Ansley Simpson

Aug 30, 2017

Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a swelling, soft symphony...

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Aug 29, 2017

"Malta’s Kafena is one drop in a multitude in an ocean of world musical expressions but the fact that unlike many of their compatriots from the sun blessed and...

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Hong Sung Hyun

Aug 29, 2017

Hong Sung Hyun plays Janggu, a representative Korean traditional drum, and creates music based on Korean shamanic music. "Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi" is his creative work which is a...

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Aug 29, 2017

HanHan is a nurse / artists who writes poetry and translates them into music. She saves lives by day and slays dragons by night.

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Aug 29, 2017

Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mbongwana Star features a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of change (mbongwana) and led by Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza, two...

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Nya Soleil

Aug 29, 2017

A seasoned performer and virtuoso guitarist with a suave and persuasive voice, Nya Soleil, born in New Bell Douala, Cameroon, draws musical inspiration from his Bamileké roots and Bantou...

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Tamar Ilana & Ventanas

Aug 29, 2017

Founded in 2011, Ventanas is the result of Tamar Ilana’s lifetime of culturally diverse musical experience. Composed of Toronto’s top musicians, Ventanas weaves the intensity of Flamenco dance, the...

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Aug 29, 2017

Upanishads is Debashis Sinha, a percussionist with a distinctive voice and imagination who has long been a fixture on Canada’s creative music scene, netting 2 Juno nominations and a...

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Turbo Street Funk

Aug 29, 2017

Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound...

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Aug 29, 2017

United by long standing musical friendships and a love of singing, Turkwaz celebrates the stories of life through song. Their curiosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led...

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Yusuke Hoshi

Aug 29, 2017

Didgeridoo Dance music & Electric relax music.Yusuke Hoshi,Originally from Japan.Traveling about 40 country to play & study music.

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Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1 in association with Rumi Canada

Aug 29, 2017

Tehran-born singer Soley with over 50 years of music background, joins local musicians for a memorable performance. Enjoy a selection of Persian Qawwali-style Sufi music, sacred whirling dervish...

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Aug 22, 2017

Grooz "Groove & Jazz" a band that brings together North African music with the music of the world through its music. This project, which started in Algeria in 2011...

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Oliver Mtukudzi

Oct 05, 2016

Norton, Zimbabwe African – Tuku WebsiteWebsite (2) April 6, 2013 10:00 pm Small World in association with Wine Dine Africa presents Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits November 11, 2016...

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Jul 26, 2016

Zuze plays afrofunk music from Iran. Zuze plays melodies mined from folk traditions of the near East, arranged for brass ensemble and set to an afrobeat rhythm section. Zuze...

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Wally Badarou presented with Batuki Music

Jul 25, 2016

A synthesizer specialist, Badarou was the long-time associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop and soul. One of the Compass Point...

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Haphazard Hinges

Jul 24, 2016

Haphazard Hinges is an ensemble of saxophones. The music they play is designed to articulate unconventional approaches to the saxophone. The ensemble is shifting and can be anything from...

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Vox Sambou

Jul 24, 2016

Vox Sambou is originally from Limbé on the northern coast of Haiti but now lives in Montreal. He has been writing and performing music for over 10 years as...

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The Souljazz Orchestra

Jul 22, 2016

Since arriving on the Canadian scene at the turn of the millenium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of...

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Lula Music and Arts presents 7Sould

Jul 21, 2016

The Toronto-based 7Sould merges history, heritage and modern sounds in a way that has never been heard before. Led by co-founders Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo (Musical Director and drums-percussion)...

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Sina Bathaie

Jul 20, 2016

Sina Bathaie, Composer, Santur player based in Toronto is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic music made his work distinguishable for ...

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Jul 19, 2016

Formed in 1990 by legendary Afro-Iranian musician Saeid Shanbehzadeh in his native Bushehr, Iran, the group delivers a spellbinding experience of the traditional music and dance indigenous to southwestern...


Organiko Band presented with Lula Music and Arts

Jul 17, 2016

Professional Cuban Trio based out of Toronto, Ontario. Fusion of Afro Cuban rhythms, Afro-Latin Jazz, and Hip Hop Bringing the roots from the roots

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MUTEK presents Nicolas Bernier

Jul 16, 2016

Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv, video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst...

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Jul 15, 2016

Nhapitapi meaning "the essence of sweetness" draws on the sounds of the Mbira (thumb piano) while shakers, drums, bass, guitar and marimba fill out the sound producing a unique...

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Jul 14, 2016

Nano Stern’s Indie-Folk-Rock-Jazz sound bridges Chilean tradition with fresh, global relevance. A social activist and timely poet, Nano was coined “the best young Chilean songwriter of his generation” by...

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Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko

Jul 13, 2016

While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, our principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create...

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Moskitto Bar

Jul 12, 2016

It all started with the connexion of three talented artist playing in the woods at OM Gathering, Ontario while the moskittos were feeding on them...and after a month of...

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Jul 11, 2016

After four folk/pop albums, MINOTAURS frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Though the form has changed, the core remains: MINOTAURS is...

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MUTEK presents Martin Messier

Jul 09, 2016

Martin Messier is a composer, performer and videomaker. If sound stands as the driving force of his work, Messier also quickly took an interest in the clash between electroacoustic...

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Jul 09, 2016

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,...

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Mariachi Flor De Toloache

Jul 08, 2016

Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make nyc history as its 1st & Only All­-Women Mariachi Group. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi. While working to preserve...

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Maracatu Mar Aberto

Jul 07, 2016

Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion and song troupe playing Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms derived from the same traditions. Translated to English as the Open...

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MUTEK presents Maotik + Metametric

Jul 06, 2016

Since the early 1990s, prolific composer Jean-François Pedno has dabbled in a plethora of vastly dissimilar musical worlds.

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M.A.K.U SoundSystem

Jul 05, 2016

M.A.K.U Soundsystem, based in New York City, with roots in Colombia puts on a party for everyday people. Innovators of immigrant beat, on stage M.A.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion,...

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Luisa Maita presented with Uma Nota

Jul 04, 2016

Praised by NPR as "The New Voice of Brazil", Luísa's music is dreamy, sexy and undeniably cool. Fusing contemporary Brazilian styles with strong downtempo electronica influences, Luísa Maita rises...

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Los Poetas

Jul 03, 2016

Hailing from Toronto and Vancouver, with roots in Chile, El Salvador and Argentina, Louwop, Ché Uno and Vago are Los Poetas. Fluidly incorporating English, Spanish and “Spanglish,” the...

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Kobo Town presented with Lula Music and Arts

Jul 01, 2016

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo...

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Jun 30, 2016

Gurpreet Chana “The Tabla Guy” and Robert Mason melodically unite modulated Tabla and electronically processed Violin by integrating their classical training with computer aided performance technology. Sonically expansive...

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Kinnie Starr

Jun 29, 2016

Kinnie Starr is one of the most authentic & original Canadian artists of our time. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip-hop to art-pop, folk to EDM. It's fearless, sensual...

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Isla Craig

Jun 27, 2016

Isla Craig is a vocalist and song writer living and working in Toronto, ON. She may be found playing solo, or aided by a band, and is also an...

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The Human Rights and Ammoye

Jun 26, 2016

The Human Rights and Ammoye unite the hottest roots reggae band in Canada with one of its premiere female vocalist. The Human Rights released their second full-length album in...

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Herman Kolgen presented by MUTEK

Jun 25, 2016

An acclaimed multidisciplinary artist with more than two decades of experience in media arts, Herman Kolgen lives and works in Montreal. An audiocinetic sculptor, he draws his raw material...

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Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

Jun 23, 2016

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra is a potent mix of Afro-Colombian percussion with a Balkan Brass section, choreographies, dance, circus and audience interaction that has been taking over dancefloors throughout...

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Globetrotter presents DJ General Eclectic’s Boom Bike

Jun 22, 2016

General Eclectic truly lives up to his name as one of Canada's most diverse DJs, taking you on a musical journey around the globe and back again with the...

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Fresh Snow presented with Batuki Music

Jun 21, 2016

Polaris long-listed NOW Magazine cover stars, making year-end best-of lists from NOW, Torontoist, Toronto Star, The Grid, BlogTO and many more, Fresh Snow’s new directions in instrumental music "shift...

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Fojeba with the Sunshine band

Jun 20, 2016

French speaking Cameroonian singer songwriter, Fojeba has developed an original guitar style. Rooted in African folk music, his style is also influenced by pop and Jazz. Open to cultural...

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Fantahun Shewankochew and Ethio Zema Band presented with Batuki Music

Jun 19, 2016

Fantahun Shewankochew is an acoustic krar player, vocalist, composer and arranger inspired by Tilahun Gessesse to pursue a musical career. A graduate of the Yared School of Music in...

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Jun 18, 2016

EUCALYPTUS ( Brodie West's adventure in calypso inspired avant jazz is accompanied by a who's who of Toronto's avant whatever odd ball scene, including guitarist Alex Lukashevsky, trumpeter Nicole...

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Jun 17, 2016

DOOMSQUAD is psychedelic electronic dance music from Toronto. Siblings Allie, Jaclyn & Trevor Blumas create dark, pulsating beats and hypnotic, incantatory jams that lead you into an experience of...

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Dirty Inputs presented with Wavelength

Jun 16, 2016

Dirty Inputs’ euphoric synth-driven soundscapes search for the beach between nature and technology, between the beautiful and the terrifying. Often dark and brooding, other times joyful and emotional, they...

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diaspora Dub presented by b current

Jun 15, 2016

b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. We develop, produce and present new works by diverse artists primarily rooted in the cultural, social, and political...

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Dhol Foundation

Jun 14, 2016

The Dhol Foundation is a mighty Bhangra-infused rhythm explosion of drum and bass, tabla and hip hop with a Celtic twist, releasing a powerful drumming and dancing spectacular: thumping...

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DATU X HATAW presented with Wavelength

Jun 13, 2016

DATU carries on the city's unmistakable legacy of ethereal trip hop with an indie edge - but now spun together harmoniously with Filipino mysticism and tradition. HATAW Performing Arts...

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Bruno Capinan presented with Uma Nota Culture

Jun 11, 2016

Winner of the TELUS Newcomer Artist Award, Bruno's unique and nuanced songs bring Brazilian soul to Toronto.

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Bruce Peninsula

Jun 10, 2016

Since 2006, Bruce Peninsula has created a strange mix of gospel, western folk, blues and progressive rock, resulting in a style often praised for it’s “genre-less” qualities. Bruce Peninsula...

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Jun 09, 2016

Briga's songs are half instrumental, in French and English, all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds. Her unique sound...

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BaBa ZuLa

Jun 08, 2016

BaBa ZuLa share their legacy with us through their music, a music born out of Istanbul. BaBa ZuLa features founding members Levent Akman , Murat Ertel , as well...

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Autorickshaw Trio

Jun 07, 2016

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...

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Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble

Jun 02, 2016

Asiko is an all-original contemporary Afrobeat band led by a master of the craft, Foly Kolade. Our live show is a high-energy spectacle that incorporates Nigerian dance, percussion and...

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Amai Kuda and Y Josephine

Jun 02, 2016

Amai Kuda and Y Josephine are singer/songwriters, percussionists, community activists and educators who believe in the power of music to heal and change the world. Their latest...

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Alysha Brilla

Jun 01, 2016

2014 & 2015 Juno Nominee Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed singer / songwriter. Her second album “Womyn” was released Sept 2014 and the title track was CBC Radio...

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May 31, 2016

Congolese-Canadian artists Pierre Kwenders and Ngabonziza Kiroko of ABAKOS borrowed their name from the fraught political history of the Democratic Republic of Congo: An Abacost was originally the Mao-inspired...

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Wanmeng Zhou

May 05, 2016

Wendy has been performing a fusion of Chinese and Western music for the last 10 years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Now based in Toronto, she co-founded her band,...

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Mohammad Aman

May 05, 2016

Mohammad Aman has been a Tar player and teacher since 1984 as well as a music theory and choir instructor since 1994. He is the Founder and music...

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DJ Davey Boom

May 05, 2016

DJ Davey Boom has been hitting crowds with some of the most beautiful indo-arab wold music since 2003. His style flows with ease and his beats drop at...

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Judith Cohen

Apr 22, 2016

I would like to propose a talk-with-live-music on one or more of the following, for any time during the year: 1. Romancing and de-romancing Sephardic music 2. Music among the hidden...

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Joanna Moon

Apr 22, 2016

Originally from Québec, Joanna is inspired by a range of outstanding flamenco artists from Spain. She creates a unique musical sound that is both personal and refined. A woman...

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Dylan Bell

Apr 22, 2016

In a word… multifaceted. Juno-nominated Dylan Bell is a vocalist/bassist/keyboardist/guitarist, composer/arranger, music director and producer/engineer, effortlessly crossing musical boundaries to fuse jazz, a cappella vocal, contemporary, and various world...

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Amely Zhou

Apr 22, 2016

Amely inspires others with her open-hearted and emotive playing. While challenging herself to the fullest, she premiered more than thirty new works by composers around the world. As an...

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Apr 14, 2016

Global music specialist Poirier was born and raised in Montreal. Releasing music for Nice Up! Records, Mixpak, Ninja Tune, he has recorded eight albums as Poirier and two as...

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Mekaal Hasan Band with Haniya Aslam

Apr 11, 2016

Mekaal Hasan Band (MHB) was formed in 2000 by guitarist/composer Mekaal Hasan.The music that MHB plays is a fusion between the melodic sensibility of the East and the harmonic...

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Mar 30, 2016

AVATAAR marries Hindustani raag and taal, jazz, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and...

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The Shuffle Demons

Mar 09, 2016

Shuffle Demons are a high-energy band that blends virtuosic jazz/funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show. A hit at festivals...

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Uproot Andy

Mar 04, 2016

UPROOT ANDY is a Brooklyn based DJ/Producer and co-founder of Que Bajo, the NYC based party that helped pioneer the so called Global Bass movement with its all embracing...

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Suba Sankaran

Feb 03, 2016

Suba Sankaran is a twice-JUNO nominated, DORA award-winning vocalist/pianist/percussionist who has performed internationally to critical acclaim. She performs with world music ensembles like Autorickshaw, sings a cappella with Retrocity...

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David Starfire

Feb 03, 2016

David Starfire is a world-renowned producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ that has performed at some of the most amazing places on earth including the Pyramids of Giza, The Coliseum at Caesars Palace and...

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Noura Mint Seymali

Jan 07, 2016

Noura Mint Seymali is currently Mauritania's most internationally renowned performing artist. Drawing on the ancient repertoire of the Moorish griot, her band creates "a full blown sandstorm of...

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Eccodek – old

Sep 30, 2015

Eccodek's blend of globalism, dub, electronica and cinematic production has travelled the world for over 10 years. The Juno-nominated collective weave South Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Island cultures...

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World on a String

Jul 21, 2015

Five remarkable Toronto musicians for whom 'the string is the thing' come together for the first time to kick off each day of programming at Fort York. In the...

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Vieux Farka Touré featuring Julia Easterlin

Jul 20, 2015

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and...

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sum – 숨[suːm]

Jul 18, 2015

숨 (formed in 2007, Jiha Park and Jungmin Seo) compose and perform their own musical pieces. Their ambitious aim is to start a new era of Korean traditional music...

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The spy from Cairo

Jul 17, 2015

The spy from Cairo ( also known as Zeb ) has been in the NY music scene since early 90s ,remixing all sorts of artists ( from Billie Holiday...

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Jul 16, 2015

Santerías blends old and new world influences – tribal rhythms emerge from the gospels of popular song. Flamenco guitar runs along with electric bass, while cajón and keys transport...

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Rhythm & Vibes

Jul 15, 2015

Rhythm and Vibes was formed by two talented Persian musicians in Toronto. Nima (guitar, back vocal, composer) and his sister Sara (vocals, harmonica, piano, lyrics) started to play some...

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Jul 14, 2015

Revisiting vintage Cuban styles such as, danzon, boogaloo, cha-cha-cha and combined with New Orleans traditional jazz, soul and rhythm and blues, you will get the recipe for the musical...

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Jul 13, 2015

Nickodemus is an experienced musical traveler, excelling most when playing in versatile settings letting the space and time guide the music and journey. As a producer, he has 3...

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Maarja Nuut

Jul 12, 2015

Maarja Nuut is an Estonian fiddler/singer fascinated by the tunes of old village musicians, and the mind-boggling yet structured patterns of their music. The minimalistic sounds of the looper...

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Krar Collective

Jul 11, 2015

Ethiopian power trio Krar Collective deliver a colourful and dynamic take on Ethiopian traditional and popular music on their fourth Canadian tour. Dubbed 'The Ethiopian White Stripes' for their...

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KC Roberts & The Live Revolution

Jul 10, 2015

KC Roberts is an epic 8-piece funk band based in Toronto whose members have come together from Canada, the Phillippines, Australia, Sweden and Colombia to create one of the...

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James Jones powwowFit

Jul 08, 2015

If you want to try a unique and fun way to work up a sweat this fall, then come and experience PowwowFIT by James Jones. James Jones is currently...

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Jul 08, 2015

Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett once again brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of...

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Himanshu and Bollywood Band

Jul 07, 2015

Himanshu is a talented and versatile singer and songwriter located in Toronto. He is known to mesmerise audiences with his powerful voice and intense projection. His command over various...

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Jul 06, 2015

French Algerians, Moroccans, jazz musicians with a passion for the Maghrebian 6/8 who begin to sing in Arabic, Berber and Turkish, dancing like the Gnawa... FANFARAI is a Rai...

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Ester Rada

Jul 05, 2015

Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian’s heritage. Growing up in a highly religious Jewish family in more than modest conditions in one...

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Jul 04, 2015

Over 7 critically acclaimed albums, Canada’s Eccodek has emerged as a leader in the world of global fusion. With 2 Juno nominations (2015/2009), two Canadian Music Awards and multiple...

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Jul 03, 2015

Fusing the energy of New Orleans parades and the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India & Brazil, DRUMHAND has released their 4th album of original music. The Toronto...

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Buena Vista Social Club

Jul 02, 2015

“Buena Vista was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We knew we’d made a special record but nobody could have imagined how it would take off.” As Cuban revolutions go, it was an...

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Animal Nature by Clay and Paper Theatre

Jul 01, 2015

For one night only, a raft of refugee animals gets pushed out of their homes and into Fort York for an epic papier-mâché fight for the future of the...

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The Jay Danley Ethiojazz Project

Jun 28, 2015

Jay Danley has been a professional musician in Toronto for over 20 years. His mastery of the Cuban “tres” guitar has led him to play with many of the...

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Apr 10, 2015

DroneDoctor fuses East and West in the creative use of freely flowing Indian drone-style music with light accents of Blues and Rock. Words used to describe their sound:...

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Apr 10, 2015

This atypical Hungarian Band, plays a little know kind of Balkan Music with Tamburitza. Learned directly from old masters of the hungarian serbo-croatian minority their music is inspired by...

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Sing Bandana Singh

Mar 25, 2015

Sing Bandana Singh is dark, brooding, feminine and aggressive. The sound is heavily influenced by early 90's grunge, North Indian classical vocals, shimmery cymbals, thumping bass riffs and punk...

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Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali

Mar 25, 2015

Celebrating their 15th anniversary of worldwide touring, Fanna presents the ancient sufi tradition of qawwali with deep devotion & ecstatic rhythms.

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Nego Mozambique

Mar 05, 2015

Nego Mozambique is a Brazilian expat producer, artist and performer, born in Brasilia and living inToronto CA since 2011. Nego has been in the electronic music scene for more...

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Kush Nubia

Feb 20, 2015

Spinning Future Bounce, Hip Hop, Trap, Reggae, Soul and Afro, Kush Nubia entering the world of professional DJing in 2008. He has played at various locations in Toronto...

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Niladri Kumar and Aditya Kalyanpur

Feb 13, 2015

Two of India’s foremost classical musicians, sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar and tabla maestro Aditya Kalyanpur, join together to bring you masterfully woven ragas in traditional Indian style accented by...

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Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group

Feb 10, 2015

The powerful and evocative rhythms of Japan and India converge in this highly anticipated collaboration between two pillars of the Toronto world music scene. The Juno-nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble...

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Feb 10, 2015

Ajinai, formed in Beijing in 2009 and comprised of members culled from across China, is dedicated to bringing traditional Mongolian music into the 21st Century.

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YO – Spirit of Asia

Jan 22, 2015

YO 世 is a word which means world community & song of the people. The music of YO presents the ancient traditions of Japan and India in a fresh,...

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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Dec 08, 2014

The collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and earns raves across the globe. Joe Driscoll and Sekou...

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Oct 28, 2014

Raze Del, is a Persian (Iranian) band that was formed with Nima Safaei and Maryam Abdinejad as a classical Persian group in Toronto/Canada in 2013.The group seeks to interpret...

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Huun Huur Tu

Oct 23, 2014

Huun-Huur-Tu, throat singers from Tuva are Sayan Bapa, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Anatoly Kuular, and Alexey Saryglar. Presenting their wonderfully tuneful songs, using instruments (igil, byzaanchi) reminiscent of banjo and...

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Ana Moura

Oct 08, 2014

Ana Moura, with her luxuriant voice and captivating stage presence, is at the forefront of the fado music renaissance.

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Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers

Sep 10, 2014

Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Bros belongs to the best known gharana of Qawwali, namely: 'Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana' of Delhi. This school, approzimately 705 years old, was...

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The Roberto Rosenman Quartet

Aug 29, 2014

The Roberto Rosenman Quartet plays Gypsy Jazz: a style of music originating in 1930’s Paris with gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France. Composer and lead...

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Drew Gonsalves

Aug 28, 2014

Drew Gonsalves is Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter of his project Kobo Town which is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. New Kobo Town album Jumbie in...

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Os Tropies

Aug 20, 2014

Os Tropies are a group of musicians and friends brought together by Brazilian popular music from the 60's and 70's, writing new original tunes inspired by Tropicalia greats such...

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Pierre Kwenders

Aug 18, 2014

Pierre Kwenders is a Montreal artist of Congolese origins. He draws influences from various musical styles including Soul, electro but above from Congolese Rumba. His music is often described...

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Calypso Rose and Kobo Town

Aug 18, 2014

The Queen of Calypso returns! ‘A living legend of calypso! This lady is 74 years old, but on stage, still moves like a young girl!’ – Festival Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal McArtha...

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Aug 18, 2014

BOOGAT is a talented MC bridging latin groove with urban and electronic music. His last album won two Félix at the ADISQ awards for best world music album and...

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Aug 14, 2014

Joyous and devotional, Aviva Chernick’s intoxicating vocals blur the line between the sacred and the secular. Melding sounds from desert to sea, singing in Hebrew, Ladino and English, and...

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Donné Roberts

Aug 07, 2014

Donné Roberts Juno Award Winning guitarist singer and songwriter Born in Madagascar grew up in Russia and now lives in Toronto Member of the African Guitar Summit Donné's happy...

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ROAM / Lisa Patterson

Aug 07, 2014

Heartfelt delivery and solid musicianship from acoustic trio of cello, accordion, guitar, duduk & sax creates warm sonic palette for earthy and sensual vocals. Spotlight on uplifting audience experience...

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NY Gypsy All-Stars

Jul 28, 2014

A Greek bassist ducked into a little bar in New York's Alphabet City and heard the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Balkans pouring across the packed room. The clarinet was...

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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Jul 21, 2014

Rizwan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan are the torchbearers of a tradition that goes back over 700 years, the tradition of qawwali. Qawwali is an Arabic word that means...

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Kiran Ahluwalia

Jul 21, 2014

Expressing her muse through ghazals and Punjabi folk songs, Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity. Born in India, raised in Canada,...

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Boban Markovic Orkestar

Jul 21, 2014

Their brand of Brass Band music is contemporary and big-city-ready, while staying well-rooted in the rural traditions that made it. The aesthetic of the band draws ready comparisons to...

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Jul 21, 2014

Lo’Jo has developed its unique world music profile ever since singer and keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist and kora-player Richard Bourreau first got together 30 years ago in their...

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May 28, 2014

Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm of Afro-fusion, the six young musicians which make up Mokoomba are Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope. Winner of the Songlines...

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Apr 09, 2014

Rakkatak is a Toronto-based collective that features three of the most talented female musicians in the city -- Anita Katakkar, Oriana Barbato and Lisa Patterson. The music of Rakkatak...

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Vandana Vishwas

Apr 09, 2014

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...

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Shahin Najafi

Apr 08, 2014

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. ...

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Apr 08, 2014

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...

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Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion

Mar 12, 2014

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...

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Sultans of String

Mar 12, 2014

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...

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Jonita Gandhi

Mar 12, 2014

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,...

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Marcio Faraco

Jan 16, 2014

Brazilian-born, based in Paris, France for over 20 years, Márcio Faraco stays true to the traditional music of Brazil, melding the language of the samba, bossa nova and choro...

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Green Sky Project

Oct 10, 2013

Green Sky Project: Anton Apostolov : guitar (Bulgaria) Naghmeh Farahmand : percussion (Iran) Jacek Karlowski : tamboura (Poland) Hasheel Lodhia : bansuri (India)

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Mar Aberto SoundSystem

Sep 17, 2013

Mar Aberto SoundSystem blends dub reggae, funk and classic MPB with Brazilian rhythms like maracatu, samba, coco, ciranda and Afro grooves. One of the stage group manifestations of Maracatu...

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Red Slam Collective

Aug 21, 2013

Red Slam is an indigenous hip hop fusion band & community urban arts collective formed in 2009 and based in Toronto; whose artistic expression uplifts, self-identifies and promotes unity...

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Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers

Aug 21, 2013

Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW) is a community arts collective of Asian and Asian-Canadian Women in Toronto. We are a music group who carry on the Japanese...

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Marito Marques

Aug 15, 2013

Internationally-renowned drummer Marito Marques has snagged the attention of audiences worldwide through his creative and distinctive approach by infusing instrumental and jazz melodies with African rhythms in his new...

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Mark Sepic’s Junkestra

Aug 14, 2013

From 1pm-6pm, the Kids are in for 6 hours of quirky and fun music making with Mark Sepic - a maverick artist/musician will help turn those nasty water bottles,...

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El Machetero

Aug 08, 2013

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...

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Jorge Drexler

Aug 07, 2013

Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan Madrid-based musician who won wide acclaim after becoming the first composer ever to win an Academy Award with a song in Spanish. He won the Oscar®...

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Brownman & GRUVASYLUM A LO CUBANO feat. Ogguere & Telmary

Aug 06, 2013

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...

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David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana

Aug 06, 2013

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....

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What Cheer? Brigade

Aug 02, 2013

The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA. Their sound is an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, New Orleans, Samba and Hip-Hop, played...

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Lenka Lichtenberg

Jul 24, 2013

Lenka Lichtenberg shines as one of the most visionary artistic builders in a nation that defines its identity as a multicultural mosaic. The Prague-born soprano unites the...

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Habib Koite

Jul 17, 2013

With more than 250,000 albums sold around the globe, and nearly a thousand concerts on some of the world’s most prestigious stages under his belt, Habib Koité is one...

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Third World

Jul 16, 2013

Celebrating 40 years, ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences....

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Roberto López – Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra

Jul 09, 2013

Montreal-based Colombian-born composer and guitarist Roberto López, along with his virtuoso friends, leads us to a unique encounter between the wind ensembles of Colombia’s Caribbean coast and North-American Jazz...

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Jul 09, 2013

Led by charismatic brothers, Ali Hamza and Ali Noor, noori helped spark Pakistan's "21st Century Pop Revolution." Noori bursts through local convention and international rock barriers with brainy songs...

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Jul 09, 2013

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...

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Mashrou’ Leila

Jul 05, 2013

Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the...

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Tal National – old

Jul 05, 2013

Due to circumstances beyond our control (ie. US Embassy in Niamey Niger) Tal National have had to cancel their North American engagements. This is obviously unfortunate for our festival,...

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Mohsen Namjoo

Jul 05, 2013

Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth in...

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What happened to the Persian cat?

Apr 24, 2013

Hypernova is a New York based Iranian rock band. Ali Azimi is an Iranian musician from Tehran currently living in London. Ali is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist...

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Maybe Refuge

Apr 23, 2013

Maybe Refuge is an alternative rock band from Toronto with a focus on writing and performing original songs. The winners of Kollaboration Toronto 2012 and finalists for Kollaboration...

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Apr 23, 2013

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...

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Arlene Paculan

Apr 23, 2013

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...

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Apr 08, 2013

Pioneers of Iran's underground music movement, Kiosk is praised for its sharp and satirical lyrics as well as its unique blend of musical styles, from rock to gypsy jazz...

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The Tich Maredza Band

Mar 05, 2013

Tich Maredza band Description The Tich Maredza Band is a 4-piece Toronto based band which plays a fusion of Zimbabwean contemporary and traditional rhythms powered by messages of inspiration,...

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Rajeev Taranath

Dec 11, 2012

Internationally acclaimed Rajeev Taranath, a disciple of the late Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, is one of India's leading exponents of the sarod (lute). His performances masterfully combine the depth...

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Dec 03, 2012

Creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due...

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Maestros in Concert featuring Pandit Shivkumar Sharma & Zakir Hussain

Dec 03, 2012

Shivkumar Sharma, one of India’s most popular classical musicians, is India’s greatest living santoor player. He has single-handedly brought about a revolution in the development and history of his...

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Ramneek Singh

Dec 03, 2012

Ramneek Singh, introduced to Indian Classical music at the tender age of six, is an accomplished vocal artist with almost thirty years of strict vocal training with an attractive...

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Zakir Hussain

Nov 25, 2012

Zakir Hussain is considered one of the greatest musicians of our time. Along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he has elevated the status of his instrument,...

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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Nov 25, 2012

Born in Jammu, Shivkumar Sharma to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma, Shivkumar started learning tabla and vocals when he was just five. In a later interview, Shivkumar...

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The Klezmatics

Nov 07, 2012

The Klezmatics are world-renowned, Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world. Steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition, their klezmer joins provocative themes like social rights and anti-fundamentalism with...

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Sep 28, 2012

Fado star Mariza cuts an undeniably striking figure. With her powerhouse voice and flair for the dramatic—complete with shock-blond hair and sweeping gowns—she’s carried the traditional music of Portugal...

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Azalea Ray

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Yura Rafaliuk

Aug 21, 2012

Yura Rafaliuk is a self-taught cimbalom player and founding member of Ludy Dobri Ukrainian Folk Band. He learned how to play while studying iconography in Lviv and spent much...

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Wesli Band

Aug 21, 2012

With their socially committed mix of roots, afrobeat and reggae, Haitian singer-songwriter Wesley Louissaint and fellow musicians of the Wesli Band, invite you into their vibrantly coloured and joyful...

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Violets & Viruses

Aug 21, 2012

Since 2009, Toronto Hard Rock band Violets & Viruses had been putting together earth shaking performances that combine the elements of Japanese, Taiwanese, European and North American rock...

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Vesal Ensemble

Aug 21, 2012

Vesal Ensemble was established in 2000, by Arjang Seyfizadeh with some of the talented graduated musicians from the Tehran university in Iran. The members have been working in close collaboration...

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The Gunsmith & MoHit

Aug 21, 2012

The Gunsmith & MoHit are a distinctive hip-hop duo with a cinematic sound shaped by world music and hard rock. The two experienced artists teamed up in 2011 when...

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The Battle of Santiago

Aug 21, 2012

The Battle of Santiago blends Afro-Cuban rhythms, screaming rock guitars, dub bass lines with soaring horns and flutes. Exploring the boundaries of rhythm and sound, The Battle of Santiago...

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Aug 21, 2012

Terakaft, from Northern Mali is a perfect mix of rhythm guitars and the deep tones of bass. True to its origin, the music resembles the delicate but strong...

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Saeid Shanbehzadeh

Aug 21, 2012

L'Ensemble Shanbehzadeh propose un rare aspect des fascinantes danses et musiques traditionnelles du Golfe persique et plus précisément de la province de Boushehr, région méconnue du Sud de l'Iran....

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Aug 21, 2012

ram-bunc-tious (adj) Noisy, very active, and hard to control, usually as a result of excitement or youthful energy. Nine horns + one drummer = dance party. You make...

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Naghmeh Farahmand

Aug 21, 2012

Naghmeh Farahmand is a Persian percussionist who comes from a musical family. She is the daughter of one of the leading percussion masters of Iran, Mahmoud Farahmand.As she grew...

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Maria Bonita & The Band

Aug 21, 2012

Originating in Brazil’s arid northeast, Forró is a regional dance and music rooted in African and European traditions. With its soulful mix of accordion, fiddle, guitar, flute and...

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Marco Calliari

Aug 21, 2012

Born in Quebec, Marco Calliari grew up surrounded by the melodies of Italian opera beloved by his famiglia. Then, he discovered something very different: wild, screaming heavy metal....

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Luisito Orbegoso

Aug 21, 2012

Toronto, Canada Salsa, Dance

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Liu Fang

Aug 21, 2012

Chinese Classical music often has thematic, poetic or philosophical classifications and is typically played solo, such as on the guqin, a 7-string zither, with over 3000 years of history,...

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Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Aug 21, 2012

Lemon Bucket Orkestra was started in Toronto by a Breton and Uke over Balkan music and Vietnamese food. Tired of music 'scenes,' they hit the streets, busking by...

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Khaira Arby

Aug 21, 2012

Malians love her. Khaïra Arby (pronounced: Hī-ra Arbē), the Nightingale of the North, born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu. Khaira’s parents came...

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Kendra Ray

Aug 21, 2012

By incorporating a variety of performance techniques with a foundation in classic and modern bellydance styles, Kendra aims to tell a story through passionate expression, technique and musicality. ...

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Kayhan Kalhor

Aug 21, 2012

Kayhan Kalhor is one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Iran. With his virtuosic command of the kemencheh (spike fiddle), emotional immediacy as a composer, and a...

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Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble

Aug 21, 2012

Jorge Miguel's family arrived in Canada before he was born, but he remembers his visits to Cadiz - full of family, friends, and food for the senses. Despite...

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Jayme Stone

Aug 21, 2012

Jayme Stone has returned banjo to its broadest roots. He makes music inspired by folk traditions from all over the world with musical explorations in Scandinavia, Africa, Bulgaria, Brazil,...

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Focus Way

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Fanfare Ciocarlia

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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DJ General Eclectic

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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DJ eLman (Dos Mundos Radio)

Aug 21, 2012

Dos Mundos Radio's former 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...

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Divine Heritage Artistry

Aug 21, 2012

Divine Heritage Artistry embody the spirit and exuberance of Bollywood Dance. Shaped through the vision of dancer/choreographer Lopa Sarkar, they have added their spark of life and drama to...

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Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Delhi 2 Dublin

Aug 21, 2012

Delhi 2 Dublin has played several of the top festivals in Canada, the UK and the U.S. and, in 2011, expanded its horizons to include performances in the Pacific...

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David Amram

Aug 21, 2012

David Amram is a prolific composer whose works run the gamut from orchestral and chamber music to Broadway and celebrated film scores. His collaborations also run...

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Darya Dadvar

Aug 21, 2012

Darya Dadvar is an accomplished Iranian soprano now living in Paris. In addition to vocal and solo performance, her arrangements of traditional songs for voice and accompaniment blend contemporary...

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Aug 21, 2012

Founded in 1995, Darbazi is a Toronto-based ensemble that focuses exclusively on performing traditional music from the Caucasus Georgia, a mountainous country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. With...

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Dang Show

Aug 21, 2012

How to simply describe the Dang Show? Even the name in Iranian evokes more than it crystalizes; mountainous vocals as well as velvety vocals, smooth jazz saxophone,...

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Cihat Ozturk

Aug 21, 2012

Born in Istanbul and recent newcomer to Canada, Cihat Ozturk started his musical career at a young age performing in a host of school choirs. Competing regularly, Cihat’s vocal abilities...

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Chakavak Ensemble

Aug 21, 2012

Chakavak is a musical ensemble founded on the love for Persian music. Applying this devotion practically, they promote and perform to as varied an audience and at as...

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Ceke Ceke – Ozlem Ozdil

Aug 21, 2012

Born in the German city of Hanover, Ozlem Ozdil's first teacher of traditional Turkish music was her father. As an artist she feels the weight of responsibility to...

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Carmen Souza

Aug 21, 2012

Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon to parents from Cape Verde. Creole, the Cape Verde dialect, and Portuguese surrounded her growing up as did the religion and culture of...

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Carmen Consoli

Aug 21, 2012

Carmen Consoli was born in Catania, Italy in 1974. At the age of nine she started playing guitar, spurred on by her father who was a lover of black...

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Aug 21, 2012

Omara "Bombino" Moctar, whose given name is Goumar Almoctar, was born on January 1st, 1980 in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the...

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Bombay Brazil!

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Beat Nation Live

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Bageshree Vaze

Aug 21, 2012

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

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Avishai Cohen

Aug 21, 2012

Avishai grew up part of a musical family in a Northern Israel kibbutz. He began piano at age 9. But soon after, inspired by Jaco Pastorius, he turned...

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Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Anton Apostolov

Aug 21, 2012

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...

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Anindo Chatterjee

Aug 21, 2012

Anindo Chatterjee does not seem like a music maestro. He speaks warmly and with enthusiasm to all who wait to greet him, even after a lengthy solo tabla...

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Ally & Kevin

Aug 21, 2012

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....

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Alireza Ghorbani

Aug 21, 2012

Alireza Ghorbani acquired the subtle intonations and rhythms of Quranic chanting at a precociously young age. His fascination with traditional Iranian music and poetry led him to study...

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Aline Morales

Aug 21, 2012

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,...

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A Moving Sound

Aug 21, 2012

Sheng Dong, or as it translates in English, A Moving Sound, is a performance company based in Taipei, Taiwan. A Moving Sound has created a new musical expression that...

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