Hong Sunghyun, Pierre Kwenders, Soley Ensemble & Small World in the Park

Sep 15, 2017

Last night’s Festival launch party and Polyphonic Ground kickoff was a blast! Great music and community spirit, setting the tone for the remainder of the weekend.

This evening at the Small World Centre, we’re hosting an exciting group of young Korean musicians on their first foray into North America. Already having hit several events, and on their way to the Chicago World Music Festival, Hong Sunghyun and his Cheobeolbi band take ancient traditions into the modern age with real verve and stunning chops. Sunghyun is a virtuosic percussionist surrounded by a superb group of musicians.

After them, close out your night with music from the “intergalactic and spiritual new record” (Michael Rancic, NOW Magazine) of  Pierre Kwenders at the Rivoli. They have been getting great media attention, so be sure to check out the show for yourself.

We’ve done some great of concerts in the beautiful setting of St. Andrew’s Church and Saturday’s night of Sufi music featuring Soley Vaseghi and his group certainly promises to continue that legacy. Inner Journey 1 incorporates some of Canada’s finest Persian classical players, two Sufi whirlers and Soley‘s inimitable voice giving life to poetry by Rumi, Hafez and others. Deeply spiritual and musically powerful, here’s a 45 second preview of their sound.

With the weather gods continuing to cooperate (fingers firmly crossed) we’re really looking forward to the full-day of outdoor programming on Sunday. The lovely lakeside setting of Trillium Park will resonate with music rooted in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Malta, Hip Hop, street performance and New Orleans funk, among others. Join us for the day, BYOBlanket and marshmallows for the fire!

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

Small World in the Park
> A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00-10:00pm, Ontario Place

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic
> A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00pm, Massey Hall

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.

Tomorrow! Small World Music Festival Launch & Polyphonic Ground Presents

Sep 13, 2017

It’s almost here and the weather seems to share our vibe with a sweet forecast for sun and sound!

Tomorrow evening at Revival, the festival launch party and the first Polyphonic Ground monthly coincide to present three great groups in association with our pals at Ashkenaz. Grooz come in from Montreal to make their Toronto debut with a dose of North African grooves, funk and reggae. The Sandcatchers are shaped by their New York roots, mixing jazz with Middle Eastern traditions, and the evening opens with the voices of the always wonderful Turkwaz.

We want to share the night with our community (i.e. you!), so we’ve set aside a couple pairs of FREE tickets to the event. First two people to reply and correctly name one act performing on Sunday’s bill for Small World in the Park are in!

Friday brings a Canadian debut that promises percussive fireworks. Hong Sunghyun is an awesome young drummer and composer and with his Chobeolbi band he explores Korean shamanic traditions. Percussion takes centre stage with stunning displays of intense virtuosity. Seating is limited you can book your tickets here.

Later the same night at the Rivoli, Futuro Libre presents the Toronto album release party for Pierre Kwenders with Datu, Obuxum and DJ Sean Sax.

Saturday‘s night of Sufi music, dance and poetry in the beautiful setting of St. Andrew’s Church will be special too. Soley Vaseghi and his group have won fans and acclaim wherever they’ve played. There are still tickets available!

A full-day of  free outdoor programming Sunday at the lakeside finishes out the weekend. Lots of great artists to discover. More info to come!

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

Small World in the Park
> A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00-10:00pm, Ontario Place

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic
> A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00pm, Massey Hall

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.

Festival Countdown & the Return of Pierre Kwenders

Sep 09, 2017

Exactly two weeks until our 16th Annual Festival! All shows are live and we are ready for 4 days of incredible global sounds. We launch with Polyphonic Ground Presents, which is also the inaugural concert in a new monthly series, with Balkan voices, Middle-Eastern Appalachian fusion and Algerian grooves. With the combined talent of Montreal-based Grooz, Brooklyn born Sandcatchers and Toronto proud Turkwaz, it’s going to be an adventure you won’t want to miss! Reserve your tickets here and bring a friend to celebrate!

We’d also like to put the spotlight on Pierre Kwenders, an artist we know and love, who returns to Toronto on September 15 to launch his new album “MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time” at the Rivoli. The album has already received a rave review by the Globe and Mail’s Brad Wheeler, who cites the style of the Congolese-Canadian Montrealer as “a trippy mash of circling African motifs, old-school hip hop, sophisticated R&B and slyly thumping house music.” You can expect a sonic tour de force as Kwenders performs with electronic-tribal music duo DATU, performative-experimental music producer OBUXUM and the dance-worthy DJ Sean Sax.

Kwenders’ “Woods of Solitude” is pure magic – watch it here to become acquainted.

A Rooted Departure – Parvaaz in Canada
> Bangalore-based progressive rock group

Sunday, September 10th,  2:30p.m & 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

Small World in the Park
> A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00-10:00pm, Ontario Place

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic
> A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00pm, Massey Hall

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 Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sep 09, 2017

For those locals who have been to the  recently opened Trillium Park on the east side of Ontario Place, you’re already familiar with this beautiful lakeside space that NOW Magazine’s Richard Longley calls a “marvel.” For those who haven’t, you can learn more about it here. We’re thrilled to be the first ones to animate it with live music! As the final piece of the Small World Festival puzzle, on Sunday September 17th, we have a day of free global sounds that will make for the perfect musical picnic.

Small World in the Park, presented in association with Ontario Place brings an eclectic collection of local and international performers to the stage, and roaming musical acts to animate the grounds. From flamenco to funk, Brazilian drumming to Filipino hiphop, an array of sounds will resonate on the lakeside from 2:00p.m. until 10:00p.m. when we wind down by the fire. The lineup features Ventanas, Han Han, Turbo Street Funk, Kafena (Malta), Maracatu Mar Aberto, Tich Maredza, Yusuke Hoshi, Nya Soleil (Cameroon), Rambunctious and more, so mark your calendar and stay for the day!

We’re also delighted to welcome the Toronto Real Estate Board as a Festival sponsor, helping enable us to provide this free program! Of course, there’s lots more going on during the festival and more info to come.

Here’s a gorgeous new video of Tamar Ilana & Ventanas performing “Trésor.”

A Rooted Departure – Parvaaz in Canada
> Bangalore-based progressive rock group

Sunday, September 10th,  2:30p.m & 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

Small World in the Park
> A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00-10:00pm, Ontario Place

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic
> A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00pm, Massey Hall

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.