SMALL WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS

Autorickshaw

Autorickshaw

Critically acclaimed, cutting edge world music ensemble Autorickshaw is preparing to release their fourth CD, following their Juno-nominated CDs Four Higher and So The Journey Goes.
Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autoricks [...]

GlobalBollywoodbyBageshreeVazeEnsemble

Global Bollywood by Bageshree Vaze & Ensemble

Global Bollywood celebrates the world music influences of Indian film music featuring some of Toronto’s finest world musicians including MTV India ‘rising star’ Bageshree Vaze (vocals), Sundar Viswanathan (saxophone/flute), Chris Ga [...]

JonitaGandhi

Jonita Gandhi

Jonita Gandhi, known to the Indo- Canadian community as Toronto’s Nightingale, discovered that music was the language of her soul at a very young age. Born in New Delhi, India, she moved to Toronto as an infant and grew up with strong influence [...]

medicineman

medicineman

Following an extended teaching journey in Europe, Richard Martin aka medicineman, staked his tent in the studio of CIUT radio in the heart of downtown Toronto. That radio program, NO MAN’S LAND has earned a reputation among a loyal audience for [...]

QuiqueEscamilla

Quique Escamilla

Quique Escamilla, born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter living in Toronto. His lyrics carry powerful messages that address various socio-political issues; accompanied by a fusion of traditional Mexica [...]

ShahinNajafi

Shahin Najafi

Shahin Najafi is an underground artist in Iran, performing in both rock and hip hop music styles. He also has many performances on various political and social occasions. In his work nothing appears to be sacred; his lyrics constantly question polit [...]

Spire

Spire

Spire is a group of dedicated young musicians united by a vision of creating a fusion between
Eastern and Western musical genres. Their seven members combine Chinese and Western instrumentation to perform a variety of music ranging from traditional t [...]

SultansofString

Sultans of String

JUNO nominees/2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String, perform high octane worldbeat-jazz. Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets [...]

VandanaVishwas

Vandana Vishwas

An architect by profession and a musician by passion, critically acclaimed Indo-Canadian World musician Vandana Vishwas is formally trained in North Indian classical vocal music but specializes in composing and singing expressive south-Asian song for [...]

ZakirHussainsMastersofPercussion

Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion

Under the direction of percussion legend and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, the Masters of Percussion offer a mesmerizing exploration of the depth and breadth of Indian music.
From classical ragas to high-energy rhythmic drumming and dance, their repe [...]

AlineMorales

Aline Morales

Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since her arrival to Canada in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has become well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was her debut solo album t [...]

AllyKevin

Ally & Kevin

Ally&Kevin first debuted as a musical duo in March 2011 as finalists for Kollaboration Toronto. Their musical talents and undeniable on-stage chemistry has allowed them to garner widespread attention. Between Ally’s powerful pipes and Kevin [...]

AntonApostolov

Anton Apostolov

Composer, performer, and teacher, Anton Apostolov has been playing professionally for over fifteen years in a variety of musical contexts. He is a member of SOCAN and has composed original works for guitar, as well as world music compositions that fu [...]

Apadoorai

Apadoorai

Focusing all their compositions around the didgeridoo, the Montreal based instrumental quintet Apadoorai blends folk, world, afro-groove and techno influences to create a unique sound: their own vision of didgeridoo music. Listeners will experience a [...]

ArlenePaculan

Arlene Paculan

Arlene is a classy, jazzy-pop singer-songwriter from Mississauga. She performs her beautiful and heartfelt originals on her keyboard. Last year, she was fortunate to play at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, PRIDE Toronto, and open for Jazz Sensation & [...]

AzaleaRay

Azalea Ray

Azalea Ray leads a life as bold and romantic as her songs. Despite hardship that left her unable to sing for a time, Azalea’s enchanting voice is variously described as powerful, deep, sweet, passionate and rich in tonality. Audiences are mov [...]

BageshreeVaze

Bageshree Vaze

Bageshree Vaze performs Kathak dance, the dynamic dance style from North India famous for its intricate footwork, dynamic movements, and signature pirouettes (chakkars). Continue reading →
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BeatNationLive

Beat Nation Live

Beat Nation Live is a cross platform arts collective that brings together visual artists, writers and musicians – sharing the vibrant spirit of contemporary indigenous culture through hip hop beats, electronica and digital technology.
“Native [...]

Blitz

Blitz

Blitz is a urban artist which fuses hiphop with his East Indian roots. His live band blends hiphop/world music for the sophisticated music fan. Discovered by legendary Punjabi MC (producer of Jay-z’s “beware of the boys”) Blitz has [...]

BombayBrazil

Bombay Brazil!

Bombay Brazil!, the wrap event for Small World’s Asian Music Series, promises to be the party of the season. The brainchild of Samba maestro Alan Hetherington, whose Escola da Samba has helped set the pulse of Toronto’s Brazilian scene, t [...]

Briga

Briga

Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English, all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the p [...]

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Brownman & GRUVASYLUM A LO CUBANO feat. Ogguere & Telmary

This one of a kind musical mashup brings together iconic jazz-hip-hop trumpet player Brownman (of Guru’s Jazzmatazz) joining forces with 2 pioneers of of alternative Cuban music – rappers Ogguere & Telmary – for a sound that bri [...]

DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha is an “ethno chaos” quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic simultaneously. It means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language.
Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukr [...]

DavidBuchbindersOdessaHavana

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana

Music force-of-nature David Buchbinder teams up with JUNO-winning pianist and composer Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians to present this exciting Jewish-Cuban fusion. Amazing musicianship, driving percussion and soa [...]

Deolinda

Deolinda

Deolinda is a musical family – literally. Martins brothers Pedro da Silva and Luis Jose invited their cousin Ana Bacalhau and her husband Jose Pedro Letiao to join them in their exploration of Portuguese fado music.
What you’ll find is [...]

DJeLmanDosMundosRadio

DJ eLman (Dos Mundos Radio)

Dos Mundos Radio’s host/producer Sergio Elmir aka eLman has been pushing the boundaries and perceptions of tropical music. As a DJ, eLman has opened for such artists as Grupo Fantasma, Bajofondo, Zizek Records, Uproot Andy, Toy Selectah, Bomba [...]

DJGeneralEclectic

DJ General Eclectic

DJ General Eclectic is a catalyst. He not only initiated the idea behind Uma Nota and created its slogan “unity in rhythm on decks and drums,” he also developed the idea of equal stage time for DJs and live acts. Complementing his masterful [...]

ElMachetero

El Machetero

El Machetero effortlessly blurs the lines between cumbia, salsa, descarga, bugalu, Afro rock, switchblade soul, reggae, psychedelia and underground oldies — radiating with revolutionary ways, reeking of platanos fritos y collard greens, in a pl [...]

FanfareCiocarlia

Fanfare Ciocarlia

Fanfare Ciocarlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands. A feisty ensemble from a small village in Romania, they started out as a loose assemblage of musicians playing weddings and baptisms. As Romania opened up to the world, they were di [...]

FocusWay

Focus Way

For the first time in 2011, this ensemble of talented young musicians performed together as Focus Way. African in choice of rhythm and beats, this vibrant group adds a healthy dose of gospel to uplift and rumba, soukous and zouk to fill out their or [...]