real real - Bruno Capinan - Progress Festival

Bruno Capinan_by Filipe Catto

Bruno Capinan_by Filipe Catto

Special blog post by Kristyn Gelfand

Last fall, when we were approached by Laura Nanni, Artistic and Managing Director of SummerWorks Performance Festival, about curating a performance as part of the 2019 edition of Progress, we knew right away that we wanted to work with Bruno Capinan. This was in November 2018, in the time right after the right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil. Capinan had just published a widely distributed OpEd in The Globe & Mail titled “In Jair Bolsonaro, we are seeing a truer reflection of what Brazil really is”. The piece is gut wrenching and eye opening, detailing some of his story as a young, gay, Afro-Brazilian growing up without acceptance and eventually fleeing to Canada as a refugee.Now… we’ve known Bruno both personally and professionally for many years. In fact, Uma Nota has worked with him a number of times in the past, in both his solo project and during his time as lead singer of Mar Aberto Soundsystem. Most recently we booked him as the opening act for our sold out concert with Liniker e os Caramelows last July. His unique voice and style have been intriguing to us both on and off stage. But this article, with it’s glimpse into his personal history and politics made us want to delve deeper into his performance as an act of creative resistance in the face of rising populism, both in Brazil and here in Canada.As it happens, Capinan was in the final stages of recording his upcoming album ‘real’, and was eager to give Toronto audiences a first listen, so our presentation of ‘real real’ was born. We teamed up with VJ Notivago (currently on tour in Brazil doing video for Anitta!), to create original video for the show tying in some of the themes that he explores in his music and through his own narrative.Bruno will be performing with João Leão (synth and guitar) and a three piece string section featuring Tanya Charles (violin), Mariel Gonzalez (cello), and Brielle Goheen (viola). The show plays one night only, Saturday February 16th at The Theatre Centre as part of the fourth edition of Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas that brings together progressive performance work from across the globe and expands the conversation around possibilities for performance and form. A bit more about Progress...Innovative in its programming model, Progress is collectively curated. Abandoning the traditional notion of singular, top-down artistic direction, the Festival brings together a different collection of curatorial partner organizations each year, enabling a diversity of perspective and representation that reflects the complexity and diversity of contemporary society. 2019 curatorial partners partners include the red light district, Native Earth Performing Arts, Uma Nota Culture, The Power Plant, FADO Performance Art Centre, SummerWorks Performance Festival, The Theatre Centre, and Why Not Theatre.Uma Nota will also be partnering with Progress on the festival’s closing party. The party starts at 10 (right after real real), at The Theatre Centre and features DJ Hadara (formerly J.Lai), and a live performance from Toronto’s best hidden secret, Nego Mozambique. We’ve been wanting to hear some new music from Nego Mozambique for a while now!! This party is free and not-to-be-missed. Stay tuned here for more on the party later this week!Tickets: $25To learn more.. Check out this interview in yohomo with Zymbul Fkara.

The year that passed and the year to come

Liniker presented by Uma Nota & LMAC. pic: ANna Encheva

Liniker presented by Uma Nota & LMAC. pic: ANna Encheva

This year that passed was awesome. Many cool productions, collaborations, and artist residencies made 2018 special. Let's break it down…

We started the year with our Winter Nite, giving props our Brazil-phile roots with the real deal samba troupe Batucada Carioca. Speaking of which, this year's Winter Nite is the awesomest. Check the link.One of the early highlights in April was a full on reggae explosion with the Human Rights 10 year anniversary. The night was an indoor, fully packed block party, self produced at the restored Vaudeville theatre The Redwood. The Human Rights rocked it along with special guests Ammoye, Exco Levi, Kultcha Ites and so many more...

HR Ammoye

HR Ammoye

For a couple weeks in July, we had our first visiting Artist in Residence with the return to Toronto of the indelible, ultra charming (and equally frustrating hehehe) Jerusa Leão, who came presenting her solo show Saraváh  as well as a re-boot of everybody's favorite forró rabecado, Maria Bonita & the Band, of course, with Jerusa in the front, killing it. To say her vibe is infectious would be an understatement. She also guested with Maracatu Mar Aberto singing alongside Flavia Nascimento on several occasions, including at Guelph's super awesome Hillside Festival.

jerusa 2018

jerusa 2018

Perhaps our most memorable show was presenting together  Lula Music & Arts Centre and Polyphonic Ground, the great Liniker e os Caramelows. The show went OFFFFF! Soooooo much fun and groundbreaking for Toronto and the Brazilian community here. The soulful sounds kept us vibing all night long

Liniker all intimate. pic: Anna Encheva

Liniker all intimate. pic: Anna Encheva

.Beyond these great shows, on contract working with Small World Music, UN artistic director, Alex  assisted in programming several acts as part of their incredible festival, (including Tdot Batu w/ special guests, Las Cafeteras AMAZING 100, Soukustek & Baobá). UNC also worked closely with RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) during the Manifesto Festival, and to top it off, we rocked Vox Sambou's CD release at the Baby G in Toronto! Again, these last two were co-productions with Polyphonic Ground.

Finally, this year we went to España (and Catalunya), to Barcelona, Andalusia and Islas Canarias for WOMEX, the World Music Expo, where we met with like minded artists and presenters, including our friends Liniker e os Caramelows and a crew of peeps from Latin America, Brazil, and beyond. We learned lots and made mad connections there. One special encounter was with Jabu Morales, a super talent, an old friend and the sister of Toronto's own Aline Morales.

WOMEX with tha cool peeps. From left to right: Tamar Ilana of Ventanas, Kristyn Ann from Uma Nota, Alex from Uma Nota, Jabu Morales and DJ Mukambo (Benjamin Tollet)

WOMEX with tha cool peeps. From left to right: Tamar Ilana of Ventanas, Kristyn Ann from Uma Nota, Alex from Uma Nota, Jabu Morales and DJ Mukambo (Benjamin Tollet)

So a lot of good stuff this past year with Uma Nota... look out for 2019! Including our first event of the year, Winter Nite, and something groundbreaking as part of the Progess Festival: real real  with Bruno Capinan, plus a new festival in July. Keep your ear to the ground to hear the rumblin's a-comin'! Much love and happy new year! May all our dreams and aspirations move forward!All the best Toronto and beyond! One love! 

Feb 16 at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, co-pro with Summerworks

Feb 16 at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, co-pro with Summerworks

Winter Nite: Soukustek & Maracatu Mar Aberto


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Bring the heat on the cold Winter Nite. January 5th, inside the Garrison, we start the year with the blessings. Dance to good music that moves your mind body and soul.Uninhibited, liminal, and fully expressive dance party magic for a winter nite. Get ready for the afro-tropic sounds of Soukustek and Maracatu mar Aberto and DJs, the great General Eclectic + Juana Go-Go, bringing you beats and melodies from the flip side. Everybody welcome, no shame, no spectators. crowd uma notaSoukustek Soukustek combines the rhythm and sound of guitars that arrived from Africa in the 70s and blends them with the sounds of the Colombian Caribbean. Soukustek is dance, joy, and history. It is Africa in Colombia, the music of the pico culture, live on stage. Bring the champeta!SoukustekMaracatu Mar Aberto One of the original drum troupes of Uma Nota that never, ever fails to bring the crowd to that next level of awesomeness! The emotive rhythm of the open sea, Maracatu Mar Aberto is Toronto’s underground percussive sound. With beats, movement and song, Mar Aberto brings the heavy tide of street festivals from Recife, Brazil.See you January 5th on the dance floor at the Garrison!

Vox Sambou live! Fall Edition

 uma_nota_fall2018_facebookOk ok ok... Another night of uninhibited dancing  coming up... buy tickets!The last time Vox Sambou played in Toronto was at Uma Nota back in 2015, he and his band lit Geary Lane on absolute FIRE. My favourite part was actually after his set had ended, when he, his bassist, and Toronto's Lady Son, free-styled over some dubby tracks the DJ was throwing down.image (1)Vox figuratively represents half the world in his show. The Haitian-born, Montreal-based musician and activist rocks the mic in five languages, without shame and with so much flow.  Expect some beautiful energy, as he is fresh off a tour in Brazil and will be celebrating the release of his latest EP, Eritaj. Vox Sambou has been called “a key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement”, and blends the traditional music of Haiti with Afro-Latin grooves, Afrobeat, reggae and hip hop. A charming and engaging performer who is known for his captivating and interactive performances, merging the stage and dancefloor with powerful vibes... all that's missing is YOU!DJ support by two of Toronto's best tropical selectors, Juana Go-gó and DJ General Eclectic!Last but not least on the bill is María Chávez, here for the X Avant XIII hosted by the Music Gallery. She will be spinning a dance set to move you.Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 12.09.28 AMExpect more than your average Toronto indie concert! This is a participatory party and a dance floor celebration!Everyone welcome!Doors open at 10pmLimited $10 advanced tickets availableCopresented by Revolutions Per Minute and Polyphonic Ground

The Human Rights: 10 years of hard hitting live reggae

P1010974-2Ok so back in... geez when was..? Damn... In 2012,  The Human Rights rocked one of our best, most packed and super awesome shows. It was so much fun.Now, six years later, Toronto reggae collective The Human Rights celebrates 10 years of hard hitting live performance with the best of Canada's reggae scene! We can't even believe it. This show is action packed with super special guests: AmmoyeExco Levi, Kultcha Ites, Dubmatix, Tdot Batu, and Maracatu Mar Aberto, among many others. It all goes down on April 7, 2018 at The Redwood, 1300 Gerrard Street in Toronto, which may be a bit east for some west end denizens, but hey there is 24hr streetcar access.BUY TICKETSClassic Track by The Human Rights... Bring the positive vibe.Toronto is fertile ground for reggae music. A large Jamaican and greater Caribbean populace, and all the extended relations, have made island sounds very familiar to the whole Torontonian and Canadian population. Summer in TO, for at least 60 years, has always had Caribbean music at festivals around the city, influencing kids from all walks of immigrant and non-immigrant life. The crossover from soul music to reggae is second nature for many musicians playing the clubs around town. The history of this scene goes deep. David Dacks' piece about the history of reggae in TO  put it best:The history of reggae in Toronto, one of the strongest cities in the world for this genre and its offshoots, can't merely be a rundown of notable bands -- it's bound up in an infrastructure of musicians, venues, promoters and record stores. It's also about the tension of artists trying to succeed in both Canada and in the reggae universe with Jamaica as its axis.It is from this incredible love and influence of reggae music and Jamaican culture in Toronto that The Human Rights came to be. In the spring of 2008 three veterans of the Toronto reggae music scene decided to take a chance and come together with four bright eyed, freshly graduated, music school students to form an original conscious modern-roots-reggae band. Months later they found themselves on stage in front of a sold out Phoenix Concert Hall opening for one of the biggest names in reggae music, Gregory Isaacs!  The spark caught fire and ten years later, The Human Rights are still at the top of their musical game.Check the new singleThe Human Rights specialize in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. The band is fronted by Juno nominee Friendlyness (formerly of Culture Shock & Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals and features a blazing three-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady riddim section, topped off by legendary reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie). A lot of talent in this little project.Since the release of their debut CD 'One Thing' in 2010, The Human Rights have played well over 100 live shows, and released singles for 'Right Now', 'Take A Stance' and 'Old School Track' which spent a record 44 weeks on the listener-voted Rebel Vibez Top Ten Chart. Other highlights include opening for seminal Reggae legends such as John Holt,  Beres Hammond, and Freddie McGreggor recording live for Big City, Small World on CBC Radio One, and a song placement in the Trailer Park Boys movie, 'Don’t Legalize It'. Produced by Big Sugar frontman and Canadian music icon Gordie Johnson, their 2016 self-titled album is The Human Rights’ most ambitious record yet, a powerful statement that the heartbeat of roots Reggae in Canada has never been stronger.So there you have it... The Human Rights, now 10 years old, is proud to host everybody at The Redwood for an emotional, reggae filled celebration of their time spent hustling music and performance in Toronto and Canada. Uma Nota is proud to play a part in this unique, once only production, bringing together various tribes from across the city. Get on that streetcar, take that cab or Uber, call your friends in the East end, call your peeps in Scarborough, bring out all the love for The Human Rights 10 year anniversary. One love. Peace.human_rights_12year_march2018_instagram_2

Winter Nite


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Once again, we bring the heat and good vibes to this Tdot winter of contentment in frigid temperatures. We have the very best djs and the real deal raw samba of Batucada Carioca. It all happens at Super Wonder Gallery right on College Street near Clinton. What makes this jam fun is the liberty of expression, come out and feel no shame and dance bc no one cares. Click the link above for your advance tickets.Batucada Carioca, are old school alumnae of Uma Nota dating back to the days when the jam was at the Gladstone Hotel. They are led by the effervescent Maninho Costa, a true samba percussion master, born into the tradition inn Rio de Janeiro. For this little gig he has brought together his "nove de ouro" or the "nine of gold," a small group of Batucada's ace players locked in a groove so tight that the surdos and repenique promise to pull you from within and create a bridge between earth and some other-wordily realm of pure bliss. Check our old school blog post that gives you a full breakdown of Batucada, including more pics and video.BatucadaJ Laijenny cutJennifer Laiwint, or better known these days as J Lai, is an artist through and through, dabbling in visual art, Capoeira Angola, and in the last few years making an impact as a dj that moves the dance- floor. She brings a dancehall tip, some baile funk, RnB, electro-tropical and global and Baltimore club mixes for all. Check her mix below.The indelible General Eclectic. General Eclectic is the resident dj and co-founder of Uma Nota, and one of the most popular and well versed djs in Toronto. His crates go deep and his ability to play across genres and always bring the crowd to a groove is legendary. We won't go on about him too much, but he's been called a million dollar dj.And.... (drum roll) debut-ing this jam... dj Win-win! Our homegirl Winnie is gonna show us what she's got and get the jam rolling. Mad styles Winnie, originally from Halifax, is known her fun house parties, playing with Maracatu Mar Aberto, hanging in Kensington Market, and generally cutting a rug on the dance-floor at a number of jams around the world. Let's call it global influenced electronic dance music. Come early and check out the Win-win situation. See you all at Uma Nota Winter Nite!The Win-win situation.  

African, Latin and Tropical sounds: Uma Nota meets Batuki on Polyphonic Ground

Uma Nota/Batuki Present @ Polyphonic GroundThe Uma Nota energia is strong in this one!Together with Batuki Music, a presenter of African music and art, join us for our Polyphonic Ground co-presentation of Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, Matatu Express, and The Future Primitive at Revival Bar on Thursday, October 12, 2017.Matatu Express will bless us with Ghanaian highlife and palm wine, East African benga and rumba, Malagasy salegy and blues, while the fiery Beny Esguerra & New Tradition Music mix live hip-hop/RnB soul with an Afro-Colombian percussive edge. The Future Primitive (with our own founding resident DJ and graphic artist General Eclectic on the drum kit) fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting into a blend they call “Tropical Soul” music.This show has everything to do with why we started Uma Nota. When our events started at the Gladstone, we'd have parties with live acts like a West African drumming and dance on the same bill as our resident Afro-Brazilian Maracatu percussion group and a guest DJ spinning hip-hop and classic funk.Now we have a new opportunity to participate in a widening of our musical and cultural lens here in the city as one of the collective of presenters behind the new musical discovery series Polyphonic Ground. With this initiative, a project under the Small World Music Society umbrella, we're able to bring more bands playing even more sounds to a bigger stage, and pair up with new collaborators and important artists in our communities.A New TraditionStarting off our Polyphonic night is Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, an interactive project exploring the concepts of tradition and change through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, song, dance and design. Best described as: afro-native Colombian music from an inner city perspective via Jane-Finch, Tkaronto. Ancestral musical styles + urban cultural expressions = New Tradition.

“The story or prophecy says at one point there were no borders, and the condor and the eagle were united. Around the time of colonization, when the land began to be divided, the condor went towards the south and eagle went towards the north. Now we’re in the cycle where the prophecy says that we’re coming back together as we go back to our traditional ways,” explains Beny Esguerra, a Bogotá-born, Toronto-based spoken words artist and arts educator.

Here's some of New Tradition's stellar Mundial Montreal showcase last year.Beny (aka Ruben) and his crew are longtime community artist-activist-educators and in addition to their artistic, and cross-cultural youth leadership work in Toronto and the GTA, the group toured this summer and led youth programs at places like Harrison Lake Arts Festival in B.C.They always bring an excellent show, so come early to catch theirs and all three live acts.Performing as the second band onstage for this night, Matatu Express is a curative project by Batuki Music Society that promises to keep you dancing non-stop as the set list presented encompasses the beautiful melodies and intoxicating rhythms of today’s popular African music.The performers in this new Toronto supergroup include local legends Donne Roberts, Madagascar Slim, Adam “Professor” Solomon, Pa Joe, Kofi Ackah, Ebenezer Agyekum and West-African dancer Mabinty Sylla.Matatu ExpressWe're also excited to co-present for the first time with Batuki Music Society, which is an incorporated non-profit community-based organization that promotes African music and art through performances at music venues throughout the year and culminating into a weekend festival at the end of the programming season. Big ups to Batuki for the excellent recent Habari Festival 2017 at Harbourfront Centre as well and remember to check out NOW Magazine's profile on Batuki's Nadine McNulty.And up last to blast us into the night with grooves will be Toronto's freshest live act, The Future Primitive. They're a new six-piece who fuse classic Latin American and Caribbean styles with raw, emotive and catchy songwriting that they like to call "Tropical Soul" music. At the heart of their sound lies a desire to connect the dots between the here and now of modern Toronto life, with the traditional sounds of their childhood roots (four of the six members are of Latin American heritage).This will be the group's "large-scale" debut performance and we look forward to hearing and seeing The Future Primitive onstage!Come visit us in our new playground ... Polyphonic Ground! Polyphonic Ground Presents BENY ESGUERRA & NEW TRADITION, MATATU EXPRESS and THE FUTURE PRIMITIVE Co-Presented by Batuki Music and Uma Nota CultureRevival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto Thursday, October 12, 2017 Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door Facebook event pageMore information and press contacts

Toronto music presenters unite to form Polyphonic Ground

Polyphonic GroundThere's a new initiative to help connect the oodles of culturally diverse music we have here in Toronto with audiences who are "culturally curious" and looking for these kinds of discoveries right here in our city. Uma Nota is proud to be a part of Polyphonic Ground, a freshly formed collaboration between 12 local music presenters who, like us, are "committed to building and sustaining Toronto as a global music city."Here are a few of the key points, as mentioned in the recent press release, and a little bit about how and why we're opting into this initiative.The missionPolyphonic Ground strives to "provide points of connection for artists and audiences, strengthen industry practices and be a united voice to government, business and industry. " This means strength in numbers. It means we'll shout out one another's events from time to time, work together on issues like access to cultural sector resources and grant opportunities, improving conditions around putting on special events like music and arts festivals in Toronto and other key matters that affect all of us as small- to medium-sized presenters.In a recent article in NOW Magazine, our colleague Kayla McGee, who is the managing director of Small World Music and the community lead for Polyphonic Ground, notes that we in Toronto lack any real "infrastructure for live music presenters" and, until now, there haven't been "shared platforms to allow us to work and grow together."

"We want to present live music that draws in the culturally curious," says McGee. "With the double-bill series, we encourage audience curiosity, discovery and an exploration of the amazing array of musical talents available to Toronto audiences. Audiences can experience African and Persian music together in one night, or Latin vibes and Indigenous drums, or Bollywood and Klezmer. The possibilities are endless."

The partnersOur partners in this new collaboration include many familiar local presenters. Some are organizations with whom we've already co-produced shows and events, and others with whom we're looking forward to a closer working relationship.The initial 12 member organizations involved in Polyphonic Ground are: Ashkenaz Foundation, Batuki Music Society, Good Kind Productions, iNative, Link Music Lab, Lula Music & Arts Centre, MonstrARTity Creative Community, Music Africa, Revolutions Per Minute, Small World Music Society and World Fiddle Day Toronto, along with Uma Nota Culture (our official production company name -- yes, it's also our social media handle).The music seriesWe've long been champions of musical discoveries, especially at our events where someone might come to check out their friend drumming away in a Brazilian percussion troupe, and take in a great Afrobeat band or a local DJ who spins rare dub. In that same spirit of discovery, the first Polyphonic Ground concert series kicks off this fall. In this series, two of the partner organizations will be paired up to co-produce a double-bill that aims to introduce audiences to new music from right here in Toronto. These monthly concerts, designed to foster widespread musical discovery in the city, begin on September 14 with Ashkenaz Foundation and Small World Music Society, followed by Batuki Music and Uma Nota presenting on October 12, Link Music Lab and Good Kind Productions present November 9, and Lula Music & Arts and Music Africa co-presenting December 14. These events will take place at Revival Bar, 783 College St., on the second Thursday of the month starting in September. Artists will be announced soon. The growth opportunitiesThis isn't only a new concert series. The initiative also has the goal of increasing "access to training and leadership and bolstering professional development opportunities within the music industry." Here's a bit of what that looks like, for starters: An upcoming Diversity & Live Music panel discussion series; a Developing Diverse Leaders program "with the goal of empowering young talent through mentorship"; and Best Practice Workshops led by music industry experts.The take-awayIn short: This is gonna be awesome.Sign up for the Polyphonic Ground newsletter and follow PG on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via the website.And stay tuned for our October 12 show announcement with Batuki Music Society as part of the initial concert series. (Update Sept. 25: lineup and tickets here; new post coming up)Video: Maracatu Mar Aberto and special guests perform on the Small World Music stage in a "Brazilian Grooves" concert co-produced by Uma Nota Culture and the Small World Music Society as part of in/future, a transformational art experience that took place on the West Island of Ontario Place in September 2016.

Chicano Batman in Toronto!

Chicano BatmanSo Chicano Batman, in the words of Toronto Latinx cultural producer and influencer, Sergio Elmir "a very very good band" from LA, will be in Toronto on April 4th at the Velvet Underground, presented by Embrace. Do not miss this show! Tickets here!Chicano Batman2They come out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blend Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It is an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation has been growing fast. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albums—a self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014’s Cycles Of Existential Rhyme—and two EPs. The band has played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut. Tuesday night good times.. don't miss 

Bargain Bash! Uma Nota and Footprints in An Honest Farewell

Anyone who's lived in Toronto for some time knows about Honest Ed's. For decades of Toronto's history, the big, tacky store at Bathurst and Bloor was THE destination for cheap housewares, gaudy colour schemes and corny puns on hand-painted signs. ("Welcome, don't faint at our low prices, there's no place to lie down" and "Only the floors are crooked!" are just a couple of examples.)In a recent post, Judith Cohen, an ethnomusicologist, folk musician and longtime member of the Uma Nota community (she's also the mother of performing artist Tamar Ilana), remembers some of the things she'd find at her "corner store" of 33 years.

“Everything” included... VHS tapes (back in the day)! The lowest pharmacy fees. Toothpaste.  Photo albums at a fraction of camera store prices. Batteries. Coffee mugs. Kettles. Shower curtains. Socks. Kitchen clocks. Boots. Tinned sardines. Italian and Portuguese cooking oil. Light bulbs. Toys. When my daughter was little, I could outfit her for a summer for $20.Non-stick (sort of) frying pans. Bath towels, and beach towels with improbable designs. Blue jeans with only a few loose threads.  Sturdy fall jackets. Dubious Birkenstock sandal imitations. Plastic lawn chairs. Bookshelves. Picture frames. Knitting wool. Clothes drying racks. Garish skirts and blouses labeled, with insouciant mendaciousness, “Fashion.” Hanukkah candles and chocolate coins, and for Passover, kosher matzah, grape juice and candied fruit.

The store's fame owed much to the late Ed Mirvish himself, an outgoing and jovial character whose giant retail operation paved the way for the Mirvish theatre production empire and the beloved Mirvish Village area on Markham St. beside the store. The theatre productions will continue, but the village will meet its end when the store, long since sold off, is demolished, turned into condos and retail units by its new owners. (The famous giant illuminated sign is being relocated to the Mirvish Theatre in the Entertainment District, The Globe and Mail reports.)While the "the longest goodbye in retail history," which included sales of all those hand-painted signs and the last of many clearance items, finished up on Dec. 31, 2016, there's a final series of events taking place in the giant old building in the Annex, and we invite you to participate.Design by General EclecticIt's all happening as part of a four-day sendoff called An Honest Farewell, organized as part of the Toronto For Everyone "co-creating our city" initiative by The Centre for Social Innovation."We believe that Toronto can be the global model for inclusivity, community and social innovation," the Toronto For Everyone website explains. "Honest Ed’s may be closing its doors, but Ed’s legacy is his unique ability to foster community can carry on. For years, Ed opened his doors to immigrant families, hosted street parties and gave away free turkeys. Now it’s time for us to carry the torch through all of our city and community building initiatives, starting with TO4E this February 23-26, 2017."Honest Ed's get-down finale is called Bargain Bash (tickets here), happening on Saturday, February 25 starting at 9 p.m."Join us as we bring together some of the hottest dance parties in Toronto, all under one roof, for one truly epic Saturday night farewell extravaganza," T4EO invites. "Explore the newly empty rooms transformed, bask in palpable nostalgia and find yourself on one of three dance floors, participating in a night made for the history books."Featuring:

  • Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic. Live Afro-Brazilian drumming performance by Maracatu Mar Aberto (presented by Uma Nota).
  • Electro Swing TO, Toronto's original speakeasy dance party, featuring resident DJs Medicineman & The Great Grantsby.
  • Hip hop, dancehall, soca, reggae, afrobeats and good music brought to you by Dre Ngozi and DJ Bambii.

This is a special one-off jam for the Bargain Bash festivities.Our groove affair goes down in the former Bad Boy space on Bathurst, and features the deep dance floor vinyl selections of Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic with the polyrhythmic release of an Uma Nota live show, represented here with powerful Afro-Brazilian Maracatu rhythms and songs.[embed][/embed]At Bargain Bash, we present Maracatu Mar Aberto, whose thundering bass drums and rich, layered percussion hold the rhythm for beautiful Afro-Brazilian songs. Performing as a special guest with the maracatu drummers is Brazilian vocalist and past Uma Nota featured artist Flávia Nascimento, an award-winning singer/songwriter living in Quebec and recording original Brazilian-Canadian music.

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Meanwhile, with a shared belief that you can't know your future until you know your past, Footprints DJs Jason Palma and General Eclectic showcase their unique all-inclusive approach to DJing and crate-digging at the monthly, vinyl-heavy open format dance party. Steadily packed with soulful dancers for the past 14+ years, Footprints is where Palma and G.E. connect the dots between wide varieties of music, from Funk, Soul, Disco, Afrobeat, Latin and Brazilian to Dub, Reggae, Electro, House and Hip Hop.What else can you expect? How about custom visual projections by Pleasurecraft Studio, an opening drum and horn parade  into the space to honour the local community and history, and other surprises.Stay current on party updates with our Facebook event page and join us for Bargain Bash on February 25, along with Electroswing TO and Manifesto's High Power crew, and celebrate the official farewell party for Honest Ed's.

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Uma Nota Culture seeks a resident artist who can contribute to the collective’s productions in a number of ways. The position is for 40 hours weekly and includes weekends and evenings. Work hours are irregular and there is a need to be flexible with other commitments. Salary is 34,500.00. per annum pro rated to length of contract.About Uma Nota Culture: Uma Nota began as a music night at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel in 2007 and remains a recurring event in the city. Uma Nota is a showcase performance series with an ever-changing lineup of performers including live musical acts and DJs as well as a number of other forms of art, performance and cultural manifestations, highlighting music and culture of a tropical, polyrhythmic and Afro-diasporic nature. Along with the ongoing music events, Uma Nota partners with a number of cultural organizations around the city working on a range of activities, from cultural events supporting film, dance and food programs as well as educational workshops for adults, young people, families and children. Uma Nota is an unincorporated non-profit collective based in Toronto.Skills and Qualifications: – Singer and bandleader: Must be able to sing lead vocals in Brazilian Portuguese (northeastern Brazilian accent preferred) in a variety of contemporary and folk music styles including but not limited to samba, maracatu and forró. Ideally the candidate would also be an experienced and decisive bandleader who can successfully direct large and small musical ensembles. Applicants who are successful in attracting our attention may be sent a partial or full list of songs for vocal evaluation as part of the application process. Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years singing in professional or semi-professional ensembles. – Multi-instrumentalist: Strong preference for vocalists who can play both acoustic or electric-acoustic guitar, and/or Brazilian percussion instruments (including pandeiro) while singing lead or backup vocals at the same time. Rhythm and Brazilian “swing” or musical feel is essential to this position, in this and other aspects.Minimum requirement: Two to four (2 to 4) years performing as an instrumentalist and/or signer in professional or semi-professional ensembles.DJ/selector: Must be able to DJ using Serrato, vinyl records and/or other electronic forms. You must also have your own laptop computer, preferably with DJ software already installed. We are looking for someone with a minimum of four to five (4 to 5) years of experience performing in and around Toronto, as well as in Ontario and Quebec. Note: Strong preference for familiarity with and contacts within the musical communities surrounding and overlapping with the Uma Nota community, including attendees of events such as: The Om Reunion Project annual Solstice Festival; Promise and Alien InFlux events including Cherry Beach parties and the Harvest Festival; Eclipse Festival; Brazilian community events and others.Designer/visual artist: Minimum five (5) years of experience in graphic design, layout and production for print and online. Strong preference for creativity and experience designing attractive marketing materials for music, arts and cultural events in the Toronto area. Must have your own laptop with a working version of Adobe Creative Suite no less than five to seven (5 to 7) years old, preferably newer, along with a portfolio of published design work (to be provided upon request).Additional Qualifications: – Languages: Must be bilingual in English and Brazilian Portuguese to a professional working level in both languages; Proficiency in French, Spanish and other languages is also an asset.Reliability: Must be able to attend musical rehearsals, production meetings and other events with punctuality and professionalism.Design and creative feedback process: Ability to take direction and turn around graphic designs quickly for production – Musical performance skills: Passion, stage presence and genuine warmth and “likeability” are key to this role. It’s also important to be able to “read” live music as well as electronic music audiences (of various sizes, at venues large and small) in real time and adjust the music according to audience mood and venue ambience. – Media production and social media: Photography and videography skills, social media savvy and a large social media following, especially with communities in the Toronto area, are all considered additional assets.

Sisters in Song: Jabu and Aline Morales

Aline Morales Live at Lula Lounge, November 26, 2015
** UPDATE: Unfortunately, Jabu Morales was not able to come for this performance, but Aline Morales and her band will still perform.**

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Aline Morales' days as Toronto's best-kept musical secret may be over, but the Brazilian singer, percussionist and bandleader has a special treat in store this month. On Thursday, November 26th, Aline welcomes her equally captivating sister, Barcelona-based Jabu Morales, for the Toronto CD release of Jabu Morales' second album, Malungo.

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While Jabu's music is unique, her musical path and Aline's tread similar territory. On both their recordings and in their live shows, listeners are treated to a high level of musicianship, with intricate but unobtrusive percussion, impassioned lyrics sung beautifully in Portuguese and English, and genuine feelings of saudade, that rich, nearly untranslatable Portuguese word for longing.
Malungo, the new album by Jabu Morales, departs significantly from its predecessor, 2010's Jabu, which was recorded not long after her 2008 arrival in Barcelona. Malungo bears the influences of her new home city and its global mix, with Spanish-style guitars and even West African sensibilities reflecting the shifts in Jabu's music over the last six years. This is Brazilian music transformed and informed by Mediterranean living in a local-global Spanish-speaking metropolis.
Here's a video of Seu Lua from Malungo,  performed live in Barcelona by Jabu Morales and her band, with special participation from Aline Morales.

And here's one more tune, from Jabu's first (self-titled) album.


Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Festival 2015

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

Our popular Sunday afternoon-into-evening hang out and live show is back October 18th for a fifth year of music, dance, food, drink, games and family-friendly fun. With plenty of great live music and DJs, and kid’s activities including craft table and face painting, this is one party where you can bring the whole family, your Sunday Funday crew or just bring yourself – good times are guaranteed any which way.New this year is a live painting session in a first-ever collaboration between two local artists. Their creation will be raffled off at the end of the night!Let your hair down, hang out with friends, learn a new dance … it’s all good, and good for you, at the Community Cultural Fair.Featuring:Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoLenis Rino (Brazil)Direct from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Lenis Rino, one of the foremost ambassadors of maracatu percussion inside or outside Brazil, performs songs from his rhythmically eclectic 2014 album "Mais Um Grito"(“one more cry”), which had its Toronto release last November. The album showcases Lenis’ deep knowledge of Brazilian rhythms, with production and percussion from Bruno Buarque (Céu and other projects) and a killer Braz-band. A key contemporary Brazilian artist with incredible skills as an improvisational percussionist and facilitator, Lenis was one of the first to bring maracatu drumming to Belo Horizonte and is a longtime friend and collaborator of Aline Morales, and she and other local artists will form his Toronto band for this special show.The ResponsablesLaying down the reggae, funk, and dirty grooves, this soulful outfit brings the good vibes, and they are soon to release new EP. Meanwhile, with their with four-part harmonies, a blend of reggae roots, a touch of Afrobeat, and some funky breaks, The Responsables live is always a dance party.Photo: Ewen LewisYUKAThis is Toronto’s “UP FOR IT” funk, soul and groove band: Name the spot and they will make sure everyone gets there and gets moving. Following their jam-packed third album, “Pitfall,” YUKA is preparing to release a fourth full-length disc in early 2016, but in the meantime, the band is coming off a huge high after jamming ’til the small hours with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings this past summer. Lead vocalist Claire Doyle even sang backup, by invitation, with Sharon and her band at their Hamilton show a few weeks back. YUKA brings that infectious funk energy and soul power to the Uma Nota stage.Aline MoralesWhether leading the maracatu percussion group Baque de Bamba, her own band playing the original compositions she writes with producer/arranger David Arcus, or rocking the old-school Brazilian Forró with her other band, Aline is a captivating singer, bandleader and percussionist, whose voice, power and direction are unmistakeable. Aline Morales remains one of Toronto's top Brazilian performers and frequently plays at major local festivals and cultural centres, including shows this past summer at Panamania Live, Harbourfront Centre & Ontario's Celebration Zone, Luminato Festival and Summerworks.Coco de Roda (music/dance workshop)A folkloric dance tradition from the northeast of Brazil, Coco de Roda is a lively, interactive and fun circle game that can be easily learned by anyone, including children. With special participation from Aline Morales and Lenis Rino, members of the maracatu groups Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba will facilitate the circle with easy-to-pick-up rhythms, call and response songs, groovy percussion, upbeat dance moves and friendly vibes.Tupi Collective DJs (Montreal)The project of Montreal-based Brazilian DJ Mks (Markus Freitas) and DJ Skambo (Wallace Roza), the Tupi Collective is a project that explores the rhythms of Brazilian music both classic and contemporary, including Samba-Soul, Maracatu, Hip-hop and Funk. From reggae to samba, to hip-hop to forró, plus an amalgamation of new and old school Brazilian rhythms, the collective mixes a diaspora of styles in their sets which takes their fans on a tropical journey. The collective is also a major proponent of bicycle soundsystem culture, with its mobile Tupicycle frequently seen and heard out and about at Montreal's Jardins Gamelin and other venues.

Tupi Collective Radio Show #1. Northeast Brazil 100% Vinyl. by Tupi Collective on Mixcloud

Photo: Zara DinizDJ Erick Paredes (Miami)A recent re-arrival on the Toronto tropical scene, DJ Erick Paredes most recently lived in Miami, where he played with visiting guests like Brazil’s Marcelinho da Lua and kept up his steady stream of dub, Latin soul, funk and MPB alongside his electronic offerings on the broken beat and deep house tip.Zara Diniz live painting a special reimagined tropical version of "Blue Train", the classic John Coltrane album, at Footprints, spring 2015.Special live painting session & raffleLocal artists and live painting sensations Carlos Delgado and Zara Diniz are combining forces for the first time, and we're stoked that it's to create a one-of-a-kind, collaborative piece inside the Lula Lounge environment during the Community Cultural Fair. The finished piece will be available to win in a draw open to everyone and presented at the close of the day’s festivities.Plus:Artist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprisesLula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door (children under 12 free)Facebook event page: Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

Worlds of Influence at LulaWorld 2015

Rhythm heads that we are, we love the big Brazilian drumming groups. The rhythms and the movement of a full ensemble of only drums (and sometimes only drums and vocals) make us move, sweat, dance and go flush in the face with joy.And many of the people who come across those big drumming groups here in Toronto love the spectacle, too, but sometimes a music fan wants some melody together with the rhythm, and some tunes to hum or sing along with while the drumbeats are pounded out. The combination of a punchy horn line and an infectiously upbeat drum groove, especially when provided by several drummers, translates to exciting live shows and great dancing.The Brazilians, we know, are huge fans of incorporating a smaller or "pocket" bateria into a larger band format — with guitar, bass, vocals, and often horns and drum kit along with the percussionists — from the bandas in Salvador such as the stage band versions of the famous blocos Afro like Olodum and Timbalada, to manguebeat's Nação Zumbi out of Recife and the big bloco shows featuring samba and other rhythms by Monobloco and Bangalafumenga in Rio de Janeiro, and the cultural force that is AfroReggae in that city. (And those are just a few!)Here in "tropical" Toronto, we have our own growing movement of bands that incorporate smaller versions of the Brazilian drumming troupe.Mar Aberto Soundsystem back in actionNow, two of the city's newest and most cutting-edge bands are teaming up to showcase the bateria-"stage show band" style for the opening night of this year's Lulaworld festival.With the musical forms from the Americas and Africa, the music these groups create exudes the sensibility of kids growing up with a world of influence. Together these two bands are creating a new scene in Toronto.Currently rocking it in a new formation, Mar Aberto SoundSystem layers bass, skankin’ guitars, dubby horns and vocals atop grooves of samba, maracatu and the one drop. Featuring top-drawer additions Tamar Ilana on vocals (of Ventanas, and a frequent guest singer with maracatus Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba) and Magdalys Sav (Jane Bunnett and Maqueque) on the percuteria, the band blends dub reggae, mento and ska with Brazilian rhythm, cumbia, and carimbó.Tdot SoundcrewBut the latest high-energy addition to the movement is T.Dot Sound Crew, a 13-piece outfit drawing on the drummers of Tdot Batú led by Patricio "Pato" Martinez. (And featuring Uma Nota resident General Eclectic on the "stand up" drum kit, along with members of Tdot Batú).Their sound brings back the Old School Latin Big Tunes, from Fabulosos Cadillacs, Todos Tus Muertos and Autenticos Decadentes, alongside reggae fusion from Skank (Brazilian reggae), Dawn Penn, Bob Marley, along with some Afrobeat from Fela Kuti and amazing cumbia sounds.The group recently debuted their shows, featuring a fusion of Afro-Brazilian beats with a taste of Latinoamerica sounds, at Tdot's second anniversary jam. Check the highlight reel:Now, about the bateria/band concept: this really a new thing? Well, yes and no: The form has been around the city's Brazilian scene for some time, with acts like Bracatum and stage versions of Batucada Carioca that add in horns, guitar or cavaquinho, and bass over the drumbeats.But it was a cold winter, and we haven't heard from many local bands doing this kind of thing for a while.Yes, we've had visits from São Paulo samba master Chocolatte, who, with help from Alan Hetherington, last summer brought a full troupe of samba percussionists along with the musicians playing strings. There's Baque de Bamba, Aline Morales' group, who have played several shows over the years with a reduced baque and horns, and that group joined Morales' band for a final tune when they played Uma Nota's Hot Spring edition at the Great Hall, and more recently, that group is even mixing up steel pan with maracatu (what!) as well as horns and bass for an upcoming performance at the closing ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Samba Squad's stage show explores all kinds of rhythms and danceable tunes with melodic instruments in the mix. Also, one of the city's few all-female percussion groups, Primitiva, has in recent shows added bass and flute to the maracatu drums.And of course, for all those years Uma Nota did it up the Gladstone, Samba Elégua in its Uma Nota Ensemble format rocked it with a reduced percussion corps, arrangements by David Arcus and guests including the Kensington Horns.Fast forward a few years and the movement continues. Here's a short taste of Mar Aberto SoundSystem (in its previous formation) the last time the band rocked Lula Lounge.

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If you're ready to go enjoy two bands doing this right here and now, this show is a great place to start. It's only Tdot Sound Crew's second show ever, and Mar Aberto SoundSystem's first big show in the new formation, so get ready to dance as they show off their stuff.To help with that, you can also check out the stunning dance piece Femenino by Dance Migration, performed as the earlier show on Lulaworld's opening night, featuring guest Brazilian dance artist Irineu Nogueira and percussionist Alysson Bruno. Then stick around for the live music, because you're going to want to do a bunch of dancing yourself.Those horns and that guitar skank, those bass drums rumbling and shakers shaking — when it comes together, it makes for a killer show.Mar Aberto SoundSystem and Tdot Sound Crew perform as part of Lulaworld Festival 2015, co-presented by Uma Nota, on Wed. May 27 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Doors 9 p.m. $10 advance tickets/$15 at the door. Check out the Facebook event and get your tickets on the Lula Lounge website(Early show for May 27 is Femenino performed by Dance Migration. Doors 6 p.m.,  show 7 p.m., advance tickets $20 and you can stay for the live music. Facebook event)LulaWorld2015-MA-SS_TDotSC_May27-FBwide  

Grand Bateria Express

Grand Bateria ExpressYes. The story: we are actively involved in the delicate game of getting officially 7, but in reality 9, different groups together for, as Rick Lazar says, a "momentous occasion, the uniting of all of Toronto's Brazilian drumming baterias" (drum troupes).  This is no small feat, as all the groups vary in style, have different personas, different crews that at once share members and are often in so called "competition."" This new drumming supergroup includes leaders and members from Samba Squad, Samba Kidz, Baque de Bamba, Escola de Samba, Batucada Carioca, Samba Elegua, T.Dot Batu, Maracatu Mar Aberto  and YOU (the general publico)!In their first performance, the Grand Bateria will play four rhythms that highlight various tropical traditions embraced by Toronto drummers. If you want to take part you can 1) watch the videos which will be posted here at very soon 2) learn your part for each rhythm 3) attend two rehearsals 4) PLAY WITH THE BAND ON JUNE 6!!!!Join the band!An open, public rehearsal will be held on Saturday May 30th from 1 to 5pm at Dufferin Grove Park. (Information about a second rehearsal coming soon.) For more information send us an email at the facebook event page or check back here for updates.The Rhythms!Click on each rhythm for our videos lessons in each rhythm. Featuring Rick Lazar.layersmaracatubuttonsocasamb-reggae Not a drummer? You can still march, dance, chant, help make costumes or volunteer to help in other ways.Grand Bateria Express is presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre with support from the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Citizenship and Immmigration Canada and Heritage Canada with support from the Dundas West and Little Portugal BIAs, CBC Toronto, Steve’s Music and Contemporanea. june-06-gbe 

Gilberto's Samba in Toronto

 10353305_824616284230100_2099220897929044334_oGilberto Gil, Brazil's  eternal ambassador of music and culture, is at Koener Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. The influence this man has had in Brazil and on the Brazilophiles worldwide is incredible. The show is sold out. The last time I saw him play alone, (as he plans to do this time), the delight of seeing an artist with so much style and history took me to a very romantic spot in my brain that kept me warm and fuzzy for days. While I also love when he plays with a full band, there is something special when he comes on his own, with a guitar, a smile, and so much creativity.He comes for his recent release, Gilberto's Samba. Take a look for  yourselves.We have featured him a number of times on this blog. Here is our past 'lowdown' on the man. That post can give you a lot of background so you can go see the show in the full context of his majesty! On another side of things, how do millennials understand Gilberto Gil? Maybe, like, say... his niece? This image may offer some insight! ;)some Instagram accountMy favourite article on the man came from his interview with Wax Poetics; it was super thorough. Try as I might, I couldn't find the actual piece online, but I found the cover (below). If you are lucky enough to have tickets to the show on Tuesday, enjoy! It will be simplismente inspirador.


The Block Party

10626151_370263326460460_2535749635068081247_oThe End of Summer Block Party held in September made such an impact that it has quickly become identifiable as one of Uma Nota's signature events. The afternoon-into-evening event brought together many Uma Nota crews of artists and friends and rallied different communities in our age old pursuit of good times, free expression and general fun. The summer 2015 promises more Block Parties!10459024_370263189793807_8304885891821812879_oThe best praise came from Toronto via Chiapas' own Quique Escamilla: "... So much richness of life: people of all different colours, cultures, food and styles of music altogether in one place. Dancing to Brazilian, Colombian, Jamaican, 'good' Hip-Hop, and West African beats for hours, left me happy at home with a sore neck this morning—meaning we were really bouncing off the floor." Yes Quique, thanks!AsikoBPIV.2Block Party IV with Maracatu Mar Aberto @ Clay & Paper Theatre pic Liciane Matos10661777_369645933188866_3162799271205704233_oThe story of the Block Party in its current form evolved out from the idea of Maracatu Mar Aberto director (and Uma Nota director) Alex (yours truly), who along with Itay Keshet of Samba Elégua decided to have a party together at Zero Gravity Circus in 2011. The whole concept was originally meant to replicate the vibe of a Sesame Street party indoors and involve Toronto's two aforementioned underground drum troupes, plus a couple of our favourite DJs.The Mar Aberto crew got on board 100% and rocked the party, from decor to food and bar staff. After this initial success, the Block Party became Maracatu Mar Aberto's yearly celebration and moved outdoors to the Kensington Market in 2012 and, in 2013 to its current location at Clay & Paper Theatre's back lot near Liberty Village and Fort York. The Dub Connection's 15,000 watt sound system was also added to the mix. Those three seasons of event were envisioned and executed by the Mar Aberto production duo of Alex and Gina Minugh, with the boost of the Uma Nota networks. The last Block Party, now in its more organized adolescence, went of with a blast, with its most varied and compensated line-up to date, an efficient and well stocked bar, several food vendors and all the beautiful people. BlockPartyIV.110683652_370055566481236_2555186685761183714_opic Mayasuki Tada10633361_370263349793791_7004362700295112318_oBands and DJs who have performed at the Block Party include: Maracatu Mar Aberto (the primary host over the years), Samba Elégua, Maria Bonita & the Band, The Human Rights, Café Con Pan, DJ Bookshelf, DJ General Eclectic, DJ Firecracker, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Mar Aberto Soundsystem, DJ K Zar, selector A Man Called Warwick, DJ Maylee Todd, Carlinhos Pernambuco, Mystery band, DJ Chocolate, Tdot Batu, and Circle Research, among others.

Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Uma Nota Festival has got a wicked line-up of live music and some of the best selectors and beat producers. Let's take a look at the deejays on the bill for Uma Nota Festival 2014.Ushka ushkaUshka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and deejay re-defining the boundaries of global bass music and culture. Having grown up in several parts of the world, her musical influences are as transnational as she is. She deejays from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of music from soca to cumbia, hip hop to South Asian rhythms, kuduro and other African styles to samba. She does so with the philosophy that global genre-blending connects cross-cultural struggles and tells important stories between communities but most importantly, she translates this onto dance floors. Ushka plays Saturday Oct 18th for the Digital Tropics Party.[soundcloud url="" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="250" iframe="true" /]Poirierpoirier_002hires_by_may_truong_jpg_0Poirier is Montreal’s pre-eminent Tropical Bass producer. Pinpointing the bits and pieces of dancehall beats, soca energy and electronic intensity is futile in the face of Poirier’s dance-driven creativity and air horn-worthy excitement. He has been nominated for a couple of Junos in his time. This is a man who just understands what works in the dance. He’s released several acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune, remixed the likes of Busy Signal, Salif Keita and Pole and has toured the world several times over. In 2013 Poirier embarked on a new mission: the “chamber techno” music of Boundary. This alias was responsible for one of the remixes in the Music Gallery’s Hugh Le Caine project last year. Poirier also got in touch to say that he is coming into town with his main emcee Face-T. Expect the best with Poirier. Poirier plays Saturday Oct 18th for the Digital Tropics Party. [soundcloud url="" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="350" iframe="true" /]Rebel Up! Soundclashlandscape_rebel_up_soundclashStarted in the beginning 2007 by Seb Bassleer aka SebCatLitter, the idea of RebelUp! Soundclash was to bring more diverse global styles and potentially more raw and organic sounds to the dance floor out of the big musical biotope that our world has to offer. Instead of dancing to the same well known tunes over and over, RebelUp! offers a podium to discover unsuspected sounds, feelings and expressions. Expect a night of global and political culture mash of sounds from straight-up old skool roots, Arabic roughness, amplified African rhythms, Latino cuts, Asian psychedelica, Balkanized mestizo and gritty electronics. Rebel Up! play the Friday Night Jamboree on Oct 17th . [soundcloud url="" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="350" iframe="true" /]General Eclecticgeneral eclecticFounding Uma Nota member General Eclectic is one of Toronto’s most revered djs and selectors. His record collection runs deep and his musical knowledge is beyond vast. As his name implies, his tastes are ‘eclectic’ and he can bring out ska/reggae, soul/funk, afrobeat/jazz, cumbia and the Brazilian rhythms. The engine behind such signature Toronto events such as Shindig, Footprints and Building Blocks, he recently surprised us all with a killer hip-hop set at the End of Summer Block Party. As a founding partner and graphic designer he has been instrumental in the creation of the 'Uma Nota style'. General Eclectic plays the Friday Night Jamboree and The Batucada Carioca 10 year party for the Community Cultural Fair.

Uma Nota Festival 2013 Preview Mix by Dj General Eclectic on Mixcloud


Yes yes Uma Nota Fest

The fourth annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions  running October 16th to the 19th brings fresh bands, more DJs, more Brazil and more global citizenship. Four days of music, dance food and culture for your senses. Ok so this is just a temporary post before we get all the write ups on the artists etc.. check the posters and the schedule on the Festival page. So please check back here for updates, videos, dj mixes etc etc...umanota_festival2014_eflyer3