto, brings it with a special holiday jam, Our Latin Thing, on Thursday December 29th, 2016. Los Poetas and Beny Esguerra & New Tradition athrow down their best stuff. Los Poetas With members hailing from El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Colombia, via Canada, Latin Hip Hop collective...
in/future Transformative Art Experience

in/future Transformative Art Experience

in/future is totally awesome. The arts & music festival brings together a whole lot of beautiful ingredients for a truly innovative and art-inspiring experience. Here are three reasons to go for the final weekend. It’s at Ontario Place. For Torontonians (especially over-30 peeps), it is super nostalgic, and regardless, this ‘70s/’80s on-the-lake world of the...
Sisters in Song: Jabu and Aline Morales

Sisters in Song: Jabu and Aline Morales

Aline Morales Live at Lula Lounge, November 26, 2015 ** UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jabu Morales was not able to come for this performance, but Aline Morales and her band will still perform.** Buy Tickets Aline Morales’ days as Toronto’s best-kept musical secret may be over, but the Brazilian singer, percussionist and bandleader has a special treat...
Vox Sambou: From Haiti to Montreal to The Brazil Session

Vox Sambou: From Haiti to Montreal to The Brazil Session

Vox Sambou is the real deal: A sharp-witted lyricist and classy showman who is charismatic, unflinching, passionate and compassionate. The Montreal-based MC has been called “the eternal voice of Haiti,” a “Haitian hip hop ambassador” and a “key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement” whose “boundless energy” on stage with his six-piece band...
Lenis Rino: Mais Um Grito

Lenis Rino: Mais Um Grito

A poetic, dynamic and energetic interpreter and innovator of Brazilian popular and folkloric culture, Lenis Rino is the musical producer of several current artists in a fertile Belo Horizonte music scene. But Lenis’s special relationship to Toronto is through his work as one of Maracatu drumming’s greatest ambassadors, in Minas Gerais state and around the world. Lenis has produced music...
Worlds of Influence at LulaWorld 2015

Worlds of Influence at LulaWorld 2015

Rhythm heads that we are, we love the big Brazilian drumming groups. The rhythms and the movement of a full ensemble of only drums (and sometimes only drums and vocals) make us move, sweat, dance and go flush in the face with joy. And many of the people who come across those big drumming groups...
Gilberto's Samba in Toronto

Gilberto’s Samba in Toronto

  Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s  eternal ambassador of music and culture, is at Koener Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. The influence this man has had in Brazil and on the Brazilophiles worldwide is incredible. The show is sold out. The last time I saw him play alone, (as he plans to do this time), the delight of...
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...
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...
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...
☼ 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...
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...