Small World Music Festival Launches with Polyphonic Ground Presents

Aug 11, 2017

September 14 marks the launch of the 16th Annual Small World Music Festival and inaugural concert of Polyphonic Ground Presents! We are delighted to host a night of Balkan, jazz and North African grooves with Ashkenaz Foundation at Revival. Turkwaz brings to life the songs of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East; Sandcatchers bridge NYC jazz sensibility with Arabic and American roots, and Montreal’s GROOZ lays Algerian Raï on top of funk and reggae for a rousing dance floor vibe. Over a year in the making, the series pairs two distinct partner organizations to collaboratively program a night of musical discovery, and we hope you can join us for the first show of many.

Polyphonic Ground Conversations are also in the works, and we want to tackle the topics that matter most to you. Please add your voice to the Polyphonic Ground – Diversity & Live Music Conversation Series Survey by Friday, August 11 at 5pm:

Watch for more Small World Music Festival announcements to come! In the meantime, we are pleased to co-present Open Roof Festival‘s August 16 screening of one of the most acclaimed docs of the year; ‘Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World.’ The film reveals how Native American influence is an integral part of music history. We hope you can be there, and have a pair of free tickets to give away – respond to for a chance!

Finally, our fellow Polyphonic Grounders, Batuki Music, present the fourth annual Habari Africa Festival, which starts tomorrow and continues through the weekend at Harbourfront Centre. Celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, film and more with artists including Noumoucounda Cissoko, hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of the kora; Africa Sings, a collective especially curated for the Festival; and Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha, one of the top instrumentalists of modern African music.

Here’s GROOZ first single, “Jambirika,” recorded live at Studio Lakaz.

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


Habari Africa Festival 2017
> Multi-disciplinary Music and Arts Festival

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13th, Harbourfront Centre

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World with Liam Titcomb at Open Roof Festival
> The Big Winner at Hot Docs and Sundance

Wednesday, August 16th, 8:00pm, 99 Sudbury


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.