Once again, in the tradition of cultural fairs and Block Party, we present Domingão do Samba (Big Samba Sunday) an afternoon to evening event specially made into a Quadra de Samba, or Samba School rehearsal hall in Rio de Janeiro. Everybody is welcome. Bring the family, chill out, dance, play and hang while the Roda de Samba plays, or go wild as the Batucada plays the big stage!
There will be Brazilian feijoada and tapioca stands, an arts and food marketplace, children’s activities and games including face painting and mini ping pong. There will be incredible music from Rio’s rich samba traditions:
Batucada Carioca with special guests (Bateria led by Maninho Costa)
Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba)
DJ General Eclectic (MPB, samba soul, samba-rock)
Batucada Carioca (led by Maninho Costa) 7:30 pm
Batucada Carioca is Toronto’s premiere Rio-style samba troupe. Led by Rio native sambista Maninho Costa (“Maninho z10”), Batucada has a raw uplifting style. After a spectacular 10th anniversary show last fall on the Great Hall stage, this time out the samba party includes a beefed-up bateria (samba drums) to give an extra-heavy swing on a selection of classic samba-enredos and other beloved sambas to guarantee a great time for all and singalongs for Brazilians and samba addicts alike. The show features Carlinhos Pernambuco on cavaco and Wagner Petrilli on seven-string guitar along with more special guest performers soon TBA, including Aline Morales among them.
Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba) 4:00pm
A ‘roda de samba’ or circle of samba, is a a gathering of friends who play and sing classic samba tunes with smaller instrumentation (as opposed to the baterias of big samba schools). In Brazil, a roda de samba can take place on market days or at bars with people gathering around a table of seated musicians eating, dancing, rejoicing and often singing along in chorus. In Toronto, Carlos Pernambuco has been at the forefront of this movement, with his infectious voice and cavaquinho leading the songs. The Roda de Samba will happen in the afternoon while the feijoada is being served and other activities happen around the venue.
DJ General Eclectic.
Our resident and co-founder General Eclectic is up on the Ones and Twos. His record collection runs deep and his musical knowledge is beyond vast. As his name implies, his tastes are ‘eclectic’ and he can bring out ska/reggae, soul/funk, afrobeat/jazz, cumbia and the Brazilian rhythms, with a longtime love and knowledge of MPB and samba soul references. He will be bringing out great tunes for your dancing feet.
Samba dancers to help you learn your moves
Face painting by skinfulART
Mini Pong for all by VanGrey
Tapioca stand by Tapioca Gourmet
Açaí and Salgadinhos
Chocolate, Choco Drink & Coffee by ChocoSol
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West
Doors 2 p.m.
Schedule & Set times TBA
$10 at the door (from 2 to 6 p.m.), $15 after 6 p.m.
Co-presented with Batucada Carioca