Africa to Java – Ticket Giveaway and more!

Feb 04, 2015

This weekend marks the First Anniversary of the opening of the Small World Music Centre. We’re very proud of our little concert hall and the great events that have place there so far. If the first twelve months are any indication, the Centre has a bright future and will grow up to become a highly regarded part of Toronto’s cultural mix.So, it’s appropriate that this week also features our inaugural film screening, showing off our recently-installed, cinema-quality screen and projector system The Stirring of a Thousand Bells, a musical travelogue of Javanese culture, along with a live trio performance of Indonesian music will be a beautiful sonic and visual experience on Friday evening.On Sunday, Joe Driscoll  & Sekou Kouyate take the stage of Lula Lounge for what promises to be a stormin’ night. This collaboration between a rapper/ / singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and has earns raves globally. As Songlines magazine put it, it’s “a boundary-trampling high-octane hybrid in which the lightning fast licks of Kouyate are matched by the explosive energy of Driscoll‘s rhyming.” Get a taste of their sound in the video link below!

Keeping with the African vibe and looking a way down the road, we have an exciting announcement – on March 29th at the Drake Hotel, we’ll present the Toronto debut of Tal National, in association with Batuki Music. These West African rockers hail from the small nation of Niger which is home to Songhai, Fulani, Hausa and Tuareg people, all of whom are represented in the group. Powerful vocals alongside guitar and percussion-driven grooves that are bursting with fiery energy make for a killer party band. We have FREE tickets for this show! First replies to get the prize!

Executive Director

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Sunday February 8th, Lula Lounge

Vusi Mahlasela & Hugh Masekela

Saturday February 28th, Koerner Hall


Friday March 13th, Winter Garden Theatre

Tal National

Sunday March 29th, The Drake Underground

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits w. Special Guest Kinobe

Saturday April 18th, Koerner Hall

The Stirring of a Thousand Bells

Friday February 6th, The Small World Music Centre

Sunday, February 8, 8 pm
Flato Markham Theatre

*Special Offer – Any Seat $43 (Promo Code BKM)

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s concerts have been called magical. As a sarod virtuoso he is a superstar in India, revered for his expressive, vocalized playing. In his hands, the sarod’s 25 strings produce a rich palette of overtones mimicking the complex tone colours and expressive range of the human voice. With his two sons, Amaan and Ayaan, this trio transcends a musical lineage of seven generations, making the instrument timeless.


Community Events

Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.

Support Small World

Small World Music Society is a charitable organization and presenter of culturally diverse music, supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as community and corporate partners.