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Bargain Bash! Uma Nota and Footprints in An Honest Farewell

Bargain Bash! Uma Nota and Footprints in An Honest Farewell

Anyone who’s lived in Toronto for some time knows about Honest Ed’s. For decades of Toronto’s history, the big, tacky store at Bathurst and Bloor was THE destination for cheap housewares, gaudy colour schemes and corny puns on hand-painted signs. (“Welcome, don’t faint at our low prices, there’s no place to lie down” and “Only...
Uma Nota Seeks Artistic Everything

Uma Nota Seeks Artistic Everything

Serious inquiries only info [at] umanota [dot] ca Job Description Uma Nota Culture seeks a resident artist who can contribute to the collective’s productions in a number of ways. The position is for 40 hours weekly and includes weekends and evenings. Work hours are irregular and there is a need to be flexible with other...
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...
Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Festival 2015

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Festival 2015

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Buy tickets to Community Cultural Fair Our popular Sunday afternoon-into-evening hang out and live show is back October 18th for a fifth year of music, dance, food, drink, games and family-friendly fun. With plenty of great live music and DJs, and kid’s activities including craft table and face painting, this...
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...
Grand Bateria Express

Grand Bateria Express

Grand Bateria Express Yes. The story: we are actively involved in the delicate game of getting officially 7, but in reality 9, different groups together for, as Rick Lazar says, a “momentous occasion, the uniting of all of Toronto’s Brazilian drumming baterias” (drum troupes).  This is no small feat, as all the groups vary in style, have...
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 Block Party

The Block Party

The End of Summer Block Party held in September made such an impact that it has quickly become identifiable as one of Uma Nota’s signature events. The afternoon-into-evening event brought together many Uma Nota crews of artists and friends and rallied different communities in our age old pursuit of good times, free expression and general...
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 who came out and to...
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...
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...