February winds its wet and windy way to an end and we’re looking toward spring and the 16th Annual Small World Asian Music Series. Once again, with the support of TD Bank, we’ve got a lineup of superb concerts at multiple venues to showcase a breadth of amazing creativity in a variety of genres. We’ll be telling you more about the full program soon but first off, here’s a highlight:
Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest on April 14th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre is a multifaceted celebration of love and diversity through music and dance designed for the times we live in. It combines the talents of sacred and secular artists from both Muslim and Sikh traditions (two communities experiencing an alarming rise in hate crimes) to advocate for a diverse world of cultural expression and an opportunity to ‘Welcome The Stranger.’ The night features Kiran’s passionate vocals (India) and the inspired Arabic songwriting of Souad Massi (Algeria), united with Sikh temple singers (for the first time on the concert stage) and the colorful whirling of Egyptian Tanoura Sufi dancers. Watch Kiran Ahluwalia’s “Jaane Na” performed live at The Iridium in New York City and meet her gorgeous voice and progressive style.
Next up at Small World Music Centre it’s Tamar Ilana & Ventanas on March 1st hitting the stage once more before heading into the studio to record a new album. The week after, Israel’s Bint El Funk make their Canadian debut through Polyphonic Ground Presents with celebrated dj and sound artist Shifra Rifka at Revival. Harvard Rock Review profiled them as their featured new artist, commending their mixing of cultures and languages, as well as their energy and inspiring arrangements. Read the full review here, and book your tickets in advance!
An Evening with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
> Homecoming Concert
Thursday, March 1, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre
Bint El Funk Canadian Debut with Shifra Rifka
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground Presents
Thursday, March 8, 9:00pm, Revival Bar
Mathew Tembo and the Afro-Routes Band
> Zambian-rooted Afro-Pop mixed with reggae
Saturday, March 17, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre
Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest
> Part of the Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series
Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre
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.