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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...
MAKU good for Toronto

MAKU good for Toronto

Mama says you’ve got to go see M.A.K.U, son … Toronto needs M.A.K.U Sound System, and M.A.K.U could need Toronto. Toronto prides itself on being a global safe haven for immigrant cultures that come together, mix and flourish in a world of diversity and mutual respect and value. While some of that might be romantic Toronto propaganda,...
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...
Family Jam! Feb 17th

Family Jam! Feb 17th

Roll out the barrels! Uma Nota presents Family Jam! It is a common scenario: People who have kids don’t come out anymore.  Somewhere along the line in our busy modern lives we lost the enjoyment for cross-generational fun. Well, Family Jam or (#FamJam) hopes to bring back the community vibes of Toronto’s creative class of youth,...
Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Maracatu Mar Aberto & Uma Nota Culture present a stellar holiday party: The Mar Aberto Christmas Classic Bring your cheer and raise a glass to celebrate a time of renewal and another year gone by! Come early wine & dine, or come late party and dance. Or both. Everyone is welcome! featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto...
Festival Wrap and Video

Festival Wrap and Video

This year’s Uma Nota Festival was killer. So much fun and so many good times. We can’t wait until next year. The third annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expression presented Toronto with four days of music, arts and culture from across the Americas. The live music and DJ lineup featured acts from New York...
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...