Polyphonic Ground – a New Voice for Global Music in Toronto!

Jul 19, 2017

As Small World Music celebrates its 20th year, we’re proud to be part of the greater movement to bring culturally diverse music to Toronto audiences. Going forward, we want to do even more – for audiences, artists and the community. To that end, we’re pleased to join with 11 of this city’s formidable live music presenters through our latest project –  Polyphonic Ground. It’s the promise of more innovative programming, amazing special events, and opportunities to discover.

Polyphonic Ground will launch with an inspiring monthly double-bill series presented by a new combination of presenters each time. We’re delighted to bring you the inaugural event on September 14 to open our 16th annual Small World Music Festival. More details to come soon.

Join us in building Toronto as a place where the music of the world is celebrated and shared – where the bands on stage reflect the diversity of the people who live here!

Connect with Polyphonic Ground on Facebook, follow @PolyphonicTO and #HearToronto!

Mbongwana Star
> Space ipno afro punk rock electro

Wednesday, July 19th, Doors 8:00pm – The Great Hall

#BollywoodMonster Mashup
> The Largest South-Asian Festival in Canada

Thursday, July 20 – 22, Mississauga Celebration Square

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Music That Makes You Move: The Arsenals
> Authentic ska and rocksteady to classic reggae

Saturday, July 22, Aga Khan Museum

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.

Free Benda Bilili! Screening – Q&A with Mbongwana Star

Jul 14, 2017

As we look forward to next week’s Mbongwana Star Toronto debut, we’re pleased to be able to announce an added special event! Join us at the Small World Music Centre the night before, on Tuesday evening, for a FREE screening of Benda Bilili! the documentary about the legendary band that gave birth to ‘the Star.’ And members of the band will be on hand for an insightful Q&A with the audience.

Benda Bilili! is a film about outcasts who defy a system that defines them as marginal. It is not a musical film, but the band’s songs complement the narrative. Every problem encountered by the Staff Benda Bilili group gives rise to a song they then try out on the streets.” – Directors Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye

The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 César Awards, the national film award of France.

While this event is free, space is limited, so reserve your seat here. And tickets are going quickly for the Wednesday concert, so don’t miss out on the advance price!



Sunday at the Centre, our friend George Koller has assembled a compelling program under the name Songs of Gaia. It starts with traditional songs and chants from the Sakha Republic of Siberia sung by renowned Saina, who specializes in the ‘khomus’ (mouth harp) and has sung in 25 different languages. The evening mixes improvisation with traditional elements, featuring a crack quartet of George Koller, Jocelyn Barth, David Restivo & Bruce Cassidy.

Benda Bilili! Free Screening + Artist Q&A
> Celebrating “the Star” in Mbongwana Star

Tuesday, July 18th 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Mbongwana Star
> Space ipno afro punk rock electro

Wednesday, July 19th 8:30pm – The Great Hall

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Saina with Songs of Gaia & Victory for Freestyle
> Solo music of the Sakha Republic of Siberia, Ethno + Jazz

Sunday, July 16 – Small World Music Centre

#BollywoodMonster Mashup
> The Largest South-Asian Festival in Canada

Thursday, July 20 – 22, Mississauga Celebration Square

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.

Mbongwana Star’s Toronto Debut!

Jun 21, 2017

Happy Summer! We’re excited to announce what promises to be one of this summer’s hottest tickets – the Toronto debut of Mbongwana Star!

On Wednesday July 19th at The Great Hall, one of the most exhilarating acts to have come out of the African scene in some years brings the new sound of Kinshasa to Small World. It comes smack dab between the two biggest African music events of the summer – Afrofest and Habari, both of whom are partners on this show, alongside Wavelength – making for a perfect Afro-music Toronto trifecta!

Creators of the freshest sound to hit the African music scene in years, their first CD ‘From Kinshasa’, was named one of 2015’s albums of the year in by the Guardian, Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Formed from the ashes of the legendary Staff Benda Bilili, they mix punk attitude and spacey electronics with frantic rhythms and weaving soukous guitar lines, to seriously mess with preconceptions of what African music is/can/should be. It frequently sounds as if it arrived from another planet – thrillingly difficult to pin down to a time and place. Take their single ‘Kala‘ as an example.

Watch Mbongwana Star – ‘Kala

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Mbongwana Star
> The futuristic sound of Kinshasa hits Toronto!

Wednesday, July 19th 9pm – The Great Hall

Community Spotlight

Stop Famine in South Sudan
> Performances by Kiki-Jiko, Amanie & Lauren Margaret Marron

Thursday, June 22nd 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Caravan Palace
> ’30s jazz-swing & electro-gypsy dance

Monday, June 26th 9pm – The Phoenix

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee Tabla Solo
> One of India’s foremost tabla masters

Friday, June 30th 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Bokanté / Larnell Lewis Band
> Multi-lingual, multi-cultural & multi-generational ensemble

Friday, June 30th 9pm – The Concert Hall

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.

Caravan Palace Ticket Giveaway

Jun 15, 2017

As previously mentioned, the Toronto Jazz Festival takes over Yorkville and surroundings starting next week. I’ll be introducing some of our good friends over the course of the fest, including Autorickshaw and Filo Machado on the 25th and 29th and Jorge Miguel on Canada Day, so if you’re in the area of the stage, say ‘hi’!

Next Monday at the Phoenix the festival presents 21st Century Swing with Caravan Palace, and it so happens that our favourite dance floor animateur, DJ medicineman will lay down the electro-swing groove to start the night off. We have a pair of FREE tickets for this superb party! The first response to jess@smallworldmusic.com that correctly identifies the band’s city of origin can dance the night away!

Community Spotlight

RUCKUS
> Beyond the Pale CD Release

Thursday, June 22nd 8:30pm – Hugh’s Room

Caravan Palace
> ’30s jazz-swing & electro-gypsy dance

Monday, June 26th 9pm – The Phoenix

Bokanté / Larnell Lewis Band
> Multi-lingual, multi-cultural & multi-generational ensemble

Friday, June 30th 9pm – The Concert Hall

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.