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.

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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

Uma Nota Festival 2015

UPDATED OCTOBER 1stUma Nota Festival 2015

Saturday October 17thSaturday Jamboree at Geary Lane


FEATURINGVox Sambou (Montreal/Haiti)T Dot Sound CrewDJ General EclecticSelector K Zar

PLUS15,000 watt soundsystem by Dub ConnectionDécor by Pleasurecraft featuring projected visuals in collaboration with VJ NotívagoFood vendors to be announcedCash bar in effect

Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave.Advance tickets $10/$15 at the doorDoors 9:30 p.m.MORE INFO

Sunday, October 18thCommunity Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

FEATURINGLenis Rino (Brazil)The ResponsablesYUKAAline MoralesTupi Collective DJs (Montreal)DJ Erick Paredes (Miami)Coco de Roda circle dance game with members of Maracatu Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba

PLUSArtist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprises

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door. Children under 12 freeMORE INFO

Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 1.14.50 AMYuka is releasing their 3rd CD on September 25th at Lula Lounge.Never heard of them? Well, for those who don't know, YUKA is a 5 piece Toronto-based band that plays old school funk and soul music. Maybe you've stumbled upon them on a hot summer night at the Drake or the Reservoir Lounge, or maybe you heard the buzz about them from the tastemakers around town. Don't let the fact that they are jazz grads fool you into thinking they are simply nerds with no performance edge. These guys have style, and keep you moving. Their recent album Pitfall showcases the band's hard hitting and dynamic sound, with tight horn melodies and energetic grooves. It was recorded at Verge music studios with Rueben Ghose and was mixed by Phil Spencer. Kinda reminds you of the Stax sound, like the Meters with a young, tomorrow vibe.All songs on Pitfall are written by guitarist James Taylor. The arrangements however,  are the result of the wide variety of tastes and musical experiences that a band can create together after 7 plus years of collaboration. While funk, soul, and jazz are the foundation of the Yuka sound, other styles such as psychedelic, soft rock, and 70's game show themes are integrated to give this album a unique and eclectic flavour.Yuka has recently added vocalist Claire Doyle to the mix to add even more soul to their danceable sound. Claire, infused with a passion for performing high-energy music, seems to possesses an old soul. Motown Diva Martha Reeves, having mentored Claire early in her career, relayed: "She is a naturally gifted artist and I look forward to celebrating her future successes". Claire's first EP with YUKA entitled “Chasing Around” has the magnetic charm of your favourite soul/funk 45’s finished off with YUKA’s own brand of seductive grooves.For the Lula show, Yuka will add are going to have Todd Pentney on keys and Max Senitt on percussion. 8 piece YUKA band, the largest to date. Opening up for them will be The Responsables and on the DJ decks will be DJ Good Vibes. Check out the Facebook event.Soul music... yuka_umanota_sept2014_4x6_4

YUKA: Pitfall CD release party, Thursday, Sept. 25. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

$15 at the door with a CD $10 at the door without a CD, Doors 9 p.m.

Also featuring The Responsables and DJ GoodVibes

Yuka is: Patric McGroarty - Trumpet/Backup Vocals/Tambourine , Ben MacDonald - Sax/Backup Vocals , James Taylor - Guitar/Backup Vocals, Ryan Spratt - Bass/Backup Vocals, Chino Devilla - Drums, Claire Doyle - Lead Vocals 

NuJazz Festival takes five (and how)

Jay Cleary knows a thing or two about carving out a niche in the Toronto music scene. He's brought hundreds of artists through in many years, representing big-time on the local and international acts of a funk, groove and soul nature.Cleary has been all over it in Toronto for years but now lives in NYC. Luckily his concerts remain, and he even visits for special occasions. Case in point: NuJazz Festival, which he started five years ago. Cleary has presented a slew of artists over the past festivals -- a few standouts include shows by Herbaliser, Toubab Krewe and one of last year's marquee attractions, soul legend Roy Ayers.This year, Cleary bounced into town after yet another NYC/Toronto "commute" -- in this case spending more than 12 hours in transit via bus -- and went straight to work. On Nov. 9, SoulJazz Orchestra kicked off this year'sat Wrongbar to get the festival  underway. The group used the launch of the fifth annual festival as the debut Toronto performance of their new album Solidarity. Cleary confirms that this was SJO's biggest Toronto headline show to date, noting "the rabid crowd loved every minute of the 2 hour set!"SoulJazz Orchestra at the launch of the fifth annual NuJazz festival at Wrongbar on Nov. 9, 2012This year's NuJazz lineup, Cleary writes, "embodies the spirit of nu-jazz, which is bringing jazz into a modern context by blending this essential improvisation-based art form with other contemporary styles." Dig ... here's a little more on some of the fest's remaining shows:Saturday night (November 17) at Great Hall features the duo Martin and Blades, a year-plus-old collaboration between drummer Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood) Hammond B3 organist Wil Blades.  The two joined up at a festival in summer 2011 and the danceable, improvised old school grooves proved so popular that they've been touring this two-man, two-instrument act.  Drummer Billy Martin happens to be a student of Latin, Brazilian and global percussion and has immersed himself in a study of clave rhythms, recently publishing a book on African-derived clave grooves. So rhythm heads take note, this is a drummer to catch in a live setting. And to round out the night, Toronto's free-spirited horn-based ensemble The Shuffle Demons support.A taste of that drum kit/B3 duo:Another of the shows we're most looking forward to is the return of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who rocked it at the inaugural festival in 2008. Cleary recalls their show a few years back, commenting that at the time they had just "tapped into their own sound," breaking new ground based on their background with jazz melodies and hip-hop grooves. Since then, Cleary notes, "eveyrone wanted to collaborate with them," and those who did include Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Damon Albarn, who made HBO the touring backup band for Gorillaz. (The hit film Hunger Games also used their track War in a crucial scene.)Musically, says Cleary, they've advanced in the jazz realm and recorded with composer and former Sun Ra Arkestra collaborator Philip Cohran -- who by all accounts is indeed the father of the musicians comprising Hypnotic Brass Orchestra. HBO's resulting music is "more African, more arranged than ever. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble plays The Opera House on Friday, November 23, a show that promises to once again bring out all the dancers and appreciators in the know. Opening the night are Heavyweights Brass Band, who use the classic New Orleans instrumentation to lay down everything from funk and R&B to some pretty fun covers of War, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson.Finally, we have to give shout-out to Yuka, one of the city's hardest-working funk/soul acts. They perform next Thursday, November 22 at the El Mocambo alongside  Chameleon Project and others in a local showcase concert.Take a listen to the Yuka funk here:Other NuJazz headliners on the DJ tip include the seemingly ageless Mark Farina and multi-instrumentalist/spinner Chuck Love. The latter show is co-presented by the boys of Promise and supporting DJs include Circle Research, whose inclusion on the bill is always a good thing and a sign of educated taste.Props and a sort of farewell for now are due to Cleary, who plans to head back to NYC after the festival and stay there for a while, still maintaining his toe-hold on the groove scene in Toronto. We wish him well and look forward to the rest of a killer festival.The fifth annual NuJazz Festival runs until November 24 in Toronto. Full schedule, ticket info and more are available on the NuJazz website