More Asian Vibes & Big Festival Announcement!

May 18, 2016

This week our 14th Annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank, takes over the Small World Centre with some of the best global jazz players in town. Avataar’s music has drawn comparisons to Mahavishnu Orchestra and Keith Jarrett. Hypnotic rhythms, cinematic sonic landscapes and soaring melodies marry ancient eastern and modern western sounds. Led by Sundar Viswanathan, the band is known for first-rate improvisation highlighting guitar, saxophone and vocals. The following week at the Centre, it’s cross-cultural blending with Strings Across Asia, before the series ends Sunday the 29th with Mekaal Hasan Band and Haniya Aslam at Lula Lounge.

Looking down the road, we’ve got something really special in the works for our 15th Annual Small World Festival. Some of you may be aware of in/future, a unique multidisciplinary arts festival that will open the gates of Ontario Place West Island to the public. We’re delighted to be partnering with Art Spin to realize this once-in-a-generation experience. And as newsletter subscribers, you get exclusive access to the first release of tickets!

Early Bird Festival Passes On Sale Now – in/future: a transformative art experience presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music. We have a limited amount of Early Bird passes available so get them while you can.

The festival and exhibition will re-imagine Ontario Place, transforming the14-acre waterfront park from September 15 to 25. In addition to the music, over 60 of the most exciting contemporary artists and organizations from across the province will be presented in this iconic space via installations and performance. For a limited time, you’ll be able to purchase Early Bird Festival Passes, giving you entry for the entire 11 days for only $70. This is an amazing deal and as programming comes together, we’re getting more and more excited at the prospect!

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

Globetrotter feat Poirier
> Toronto’s monthly collision of world music w/ DJ culture

Saturday, June 4th 10PM – Round, 152 Augusta Ave

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

Ontario Place West Island – Sept 15 – 25, 2016

Next Music from Tokyo vol 8
> Japan’s indie and underground music scene
Friday May 20th – Soybomb, 156 Bathurst St

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.

Voices, Rhythms and more!

May 11, 2016

A busy week, so we’ll try and keep it concise!

The big event, part of our 14th Annual Asian Music Series sponsored by TD Bank, is Abida Parveen, presented by Roy Thomson Hall and the Aga Khan Museum. I can’t remember the last time this celebrated performer appeared in town. The spiritual heir, it could be said, to the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will take the audience on a Sufi-inspired musical journey.

Three events worth noting at the Small World Centre this week, starting tomorrow with Bruno Capinan. The singer joins forces with fellow Brazilian artists Domenico Lancellotti and Bem Gil on drums and guitar. On Friday, a tabla recital by Yogesh Samsi will showcase his remarkable way with Indian rhythm. On Saturday, it’s a global jazz groove with ZimZum featuring Ian Lazarus on saxophones, Jay Danley guitar, Colin Flint bass, Ilios Steryannis drums, Steve Vincent percussion.

Elsewhere, this weekend at Harbourfront Centre, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble is celebrating 25 years of rhythm.  The event will showcase a new generation of artists who represent the future of tabla in Canada. Original works composed by the ensemble and youth members will be presented for the first time.

And finally, if you’re vocally inclined, the annual Sing! festival hosts their Global Voices Workshop at Little Trinity Anglican Church. These participatory sessions are led by some fine voices, including our pal Suba Sankaran, on South Indian Classical Music and Hussein Janmohamed: Taking New Musical flights: sharing, combining and expanding our sonic world.

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

Toronto Tabla Ensemble – 25 Years
> The Ensemble’s 25th anniversary concert
Saturday May 14th and Sunday 15th, 7pm – Brigantine 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.

Adham Shaikh @ Globetrotter!

May 04, 2016

We welcome the promise of May with our third Globetrotter event, Saturday night. Part of Small World’s 14th Annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank, we’re delighted to bring Adham Shaikh back to Toronto from his BC home. The ‘Basswala’ as he’s known, will weave his unique mix of organic and electronic sounds into global music tapestries that evoke ancient spirits anchored by modern beats. Joined by resident DJ medicineman, and opening guest Davey Boom, the night will take the audience on a sonic journey via the dance floor

Next week’s big concert, presented by the Aga Khan Museum and Roy Thomson Hall, showcases one of Pakistan’s premier artists in Abida Parveen. Tickets for this remarkable event are going fast, but some are still available here.

In keeping with a South Asian theme, our friends at Raag Mala have an event this weekend. Santoor player Shreyas Ambikar is joined by Ravi Naimpally on tabla, as well as vocal recital by Arshad Ali Khan.

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

Arshad Ali Khan (Vocal) and Shreyas Ambikar (Santoor)
> With Ravi Naimpally (Tabla), Harshad Kanetkar (Tabla), Udaya Kulkarni (Harmonium)
Sunday, May 8th, 6pm – McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle

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 and More!

Apr 27, 2016

This week our 14th Annual Asian Music Series sponsored by TD Bank resumes. with events in Markham and North York. Tomorrow, Thursday evening, Kiran Ahluwalia returns home. The two-time Juno-winner, presented by Flato Markham Theatre, will showcase a unique hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and jazz that the  Washington Post called ‘austerely lovely’.

On Friday at the Aga Khan Museum, Shujaat Khan and Ramneek Singh team up for what should be a beautiful concert, part of their Great Poets Series. The master sitarist and singer interpret the poetry of beloved Sufi masters. Shujaat’s musical pedigree goes back seven generations, while Ramneek’s presentation style that has won her much acclaim.

Looking toward next week, our monthly Globetrotter series stays with the Indo theme, when The Basswala returns! (I love that name!). Adham Shaikh makes the trip from the west coast Saturday May7th to take the audience on a deep sonic journey via the dance floor.

This weekend at the Small World Centre, a fundraiser in support of music education in Tanzania takes place. The Bridging Worlds Through Music Fundraiser features singer/songwriter Giselle Janette, the pop/rock song stylings of Christie Ulicny plus The Roaming Coyotes, all in support of the Canadian African Partnership Network.

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

Bridging Worlds Through Music Fundraiser
> In support of music education in Tanzania
Saturday April 30th, 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. 

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