Third Annual Uma Nota Festival 

4 days of Tropical Expressions

October 17-20, 2013 – Toronto

Venues: Gladstone Hotel, The Garrison, Great Hall, Lula Lounge

+ Pan American arts & culture workshop series (various dates/locations)

See our festival preview here

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Uma Nota Festival 2012

Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions (2012)

The festival returns to Toronto on October 20 and 21, 2012, with a full lineup of cultural programming for the open-minded, unpretentious and tropically adventurous. The two-day, two-night affair includes live and DJ musical performances, workshops, talks and panel discussions, food and drink and co-presentations of two Brazilian films, in partnership with Brazil Film Fest.

The festival’s musical lineup brings together the city’s best upcoming groove acts, Brazilian, and Latin community players making noise, and Pedro Luís, the well-loved Rio samba singer and composer performing the Canadian debut of his first solo record.


Saturday, October 20, 9 p.m. at The Great Hall
Sunday, October 21, noon to 6 p.m. at Supermarket
Sunday, October 21, 7 p.m. at Revival
Brazil Film Fest co-presentations Oct. 20 and 21

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble’s Uma Nota debut takes place on October 20 at The Great Hall.

Saturday, October 20, 9 p.m. at The Great Hall (1078 Queen St. W.)
The Uma Nota Flagship Event – Three bands in a World Funk showcase:

  • Sound One, playing classic 1950s-style ska tunes
  • Mar Aberto SoundSystem, blending influences from reggae, funk, Brazilian percussion and live dub
  • Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, a 10-piece group headed by heavy-hitter vocalist and talking drum player Foly Kolade, a recent Toronto acquisition, originally from Nigeria. He has remounted Asiko, previously based in Brooklyn, with local Toronto players. The group performs all original songs.
  • Dos Mundos DJs and DJ General Eclectic will also perform, along with live, interactive “5-d graffiti” visual projections throughout the night by Ba of Core Matrix.

Admission: $12 limited online advance, $15 regular advance/at door until 11:00 p.m., $20 after 11:00 p.m.

Tickets available online here via Eventbrite.

Coco de Roda dancing at the 2011 Uma Nota Festival

Sunday, October 21, noon to 6 p.m. at Supermarket
Community Cultural Fair – a World Roots family-friendly afternoon of live music, dance, food, and cultural talks and discussions. Featured musical acts:

  • Ruben Esguerra’s A New Tradition (traditional Afro-Cuban and Colombian instruments and spoken word)
  • Brazilian musician Jô Lutério (a relaxed “roda de samba”)
  • Maria Bonita and the Band (Brazilian forró, a style of partner dancing music)
  • DJ Mogpaws (Afro-Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian tunes)
  • Workshops: Brazilian folkoric dances, including Forró with Brazil DanceWorld and Coco de Roda with Maracatu Mar Aberto and guests, and caipirinha making with cachaça provided by Pitú.
  • Cultural talks: “What Is Good Brazilian Popular Music?: MPB, Axé Music and the Search for Authenticity,” by musician Gord Sheard of the Humber School of Music; and “World music: what does it mean today?” – a panel discussion with Dalton Higgins (journalist and music programmer), David Dacks (The Music Gallery, Exclaim! magazine), David Arcus (composer/producer/musician), Marcus Boon (cultural theory instructor at York University and music programmer with TheWaves) and Uma Nota producer Alex Bordokas. Moderator: Sergio Elmir of CIUT’s Dos Mundos Radio.
  • Marketplace and food: ChocoSol and other community vendors and organizations; food will be on offer for the afternoon at Supermarket.

Admission: Free event (donations accepted)

The 2012 Community Cultural Fair is made possible by Mellohawk Logistics.

The Pedro Luís concert closes the 2012 festival.

Sunday, October 21, Doors 7 p.m. at Revival in partnership with Brazil Film Fest
Closing party for Brazil Film Fest and Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions

Concert: Pedro Luís and his band, live from Rio de Janeiro. Beloved in Brazil as a bandleader, singer and composer with popular Rio-based samba groups Monobloco and Pedro Luís e a Parede, Luís will perform songs from his first solo album, Tempo do Menino, in the Canadian debut of this work, alongside some of his career-making hits. For this performance, Pedro Luís will be joined by Marcelo Vig (drums and programming), Guila (bass) and Leo Saad (guitar and keyboard), with special guest appearances by Toronto-based, Rio-born musicians Luanda Jones and Maninho Costa.

Admission: Advance tickets $25, available at the Royal Theatre during Brazil Film Fest, and online on Ticketweb and via $35 at the door or $25 at the door with wristband from the Flagship Event (Saturday).

Brazil Film Fest co-presentations at The Royal Cinema: Saturday Oct. 20, 9:15 p.m. and Sunday, October 21, 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 9:15 p.m.
Artificial Paradises (Paraísos Artificiais)

Sunday, October 21, 6 p.m.
Rio Disco 70 (Rio Anos 70)

Presented by Uma Nota Culture in partnership with Brazil Film Fest

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