Festival Launch – Thursday October 17, 2013
We kick off our third annual festival at the venue where it all began — the Gladstone Hotel ballroom — with two of the Toronto live acts doing the most interesting work in the Brazilian music scene and possibly the most creative person we know holding it down on the decks.
The crossover sensation of the year in the Toronto “underground above ground” arts and music community, Os Tropies play psychedelic Brazilian Tropicália with their own indie twist. Their take on the genre includes numerous original tunes in English and Portuguese, available both on their first EP released earlier this year and with more to come from the new material they are currently recording. Os Tropies are also known to rock sets comprising entire classic Tropicália albums live, like those of Caetano Veloso and Novos Baianos.
Gord Sheard Brazilian Jazz Quintet
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and mainstay of Toronto’s jazz, Latin and Brazilian scene, Gordon Sheard has enjoyed a many-faceted career as a professional musician for three decades. His latest release, 2012’s All Saints’ Bay was recorded in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, with hand-picked Brazilian and Canadian musicians, and mixes Afro-Brazilian and jazz styles. In his latest project, the quintet, Sheard continues his immersive Brazilian musical explorations with John Johnson (reeds), Collin Barrett (bass), Riquinho Fernandes (percussion) and Max Senitt (drums). He is also the head of the Composition department at the Humber School of Music, and runs the school’s Brazilian performance ensemble program.
With passion for colours and culture and creativity to spare, DJ Firecracker, AKA Ecuadorian-Canadian artist and designer Angela Vargas has been bursting with cool projects for years now, and the community has taken notice. Her DJ appearances include shows with Friendlyness and the Human Rights, Mar Aberto SoundSystem, Maria Bonita and the Band, and events like Sarnia’s Empty Fest and the annual Block Party organized by Maracatu Mar Aberto. Her music ranges from Brazilian samba, forró and funk to killer cumbia, vintage reggae and all the best grooves in between.
Festival Launch Party
Thursday, October 17
Gladstone Hotel (ballroom), 1214 Queen St. W.
Doors 9 p.m. $10