Sounds for Black History Month

Feb 08, 2017

Celebrating Black History Month, our friends at Batuki Music and Music Africa both have compelling programs taking place this month.

On Saturday, explore the musical heritage of Mali with kora master Diely Mori Tounkara at the Alliance Francaise Theatre. Born into a family of griots, he has a wide repertoire of traditional Mandingo pieces. He learned to play guitar, taught by his brother, Djeli Mady Tounkara, the internationally acclaimed soloist for the legendary Super Rail-Band of Bamako.

Meanwhile, Afrofest activities branch out to one of Toronto’s leading African gathering places, the Suya Spot in North York. Two events over the month feature a diverse selection of African artists. Both concerts will feature top local talent performing live, starting with Saturday’s show – Slimflex (Ghana) and Ozee B & Success (Nigeria). On the 25th – Amadou Keinou (Burkina Faso) with Soukouss Stars (DRC)

Meanwhile, hats off to the 2017 Juno Award Nominees for World Music: Lorraine Klaasen. Sultans of String, Okavango African Orchestra, Turkwaz, and Nomadica. Well done all and we look forward to the award!

 Vox Sambou “My Rhythm” | in/future – Small World Music Festival 2016

Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band

Massey Hall March 4th

Community Spotlight

Concert de musique du Mali, avec Diely Mori Tounkara

Alliance Française de Toronto February 11th, 2017

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.

New Grooves / Video Memories

Feb 01, 2017

It’s that time of the month again – time to hit the dance floor at Round, with a Toronto debut performance we’re really excited about. Vancouver’s DESI SUB CULTURE is descending upon the Market for an east-west rhythm connection. This DELHI 2 DUBLIN side project, and Indo Bass 2 Live crew will throw a great party.

To quote them ‘We make dance music. Global bass music. Whether it’s using an old Punjabi folk song as the hook for a trap beat, or using tabla rhythms to inspire a twerk workup, we come strong from our roots. We’re telling the story of our lives and sharing the music we grew up with.’ DJ medicineman anchors the night as always, so the groove beckons!

Summer seems a long way off (in either direction) but we can harken back to some warm memories with a slate of new video releases from In/Future, our collaboration with Art Spin at Ontario Place last September. Great acts now on our YouTube channel include Wally Badarou, Vox Sambou, Alysha Brilla, Mariachi Flor and many more. Whether you were at the festival or not, these will help get you through the beginning of February.

Nagata Shachu – “Harukoma (Spring Horses)” | in/future – Small World Music Festival 2016

Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band

Massey Hall March 4th

Community Spotlight

Sina Bathaie

Burdock Music Hall February 3rd

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.

Globetrotter on Ice!

Jan 19, 2017

On Saturday, we’re delighted to once again partner with the folks at Harbourfront Centre for another swing around the ol’ ice rink with a DJ Skate Night @ HFC! We take our GLOBETROTTER brand, Toronto’s monthly dance floor collision of world music and DJ culture, to the lakeside with the inimitable DJ medicineman. From Afro-Latin Funk to Indo-Arabic Dub to Electro Gypsy Swing, Richard is set to deliver a cross-cultural concoction to sizzle your skates and groove you into the night.

Don’t have skates? Can’t find your lucky helmet? Don’t worry – Harbourfront Centre offers affordable rentals in the Skate Change Room!

Tickets for Goran Bregovic are moving, so if you want in on the party at Massey Hall on March 4th, don’t hesitate!
DJ Skate Nights 2016/17

Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band

Massey Hall March 4th

Community Spotlight

Boogat With Los Poetas

Gladstone Hotel January 28, 2017

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.

Sexy Sounds for ’17!

Jan 09, 2017

Two sweet events to launch us into the new year, starting with sultry Brazilian sounds at the Small World Centre on Friday. In his music, Toronto-based, Bahia, Brazil ex-pat Bruno Capinan confronts the challenges faced by the LGBT community in his homeland. Threads of celebration mix with longing for acceptance via samba, bossa nova, and Tropicália influences. His recent CD, Divina Graça has won praise internationally and we’re pleased to have him back.

The following night, we’re back in Kensington Market, at Round. On the heals of a truly inspiring December party, Globetrotter soars into its 2nd year with a sense of celebration and a spirit of cooperation. For the event, dubbed Convergence, we’ve invited some fellow promoter friends onboard – Lovelution’s J Roy and SUMA’s Kristian Sunflower mix up some slinky, bassy beats, alongside resident DJ medicineman and the decor of Calabra.

Last call for marketing mavens! As previously mentioned, Small World is hiring and time to apply is coming to a close. If you love world music (well, that much we can assume!) and have interest and experience in cultural marketing, take a look here before January 16th!

Bruno Capinan – Vicente

Bruno Capinan

Small World Music Centre January 9th

Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Band

Massey Hall March 4th

Community Spotlight

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.

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