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

Volunteers needed for the 2012 Uma Nota Festival!

Uma Nota Culture is a small but potent organization, and we've always been about community. The people around us are a big part of the Uma Nota experience -- that unity makes the events and the cultural undercurrent something that everyone can participate in and enjoy.With that, here is our call for volunteers for the 2012 Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions!What's in it for you? Festival volunteers will receive Uma Nota swag, free admission to Uma Nota events all weekend, all kinds of behind the scenes goodies, valuable festival production experience and our undying gratitude (shout outs!), among other wonderful things.Here are the volunteer roles we're looking to fill and areas we need help  with:Volunteer roles -- Uma Nota Festival

Marketing associates
- Street promotions -- flyers and posters distribution (cafes, music/record/vintage clothing stores, etc)
- Strategies, promoting at events, radio giveaways -- help us plan
- Social Media: Help build online buzz, tweet, blog, post strategically to Facebook, etc.
Production assistants
- Event set-up and take down
- Decoration and logistics help
- Help organize vendors and any organizations displaying materials or products, assist with set-up
- Help with kids' programming, facepainting, other fun stuff so families can enjoy (especially Sunday Oct. 21 for the Community Cultural Fair!)
Stage Managers
- Keep performances on schedule
- Assist with production and technical logistics as needed
Artist Liaisons
- Host for visiting and local artists, hospitality
- Fluency/ability to comunicate in Brazilian Portuguese would be considered an asset
Documentation assistants
-  Volunteer your services as part of this team and/or help out the existing documentation crew -- videographers (e.g. second camera), photographers, audio recordings etc.
Web team
-  Web designers, Wordpress developers and anyone with HTML skills are all welcome, as is anyone with experience handling and packaging web media (photos and videos in particular) and content management systems for online publication.
Volunteer coordinator
- Help us manage volunteers and coordinate activities -- see what needs doing and help us put volunteers on it!
- Liaise with festival producers/organizers, staff and volunteers
- Identify and communicate any special needs or unusual situations relating to volunteers or what they're doing
You tell us!
- Got skills in areas we haven't touched on yet? Get in touch and let us know how you'd like to be involved with the festival.
Please contact us at umanotaculture (at) gmail (dot) com and please CC jonathan (at) umanota (dot) ca and alex (at) umanota (dot) ca.
Looking forward to hearing from the Uma Nota massive! Thank you in advance for pitching in to help us bring you a spectacular festival.
-- Uma Nota Culture

 Here are a few more photos to give you a sense of the Uma Nota team vibe! (A few shots are from the 2012 Block Party at PS Kensington, our co-production with Maracatu Mar Aberto. Give it up for the crew!)