Weekend Sounds and Scenes

Apr 20, 2016

A great weekend of music from two of our presenting associates brings remarkable sounds and images to stage. On, Saturday at Koerner Hall, Los Lobos, the legendary ‘wolves’ of Latin music present their ‘Disconnected’ show. The concert is sold out, but there are generally a handful of rush seats available the evening of the show.

The same evening, another sold out event uptown has Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha performing at the Aga Khan Museum. The following day, on Sunday afternoon, you can still get tickets for a special presentation with the band, doing a live film soundtrack. ‘Earth’, Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s 1930 silent film, has long been recognized – alongside Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein – as one of the great Soviet-era films. This Toronto premiere combines its power with a score performed live by DakhaBrakha.

Our Asian Music Series resumes next week, with some great music on tap. More to come soon!

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DakhaBrakha Presentation of Earth
> Soviet-era film with live score

Sunday, April 24th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia
> Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Shujaat Khan & Ramneek Singh
> Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Globetrotter ~ Feat adham shaikh
> The Basswala Returns! 

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Sunday, May 15th, 8pm – Roy Thomson Hall

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Strings Across Asia
> An evening of cross-cultural fireworks

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Trinity Mpho
> Cultures Without Borders, SETSWANA TRADITIONAL MUSIC
Saturday April 23rd, 8pm – Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Rd

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.

Musical Updates & Call for Submissions

Apr 13, 2016

With a three-night kick off at three of the GTA’s premier venues, the 14th Annual Asian Music Series got off to a great start. A good number of attendees used our Explorer Passes to get multiple, discounted admissions and thanks to all who bought into the idea. There are still plenty of good reasons to grab a pass, as the Series picks up later in the month and continues to the end of May, with some superb concerts.

Our friends at Koerner Hall and the Aga Khan Museum both have terrific programs coming up. Two great global acts – the legendary Los Lobos and Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha are on next weekend, the latter including a live film soundtrack performance on Sunday afternoon.

Word of our plans for the 15th Annual Small World Festival have been leaking out in bits and bites so some of you are aware of our partnership with the Art Spin crew for a massive multi-arts festival at Ontario Place in mid-September. ‘in/Future’ is going to be a truly unique experience that we anticipate will generate a big buzz. We’re taking this opportunity to offer our community a chance to get involved in an open call for submissions. Musical artists with a global outlook are encouraged to apply here and maybe you’ll find yourself on stage in/Future!

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DakhaBrakha Presentation of Earth
> Soviet-era film with live score

Sunday, April 24th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia
> Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Shujaat Khan & Ramneek Singh
> Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Globetrotter ~ Feat adham shaikh
> The Basswala Returns! 

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Strings Across Asia
> An evening of cross-cultural fireworks

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

International Children’s Day Multicultural Dance and Art Festival
> Folk dances, music and fun fair
Saturday April 16th, 1:30-5pm – Nathan Phillips Square

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 Launch!

Apr 06, 2016

Three amazing events presented by three of the GTA’s finest venues mark the beginning of the 14th Annual Asian Music Series. We’re delighted to be partnering with them to bring two months of superb programming from across the Asian cultural landscape.

Tonight’s concert by Anoushka Shankar at Koerner Hall is sold out – not surprising given her status as one of the preeminent global music artists. There may be a few rush seats available, but you can also consider Thursday at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, where a top-notch trio offers three traditions featuring shamisen, taiko and folk song. The series heads to Markham on Saturday night as the Flato Markham Theatre hosts Wu Man & the Shanghai Quartet in an exquisite evening of ancient meets modern in Chinese strings.

Also this weekend, a worthy fundraiser takes place at Eastminster United Church. ‘Making the Rent 2‘ features Persian, Sudanese and Syrian music to raise funds for sponsoring refugee families from the middle east. The concert will be performed by percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, multi-instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid, and singer Nawras Nader.

Anoushka Shankar
> The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Tsumugu
> A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
> Ancient and New Chinese Strings

Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DackaBrakha
> Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia
> Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Shujaat Khan & Ramneek Singh
> Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Globetrotter ~ Feat adham shaikh
> The Basswala Returns! 

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Strings Across Asia
> An evening of cross-cultural fireworks

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Making the Rent 2: A Concert to Support Syrian Refugees
> Music from Three Cultures – Persian, Sudanese, & Syrian
Saturday April 9th, 7pm – Eastminster United Church

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.

April Brings Music!

Mar 30, 2016

April is coming, the buds are budding and music is blooming – Uproot Andy is promising to be the party of the week. Advance tickets are still on sale for Saturday night at Round. The grooves will be sweet with Andy and resident DJ medicineman pairing up for a night of rhythmic delights!

Next Wednesday, Koerner Hall presents the kickoff event of our 14th Annual Asian Music Series – Anoushka Shankar. One of the most compelling figures in contemporary music of any genre, the sitarist and composer has built on her great father’s legacy to win her own fans worldwide. The concert is pretty much sold out, but you may still find a few of our ‘Explorer Bundles‘ available that feature her concert alongside other selections, all at very attractive prices.

The following night, the Series moves uptown to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Tsumugu – a trio of musicians bringing a cross-section of Japanese traditions to town.

If you want to get an early start on all things musically Asian, this weekend has two destinations – Saturday at Harbourfront Centre, the Nagata Shachu taiko group will join forces with Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble TorQ. These acclaimed groups will combine traditional Japanese drums with Western percussion in an exiting mash up of musical traditions. And, the Aga Khan Museum hosts concerts by Raag Maala, featuring sitar and vocal on Saturday, with sarangi and vocal in afternoon raags on Sunday.

Lastly, our friends Drone Doctor do their monthly music meditation at the Small World Centre on Sunday evening. A lovely musical way to finish the weekend.

Globetrotter ~ Feat Uproot Andy
> DJs without Borders 

Saturday April 2nd, 10pm – Round Venue

Anoushka Shankar
> The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Tsumugu
> A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
> Ancient and New Chinese Strings

Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DackaBrakha
> Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia
> Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Shujaat Khan & Ramneek Singh
> Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Globetrotter ~ Feat adham shaikh
> The Basswala Returns! 

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Telematic Asia
> Music Across Oceans

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

NAGATA SHACHU & TorQ
> One-of-a-kind and strikingly energetic show
Saturday April 2nd, 8pmBrigantine Room, Harbourfront 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.

 

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