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!


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 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

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 

Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre


We don’t normally delve into the world of theatre but this foray is entirely related to our extended community, our musical roots, and indeed part of the history of Uma Nota, Toronto and yours truly. In late 2002 I brought the city’s first alfaia (maracatu bass drum) from Brazil and began teaching a few individuals how to play maracatu rhythms in Riverdale Park West.
Not long after, Aline Morales touched down in Toronto and we proceeded to form Maracatu Nunca Antes, North America’s first maracatu. From there the story goes, and suffice to say (and proudly say) that the impact of the group was a great one for many people. Now that impact is being manifested on the stage for the first time in Canada in Maracatu You! as part of this year's SummerWorks theatre festival in Toronto. It is not to be missed.
The initiative for this project came from Suzanne Roberts Smith, a theatre artist whose experience in Maracatu dates back to the original Nunca Antes crew and who was NOW Magazine’s Fringe 2013 choice for Outstanding Performance & Production for her one-woman show Offensive to Some. Suzanne leads the creative process, acting as playwright, director, and producer, while the cast contributes their own stories and monologues about how they found maracatu and what it means and represents to them.The superbly magical Aline Morales is the musical director. Brazilian contemporary dancer Amanda Paixão and Candomblé priestess Lucia de Xangô are also featured, alongside members of percussion ensembles  Maracatu Baque de Bamba and Maracatu Mar Aberto (the two inheritors of the Nunca Antes legacy).
This goes down on stage at the stunning new Theatre Centre (formerly the Carnegie Library), a unique location for a "different kind" of theatre piece, one with a cast of mostly non-theatre professionals and which attempts to deal with some highly charged issue of modernity in a traditional cultural manifestation. This represents a delicate balance between joy, history, spirituality, redemption, and liberation, all calibrated with the inherent problems of privilege, identity, colonialism, and modernity. Let’s see how it "plays" out!


Maracatu You! is a show that anyone who loves music- or anyone who calls themselves a citizen of Toronto or the world- must see, because it tells the story of finding hope and salvation through art and community,” says Lani Milstein,  ethnomusicologist and theatre producer who is also a featured performer in the show.
“It’s full of soul-blasting music, haunting dance, powerful ritual, and true stories from right here in Toronto. We can’t wait to show audiences how a truly diverse group- bankers, lawyers, civil servants, teachers- from literally all over the world, have formed a Toronto family by celebrating a ritual that stems from a 17th-Century carnival tradition from Northeastern Brazil.”

fullMaracatu You! opens Saturday August 9th and runs until August 17th. For more info, times and tickets visit the Facebook event page. To donate to the project and help support the lovely cast and crew be sure to check out their indiegogo campaign. Also check out the video below. Although the music is more from the ijexá rhythm and afoxé line rather than maracatu, they are related, the video is truly inspiring and you can feel the magic that is sure to come out in the performance. For more info on maracatu, check this ethnography.

Family Jam! Feb 17th

coverRoll out the barrels! Uma Nota presents Family Jam!It is a common scenario: People who have kids don't come out anymore.  Somewhere along the line in our busy modern lives we lost the enjoyment for cross-generational fun. Well, Family Jam or (#FamJam) hopes to bring back the community vibes of Toronto's creative class of youth, young adults, older adults and children. No excuses because Fam Jam will take place during the day, on Family Day February 17th, a provincial holiday in Ontario, so everyone can come out and enjoy the afternoon together. There will be the best of Toronto DJs, live music, drum and dance workshop, ping pong table, face painting, a photo booth, chocolate history class, craft making activities for all the ages, food and drink! whew... that's a lot of stuff.Don't be so uptight as to think you can't enjoy a beer, glass of wine or caipirinha while your kids are around. There will be lots of community and our zone will be safe, and... there will be a kids menu!


FEBRUARY 17th Family Day at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.Tickets are nineteen dollars for adults and children are free.Buy tickets!Featuring:The Heavyweights Brass BandThese funky Toronto horns bring the best in original and classic funk, soul, jazz, R&B, and New Orleans-style street music and  is always delivered with style. They are set to release their sophomore album Brasstronomical in early March. DJ Fase. Club & Radio DJ, music producer, husband & father that can rock any jam and read the crowd like a pro. He has his own daytime show on CIUT Tues 3-5PM Stolen Moments & often hosts Friday's 8-10PM Stylistic Endeavours. He has been an active DJ since the late 90s.DJ General Eclectic. One of Toronto's DJ and design legends. General Eclectic is the driving force behind the Footprints parties at the Rivoli (among others, like Shindig). Resident and founding Uma Nota deejay who has some of the deepest, most varied record crates around. He has styles upon styles and keeps the party bumping.MC Abdominal. The phenomenal Abdominal is our host for the day. This mighty master of ceremonies among men has the gift of gab and clever wits to keep us entertained the whole way through. Abs has recently become the darling of mothers everywhere by recording a song with his own mother. The only rap star to ever do so.Workshop w/ Maracatu Mar Aberto. Maracatu Mar Aberto leads a 'roda de coco' or a circle dance. In Northeast Brazil, villagers would gather together, sing songs to drums and dance the day away to pack the earth with coconut husks in order to create even ground. Mar Aberto leads this little traditional game, in a Toronto context, for fun, all the while teaching everyone some percussion, new and old songs and some dance steps.Crafts Activities w/ Island Woolworks. Kristyn Gelfand, momma extraordinaire sets up a craft table for kids and adults alike, using paper, crayons, wool and fabric.The Story of Chocolate w/ ChocoSol. ChocoSol leads us through games and activities on the famous delicacy: chocolate. From it's cacau origins, through its status as "food for the gods" and its modern production on small farms, the story is interactive, hands on and fun for kids.Face Painting by Ilyan Balicki of Face Art, a Photobooth and... wait for it... Ping Pong tables by VanGrey!

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Tale of Two Nations touches down in America do Norte

Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante do RecifeMaracatu de Baque Virado -- also called Maracatu Nação, the musical and specifically percussive style, and in some special cases the entire royal court procession that completes the cultural manifestation -- has had a presence in Toronto for more than 10 years now.The Toronto groups are led by players who learned the form through the Estrela Brilhante nation in Recife, Brazil, the city most identified with maracatu (and some other Brazilian projects derived from Estrela Brilhante and other maracatu nations). Hundreds of drummers, dancers and participants have learned and thousands have been thrilled by the heavy Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the colourful spectacle of maracatu presentations in Toronto.Rainha Dona Marivalda and the royal court of Estrela BrilhanteNow, in a history-making visit, Estrela Brilhante is coming to the US for a tour and workshop series. Dubbed A Tale of Two Nations, the tour and the whole shebang is directed creatively by Brooklyn-based drummer Scott Kettner, who founded and leads Maracatu NY as well as the group Nation Beat, which will tour with the members of Estrela including Mestre Walter de França and several of the heaviest-hitting batuqueiros (percussionists) of the nation. (The project received some arts grant funding and some help from a certain airline for the plane fares, but Kettner, project manager Anne Kogan and Co. also raised over $20,000 with a Kickstarter campaign.)Nation Beat blends the roots music of the southern US styles (like New Orleans second line) and those of northeastern Brazil (maracatu, coco, forró, ciranda).The group previously collaborated with Estrela Brilhante in Recife in 2005, for collaborations that have been recorded and performed there. The results included these versions of Estrela's traditional tunes produced with the Nation Beat treatment.The 2013 tour marks the first time the Estrela nation -- including percussionists, dancers, Queen Marivalda and members of the royal court -- will perform and teach in North America, with tour stops in New York, LA, Arizona and Connecticut.For our part, a good-sized group of Maracatu players from the Toronto groups are heading down to New York City for a weekend with Estrela.The NYC tour stop takes place at home base for Kettner and for photographer Jason Gardner -- who has traveled Recife and the Pernambuco region of Brazil for nine years and is launching his recently published book of photos, A Flower in the Mouth, which documents Carnaval in Pernambuco -- along with Kettner's multimedia talk at the Lincoln Centre. This presentation and exhibit launch event serves as a kind of warm-up for the same venue's Out of Doors series, which hosts an open rehearsal and then the big Tale of Two Nations performance to kick off the weekend.Once the shows are done, it's time for the weekeend of workshops (and a party), featuring the dancers and drummers and royal court members of Estrela Brilhante and hosted by Maracatu New York at Kettner's studio in Brooklyn.As a student of Maracatu for some years now -- mostly learning in the Toronto groups as well as on my trips to Brazil -- I've watched and listened to Estrela first-hand in Recife and have met and played with members of the nation in other informal maracatu groups. I've learned the rhythms, songs, percussion breaks and (I'd like to think!) some of the "feel" of the Estrela Brilhante do Recife style of maracatu, as taught to me by my Toronto-based teachers and visiting Brazilian guest instructors, and in the context of maracatu groups in other cities of Brazil that I visited and player with.But this represents my first opportunity to learn directly from the teachers that taught my teachers. To consider what I will learn, what this might do for my playing and my understanding of maracatu gives me both joy and (as anyone who knows me might expect) some anxiousness as well. Will the infamous Mestre Walter comment on something I do, or an error I might make? Will I find out just how far I have to go in this musical form? Will I give it all up and move to Recife? (Doubtful, but who knows.)Only one way to find out. Here we go!- Jonathan RothmanEstrela Brilhante é Nação de Fé! No baque virado sou Nação Nagô!The 2007 desfile (Carnaval parade) of Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante do Recife

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:

Small World Music Festival in effect

Small World Music Festival 2012: Brazilian Blend - Festival Finale with Uma Nota Culture

This week Toronto has been getting a dose of musical sights and sounds from around the world. The Small World Music Festival, now in its twelfth (12th) year, is in full effect at several locations around the city. Last weekend saw an incredible collection of talent representing traditions from different global musical movements. Dundas Square was lively  that Saturday, when a number of diverse acts --including Kendra Ray, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Wesli and M.A.K.U. Sound System, among many others -- rocked the crowd.

Too often than not, Toronto is full of wicked bands, events and cultural movements that go unnoticed by the city's general populace. It amazes me how much talent we have and so little conscious public that accompanies it and makes it part of their lifestyle. Small World Music Festival, cognizant of this, has re-introduced itself into the musical currents that are part of the TO landscape, allying themselves with Uma Nota Culture, Fedora Upside Down, and some quality international acts.

Uma Nota Culture's story with Small World Music dates back to last year when they were a community partner of our inaugural festival. Several Uma Nota acts have also been hired by them in the past. This year, we co-present their festival's closing party at Lula Lounge, which they have dubbed "Brazilian Blend." The night features Maracatu Mar Aberto and Maria Bonita and the Band.

Maria Bonita truly is special, and coming off of a summer where they played, among other gigs, a two-month-plus Monday night residency at the Dakota Tavern, this band promises energy. Jerusa Leão, the charismatic leader of the band, is also planning a Brazil trip soon, so this may be one of the last chances you get to see her.

Energy, romance ... and even though it's crowded, there is lots of room on the dance floor.

Maracatu Mar Aberto is also an Uma Nota favorite and partner. The last time they were featured at an Uma Nota event was the infamous and incredible Block Party. The time before that, in July 2011, NOW magazine critic Benjamin Boles commented: "Their sound is based on the maracatu de baque virado style, but by giving it contemporary context – bits of sampling, for example – the locals prove they’re not strict traditionalists. If you’re not familiar with Afro-Brazilian music, the modern touches might not be overly evident, but that won’t diminish the impact of their thundering drums and soulful vocals."

Mar Aberto Soundsystem

For this September Sunday's performance we get a glimpse of Mar Aberto's stage group, a project known as Mar Aberto SoundSystem. This group expands from the Maracatu percussion repertoire to include the influences of some great sounds and other rhythms and songs, like samba, ciranda, soul, coco de roda and reggae. Expect some sweet stuff ...

That was the SoundSystem; below is all Maracatu Mar Aberto!

Rounding out the lineup us this Sunday is  the city's finest tropical bass purveyor, DJ eLman of Dos Mundos Radio, also a frequent Uma Nota collaborator.  Join us at Lula Lounge (online tickets here) for a warm, groove-filled evening to cap off the weekend, and a great Small World Festival.

Brazil Olympic handover show. Great or Cheesy?

The Rio 2016 Olympics organizers promised the Brazilian show in the Olympic handover of the London 2012 closing ceremonies would be "without clichés." Well, it was close. This definitely wasn't a Rio postcard with dental floss bikinis from the '80s! It was far more suave, courageous and yet still grand. However, someone could make the case that their whole piece was full of clichés: samba, foot-ee-bol, and pretty ladies. But before we jump on the show's producers with our holier than thou critiques, let's remember that this was a presentation made for an international audience. It's an audience not as well versed in the vivencia brasileira as we are, and  no one can compare to the absolute horrid cheesiness of what the Brits did (the classic rock and military references!?! c'mon seriously, anybody?). Also, let's remember this is one of the world's biggest spectacles. Over the top and cheesy are the name of the game, and  considering the grandness of it all ... it was alright.

Ok, the Brazilian show ... “Brazil, the country of the multicultural embrace.

Right from the start, with the appearance of (Renato) Sorriso, the man who sweeps the grounds of Rio's Sambódromo and is famous for his samba, I knew that the Brazilians had gone with a mix of safe and edgy. Sorriso is a real dude, transported from that carnival world where every year he has a few minutes of fame, to something more international. The theatre of the security guard trying to samba was cute, international, understandable by all.

A sudden and abrupt rhythmic stroke by the bateria of G.R.E.S. (aka samba school) Portela and ... silence ... enter Marisa Monte ... the muse of all of Brasil, as the mermaid of the sea, singing a tune incredibly reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to the film The Mission. Her enormous costume and her sweet voice focused one's eyes and ears to the tube. And right on cue, enter the neon-clad natives performing a ritualistic dance.

Ok... this part I kinda cringed. Having just come back from the Peoples Summit (Cúpula dos Povos) at Rio+20 and having witnessed the speeches about the displacement of native Brazilians, and seeing how there is a movement against the Belo Monte Dam project which would destroy the Xingu river basin and forcibly displace and alter the lives of thousands of natives, this embrace of the heritage that is currently being destroyed, seemed a bit, let's say ... disingenuous and put on for gringo eyes. But, on with the show.

A burst of rhythm and the Caboclos de Lança came from all directions converging on the center stage, and soon after BNegão comes out singing the Chico Science anthem Maracatu Atômico (actually a Gil song) that rocked the maracatu for the international crowd! This was awesome.

Why is this important? Well, maracatu is from the northeast of Brazil and has only come into the popular consciousness in Brazil and the world in the last 10 years. This is a grand departure from the normal standard-issue samba (and only samba), and the inclusion of BNegão brought some street rapper credibility to the experience.  I still think it's too bad BNegão couldn't come out as himself rather than as a Chico Science stand-in, but I'm sure he doesn't mind. Chico is Chico, 'nuff respect.

Alessandra Ambrósio came out looking all sultry and and oh-so-beautiful. I didn't really get what she was doing there, but hey, I suppose she represents all the beautiful ladies of Brasil and her smile was infectious. She got into it too, singing along, dancing and waving to the crowd. Also, the 'black power' samba passistas wearing afro wigs were interesting, a bit comical and totally random, but still indicative of soul music scene in Rio and fun (the most important part).

Then came the capoeira. My capoeira friends, forgive me, but none of them played capoeira. They did execute an enormous amount of flips and moves, showing off their incredible acrobatic skills. The acrobatics and unique style of  capoeira moves never fail to impress, but the art of it was lost in the randomness.

Next to appear was Seu Jorge, the most incredible barritone, singing Wilson Simonal's Nem Vem Que Não Tem. A modern phenomenon, Seu Jorge is the charme of the malandro in a new Brazil: real, suave,  from Rio, international in his career and with a fondness for the São Paulo urban life. Having hung out with him on his tour bus once, I can honestly say he is a cool man, and his dance moves aren't too shabby. The 'black power' passistas and his dance with Alessandra Ambrosió suddenly made sense of it all. A hype party, sexy and romantic. My favorite part.

Next up: a series of ladies in white holding up plaques and choreographing a visual piece to an incredible track, and wicked live music, all before setting the cards down and recreating the famous calçada or sidewalk of Copacabana and Ipanema. Marisa Monte and Seu Jorge sang an incredible, sweet rendition of Aquele Abraço (or "That Embrace" -- kinda like "that sweet hug").

All of this culminated in the entrance on the stage of a mysterious character, who throws his hat and jacket off at the song peaks: None other than Pelé! The most famous athlete of the world's most famous sport, singing along and motioning a big hug to the crowds, welcoming them to Rio. Although he never competed in the Olympics, few athletes are as beloved and revered as he is.

So our final verdict? Great-ed cheese. Oh so good, without pretentions, outrageous, and wholly Brazilian in all its glory, even with the problematic issues. The producers played it safe in a lot of ways, as they should have, but they were super contemporary in their execution. There was no Sergio Mendes and no Carmen Miranda (not that I don't love Carmen Miranda). The music of course was fantastic, well produced and brought together thanks to our man Beto Villares, who also happens to be my personal favorite music producer from Brazil (I was shocked when I learned he produced the music side; I'd already been following him on Instagram! Check his music).

Having been to Rio and over much of the country, we can safely say that there are few places anywhere in the world that receive people with such a warm and friendly embrace as Rio de Janeiro does, hands down.  Positive vibrations to Rio and the Brazilian Olympic Committee!

Check the show for yourself! Show starts at 7min.

Rio is the host for the next summer Olympics, and in many ways it is impossible to avoid. Simply such a beautiful city! RIO2016 BLOG

More photos from the handover ceremony:


PSK Block Party!

On Sunday May 27th, Maracatu Mar Aberto, together with Uma Nota Culture, Lula Lounge and Clay & Paper Theater present the second annual Block Party. This promises to be a wicked kick off to the summer as it takes place during the first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday. As you walk up and down Augusta Avenue on Sunday, take notice of the entrance to the back lot of El Gordo's. Walk right through,  kinda like stepping into a different world. The lot will be transformed into the Inner Harbour, a liminal space decorated in the Mar Aberto Block Party fashion (see below for last year).The details are pretty straightforward:  the music will start at 1pm and the acts featured are as fine as any great festival in this city, and all the artists are part of the extended Mar Aberto, Lula, and Uma Nota family. Café Con Pan, with their son jarocho from Vera Cruz Mexico perform around 1:30pm, and are followed closely by Friendlyness & The Human Rights, with their mighty heavy reggae, and M.A. Sound System, and of course the Afro-Brazilian style of Maracatu Mar Aberto around 6:30pm. Maria Bonita & the Band's sweet forró sounds will bring us the romance in the early evening. DJs throughout the day will include, The Record player, MC Bookshelf, Hadi Man and Jerus Nazdaq.This will be a true community event with bands coming to play for people in the market in a safe environment where we can enjoy , dance, drinks and friends in the comfort of our Kensington Market... so come and we may add, please donate as all the funds go towards the event production. There will be cold beer all day and caipirinhas by Pitú.BLOCK PARTY SCHEDULE1:00 Shira Gelman1:30 Café con Pan2:15 DJ: M.C. Bookshelf3:00 Friendliness & the Human Rights3:45 DJ: Hadiman4:30 Samba Elegua5:00 Mar Aberto Sound System5:30 DJ The Record Player & General Eclectic6:30 Maracatu Mar Aberto (& Friends)7:15 Maria Bonita & the Band8:15 DJ: Jerus9:00 Let's tone it down a bit ;)Last year's Block Party was a phenomenal co-production by Samba Elégua and Mar Aberto at Zero Gravity Circus. The old Vaudeville theater, with high walls of exposed brick, was made to resemble a cityscape, with 'outdoor' vendor tents,  laundry spread out across the venue and good, good music including Mar Aberto's inaugural show, raw and biting. View photos from the event on Mar Aberto's facebook page.