Hot Tickets! V.M. Bhatt Sells Out

Apr 19, 2017

The Asian Music Series approaches its midpoint with a sold out concert, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, at the Aga Khan Museum this Saturday. We hope you’re one of the lucky ones attending. Speaking of sold out, the May 14 performance by Kayhan Kalhor and Alireza Ghorbani is almost there too, so now’s the time if you’re keen on it.

Happily, there are still tickets for other great upcoming events. The Korean Traditional Music Association on April 29 provides a rare opportunity to hear live traditional music, and the brilliant Monsoon on May 5 brings finely crafted Indo-jazz. You can see both plus the May 20 World Fiddle Day Concert for only $40 by booking a Soul Explorer Bundle – experience all three shows and save 40%! Check out Monsoon performing “Rasa Lila” at the Burdock last month.

On Friday, at the Small World Centre, Andrew McPherson brings his stellar new band, as well as the freshly pressed vinyl of his new album, Bardo. Joined by the amazing guitar talent Nick Zubeck and his killer 3-piece, they’ll also be playing a few gems from David Bowie’s catalogue as a small tribute to the late great man.

From stage to screen – Small World has two compelling co-presentations with the Images Festival and Hot Docs coming up. Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett) by Luke Fowler screens April 26, along with the North American premiere of Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive). The quadraphonic concert work will be performed by Fowler and Ernst Karel. Then from May 3 to 6, we highly recommend Chavela, a documentary about one of Mexico’s greatest musical treasures, Chavela Vargas. Both gender and genre-defying, she is remembered as “la voz áspera de la ternura,” the rough voice of tenderness.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context

Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Monsoon
> The soul of Indian Raga Music expressed on Western Instruments

Friday, May 5th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood
> Multi-sensory throwback dance party

Saturday, May 6th, 10pm – Round

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil
> Two-part sitar and vocal concert presents Indian classical greats

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – MacLeod Auditorium

Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> The Preeminent Ambassadors of Persian Music

Sunday, May 14th, 8pm – Toronto Centre for the Arts

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Saturday, May 20th, 7pm – Aga Khan Museum

Community SPOTLIGHT

Andrew McPherson sings Bardo
> Album Release with Nick Zubeck and his band

Friday, April 21st, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Blue Dot Band
> Premiere

Sunday, April 23rd, 7:30pm – Small World Music Centre

Electro-Pythagoras: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett
Followed by the performance of «Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive)» by Luke Fowler and Ernest Karel

Small World Co-Presents this Images Festival Screening & Performance
Wednesday, April 26th, 8pm – Innis Town Hall

Chavela

Small World Co-Presents this Hot Docs Screening
May 3rd – 6th – TIFF Bell Lightbox & Hart House

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.

Asian Music Series Continues / Zeca Polina & the Hydroponic Lizards + Andrew McPherson at the Centre / Cosmic Soul Ticket Giveaway

Apr 12, 2017

Busy spring days in the Small World. Tonight, we’ll be dancing in the aisles at Massey Hall, where Tinariwen and Dengue Fever take the stage.

Two cool events at the Small World Centre this Easter weekend. On Saturday Hydroponic Lizards perform their quirky, genre-bending mix, influenced by the Brazilian Tropicália and Clube da Esquina. They’re joined by Zeca Polina, a songwriter whose sources include Brazilian baião and samba, 60’s psychedelic rock, country music and blues.

Sunday sees the third concert in our Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank. Upanishads is a night of sophisticated electronica and video backdrop played by Debashis Sinha. It’s an exploration of the sacred texts and sound, rooted in electronic and beat-based music and his experience as a second generation South Asian Canadian. Watch Sinha perform an excerpt of this evolving project.

Next Friday, our good friend Andrew McPherson performs. Many Small Worlders know his long-standing, much-loved global groove project Eccodek. However, it’s in his parallel life as a singer-songwriter that he takes the stage next week, playing material from his recent release, Bardo, a compellingly eclectic blend that deserves to be heard.

Next weekend also brings the great Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to town, performing at the Aga Khan Museum in the Asian Music Series, and a presentation of Cosmic Soul by our friends at The Music Gallery and 88 Days of Fortune. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the later; Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details!

Zeca Polina & the Hydroponic Lizards
> Quirky rock meets Brazilian Tropicália

Saturday, April 15th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Upanishads
> An exploration of the sacred texts and foundations of sound

Sunday, April 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context

Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Monsoon
> The soul of Indian Raga Music expressed on Western Instruments

Friday, May 5th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood
> Multi-sensory throwback dance party

Saturday, May 6th, 10pm – Round

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil
> Two-part sitar and vocal concert presents Indian classical greats

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – MacLeod Auditorium

Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> The Preeminent Ambassadors of Persian Music

Sunday, May 14th, 8pm – Toronto Centre for the Arts

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Saturday, May 20th, 7pm – Aga Khan Museum

Community SPOTLIGHT

Andrew McPherson sings Bardo
> Album Release with Nick Zubeck and his band

Friday, April 21st, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Electro-Pythagoras: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett
Followed by the performance of «Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive)» by Luke Fowler and Ernest Karel

Small World Co-Presents this Images Festival Screening & Performance
Wednesday, April 26th, 8pm – Innis Town Hall

Chavela

Small World Co-Presents this Hot Docs Screening
May 3rd – 6th – TIFF Bell Lightbox & Hart House

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.

Asian Music Series Highlight Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani, Tinariwen & More

Apr 06, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the May 14th concert by one of Iran’s most significant artists. The great kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor returns with singer Alireza Ghorbani. It’s been our pleasure to work with Kayhan on numerous occasions over the years and a thrill to watch his career soar,  not just in the Persian classical field, but with bold collaborations in various genres. This will be a highlight of our 15th Asian Music Series, supported by TD Bank.

More immediately, the series continues this weekend following a sold-out kick-off event with Haniya Aslam and friends. Friday we move east to Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park for a night of thundering drums. The Nagata Shachu taiko group never fails to thrill, and this weekend, also marks the release of their new DVD ‘Toronto Taiko Tales.’

On Saturday it’s So Long Seven back at the Small World Centre with special guest Amara Kanté. The band encompasses folk, rock, blues and Hindustani music, and their intriguing lineup of banjo, guitar, fiddle and tabla continues to impress a growing following. Watch their video for a sneak peek of what’s in store.

We’re excitedly anticipating next Wednesday, with the return to town of a legendary force in world music. It’s been seven years since we presented Tinariwen at the Phoenix (where does the time go?). They’re finally back, this time at Massey Hall, joined on the bill by Dengue Fever. This one’s gonna rock!

Lastly, tomorrow, our friend Rob Simms, York University music professor, presents an evening in support of relief efforts for victims of the siege of Mosul. The concert of music from Iraq, Kurdistan and Turkey, performed on oud, tanbur and ney, is free with voluntary donations taken for this important cause.

Oh, and congratulations to Okavango African Orchestra for their win for World Music Album of the Year at the Junos!

Nagata Shachu Taiko
> Creating a new voice for the Japanese drum

Friday, April 7th, 8pm – Aki Studio Theatre – Daniels Spectrum

So Long Seven
> A meditative mix of composition and improvisation

Saturday, April 8th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Tinariwen
> Iconic Desert Blues

Wednesday, April 12th, 8pm – Massey Hall

Upanishads
> An exploration of the sacred texts and foundations of sound

Sunday, April 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context

Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Monsoon
> The soul of Indian Raga Music expressed on Western Instruments

Friday, May 5th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood
> Multi-sensory throwback dance party

Saturday, May 6th, 10pm – Round

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil
> Two-part sitar and vocal concert presents Indian classical greats

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – MacLeod Auditorium

Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> The Preeminent Ambassadors of Persian Music

Sunday, May 14th, 8pm – Toronto Centre for the Arts

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Saturday, May 20th, 7pm – Aga Khan Museum

Community SPOTLIGHT

Music for Mosul with Rob Simms

Thursday, April 6th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

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.

Asian Music Series 3 Days Away!

Mar 29, 2017

Three days until the Haniya Aslam Trio takes the stage at the Small World Centre, launching the 15th annual Asian Music Series! Only a handful of tickets remain for Saturday night – book yours while you can. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and frugal) our Rhythm Explorer Bundle is available for $40 (a 30% discount), giving you Haniya, Upanishads and a Retro Bollywood Globetrotter dance party.

Also on the horizon, So Long Seven on April 8th – it’s part of the Toronto Jazz Festival’s TD Discovery Series Special Projects as well. Journey through richly textured acoustic music with their lineup of guitar, violin, banjo and tabla.

If you need an excuse to dance and can’t wait for Globetrotter’s May edition, DJ medicineman returns to the Market this Saturday with Dub Transmission. A nostalgic revival of community station CKLN 88.1. For one brief night, move to the grooves of DJ Chocolate, Aram Scaram + Sassa’le.

Speaking of nostalgia, we have this beautiful song from the closing show of last year’s Asian Music Series at Lula Lounge. Watch Haniya sing “Dobara Phir Se.”


Haniya Aslam Trio
> Blend of jazz and blues with mystical Sufi and folk

Saturday, April 1st, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Dub Transmission!
> A proper dub throwback

Saturday, April 1st, 10pm – Round

Nagata Shachu Taiko
> Creating a new voice for the Japanese drum

Friday, April 7th, 8pm – Aki Studio Theatre – Daniels Spectrum

So Long Seven
> A meditative mix of composition and improvisation

Saturday, April 8th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Tinariwen
> Iconic Desert Blues

Wednesday, April 12th, 8pm – Massey Hall

Upanishads
> An exploration of the sacred texts and foundations of sound

Sunday, April 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context

Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Monsoon
> The soul of Indian Raga Music expressed on Western Instruments

Friday, May 5th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood
> Multi-sensory throwback dance party

Saturday, May 6th, 10pm – Round

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil
> Two-part sitar and vocal concert presents Indian classical greats

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – MacLeod Auditorium

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Saturday, May 20th, 7pm – Aga Khan Museum

Community SPOTLIGHT

Music for Mosul with Rob Simms

Thursday, April 6th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

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.