soundscapes to dance floor

Nov 02, 2016

Tomorrow night at the Small World Centre, a remarkable pair of Montreal-based musicians perform a night of transportive sounds. Thomas Carbou and Patrick Graham blend custom 8-string guitar and an array of percussion, hypnotic vocals, spontaneous improvisation and looping, to create both ecstatic groove pieces and dream-like soundscapes.

The weekend sees the return of our Globetrotter series after a summer hiatus. We’re pleased to feature the debut party for Orient Art, recognized internationally for a lush and sensual sound merging traditional and modern electronic sounds. Of course, resident DJ medicineman will bring his unique mix to the dance floor as well.

Next weekend it’s the return of the great Oliver Mtukudzi at the Opera House. As well, direct from Andalucía, La Banda Morisca perform passionate Spanish music fusing their creative take on traditional repertoire.

Around town, there’s lots of great Mexican fare – from food to music at Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead celebrations this weekend. Worth a visit.

Oasis by Orient Art

Oliver Mtukudzi presented by Small World Music in association with Za&Zoey

Opera House November 11th

Thomas Carbou & Patrick Graham

Small World Music Centre November 3rd

Globetrotter ~ featuring Orient Art

Round Venue November 5th

Community Spotlight

Day of the Dead

Harbourfront Centre

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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.

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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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great sounds / free tickets!

Oct 26, 2016

We’re excited to host some really compelling shows coming at the Small World Centre in the next few weeks, beginning Friday with Moskitto Bar. The trio sees accordionist Tangi Ropars (famous for his role in Lemon Bucket Orketstra and his eccentric sunglasses) join forces with percussionist and singer Ahmed Moneka and Yura Rafaliuk on Tsymbaly, the Ukrainian dulcimer. A musical journey from Baghdad to Brittany, via Legadzine, their’s is a truly ‘son fraiche’, with lots of surprises.

Next Thursday, November 3rd, Thomas Carbou and Patrick Graham will blend spontaneous improvisation, electronic looping, Brazilian and Indian musical influences, to create both ecstatic groove pieces and dream-like soundscapes. This supremely talented duo uses an array of instruments, including custom 8-string guitar and a wide array of percussion that are augmented by hypnotic vocals, samplers and laptop. Email adam@smallworldmusic.com with “Carbou/ Graham” in the title, and we will randomly draw a winner for a pair of two tickets for the show.

After a summer hiatus, the fall launch of our GLOBETROTTER series takes place Saturday the 5th and we’re delighted to feature the debut party for a burgeoning international label. Founded earlier this year, ORIENT ART is one of the finer purveyors of a lush and sensual sound bridging traditional and modern electronic music. The evening brings together a collective of some of the finest artists in the scene.

And the following weekend marks the return of Zimbabwe’s greatest voice, when Oliver Mtukudzi plays at the Opera House. A major party is expected!

Moskitto Bar

Oliver Mtukudzi presented by Small World Music in association with Za&Zoey

Opera House November 11th

Moskitto Bar

Small World Music Centre October 28

Thomas Carbou & Patrick Graham

Small World Music Centre November 3rd

Globetrotter ~ featuring Orient Art

Round Venue November 5th

Community Spotlight

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Toronto City Hall Rotunda October 27 – Presented by the Toronto Arts Council

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.

Great Voices / Free Tickets and More!

Oct 25, 2016

Some great music coming our way at the Small World Centre, beginning Friday with the New York-based Bulgarian Voices Trio. The women weave together traditional Bulgarian village styles with artfully arranged a cappella songs and reveal the disarming power and intimacy of the unaccompanied voice. Should be lovely.

Speaking of voices, one of the greatest comes to town next week, as our good friend Mariza returns for a night of impeccable fado at Roy Thomson Hall. Renowned for her exquisite singing and compelling performance style, it’s always a memorable evening with this great artist. For our newsletter readers, we’ve got a pair of FREE tickets to this show. The first respondent to adam@smallworldmusic.com who correctly names an artist with whom Mariza has collaborated, gets the tickets and a limited edition DVD! Hint – the answer is on our website!

Coming up too is our presentation of Oliver Mtukudzi’s band at the Opera House on November 11th. Always a massive party, we’re looking forward to seeing him here. When it comes to Zimbabwean music, we have our own local heroes – Nhapitapi did a great set at our festival and Tich Maredza will be doing a CD launch show at the Burdock on Saturday.

The in/future festival seems a long time ago now, but there’s a nice leftover to mention. Our sponsors at Exodus Travels have named the winner of a pair of tickets to fly to any designation of their choosing. Congratulations to John Rudyk!

Oliver Mtukudzi presented by Small World Music in association with Za&Zoey

Opera House November 11th

Community Spotlight

Mariza

Roy Thomson Hall October 24th

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.

Oliver Mtukudzi Show Announcement + Contest

Oct 06, 2016

After a monumental eleven days of programming, our collaboration with Art Spin for in/future has come to a close. We’re equally exhilarated and exhausted. It was a fantastic run and attracted widespread attention as well as great crowds of art and music lovers. We were blessed by the weather gods and graced by the magical setting of a reopened Ontario Place. It was a superb team effort and a wonderful experience. Below you can check out images that capture some of the energy!

We are excited to announce the next Small World show! On November 11th, The Voice of Zimbabwe: Oliver Mtukudzi RETURNS to the the Opera House.  Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. Zimbabwe’s pride and national treasure, Oliver is gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. We are giving away two tickets to the show for the first person to email adam@smallworldmusic.com with the correct response to “What year did Oliver Mtukudzi begin performing?”. You can find the answer on our website HERE.

Coming up we have several great events at the Small World Centre. On October 14th the Juno nominated Orchird Ensemble will be performing. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound.  On October 20th we have the Bulgarian Voices Trio. Their reinterpretations of ancient songs tell old time tales of sweet or forbidden love, the moon holding secrets, and the sun falling in love with a beautiful girl and her song.

Two other interesting shows are coming up in our community. As part of the Aga Khan Museum’s World Music Series the Taksim Trio are performing TONIGHT! Featuring three of Turkey’s most in-demand master instrumentalists.  Their inventive improvisations, or taksims, dance between different musical styles that draw from oriental, jazz, and classical music traditions.

The Music Gallery sees the return of their X Avant festival next week. X Avant XI: REVERBERATIONS features a full four days of programming, including Egyptrixx on Thursday October 13th, and Sarah Neufeld from Arcade Fire headlining the Saturday night.

Oliver Mtukudzi presented by Small World Music in association with Za&Zoey

Opera House- November 11th

Community Spotlight

Taksim Trio

Aga Khan Musume October 6th

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.