Tomorrow evening, our pre-festival launch party takes over Artscape’s Youngplace building on Shaw St. It’s going to be a blast, featuring the Toronto debut of Fanfaraï, the 11-piece French/Algerian brass band that’s been winning over fans on their first North American tour. It takes place as part of the building-wide Recess event at Artscape’s Youngplace so come early and stay late!
The festival itself starts a week later and fourteen years on, it’s looking great! From the intimacy of the Small World Centre to the open spaces of Fort York, the two week run takes music lovers on a journey that encompasses some of the best of global music. A slew of Toronto debuts will showcase artists from Estonia to Ethiopia. From star DJs like Nickodemus to Korean innovators SUM, Palestinian rockers 47Soul to the meditations of Maarja Nuut it’s an amazingly diverse array, as you’ll see in our video below. Tickets for all shows are available now!
Meanwhile, Friday the Centre hosts a concert to celebrate the life of Som Naimpally, father of our friend and tabla virtuoso Ravi. Som was an avid supporter of Indian classical music and in a fitting tribute, one of the world’s pre-eminent tabla players, Anindo Chatterjee will perform. An inspirational figure in Indian music, he’ll be joined by the Monsoon Trio with Ravi Naimpally on tabla.
Pre-Festival Launch Party featuring Fanfaraï – Toronto debut
Thursday September 17th at 8PM – Small World Music Centre
Thursday September 24th at 10PM – Lula Lounge
Small World On Common Ground
Sat Sept 26th & Sun Sept 27th @ Fort York
Sunday September 27th at 9pm – Revival
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour
Sunday September 27th at 7PM – Koerner Hall
Tuesday September 29th at 8pm – Small World Music Centre
Picadillo + Santerias
Wednesday September 30th at 8:30M – Lula Lounge
Vieux Farka Touré feat. Julia Easterlin
Thursday October 1st, 9pm – Revival Bar
Friday October 2nd at 8pm – Small World Music Centre
Focus on Flamenco – EviscerArt
Saturday October 3rd at 8PM – Aga Khan Museum
Sunday October 4th at 9:00PM – Lula Lounge
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Pandit Anindo Chatterjee: Tabla solo to celebrate the Life of Somashekhar Naimpally (1931-2014)
Friday September 18th @ 8PM at Small World Music Centre
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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.