Inclusive Programming for Musicians & More

Oct 05, 2017

Lots coming up as we segue into October, including a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with one of Montreal’s finest groups, Ensemble Tessala, Saturday at the Small World Centre. The trio features classical guitar by Samuel Bonnet, percussion (riqq & bendir) by Nathaniel Huard and Khalil Moqadem on oud. Watch them perform traditional Arab-Andalusian melodies, Jewish music from the medieval and baroque periods, and reinterpreted Quebec folklore.

Next Thursday marks the second Polyphonic Ground Presents at Revival. This time round, Batuki Music and Uma Nota mix it up with three exciting acts. Matatu Express present Ghanaian highlife and more, while Beny Esguerra & New Tradition mix hip hop and soul with Afro-Colombian percussion. The Future Primitive fuse Latin and Caribbean styles with raw, catchy songwriting into ‘Tropical Soul’ music.

The following Monday at Lula Lounge, an event of interest to all culturally diverse musicians, managers and agents, Polyphonic Ground Conversations: Inclusive Programming for Musicians. It’s a participatory opportunity for artists struggling to break through to programmers to share their experiences and insights. The discussion will encompass what barriers people are facing, what is working and what’s not, before building strategies that promote change for fellow musicians – and secure more gigs!

It’s that time of year when our friends at the Music Gallery present their X Avant Festival – a boundary crossing program of new and experimental music. This year the theme is Resistance, from silent protest to high-volume critiques. Highlights include: Chino Amobi, a night with Indigenous music platform RPM, a collaboration with electro-soul legends LAL and East African punk arts collective Babely Shades, and events remembering composers James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros.

Ensemble Tessala
> Classical Guitar, Oriental Percussion & Oud

Saturday, October 7th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express / The Future Primitive
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, October 12th, 9:00pm, Revival

Polyphonic Ground Conversations: Inclusive Programming For Musicians
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground

Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm, Lula Lounge

Myrica Faya Band
> New Azorean Music

Friday, October 20th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert
> Traditional Irish Music, Hot Jazz & Baroque

Saturday, October 21st, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

The Jay Danley Band CD Launch
> Featuring Special Guest Hilario Duran

Saturday, October 28th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre


X Avant New Music Festival XII: Resistance
> Presented by the Music Gallery

Wednesday, October 11th – Sunday, October 15th, 918 Bathurst

Inti Illimani 50th Anniversary & Nano Stern
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Friday, October 27th, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

Yasmin Levy & The Klezmatics
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00pm, Koerner 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.