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Uma Nota Culture seeks a resident artist who can contribute to the collective’s productions in a number of ways. The position is for 40 hours weekly and includes weekends and evenings. Work hours are irregular and there is a need to be flexible with other commitments. Salary is 34,500.00. per annum pro rated to length of contract.
About Uma Nota Culture: Uma Nota began as a music night at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel in 2007 and remains a recurring event in the city. Uma Nota is a showcase performance series with an ever-changing lineup of performers including live musical acts and DJs as well as a number of other forms of art, performance and cultural manifestations, highlighting music and culture of a tropical, polyrhythmic and Afro-diasporic nature. Along with the ongoing music events, Uma Nota partners with a number of cultural organizations around the city working on a range of activities, from cultural events supporting film, dance and food programs as well as educational workshops for adults, young people, families and children. Uma Nota is an unincorporated non-profit collective based in Toronto.
Skills and Qualifications: – Singer and bandleader: Must be able to sing lead vocals in Brazilian Portuguese (northeastern Brazilian accent preferred) in a variety of contemporary and folk music styles including but not limited to samba, maracatu and forró. Ideally the candidate would also be an experienced and decisive bandleader who can successfully direct large and small musical ensembles. Applicants who are successful in attracting our attention may be sent a partial or full list of songs for vocal evaluation as part of the application process. Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years singing in professional or semi-professional ensembles. – Multi-instrumentalist: Strong preference for vocalists who can play both acoustic or electric-acoustic guitar, and/or Brazilian percussion instruments (including pandeiro) while singing lead or backup vocals at the same time. Rhythm and Brazilian “swing” or musical feel is essential to this position, in this and other aspects.
Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years performing as an instrumentalist and/or signer in professional or semi-professional ensembles.
DJ/selector: Must be able to DJ using Serrato, vinyl records and/or other electronic forms. You must also have your own laptop computer, preferably with DJ software already installed. We are looking for someone with a minimum of four to five (4 to 5) years of experience performing in and around Toronto, as well as in Ontario and Quebec. Note: Strong preference for familiarity with and contacts within the musical communities surrounding and overlapping with the Uma Nota community, including attendees of events such as: The Om Reunion Project annual Solstice Festival; Promise and Alien InFlux events including Cherry Beach parties and the Harvest Festival; Eclipse Festival; Brazilian community events and others.
Designer/visual artist: Minimum five (5) years of experience in graphic design, layout and production for print and online. Strong preference for creativity and experience designing attractive marketing materials for music, arts and cultural events in the Toronto area. Must have your own laptop with a working version of Adobe Creative Suite no less than five to seven (5 to 7) years old, preferably newer, along with a portfolio of published design work (to be provided upon request).
Additional Qualifications: – Languages: Must be bilingual in English and Brazilian Portuguese to a professional working level in both languages; Proficiency in French, Spanish and other languages is also an asset.
Reliability: Must be able to attend musical rehearsals, production meetings and other events with punctuality and professionalism.
Design and creative feedback process: Ability to take direction and turn around graphic designs quickly for production – Musical performance skills: Passion, stage presence and genuine warmth and “likeability” are key to this role. It’s also important to be able to “read” live music as well as electronic music audiences (of various sizes, at venues large and small) in real time and adjust the music according to audience mood and venue ambience. – Media production and social media: Photography and videography skills, social media savvy and a large social media following, especially with communities in the Toronto area, are all considered additional assets.