UMA NOTA Summer BLOCK PARTY!

unc mid summer BPIf you aren't experiencing fatigue with the proliferation of the myriad of Block Parties, we bring it back to Toronto's realest most fucken badass Block Party...On Sunday August 9, 2015, join us for another summer afternoon and evening of music and delight.music.food.drink.dance10683652_370055566481236_2555186685761183714_oSummer isn't complete without Block Party! Once more, we’ll have all of this for you: Live music and DJs, an artist marketplace, food and drinks at an outdoor licensed area, face-painting and activities for the kids and great fun all day and into the night. Bring the kids, the crew and the good vibes ... we'll take care of the rest.Block Party IV with Maracatu Mar Aberto @ Clay & Paper Theatre pic Liciane MatosFeaturing:Live:Maracatu Mar Aberto (Afro-Brazilian percussion and song) with special guest from Brazil Alexandre Garnizé! Los Poetas (Raw Latino hiphop)Flávia Nascimento (Forró & MPB)DJs:General EclecticGrouchK-Zar DubwiseLinternaA Man Called WarwickMks**Schedule to come**Sound by Dub Connection sound systemDecor by PleasureCraft10626151_370263326460460_2535749635068081247_oPlus:MiniPongArts MarketOutdoor stage and big soundOnce again we’ll be at Clay & Paper Theatre, right by Liberty Village, a short walk south from Trinity Bellwoods park.Location:35 Strachan Avenue (at Ordnance St.)Clay & Paper Theatre/Maracatu Mar Aberto warehouse space (next to the bridge across train tracks)*Kitty-corner from E Liberty St./Strachan Ave. bus stop (Ossington 63 route)*South on Strachan Ave. from King St. W. (Continue south on Strachan Ave from Wellington St. W./Douro St.)*North on Strachan Ave. if coming from Fort York or Lakeshore Blvd.Presented in association with Maracatu Mar Aberto and Clay & Paper Theatre.Part of the Pan Am Jam series presented with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.2

Brazilian Block Party: Lumanota!

Brazilian_Block_Party_767x332_eIt is no secret that the foundation of Uma Nota has been making Brazilian style cultural manifestations happen in Toronto.  You know, parties with that creative fashion that the people in Terris Brasilis do so well. It seems our colleagues at Luminato took notice, and so, we present: #LUMANOTA! the Brazilian Block Party at Luminato Festival of the Arts. Yes, you heard correct, Uma Nota’s summer season starts this year at Luminato’s Festival Hub with a full day and evening of Brazilian music and outdoor party fun. Celebrate the a tradition of festive gathering at an all-day public party with food, drink (the whole square is licenced), music and dance. Whether Carnaval, São João, or any one of the myriad of the country’s festivals, outdoor daytime street parties are a beloved part of the Brazilian cultural landscape.Now the talent is off the hook insane... expect so much good stuff all day long, starting chill and blowing up by the end of it.The acts:Mundo Livre S/A * Flávia Nascimento * Aline Morales & Forró Nite * Roda de Samba * Tio Chorinho * TDot Batu * DJ General Eclectic * DJ Ziko * Uma Nota Boi * Capoeira Malês & friends *Family-friendly event with animation by strolling artists & craft-making workshops. Mundo Liver S/A (in english: Free World Assoc. MUNDO LIVRE S/AFormed in Recife in 1984 out of three decommissioned punk bands, Mundo Livre’s idea was to connect the mangues (mangroves) of Recife with a worldly network of pop concepts. The Brazilian manguebeat band is credited as a founder of the manguebeat musical style, and since their inception has released three albums, the last of which was included in many best-of-the-year lists.Screen shot 2015-06-05 at 5.14.32 PMFLÁVIA NASCIMENTOFlávia Nascimento started her career in Brazil as an actress, before moving to Quebec City. She devoted herself to her singing in 2014, producing her first big solo show in Sherbrooke along with her four accompanying musicians that she affectionately dubs her Smallest Big Band. The show’s success now brings Flávia to Toronto. Viva Brasil!photo: Kevin JonesALINE MORALES & FORRO NITEAline Morales built her reputation as a percussionist and bandleader and with the 2011 release of her Juno-nominated Flores, Tambores e Amores she also revealed her prowess as a vocalist and composer. With her project Forró Nite, Aline brings it back to her roots with a set of traditional forró music, the irresistible dance music from the Northeast of Brazil.mms_20150423_004609 (1)RODA DE SAMBARoda de Samba is a generic term used in Rio de Janeiro and around Brazil when friends and musicians get together around or along a table, drink, eat and play classic samba songs on Brazilian instruments: pandeiros, rebolos, tamborims, and the cavacinho, a four string small ukelele type instrument that takes the melodic lead as everyone belts out the songs while crowds gather around. Roda de Samba, in Toronto, is a sextet of Brazilian expats who occasionally get together and belt out the old school samba songs for an entire afternoon.tiochoroTIO CHORINHOTio Chorinho is a Toronto ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music in the tradition of the great mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim. The group formed in 2009 and the group’s growing repertoire of choro classics includes pieces by such iconic composers as Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Waldyr Azavedo, and of course Jacob do Bandolim.Tdot Batú at PSK Kensington, June 2014 (Photo: Manish Pothen)TDOT BATUTdot Batu is one of the newest Brazilian drum troupes in Toronto. With a diverse group of youth holding down the drums, they perform traditional samba reggae with their own creative edge. Samba Reggae became popular in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the 1980s when the traditional Afro-Blocos began combining Bahian rhythms like ijexa and samba with influences from the Carribean. Joining Tdot Batu will be Salviano Pessoa and dancers from Dance Migration.general_eclectic_3 (1)GENERAL ECLECTICGeneral Eclectic is renowned in the downtown core as the man who has styles upon styles. His record crates go deep and when he is on the decks, the people only know how to dance. He is part of the original Uma Nota Culture collective. He brings the tropical sound, and connects the dots on the Brazilian spectrum of music yet does not leave any relevant musical form behind.photo: Brian MedinaBOIZINHO GAMESThe Boi is an elaborate and theatrical tale about a mythical bull that is killed and resurrected on a farm in Northern Brazil. The story involves a farmer, his wife, the farmhand and his wife, and lots of music and dancing! The boizinho or little bull, has come to be synonymous all over Brazil as just a roaming party and can be accompanied by any rhythm. Our Uma Nota Boizinho will involve childrens games, a dance and song workshop and revelry for everyone! 

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

End of Summer Block Party

umanota_blockparty_sept2014_facebook_eflyer_1Summers in Toronto are all too short... so let's live it while we can...Uma Nota, teamed up with Dub Connection present this September End of Summer Block Party!If you haven't been before, the skinny: music, food, art, drink, games, theatre all the Uma Nota good stuff. Ping Pong & site production by VanGrey,and 15000 Watts of sound by Dub Connection Soundsystem.DJs: Chocolate, General Eclectic, A Man Called Warwick, Circle Research , K-Zar DubwiseLive: Samba Elégua, Maracatu Mar Aberto, The Roncy Boys, Carlinhos Pernambuco + special surprise band$5 donation at the gate.This all goes down at Clay & Paper Theatre. A very special location in what will soon be Garrison Point. Let's take advantage of this great space because next year, it will be no more.Food: Moustache Friendly, Valentina, Tapioca Gourmet, Picanha BBQ (Brazilian style steak)special props to Maracatu Mar Aberto the originators of the Block Party seriespresented byUma Nota, Dub Connection, VanGrey, and Moustache Friendly.Facebook eventLocation: Clay and Paper Theatre is at 35 Strachan Ave. That's Strachan south of King St. W. -- enter at Ordnance St./cross Strachan from E. Liberty St. -- look and listen for the block party!

Beats on the Block: Maracatu Mar Aberto expands summer program

 The scene from the stage at Block Party 2012Summer heats up in Toronto and it seems every performer we know, and that includes the large percussion groups, becomes busy busy during the few hot weather months we get here.One of those groups keeping active is Maracatu Mar Aberto, whose summer program is an ambitious one that aims to build on the educational pieces of not only the drumming style of (northeastern Brazilian) Maracatu de Baque Virado (literally maracatu of the turned-around beat), but also this year, dance workshops, instrument and prop-building workshops are on offer.Maracatu Mar Aberto at Cabbagetown Festival in 2012.By adding a number of non-musical artistic elements, Maracatu Mar Aberto is attempting to teach about, and create the experience of, a maracatu production. In the neighbourhoods of Recife, Pernambuco, where the cultural manifestation came to life and where it remains most practiced, neighbourhood and community have everything to do with getting ready for the big parade -- everyone helps out.This year's parade production promises even more colour and shine, than last year's, not to mention the musical advancement. The baque (the Brazilian Portuguese name for a maracatu drum corps) of Mar Aberto is also part of the summer program, with not only beginner classes to bring along new members, but also more focused intermediate and advanced classes for the existing members (some of whom joined via the summer program last year). Be ready for the sounds, the sights and the spectacle to bust out!Block Party 2012 at PS KensingtonAnd while we wait, there's still plenty to celebrate -- the summer solstice, the end of Mar Aberto's winter schedule and the work spent developing the performance troupe -- and of course joining in with other bands, friends, dancers, performers, Capoeiristas and artists in the local scene. All that takes place at this year's Block Party, another day-long affair with food and drink, arts and dance and all manner of fun, hosted by Maracatu Mar Aberto and Clay and Paper Theatre and co-presented by Uma Nota Culture. It will take place Sunday, June 23 at 35 Strachan Ave. in Toronto.Map from Trinity Bellwoods park to Block Party 2013 locationFor more on the Block Party, check out this post on the Maracatu Mar Aberto website or take a look at the Facebook event page.Here's a video from last year's Block Party, too:

Living, on video: Press play for Toronto culture

As we gear up for the second annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions (October 20-21 in Toronto), we're taking a moment to share some of the great Uma Nota moments and personalities on video we've managed to capture and publish online.There will be more video to come as we count down to the festival. For now, press play on these Toronto culture and world citizen-approved moments and get ready for an amazing three days of music, culture, art, food, dance and celebration.In November 2011, we presented our first Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions. Here are a few killer moments.Who wouldn't want to do THAT again?In May 2012, we kicked off the season's Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington market with The Block Party at PS Kensington, in a co-production with Maracatu Mar Aberto.Here's a video memento of that fine day of music, culture and community:And here's our artist profile from the 2011 festival: Uma Nota presents Jerusa Leão & Maria Bonita and the BandStay tuned as we announce more details for the 2012 Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions. We'll be posting videos, artist profiles, community events and more as things roll along in the lead-up to the October 10-21 festival.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra's arrivals and departures

This fine troupe of musical rascals is Toronto's Lemon Bucket Orkestra.Lemon Bucket OrkestraBy now, you may have seen the video of them performing on board an aircraft that was delayed on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport a while ago. The viral video made international news on CNN, CBC News Network and other media outlets.Lemon Bucket is planning an airport reunion of a musical nature for this Thursday, May 31 at Pearson, this time in the arrivals area of Terminal 1. An acoustic concert the likes of which the facility may never have seen ...Lemon Bucket Orkestra's media release: airport homecoming concertHere's the video in case you missed it -- this one now has more than 200,000 views on YouTube:As 14-piece Balkan party bands go, Toronto has something very original with Lemon Bucket.  They call themselves Toronto's only "Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super band," and it's true. The group was one of the founding acts of the Fedora Upside-Down Collective, which includes Uma Nota acts Maracatu Mar Aberto and Maria Bonita and the Band, among others. Fedora Upside-Down was also a community sponsor of the successful Block Party last Sunday in Kensington Market here in Toronto.Lemon Bucket raised a huge chunk of money this past spring by busking around Toronto. This was all  to pay for their travel to Romania, where they were invited to play in a festival and where they embarked on a tour (they chose to eschew grants and the like instead allowing "the people of Toronto" to decide whether the band went to Romania. It worked).When I spoke with founding Lemon Bucket and Fedora member Mark Marczyk for a recent CBC Radio story on the collective, he emphasized the busking roots as both true to his local band's and to the Ukrainian bands he joined up with when he first decided to make this music. Beyond an accessible to all form of performance, and the singing-for-one's-supper aspect, Marczyk said that music in unexpected places -- a core tenet for Fedora and especially Lemon Bucket -- gets people to take off the "blinders" of  Toronto city life:

"... [Lemon Bucket Orkestra's street performance] reminds people it's OK to stop and feel, to feel the world around you, it's OK to be surprised, to give in to spontaneity, not everything is according to plan, sometimes the most memorable experiences in your life are ones that happened by mistake."

Video diary entries from the tour are on the LBO website and on YouTube, all videos are by Fedora/Whippersnapper Gallery artist Josh Brandt.If you're free Thursday night to go make some music at Pearson International with Lemon Bucket and the Fedora crew, here is the info via the Facebook event:

On May 31st, 2012, we are returning from our Romanian tour on AC 877. The flight arrives at Pearson International at 7:25pm.Won't you be our sweethearts and come greet us at the airport? If you do, we promise we will give you all a big, long, musical kiss! Let's have an airport reunion (and celebrate it with a free acoustic show!)

You can also get more info on Fedora Upside-Down, the artists, groups and performers involved in the collective and more on the Fedora Upside-Down website.Welcome back, Lemon Bucket Orkestra!