April Brings Music!

Mar 30, 2016

April is coming, the buds are budding and music is blooming – Uproot Andy is promising to be the party of the week. Advance tickets are still on sale for Saturday night at Round. The grooves will be sweet with Andy and resident DJ medicineman pairing up for a night of rhythmic delights!

Next Wednesday, Koerner Hall presents the kickoff event of our 14th Annual Asian Music Series – Anoushka Shankar. One of the most compelling figures in contemporary music of any genre, the sitarist and composer has built on her great father’s legacy to win her own fans worldwide. The concert is pretty much sold out, but you may still find a few of our ‘Explorer Bundles‘ available that feature her concert alongside other selections, all at very attractive prices.

The following night, the Series moves uptown to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Tsumugu – a trio of musicians bringing a cross-section of Japanese traditions to town.

If you want to get an early start on all things musically Asian, this weekend has two destinations – Saturday at Harbourfront Centre, the Nagata Shachu taiko group will join forces with Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble TorQ. These acclaimed groups will combine traditional Japanese drums with Western percussion in an exiting mash up of musical traditions. And, the Aga Khan Museum hosts concerts by Raag Maala, featuring sitar and vocal on Saturday, with sarangi and vocal in afternoon raags on Sunday.

Lastly, our friends Drone Doctor do their monthly music meditation at the Small World Centre on Sunday evening. A lovely musical way to finish the weekend.

Globetrotter ~ Feat Uproot Andy
> DJs without Borders 

Saturday April 2nd, 10pm – Round Venue

Anoushka Shankar
> The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Tsumugu
> A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
> Ancient and New Chinese Strings

Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DackaBrakha
> Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

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

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Telematic Asia
> Music Across Oceans

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

NAGATA SHACHU & TorQ
> One-of-a-kind and strikingly energetic show
Saturday April 2nd, 8pmBrigantine 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.

 

Easter weekend musical treats!

Mar 23, 2016

The 14th Annual Asian Music Series is coming up fast and our Explorer Ticket Packages are the perfect way to experience it. Choose from one of six curated concert bundles at amazing prices, including bonus benefits and more. They’re only available in limited numbers so check out the options.

Our next Globetrotter event featuring Uproot Andy promises a night of great global grooves at Round in Kensington Market. Advance price tickets are available now for one of the most influential DJs around.

This weekend, Easter notwithstanding, we have a full slate of music at the Small World Centre. On (Good) Friday, it’s Batá: A New Language for Drumset, Derek Gray debuts his adaptation of ancient Afro-Cuban rhythms to drum set. Derek will joined on percussion by Reimundo Sosa & Magdelys Sav, Patrick O’Reilly (guitar/), Edwin Sheard (sax) and Justin Gray (acoustic bass).

Saturday brings the Dilan Ensemble. A duo of cellist and composer, Raphael Weinroth-Browne with Shahriyar Jamshidi, kamanche player and vocalist, they’re dedicated to explorations of Kurdish musical heritage.

Finally on Sunday Sina Bathaie and his ensemble return to the Centre to perform some of his latest works in a Easter / Nowruz concert. The band includes Alexei Orechin guitar, Orianna Barbatto bass, Cheryl Ockrant on cello and percussionist Siavash Mahdavi.

Globetrotter ~ Feat Uproot Andy
> DJs without Borders 

Saturday April 2nd, 10pm – Round Venue

Anoushka Shankar
> The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Tsumugu
> A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
> Ancient and New Chinese Strings

Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

DackaBrakha
> Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

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

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Telematic Asia
> Music Across Oceans

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Dilan Ensemble
> In the Shadow of the Fatherland
Saturday March 26th, 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.

Asian Music Series Ready to Roll!

Mar 17, 2016

While we’re still recovering from last weekend’s BRASH festivities (that was one crazy weekend!) we’re looking toward spring and the imminent launch of the 14th Annual Small World Asian Music Series. Celebrating Asian and South Asian Heritage Month, alongside communities around the GTA, the program is supported by TD Bank

We’ll be partnering with the finest presenters across the region, from Koerner Hall to the Aga Khan Museum, Roy Thomson Hall to the Markham Theatre, to showcase the finest sounds on the best stages. The program is highlighted by a a strong female presence, with two of the most significant artists in South Asian music – Anoushka Shankar and Abida Parveen – performing.

New this year, the Small World Explorer program gives audiences access to the entire Asian Music Series through the Small World Ticket Hub. You’ll receive deep discounts, bonus packages and ‘one-stop shopping’, benefiting from our position at the heart of the global music scene.

Also coming up, it’s the second in our ongoing Globetrotter series. The launch event was a great night and we’re looking forward to more dance floor action with one of our favourite DJs, Uproot Andy. The Brooklyn-based spinner is one of the most influential figures in the tropical bass / global groove realm and New York night owls move to his turntables. Limited early bird tickets are only ten bucks!

This weekend at the Small World Centre Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray celebrate the release of ‘Live in America’, their new recording, capturing their infectious live energy and soaring lyrical performances while touring across America last fall. Should be a sweet one.

 

Global Sounds and Yiddish Roots

Sunday March 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

DJs without Borders

Saturday April 2nd, 10pm – Round Venue

The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Ancient and New Chinese Strings

Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

The Basswala Returns!

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Music Across Oceans

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Ashkenaz Presents: A-Wa (Israel) 
Sunday March 20th, 8pm – Mod Club Theatre

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.

Big Brassy Weekend!

Mar 09, 2016

After much work and anticipation, it’s finally the big weekend – BRASH takes over the Opera House Friday and Saturday with a truly kick-ass program. To quote Lemon Bucket mastermind Mark Marczyk – it’s like GUCA meets MARDI GRAS meets CARNIVAL meets NEW YEAR’S EVE meets THE END OF THE WORLD. Twice.

Friday‘s lineup has Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Balkan brass & Colombian groove), Rambunctious (improvised New Orleans party music) and Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Balkan-klezmer-Gypsy-party). The following night, it’s the Detroit Party Marching Band (manic 21-piece band), the ageless Shuffle Demons (dance street funk) with Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Toronto’s “best band” according to NOW Magazine). It’s going to be a blast and advance price tickets are still available!

Next weekend at the Small World Centre, Lenka Lichtenberg performs with her band to celebrate the release of a new recording. More about that and our big announcement about the upcoming Asian Music Series in next week’s newsletter.

 

BRASH! A Badass Brass Festival

Friday March 11th & Saturday March 12th, 10pm – The Opera House

Global Sounds and Yiddish Roots

Sunday March 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

Ethnic Chaos

Saturday April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Ashkenaz Presents: A-Wa (Israel) 
Sunday March 20th, 8pm – Mod Club Theatre

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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