Festival Countdown & the Return of Pierre Kwenders

Sep 09, 2017

Exactly two weeks until our 16th Annual Festival! All shows are live and we are ready for 4 days of incredible global sounds. We launch with Polyphonic Ground Presents, which is also the inaugural concert in a new monthly series, with Balkan voices, Middle-Eastern Appalachian fusion and Algerian grooves. With the combined talent of Montreal-based Grooz, Brooklyn born Sandcatchers and Toronto proud Turkwaz, it’s going to be an adventure you won’t want to miss! Reserve your tickets here and bring a friend to celebrate!

We’d also like to put the spotlight on Pierre Kwenders, an artist we know and love, who returns to Toronto on September 15 to launch his new album “MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time” at the Rivoli. The album has already received a rave review by the Globe and Mail’s Brad Wheeler, who cites the style of the Congolese-Canadian Montrealer as “a trippy mash of circling African motifs, old-school hip hop, sophisticated R&B and slyly thumping house music.” You can expect a sonic tour de force as Kwenders performs with electronic-tribal music duo DATU, performative-experimental music producer OBUXUM and the dance-worthy DJ Sean Sax.

Kwenders’ “Woods of Solitude” is pure magic – watch it here to become acquainted.

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


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

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