We’re bringing Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest to Toronto!

Feb 22, 2018

February winds its wet and windy way to an end and we’re looking toward spring and the 16th Annual Small World Asian Music Series. Once again, with the support of TD Bank, we’ve got a lineup of superb concerts at multiple venues to showcase a breadth of amazing creativity in a variety of genres. We’ll be telling you more about the full program soon but first off, here’s a highlight:

Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest on April 14th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre is a multifaceted celebration of love and diversity through music and dance designed for the times we live in. It combines the talents of sacred and secular artists from both Muslim and Sikh traditions (two communities experiencing an alarming rise in hate crimes) to advocate for a diverse world of cultural expression and an opportunity to ‘Welcome The Stranger.’ The night features Kiran’s passionate vocals (India) and the inspired Arabic songwriting of Souad Massi (Algeria), united with Sikh temple singers (for the first time on the concert stage) and the colorful whirling of Egyptian Tanoura Sufi dancers. Watch Kiran Ahluwalia’s “Jaane Na” performed live at The Iridium in New York City and meet her gorgeous voice and progressive style.

Next up at Small World Music Centre it’s Tamar Ilana & Ventanas on March 1st hitting the stage once more before heading into the studio to record a new album. The week after, Israel’s Bint El Funk make their Canadian debut through Polyphonic Ground Presents with celebrated dj and sound artist Shifra Rifka at Revival. Harvard Rock Review profiled them as their featured new artist, commending their mixing of cultures and languages, as well as their energy and inspiring arrangements. Read the full review here, and book your tickets in advance!

An Evening with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
> Homecoming Concert

Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Bint El Funk Canadian Debut with Shifra Rifka
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground Presents

Thursday, March 8, 9:00pm, Revival Bar

Mathew Tembo and the Afro-Routes Band
> Zambian-rooted Afro-Pop mixed with reggae

Saturday, March 17, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest
> Part of the Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Illuminations
> Presented by The Toronto Consort

March 2 – 3, 8:00pm, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

OKAN & Guaracha y Son Up Next & Black Umfolosi Ticket Giveaway

Feb 16, 2018

Wednesday an evening of Cuban jazz and Son heats up the Small World Centre with Lula Music and Arts‘s first presentation there. Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, OKAN‘s co-leaders and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne open followed by Guaracha y Son. Watch a clip of bassist Roberto Riveron with Pabolsky Rosales on tres and vocals, Chendy Leon Sr. on percussion, and Jorge Maza on flute last spring.

At the beginning of March, our room hosts Tamar Ilana and Ventanas. Tamar has a history as dynamic and international as the musical tapestry she weaves with Ventanas. Tickets are moving fast; Looking forward to this one! And the following week, a Polyphonic Ground co-presentation brings the party, with Israel’s Bint El Funk with DJ Shifra Rifka at Revival Bar.

Elsewhere the legendary Zimbabwean a cappella group Black Umfolosi return to town. Next Saturday Hugh’s Room Live is the spot to catch the vibrant voices and powerful message of their music that’s won fame and a devoted following over three plus decades. We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the show! Reply to jess@smallworldmusic.com and name one other artist from Zimbabwe to win!

OKAN + Guaracha y Son: A night of Cuban Jazz and Son
> Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre

Wednesday, February 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

An Evening with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
> Homecoming Concert

Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Bint El Funk Canadian Debut with Shifra Rifka
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground Presents

Thursday, March 8, 9:00pm, Revival Bar

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Black Umfolosi
> Presented by Hugh’s Room Live

Saturday, February 24, 8:30pm, Hugh’s Room Live

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Daughter of Funk’s Canadian Debut!

Feb 08, 2018

An exciting announcement for March 8 as we partner with our friends at Ashkenaz for the next Polyphonic Ground event – the Canadian Debut of Israel’s Bint El Funk along with DJ Shifra Rifka!

Bint El Funk (Daughter of Funk) combines dance floor cred with traditional Jewish Yemenite music, influenced by Afrobeat, jazz, psychedelic-Turkish sounds and more. Alongside Yemenite texts are love songs, social protest, Bedouin nonsense, and poetry. The band has built a loyal following at clubs and festivals throughout Israel and is now poised to break out on the world stage. Opening the night, Shifra Rifka is music producer, sound artist, and DJ, whose sets span all genres from house to industrial to disco, incorporating her own edits, original compositions and improvised material. This event is the kickoff party for the annual Spotlight on Israeli Culture Festival and celebrates International Women’s Day. This is Bint El Funk’s “Mujik” to set the tone for what is going to be an incredible live show!

Well before our Polyphonic Ground show, this Friday catch Music Africa‘s high energy programming as part of Black History Month at the Royal Ontario Museum. Dieufaite, Amandou Kienou, and Slim Flex perform at the #FNLROM: Lunar Love!

OKAN + Guaracha y Son: A night of Cuban Jazz and Son
> Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre

Wednesday, February 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

An Evening with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
> Homecoming Concert

Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Bint El Funk Canadian Debut with Shifra Rifka
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground Presents

Thursday, March 8, 9:00pm, Revival Bar

COMMUNITY EVENTS

#FNLROM: Lunar Love
> Program Partner Music Africa

Friday, February 16, 7:00pm, Royal Ontario Museum

Idan Raichel – Piano Songs
> An Intimate Journey Through Time and Sound

Saturday, February 24, 8:00pm, Toronto Centre for the Arts

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

New Shows at the Centre, Idan Raichel & More!

Feb 01, 2018

Well, we got through January… always a nice time to be in Toronto! As we enter a new month, we have some sweet upcoming events to talk about.

February 21st the Small World Centre hosts a double dose of Afro-Cuban vibes put together by our friends at Lula Music and Arts. Blending jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical forms, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne of OKAN bring a fresh perspective through their powerful vocals and potent lyrical content. Closing that night is the soulful, all-Cuban, Toronto-based quartet, Guaracha y Son. Expect classic son montuno, guaracha, boleros and guajira from the 30s to 60s alongside original compositions. This is a video of OKAN at the Women in Percussion Festival at Lula Lounge last fall.

Exactly one month from now, March 1st, Tamar Ilana and Ventanas perform a homecoming concert after their BC tour. Moving effortlessly from heart-wrenching flamenco arrangements to mournful Sephardic love songs, and playful Balkan party tunes it’s no surprise that the group has been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards.

This Saturday Batuki Music Society and Alliance Française de Toronto celebrate Black History Month with Okavango African Orchestra, winner of the 2017 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album: 12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries… one special concert.

A special treat; An Idan Raichel ticket giveaway! Well known and loved as the leader of the Idan Raichel Project, a multi-ethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music, Raichel tours his new solo piano concerts titled  ‘Idan Raichel – Piano Songs.’  The first responder to jess@smallworldmusic.com wins a pair of tickets to join the audience at the Toronto Centre for the Arts February 24th.

OKAN + Guaracha y Son: A night of Cuban Jazz and Son
> Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre

Wednesday, February 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

An Evening with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
> Homecoming Concert

Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Musical Inventions Paolo Angeli
> Presented by Aga Khan Museum and Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Thursday, February 1, 8:00pm, Aga Khan Museum Auditorium

Okavango African Orchestra – Africa without Borders
> Presented by Batuki Music Society & Alliance Française Toronto

Saturday, February 3, 8:00pm, Alliance Française Spadina Theatre

Idan Raichel – Piano Songs
> An Intimate Journey Through Time and Sound

Saturday, February 24, 8:00pm, Toronto Centre for the Arts

TEAM SPIRIT

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.