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Community Cultural Fair 

Co-presented by Dos Mundos Arts & Media, Koffler Centre of the Arts and Lula Music & Arts Centre

Our Sunday all-day fair involves an afternoon feijoada, lots of family fun workshops and shows. We’ll have good food, drink, and laughs, all set to music and dance — fun for the whole family.

There will be some vendors present with chocolate by Chocosol. Facepainting by Ilyan and Local fibre artist Kristyn Gelfand will be exploring some of the many fibre traditions of the Americas with crafts appropriate for all ages. All materials provided. 2-6 pm

2 p.m. DJ Mogpaws | Feijoada will be served (w. veg. option)
2:30 p.m. Talk: Community Transformation through the arts: Essencia Arts Collective (Panel led by Gilda “Fiya Bruxa” Monreal)*
3 p.m. Tio Chorinho **
4 p.m. Talk: Cultural Public Policy in Brazil (Valentine Moreno)*
4:30 p.m. Workshop: Fandango fun & son jarocho (Café Con Pan)*
4:30 p.m. (front room): Talk: Photos and stories from A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil (Jason Gardner)
5 p.m. Rick Udler **
6 p.m. Caipirinha making “work-show”  (Pitú Cachaça)
6:30 p.m. Workshop: Coco de Roda (Maracatu Mar Aberto ft. Sapo Capoeira Camara)*
7 p.m. Street Brass Band presentation*
7:30 p.m. Heavyweights Brass Band
8:30 p.m. Forró dance lesson/refresher (Brazil Dance World & Forrallstar)*
9 p.m. Forrallstar
** Co-presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts


Tio Chorinho

Choro is a melodically complex instrumental jazz style from Brazil. It is a sophisticated blend of European musical forms with Afro-Brazilian rhythms and has been described as “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” But choro or chorinho (the “little cry”), which rose to popularity in Rio de Janeiro in the 1920s and ‘30s, has its own depth and richness. Choro is full of evocative and lyrical melodies that often leap over surprising changes of harmony and pulsating samba-style rhythms. It is highly improvisational music, and an extremely virtuosic style that is played to sound very natural and spontaneous. Toronto’s Tio Chorinho is only active choro ensemble Canada. Founding member and mandolin player Eric Stein discovered the music of choro composer and Brazilian mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim years ago, and the group began in 2009. The sweet strings and steady percussion of Tio Chorinho start the music off right at our Community Cultural Fair.

DJ Mogpaws (Simmer Down)

One half of the duo behind the fun-times Simmer Down event series, Mogpaws will spin everything nice in the key of reggae, funk, soul, jazz and electronic mischief, all fastened to a melange of saucy and sweaty Brazilian rhythms. Musical treasure from his Pan American travels includes vinyl from the fairs, shops and streets of Rio, super-cool creations from the artists & producers currently doing big things out of São Paulo, and preposterous vibrations from the musical meccas of Bahia and Pernambuco states.


Rick Udler

Brazilian composer and arranger Rick Udler is widely regarded as a master of fingerstyle guitar. He has recorded and performed with top-notch Brazilian artists like singer Maria Alvim and world-renowned percussionist João Parahyba, and he has played with the group Sampa Blue in São Paulo since 2011. He is touring the US and Canada this October with his soon-to-be released album Terra. His interactive performance at this year’s festival is his only Toronto show. Rick Udler has released numerous albums and the DVD lesson The Brazilian Sound for Fingerstyle Guitar and has taught workshops at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society conference in Nashville.

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Heavyweights Brass Band

Toronto’s freshest brass ensemble and a favourite among the Uma Nota, groove and jazz communities return to our stage fresh from recording their second studio album, the follow-up to their 2011 debut Don’t Bring Me Down. The Heavyweights Brass Band are soul, funk, reggae and wailing horns served on a bed of hard-hitting drum grooves with a side order of the tunes that make you step. The sousaphone provides the bass and drums the backdrop for the horns to tear it up. The Heavyweights have had a busy year with highlights that include a Koerner Hall show with master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, appearing as the horn section on the latest Dubmatix album, numerous festival shows and their own recent studio recordings. Get ready for their bold arrangements of popular songs and originals, from New Orleans, funk, Latin styles and beyond. Wait and see what happens when these guys drop us into a pocket of pure funky stuff.


Forrallstar is an Uma Nota Festival-produced “super band” of the city’s favourite Brazilian forró players, including led by singer/guitarist Carlos Cardoso and a host of heavy hitters including percussionists Maninho Costa of Batucada Carioca and Sinal Aberto and  Riquinho Fernandes of Zé Fuá, rabeca player (rustic-tuned fiddle) Kelly LeFaive of Maria Bonita & the Band and surprise special guests to close the festival with a grand forró encounter or “Grande Encontro do forró.”

UPDATE: Flávia Nascimento added to Forrallstar. Nascimento and her Quebec City group Forrossanova played a string of successful shows in Toronto this past August; she brings back a number of crowd-pleasing songs from the forró masters.



Craft vendors and chocolate by ChocoSol.

Local fibre artist Kristyn Gelfand will be exploring some of the many fibre traditions of the Americas with crafts appropriate for all ages. All materials provided. 2-6 pm

Face-painting by Ilyan Balicki. FaceART creates special memories for individuals and families through the art of face painting.

Caip[irinha making workshop by Pitu Cachaça. Jose Paradella teaches you how to make the perfect caipirinha.

Workshops and Cultural Talks

Part of the Dos Mundos Pan American Bridges Workshop Series presented by Dos Mundos Media & Arts at this year’s Uma Nota Festival. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council. Full workshop listings here


Coco de Roda with Maracatu Mar Aberto ft. Sapo Capoeira Camara and Flávia Nascimento

Coco de Roda is a dance from the Northeastern Brazilian states of Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Paraiba. Coco praieiro is a style popularized in the city of Olinda and involves call and response songs, clapping, drumming and simple steps. The rhythm is infectious and the nature of the dance involes everyone, young and old. Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion troupe that has a certain affinity to the “game” of coco. Special guest teacher and singer is native Olindense (from Olinda), Professor Sapo from Capoeira Camara. UPDATE: Flávia Nascimento from Forrossanova (Brazilian group based in Quebec City) joins the program to sing some traditional cocos and teach us some of her own.

Fandango fun with Café Con Pan
Join Kali and Alec with your hands, feet and voice to explore son jarocho, the traditional music from Veracruz that is bringing people together from Tapalapa to Toronto. Kali and Alec have been performing for several years in Toronto. They recently released a fantastic CD, Nuevos Caminos a Santiago.

Cultural Talks

Gilda “Fiya” Monreal
Community Transformation through the arts: Essencia Arts Collective

Essencia is a nomadic hip hop festival: it moves to a different country every year, creating a space for international artists to exchange knowledge and experience. Essencia looks to celebrate the youth and communities that engage in the four elements of hip hop in an effort to raise awareness about their natural resources (the human resources and skills they possess). Gilda Monreal aka Fiya is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist and actor known and one half of the sisters duo Bruxas (witches). She is joined in her talk by her sister Shalak Attack and São Paulo graffiti artist Bruno Smoky.

Valentine Moreno
Cultural Public Policy in Brazil

The Brazilian state has a highly developed culture policy at both national and regional levels. Their programs Cultura Viva and Pontos de Cultura spearheaded by the former Minister of Culture and Brazilian musical icon Gilberto Gil have extended artistic funding to many traditional artistic manifestations. Brazil also has arts funding mechanisms that work with large corporations. Valentine Moreno has worked in the ‘economy of culture’ in Brazil and currently is the Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs at the Koffler Centre of the Arts.


Jason Gardner
A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil 

Jason Gardner’s recently published book A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco explores Carnaval, culture and ceremony of the northeast region of Pernambuco, Brazil, through 128 pages of color and black and white photographs, as well as interviews from the people shaping this dynamic culture, and personal journals by the author.  The book includes a nine-track audio companion of music from the region, via a limited edition digital-only download card. Jason launched the book at with a solo exhibition and book launch at New York’s Lincoln Center in July 2013.

Bio: Jason Gardner tells stories visually, using the framework of visual anthropology. Whether documenting Carnaval around the world, creating images for a business marketing campaign, or photographing musicians for their promotion, he learns as much as possible about his subject, and often captures things not normally photographed. The Brazilian Consulates have sponsored exhibitions of his work in 2013, 2010 and 2007. Jason was recently selected as a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic Traveler’s “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and his work has been featured on the Professional website. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Community Cultural Fair

Sunday, October 20

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

Doors 2 p.m. until midnight

$5 suggested minimum donation / $10 cover after 7 p.m.

Festival passes: $40

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