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Friendly's Summer in the City

Friendly’s Summer in the City

Look out, look out! Here comes a union of community and easy living on a May-time summer night … Summer in the City takes us back to an old-style Canadian historical tavern with a nefarious reputation (and nefarious hygiene standards): the Silver Dollar Room. Be ready for heavy rhythms and cartoon-like characters who are into fun and...
Samba in Toronto: O Encontro de Baterias

Samba in Toronto: O Encontro de Baterias

Toronto’s samba bateria (drum corps) history dates back about 20 years. It’s said the first samba drumming performance group evolved by way of a desire from within the Brazilian community to represent during the city’s summer festivities. Many of the original players from the first project in the early ’90s, Viva Brazil, remain active in samba groups...
Brazilian Shorts @ AluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

Brazilian Shorts @ AluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

AluCine  Latin Film & Media Arts Festival is beyond just what its title suggests. Although its origins are in experimental short films, these days it is a lot more. They present short and often experimental films from around the world and also showcase artistic performances and talks about culture.  Best of all,  this year AluCine has invited...
Carnaval da comunidade brasileira em TO!

Carnaval da comunidade brasileira em TO!

This translates to “Carnival of the (Brazilian) community in Toronto.” Where, pray tell, does the great majority of the Toronto Brazil community congregate for fun and frolic at carnival time? Usually at an event organized by Angela Mesquita and Luiz de Castro. Their shows are big — extravagant, fun, packed with entertainment and colour — and are...
Uma Nota Festival Review!

Uma Nota Festival Review!

Well, after a brief  hiatus on the website content tip … we are back! We needed a little break before we rev up for a bold new year of cultural production. The Uma Nota Festival 2012 was a big success. The second year saw some major growth in outlook and perspective of the festival. We...
Pedro Luís in T.O. (Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012)

Pedro Luís in T.O. (Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012)

It is not everyday that an artist like Pedro Luís, an icon of the Rio de Janeiro scene, comes to Toronto. On Sunday night Pedro Luís plays Revival, presented by Brazil Film Fest together with our Uma Nota Festival. This show, a different take on the Carioca sound, promises to be outstanding, as Pedro drops tracks from his...
The Start of A New Tradition

The Start of A New Tradition

  For as long as I’ve know him, Ruben “Beny” Esguerra has been working tirelessly to complete a musical project that is the result of many years of studying, researching and performing Colombian traditional music, spoken word and hip-hop music. Last December, while in Cartagena, Colombia, Beny’s producer and collaborator Luis Orbegozo handed me a...
The Sound of Sound One

The Sound of Sound One

BUY TICKETS to see Sound One live at The Great Hall on Saturday Oct. 20   My heart lifts when I read the bio Sound One has up on their myspace. Check this out: Sound One wants you to appreciate movement and thought, to embrace the connection between your ears and hips. That’s the kicker,...
Wanna learn another language?

Wanna learn another language?

There is an old Turkish saying, and something many people in many parts of the world already know:  “For every language you speak, you are another person.” Meaning you are twice the person when you speak a second language. It is something to which every world citizen should aspire. And this is most definitely a...
Tropicalia, transformation and magic

Tropicalia, transformation and magic

When we first heard tell of a tropicalismo project happening in Toronto, we wanted to know if it was real, and if it would last. Not long after that, Tropicalia, the group of musicians and friends brought together by Brazilian popular music from the ’60s and ’70s, has opened doors on both sides of the city’s...
Lemon Bucket Orkestra's arrivals and departures

Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s arrivals and departures

This fine troupe of musical rascals is Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra. By now, you may have seen the video of them performing on board an aircraft that was delayed on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport a while ago. The viral video made international news on CNN, CBC News Network and other media outlets. Lemon Bucket is...
Afro Connections: Wunmi in Toronto

Afro Connections: Wunmi in Toronto

Africa has long been regarded as ground zero for the beat and the sole birthplace of rhythm. Without exaggeration, it is the very epicentre from which an endless stream of beat-driven music has flowed since day one. But while the continent itself is as varied musically as anywhere else in the world, we tend to...