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.

Tropical Bass Saturday / NCGMO Ticket Giveaway

Jun 01, 2017

Saturday marks this season’s last Globetrotter event and it’s looking like a great way to slide into summer! This night of Tropical Bass, will shake the dance floor with the return of Toronto-born, Brooklyn based Uproot Andy. Specialists in Latin vibes; DJ Linterna and Ontario Bananas of Dos Mundos fame join Resident Globetrotter, medicineman for what promises to be a high-energy dance party in Kensington at the Round. ¡Festejamos!

Ticket giveaway time! As mentioned last week, Small World is a proud partner on the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra project – 12 world class musicians coming together in an act of meaningful co-creation to represent the state of Canadian music today. You can learn more about the project in the video below. We have a pair of tickets for their first public performance Friday at Koerner Hall – the first respondent to jess@smallworldmusic.com who can name one member of the ensemble will get a pair for this special event!

Globetrotter – Tropical Bass!
> Featuring DJs Uproot Andy, Linterna + Ontario Bananas

Saturday, June 3rd, 10pm – Round

Community SPOTLIGHT

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra
> Top notch musicians from all over the world performing together

Friday, June 2nd, 8pm – Koerner 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.

Globetrotter Season Finale – Tropical Bass!

May 25, 2017

Now that we’ve had our share of April showers (and then some), let’s start the summer with our last Globetrotter of the season – Tropical Bass! Past, present and future Latin vibes come together with the return of Uproot Andy. His appearance here last year was among the highlights of the dance floor season. With rhythms from Colombia to Algeria, Brazil to Ethiopia and more, he’ll be joined on June 3rd at Round by DJs Linterna and Ontario Bananas and Resident Globetrotter, medicineman. A party not to be missed!

Here’s Uproot Andy at the Armada FANIA Club & Pop-Store in NYC last year.

Our pals at Lula Lounge launch their 15th annual Lulaworld program with a pre-festival panel and party May 29. The free event starts with a conversation on diversity and live music in the media with heavy hitters Errol Nazareth, Dalton Higgins, Erin Lowers and Zaib Shaikh, moderated by Small World’s Kayla McGee. The party features soul rebel Ammoye and performance artist Charmie Deller. Join the conversation, and stay for the fun.

Lastly, June sees the culmination of an ambitious project instigated by the folks at Koerner Hall – we’re pleased to support the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This top-notch assemblage of Canadian musicians from all over the world perform together on June 2nd with instruments from every corner of the globe. Celebrating the diversity of our city, and the music of our neighbourhoods, the group finds a common language that is quintessentially Toronto.

Globetrotter – Tropical Bass!
> Featuring DJs Uproot Andy, Linterna + Ontario Bananas

Saturday, June 3rd, 10pm – Round

Community SPOTLIGHT

Lulaworld 2017
> Pre-festival Panel & Party featuring Ammoye & Charmie

Monday, May 29th, 6pm – Lula Lounge

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra
> Top notch musicians from all over the world performing together

Friday, June 2nd, 8pm – Koerner 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.