With the upcoming celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial (time is running out to use that fun word!) there’s so much great cultural programming that it’s going to be really hard to choose where to go and when.
No doubt about it, our friends at the City of Toronto’s Cultural Events office have knocked it out of the park! Over the course of the Canada Day weekend at four locations, there will be dozens of great performances from a wide range of genres, a good deal of which will be of interest to newsletter readers.
We’ll give a taste of what’s in store with a partial listing below. For full festival info. go to www.toronto.ca/canadadays Happy 150!
Nathan Phillips Square, Friday June 30 – Monday July 3
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Bixiga 70 / H’Sao / Los Poetas
Poirier Migration Sound System
Wesli / Ziskakan
Scarborough Civic Centre July 1
Les Filles de Illighadad
Lan Shin Band
Humber Bay Park West, July 1
Diely Mori Tounkara
Bareto / Iskwe
Mel Lastman Square, July 1
Zuze / The Jerry Cans
Aline Morales & Baque de Bamba
Friday is a busy evening, with three other alternatives to choose from: At the Small World Centre, one of the world’s preeminent tabla artists graces the stage as Anindo Chatterjee performs a solo recital. Known for accompanying some of the greatest names in Indian music, including Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, he’s also the guru of our good friend and tabla player Ravi Naimpally.
By the lakeside, Harbourfront Centre x Revolutions Per Minute x YES YES Y’ALL join forces to bring their alternative take on Canada 150 with UNCEDED, a next level party to celebrate the opening night of the OUR HOME ON NATIVE LAND festival. With so many Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in town for the weekend, you never know who might show up.
Finally, we have FREE tickets to Friday’s Jazz Festival show – the Toronto debut of Bokanté – a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-generational ensemble featuring top musicians from a variety of musical styles. The band rocks hard (with four guitars how can it not?) between global music and jazz. The first respondent to this message who correctly names the opening act on the bill gets a pair!
> The futuristic sound of Kinshasa hits Toronto!
Wednesday, July 19th 8:30pm – The Great Hall
Unceded: Our Home On Native Land (Official After Party)
> Decolonize the dance floor
Friday, June 30th 10:30PM – Brigantine Room
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee Tabla Solo
> One of India’s foremost tabla masters
Friday, June 30th 8pm – Small World Music Centre
Bokanté / Larnell Lewis Band
> Multi-lingual, multi-cultural & multi-generational ensemble
Friday, June 30th 9pm – The Concert Hall
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.