Small World Festival – One Week to Go!

Sep 09, 2017

Labour Day weekend is past, school’s back in session, TIFF is on its way… And that means there’s lots of great global-themed music coming up with Small World Festival launching next week!

From Algerian Raï and Korean shamanist music, to Afro Future beats and Sufi whirling, the program is full of musical treats. Of course, all fingers are crossed for good weather for our finale on Sunday the 17th at Trillium Park. Tickets are moving fast for next Saturday’s event at St. Andrew’s Church for the Soley Ensemble. If you’re a fan of Rumi, this is a perfect entry into the mystical world of Sufi music. Watch our Festival line-up in 1 minute through the link here!

As a lead-in to the program, check out the Small World Centre Sunday where Parvaaz plays two shows. Based on their first concert there, this should be sweet. The energy in the room for that initial play was amazing, and demonstrated just how good our little room is for rock music. This band has real potential beyond the subcontinent, so catch them on the way up!

And when it comes to post-festival planning, the inimitable Seu Jorge returns to town Tuesday the 19th at Massey Hall. The Brazilian singer (yes, we were the first to bring him to town, way back when) presents his tribute to David Bowie made famous in the film ‘The Life Aquatic’. It helped launch Jorge to stardom and is a beautiful take on the great one’s music.

A Rooted Departure – Parvaaz in Canada
> Bangalore-based progressive rock group

Sunday, September 10th,  2:30p.m & 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

Small World in the Park
> A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00-10:00pm, Ontario Place

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic
> A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday, September 19th, 8:00pm, Massey Hall

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.

Festival Sufi Music night & ticket giveaway!

Aug 24, 2017

We’re delighted to announce our Festival Saturday feature – a night of mystical Persian Sufi music, poetry and dance brought to life by one of the city’s most beloved singers.

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1‘ takes place in the beautiful acoustic setting of St. Andrew’s Church, and is presented in association with Rumi Canada. The stirring voice of Tehran-born Soley Vaseghi brings five decades of dedication to his craft, and a deeply soulful approach to performance. This event features some of Canada’s finest performers of Persian music, as well as the beguiling beauty of sacred Sufi whirling, the poetry of Rumi and other greats.

On the subject of soulful, we look forward to welcoming Parvaaz on their tour “A Rooted Departure.” Enjoy their haunting soundscapes of blues, rock and psychedelia at the Small World Music Centre this Thursday. Tickets are still available, and we are also contesting a pair; Respondents to jess@smallworldmusic.com who correctly name the band’s country of origin are in.

Watch this piece from Soley Ensemble’s sold-out concert at the Aga Khan Museum for an idea of what’s in store on September 16.

A Rooted Departure – Parvaaz in Canada
> Bangalore-based progressive rock group

Thursday, August 24th, 8:00pm – Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Pierre Kwenders Toronto Album Release Party
> With DATU, OBUXUM & DJ Sean Sax 

Friday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Rivoli

Soley Ensemble: Inner Journey 1
> Mystical Sufi Music & Dance 

Saturday, September 16th, 8:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Bang On! Toronto Taiko Festival Concert
> Celebrating the loud and raucous Japanese drumming style

Saturday, August 26th, 8:00p.m., MacMillan Theatre

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.

Small World Music Festival Launches with Polyphonic Ground Presents

Aug 11, 2017


September 14 marks the launch of the 16th Annual Small World Music Festival and inaugural concert of Polyphonic Ground Presents! We are delighted to host a night of Balkan, jazz and North African grooves with Ashkenaz Foundation at Revival. Turkwaz brings to life the songs of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East; Sandcatchers bridge NYC jazz sensibility with Arabic and American roots, and Montreal’s GROOZ lays Algerian Raï on top of funk and reggae for a rousing dance floor vibe. Over a year in the making, the series pairs two distinct partner organizations to collaboratively program a night of musical discovery, and we hope you can join us for the first show of many.

Polyphonic Ground Conversations are also in the works, and we want to tackle the topics that matter most to you. Please add your voice to the Polyphonic Ground – Diversity & Live Music Conversation Series Survey by Friday, August 11 at 5pm: http://bit.ly/2uyJnR4.

Watch for more Small World Music Festival announcements to come! In the meantime, we are pleased to co-present Open Roof Festival‘s August 16 screening of one of the most acclaimed docs of the year; ‘Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World.’ The film reveals how Native American influence is an integral part of music history. We hope you can be there, and have a pair of free tickets to give away – respond to jess@smallworldmusic.com for a chance!

Finally, our fellow Polyphonic Grounders, Batuki Music, present the fourth annual Habari Africa Festival, which starts tomorrow and continues through the weekend at Harbourfront Centre. Celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, film and more with artists including Noumoucounda Cissoko, hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of the kora; Africa Sings, a collective especially curated for the Festival; and Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha, one of the top instrumentalists of modern African music.

Here’s GROOZ first single, “Jambirika,” recorded live at Studio Lakaz.

Polyphonic Ground Presents: GROOZ / Sandcatchers / Turkwaz
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, September 14th, 9:00pm – Revival

Hong Sung Hyun
> Korean Shamanic Traditions

Friday, September 15th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Habari Africa Festival 2017
> Multi-disciplinary Music and Arts Festival

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13th, Harbourfront Centre

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World with Liam Titcomb at Open Roof Festival
> The Big Winner at Hot Docs and Sundance

Wednesday, August 16th, 8:00pm, 99 Sudbury

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.

Polyphonic Ground – a New Voice for Global Music in Toronto!

Jul 19, 2017

As Small World Music celebrates its 20th year, we’re proud to be part of the greater movement to bring culturally diverse music to Toronto audiences. Going forward, we want to do even more – for audiences, artists and the community. To that end, we’re pleased to join with 11 of this city’s formidable live music presenters through our latest project –  Polyphonic Ground. It’s the promise of more innovative programming, amazing special events, and opportunities to discover.

Polyphonic Ground will launch with an inspiring monthly double-bill series presented by a new combination of presenters each time. We’re delighted to bring you the inaugural event on September 14 to open our 16th annual Small World Music Festival. More details to come soon.

Join us in building Toronto as a place where the music of the world is celebrated and shared – where the bands on stage reflect the diversity of the people who live here!

Connect with Polyphonic Ground on Facebook, follow @PolyphonicTO and #HearToronto!

Mbongwana Star
> Space ipno afro punk rock electro

Wednesday, July 19th, Doors 8:00pm – The Great Hall

#BollywoodMonster Mashup
> The Largest South-Asian Festival in Canada

Thursday, July 20 – 22, Mississauga Celebration Square

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Music That Makes You Move: The Arsenals
> Authentic ska and rocksteady to classic reggae

Saturday, July 22, Aga Khan Museum

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.