in/future opening and forward

Sep 20, 2016

What a weekend we’ve had launching in/future at Ontario Place! Fantastic music, art and film in a remarkable setting, it’s already proven to a wonderful experience. Even a deluge on Saturday failed to dampen spirits, with uplifting music blowing away the clouds. From Japanese drumming to Latin hip hop and Afro futurism, all in a magical setting, it’s been a blast so far!

The Small World Stage, presented by Exodus Travels is the place to be this week and into the coming weekend, for an ongoing musical tour starting tonight. Indie-rock meets gospel with Bruce Peninsula, Zimbabwean sounds of Nhapitapi and funky Latin beats from Los eStereo Tipos combine for a fine Monday night. Tomorrow, we partner with Wavelength for a night of experimental electronics and rock and Wednesday, in association with Lula Lounge, we go Caribbean for a night of Latin and Calypso dancing.

We’re offering our valued newsletter readers 50% off for these great nights of music. Enter the code INFUTUREDAY when you’re buying your tickets and you can afford to bring a friend!

Between the stunning art installations and film experiences in the Cinesphere, there’s much to do at in/future addition to grooving! Check out the lineup as we move on to Thursday and the weekend with Brazilian, Ethiopian, old-school funk and so much more. See you by the lake!

Bruce Peninsula at in/future – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 19

Wavelength presents Experimental Underground Sounds – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 20

Lula presents New Caribbean Vibes – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 21

Wally Badarou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 22

Uma Nota presents Brazilian Grooves – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 23

Dhol Foundation At In/Future – Small World Music Stage Presented By Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island Sept 24

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island Sept 25

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.

in/future is (almost) here!

Sep 13, 2016

With only two days to go before the grand opening of the massive art and music festival that is in/future, there’s a buzz of activity at Ontario Place, and tremendous anticipation for what’s coming up.

Thursday’s launch party features three of the most dynamic acts in Canadian global music, from Quebec and Ontario. Kicking it off, Pierre Kwenders’ new project Abakos will take us into a futuristic Afro-electronica landscape of beats and voice. Alysha Brilla’s stage presence, combined with her superb vocals and killer band will stir up the mix, while Vox Sambou’s Haitian hip-hop and funk will close out the night in style.

Friday evening’s program ranges from Japanese drumming through mariachi to Afrobeat – an international feast of beats and styles to move you! Live electronic music is featured in Cinesphere, with MUTEK’s program alongside immersive video on the big screen.

Of course, there’s so much more at in/future – from the stunningly innovative installations throughout the park, to film in the Cinesphere and activities around the ground – that the music, great as it is, is just part of the treat.

Listen to CIUT 89.5 FM at 12:00PM until 2:00PM TODAY for a preview of the music at in/future!

Buy now tickets NOW and avoid lineups at the gate. More to come soon!

in/future – a transformative art experience
> presented by Art Spin with Small World Music

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15 – 25, 2016

Vox Sambou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented By Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 16

BaBa ZuLa at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 17

Nano Stern at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 18

Bruce Peninsula at in/future – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 19

Wavelength presents Experimental Underground Sounds – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 20

Lula presents New Caribbean Vibes – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 21

Wally Badarou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 22

Uma Nota presents Brazilian Grooves – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 23

Dhol Foundation at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 24

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 25

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.

in/future – one week away + ticket giveaway!

Sep 08, 2016

As we get closer to the launch of the in/future art and music festival at Ontario Place, there’s a furious level of activity for our partners Art Spin, the artists installing their work, the crews preparing the West Island site and the many puzzle pieces that are coming together. It’s a hugely ambitious undertaking and we’re proud to be part of it.

We’ll be bringing the party to the festival with over forty-five acts on the Small World Stage presented by Exodus Travels. In addition to the stage, music will permeate the site. We’re excited to announce the participation of MUTEK, Montreal’s internationally renowned electronic / experimental music festival. Four presentations will combine live electronics with video on screen in the Cinesphere. Should be amazing!

Elsewhere on the island, sounds and sights will be everywhere – including the Boom Bike, a one-of-a-kind sound system on wheels that will cycle around the festival bringing the groove of some of the city’s finest DJs, including General Eclectic and medicineman with it. Or how about Haphazard Hinges? Twenty marching saxophonists creating mountains of sound in the futuristic architecture of the park.

Here are just a few more of the musical acts you can look forward to:

Dhol Foundation – Canadian debut of the world’s preeminent bhangra drummers
BaBa ZuLa – Istanbul’s pioneers of psychedelic dub
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra – Montreal’s spectacular mashup of Latin and Balkan beats
Bruce Pennisula – A rousing potpourri of prog, gospel, folk, rock and country
DOOMSQUAD – Indie-rockers who continue to gain serious buzz

We have two pairs of FREE tickets for Opening Night for the first responders who correctly name one of the musical acts appearing that night. Send an email to adam@smallworldmusic.com and you can join us for the party!

in/future – a transformative art experience
> presented by Art Spin with Small World Music

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15 – 25, 2016

Vox Sambou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented By Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 16

BaBa ZuLa at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 17

Nano Stern at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 18

Bruce Peninsula at in/future – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 19

Wavelength presents Experimental Underground Sounds – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 20

Lula presents New Caribbean Vibes – Small World Music Stage presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 21

Wally Badarou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 22

Uma Nota presents Brazilian Grooves – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 23

Dhol Foundation at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 24

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 25

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.

in/future coming fast!

Sep 01, 2016

Trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s September! But in this endless summer, festival season just keeps on going and the closer we get to in/future, presented with our partners Art Spin at Ontario Place, the more amazing this eleven day run looks.

Over forty-five acts on the Small World Stage presented by Exodus Travels. When you see all of them lined up, it’s truly something! And that’s only one aspect of this unique event. Fourteen acres of Ontario Place animated with art installations and roaming musicians. The Cinesphere open to the public for the first time in five years with original IMAX films as well as live music performance to video. Food, drink and much more – it’s going to really special.  Check out our new video below for a taste of whats to come!

Here are a few as yet unannounced  musical gems.
Mariachi Flor de Toloache – A unique feminist take on traditional Mexican Mariachi
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra – Montreal’s mashup of Balkan brass, Latin funk and spectacle
Sina Bathaie – Taking Persian influences to new musical landscapes
Kinnie Starr – ‘Raw feral talent’ and a solid groove
Amai Kuda Y Josephine – Singers and percussionists with a unique brand of AfroSoul
Autorickshaw Trio – Virtuosic Indian rhythm and voice meets jazz cool

In addition to artists already released, from Talking Heads alumnus Wally Badarou to Iranian trance and dance from Saeid Shanbehzadeh, from massive funk by Souljazz Orchestra to thundering bhangra drumming from Dhol Foundation. I can’t believe how low we’re selling festival passes for! Use the code INFUTUREMUSIC.

in/future – a transformative art experience
> presented by Art Spin with Small World Music

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15 – 25, 2016

Vox Sambou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented By Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15

BaBa ZuLa at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 16

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 17

Nano Stern at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 18

in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 19

in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 20

in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 21

Wally Badarou at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 22

Uma Nota presents Brazilian Grooves – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 23

Dhol Foundation at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island- Sept 24

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra at in/future – Small World Music Stage Presented by Exodus Travels

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 25

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Tuesday Aug 30th to Monday Sept 5th

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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