L’embarras du choix – Small World’s Global Sound Picks

Jan 25, 2018

Tomorrow evening at Koerner Hall, it’ll be warm sounds for a winter night with Calypso Rose and Kobo Town. The legendary singer combines forces with local Caribbean heroes to create a dynamic cross-generational sound. On her website, there’s a fascinating timeline of the history of Calypso, which includes the remarkable fact that in 1967, she performed with Bob Marley and the Wailers – that would’ve been a concert for the ages!

Next week the Aga Khan Museum and Istituto Italiano di Cultura present a unique event – Musical Inventions by Paolo Angeli. The Sardinian musician takes to the stage with his invented 18-stringed hybrid of guitar, baritone, violoncello, and drums. Adorned with hammers, pedals, and even propellers operating at various speeds, Angeli’s instrument enables a wholly new type of performance — combining free jazz, folk noise, and minimal pop music. Special offer for Small World Music fans, access tickets at 10% off with promo code PAOLO, or buy through the link here. This is Angeli’s “Mascaratu“… enjoy!

Some sweet Ethio-jazz tonight on Danforth when the Barnes/Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet play Hirut Cafe, just west of Woodbine subway station. Drummer and composer Daniel teams up with saxophonist Girma Woldemichael the last Thursday of every month. Expect melodic groove music, both original and classic, rooted in Ethiopian music traditions, and the creative intermingling of other regional sounds.

Last but not least, Uma Nota Winter Nite offers a samba-infused late night dance party. Friday it’s Batucada Carioca live with DJs General Eclectic, J. Lai & Win-win at Super Wonder Gallery on College.

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music

Friday, January 26, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Uma Nota Winter Nite
> Batucada Carioca with DJs General Eclectic, J. Lai & Win-win

Friday, January 26, 10:00pm, Super Wonder Gallery

Musical Inventions Paolo Angeli
> Presented by Aga Khan Museum and Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Thursday, February 1, 8:00pm, Aga Khan Museum Auditorium

TEAM SPIRIT

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 Sounds Coming Up!

Jan 17, 2018

Tropical sounds at the Small World Centre and Koerner Hall coming up.

On Friday, singer songwriter Bruno Capinan debuts his solo show with an acoustic guitar and an iPad. Expect new songs, as well as his extravagant stage persona. His voice has  been described by The Guardian as “acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane.” Watch Capinan’s latest official video, “O Porto Prazer,” for a taste. Tickets are $15 and only available at the door.

The following week, the Royal Conservatory of Music present calypso and soca living legend, Calypso Rose, and nu-calypso pioneers, Kobo Town, to create a lively Caribbean party. Calypso Rose has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Toronto’s Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tomorrow at the Aga Khan museum, the remarkable Yemen Blues return. An explosive combination of Yemeni song and poetry, Jewish music, West African groove, and funk has made them one of the most exciting bands to come out of Israel in recent years and garnered wide acclaim around the globe.

Bruno Capinan Live in Toronto
> Solo Show

Friday, January 19, 9:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music

Friday, January 26, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Yemen Blues
> Part of the Aga Khan Museum’s World Music Series

Thursday, January 18, 8:00pm, Aga Khan Museum

Uma Nota Winter Nite
> Batucada Carioca with DJs General Eclectic, J.Lai. & Win-win

Friday, January 26, 10:00pm, Super Wonder Gallery

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Kick Off Your Year with Javad Bathaie & Bruno Capinan

Jan 10, 2018

Welcome to 2018 and more great music!

Our friend Sina Bathaie has established himself as a talent to watch, in part through his appearances at the Small World Centre, and we’ve been delighted to support him. This Saturday, he offers an interesting twist that brings his father to the stage. Javad Bathaie is a santur virtuoso deeply rooted in Persian classical music. The concert is entitled ‘Search‘ (the name of his eighth album) and presents his pieces accompanied by Bamdad Fotouhi on tombak.

Next weekend, another Centre regular, Bruno Capinan returns to Toronto after a successful 2017 that included performances in Japan, Argentina and across Brazil. The singer songwriter and activist has worked tirelessly to build an international career and always puts on a compelling performance.

A nice show at Lula Lounge next Wednesday sees Odessa/Havana, David Buchbinder’s project, release their third album ‘Conversation of the Birds.’ The night kicks off with world jazz by Turkish multi-instrumentalist Selcuk Suna with powerhouse vocalist DIA and Louwop of Los Poetas.

Bruno Capinan Live in Toronto
> Solo Show

Friday, January 19, 9:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music

Friday, January 26, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Search – Javad Bathaie
> Presented by Windcatcher Production

Saturday, January 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Hot Sounds for Cold Nights! Last Polyphonic Ground Presents of 2017

Dec 13, 2017

Three back to back events worth trudging through the snow for!

Tomorrow at Revival, it’s the 4th Polyphonic Ground Presents. A formidable lineup features the rhymes and rhythms of Los Poetas, collaboration of Slim Flex & Success K with special guest Samantha Cross, hip hop, rap and Afro beats of Evolution, and versatile styling of Deejay MKay to keep the groove going into the night. Lula Music & Arts Centre and Music Africa (Afrofest), curate a night full of the hard-hitting beats and sounds of African and Latin music. Share your favourite song from these artists in an email for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Friday at the Small World Centre, a more intimate vibe brings the double bill Timna + Dario / Euphonic. Euphonic is homegrown Ontario talent with Geoff Ball on cello, Vince Waters on drums and Bob Wegner on guitar performing an eclectic mix of classical, Latino, folk, ragtime and jazz. And the duo joins us from Argentina! Watch Timna Comedi’s beautiful, Brazilian voice and Dario Acosta Teich’s virtuous Argentinian guitar bring this gorgeous Stevie Wonder cover.

The following evening, on Saturday our friend Sina Bathaie returns to the Centre to celebrate the release on vinyl of his recent album, Ray of Hope. His santur, voice and band should bring great vibes.

Polyphonic Ground Presents:
Slim Flex & Success K / Evolution / Los Poetas

> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, December 14th, 8:00pm, Revival

Timna & Dario / Euphonic
> Tropical Rhythm with Jazzy Harmonies and a Chamber Ensemble

Friday, December 15, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sina Bathaie – Ray of Hope
> Vinyl Release Concert

Saturday, December 16th, 8:30pm, Small World Music Centre

TEAM SPIRIT

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.