Burq Off! – Theatre / Music / More

Feb 18, 2015

The Small World Centre has proven itself to be a great addition to the downtown cultural scene from music and film to recording and workshops. Coming next month, we’re excited to announce our first theatre presentation – a one-woman show that’s already created an international buzz.Burq Off!, an autobiographical play written and performed by Nadia P. Manzoor, is a jaunty tour through madly opposing worlds. The glowing promise of modern London versus the glum realities of a conservative Pakistani Muslim home are punctuated by fierce Bollywood dance moves and at least one blackout drinking incident.  Embodying 21 different characters, Nadia illuminates her conflicted sense of identity while questioning repressive cultural norms. Moving, funny, deeply personal and yet universal, none other than Deepak Chopra called it ‘a gutsy, honest, hilarious must-see!’ It runs Wednesday March 18 – Saturday March 21 and tickets are on sale now! Check out the video below to get a glimpse of the show!Next weekend on the 27th & 28th, an intriguing event co-presented by Cahoots Theatre and the Music Gallery follows the stories of two musicians, one from Southern Ontario and one from Sudan. John & Waleed features two of our old friends – singer and composer John Millard and multi-instrumentalist / singer Waleed Abdulhamid. Part concert, part theatre work, this unlikely duo explore their musical traditions and migrations, carried with them on their journey towards becoming artists, Torontonians, and ultimately, friends.

Executive Director

Vusi Mahlasela & Hugh Masekela

Saturday February 28th, Koerner Hall


Friday March 13th, Winter Garden Theatre

Burq Off!

Sunday March 18, 19, 20, 21, The Drake Underground

Tal National

Sunday March 29th, The Drake Underground

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits w. Special Guest Kinob

Saturday April 18th, Koerner Hall

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.