Cultural Production in Toronto focusing
on Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean,
Funk and Soul music
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Winter Nite

Winter Nite

Let’s cast out the cold and enliven the heart with the most diverse jam in Toronto. If you liked our summer Block Party, this is your party off the beaten path, in a new location, designed and specially made for our enjoyment pleasure. We originally were going to call this event ‘Inside the Block, Party’ because...
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...
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...
☼ 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...
Block Party IV

Block Party IV

SUNDAY JUNE 15 1pm till 9pm  It’s back! Mar Aberto’s Block Party is this Sunday.  An afternoon of music, food, drink, dance and delight. There will be live music and DJs programmed by Uma Nota, screenings of the day’s World Cup games, an artist marketplace, set up by Big Village, plus food and drinks in an...
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,...
Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Release the Inner Fire. Souljazz Orchestra

Ok the Souljazz Orchestra released a new CD, Inner Fire.  Already an established name on the Canadian groove music scene, they have done it again and there is no other band that delivers so consistently over and over again. Inner Fire is a culmination of the years of influence, from West African, American funk and...
Heavyweights won't bring you down.

Heavyweights won’t bring you down.

Heavyweights Brass Band are part of the Uma Nota community. Christopher Butcher, the trombonist and main activist behind the band, is a former housemate, a friend, and one sexy guy. Anyways… so their new CD Brasstronomical is pretty dope and the release is going to be killer. Check the details below. Book it! This country’s...
Lettuce in TO

Lettuce in TO

Dig…. there is only one show for the live music lover on Saturday February 22. “From Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston to Hamilton, London and Windsor and all points in between, music lovers are gearing up to descend on Toronto for one of most exciting funk music concerts in years. On Saturday, February 22nd at the...
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,...
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,...
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,...