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Dance Magic Dance Migration

Dance Magic Dance Migration

Recently The Dance Migration company hosted Rosangela Silvestre, creator of the Silvestre Technique and a dance and movement artist who is well-versed in the traditional dances from her native Bahia as she is in modern forms. The four days of dance classes set to live percussion brought out some of the best dancers and dance...
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 Tropical Mashup night). Here’s a...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
The Samba Squad. They Love Drums.

The Samba Squad. They Love Drums.

  If you are a lover of rhythmic, drum-based music, it is impossible to ignore Samba Squad. In multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic Toronto, a city with a great number of street bands, batucadas, maracatus, percussion groups et al., the Samba Squad, after arriving on the scene in 1999, is the city’s biggest and most well-known. While they use...
The Soul Motivators funk up Toronto with their debut EP release

The Soul Motivators funk up Toronto with their debut EP release

If you’re a lover of funk and soul music and you live in Toronto, the chances are you’ve already heard of The Soul Motivators. The nine-piece band has been together only a short time, but has hustled and sweated and played tirelessly to appear in numerous funk shows, festivals and special events around town in...
Os Tropies revive Tropicalia in Toronto

Os Tropies revive Tropicalia in Toronto

Tropicalia (the band) is no more; long live Os Tropies. That’s the short version of an updated announcement we mentioned in our post (Tropicalia, transformation and magic) last August 2012. That’s when the group played the final gig under their former name, and true to their promise, they are back: Now known as Os Tropies (their...
On the trail of Jerus Nazdaq

On the trail of Jerus Nazdaq

Somewhere near Boipeba Island, Bahia, Brazil. We had just sat down at a beachfront restaurant. It was actually more of a simply built wooden ‘A’ frame structure. The area behind it was a campground and in the front there was a covered kitchen and a few tables with benches looking out towards the ocean. The...