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UMA NOTA Summer BLOCK PARTY!

UMA NOTA Summer BLOCK PARTY!

If you aren’t experiencing fatigue with the proliferation of the myriad of Block Parties, we bring it back to Toronto’s realest most fucken badass Block Party… On Sunday August 9, 2015, join us for another summer afternoon and evening of music and delight. music.food.drink.dance Summer isn’t complete without Block Party! Once more, we’ll have all...
Grand Bateria Express

Grand Bateria Express

Grand Bateria Express Yes. The story: we are actively involved in the delicate game of getting officially 7, but in reality 9, different groups together for, as Rick Lazar says, a “momentous occasion, the uniting of all of Toronto’s Brazilian drumming baterias” (drum troupes).  This is no small feat, as all the groups vary in style, have...
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...
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,...
Tale of Two Nations touches down in America do Norte

Tale of Two Nations touches down in America do Norte

Maracatu de Baque Virado — also called Maracatu Nação, the musical and specifically percussive style, and in some special cases the entire royal court procession that completes the cultural manifestation — has had a presence in Toronto for more than 10 years now. The Toronto groups are led by players who learned the form through the...
Beats on the Block: Maracatu Mar Aberto expands summer program

Beats on the Block: Maracatu Mar Aberto expands summer program

  Summer heats up in Toronto and it seems every performer we know, and that includes the large percussion groups, becomes busy busy during the few hot weather months we get here. One of those groups keeping active is Maracatu Mar Aberto, whose summer program is an ambitious one that aims to build on the...
Small World Music Festival in effect

Small World Music Festival in effect

This week Toronto has been getting a dose of musical sights and sounds from around the world. The Small World Music Festival, now in its twelfth (12th) year, is in full effect at several locations around the city. Last weekend saw an incredible collection of talent representing traditions from different global musical movements. Dundas Square...
Brazil Olympic handover show. Great or Cheesy?

Brazil Olympic handover show. Great or Cheesy?

The Rio 2016 Olympics organizers promised the Brazilian show in the Olympic handover of the London 2012 closing ceremonies would be “without clichés.” Well, it was close. This definitely wasn’t a Rio postcard with dental floss bikinis from the ’80s! It was far more suave, courageous and yet still grand. However, someone could make the...
PSK Block Party!

PSK Block Party!

On Sunday May 27th, Maracatu Mar Aberto, together with Uma Nota Culture, Lula Lounge and Clay & Paper Theater present the second annual Block Party. This promises to be a wicked kick off to the summer as it takes place during the first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday. As you walk up and down Augusta Avenue on...