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

Uma Nota: Throwback edition -- July 5 at the Gladstone Hotel

Uma Nota: Throwback editionThrowback!The Gladstone Hotel was the venue for the four years of our original Uma Nota series. The intimate ballroom was our shared stage, where the bands, the DJs, and everyone on that dance floor kept things lively.That unique vibe is how we're ringing in our sixth year, with the live dub sounds and Brazilian rhythms of Mar Aberto SoundSystem, and a special guest DJ set by Andycapp of Bang the Party with Tropicalia, disco and everything good. General Eclectic holds down the reggae, Latin, MPB, and Afrobeat. And we bring a fine night of music, dance, fun and friends back to the place where we started.Here is a video from a recent Mar Aberto SoundSystem show, thanks to Leonardo TenanThis one is also our six-year anniversary!Uma Nota: Throwback editionGladstone Hotel ballroom1214 Queen St. W.Friday, July 5Doors 10 p.m.$5 to the first 50 people before 11 p.m.$10 online advance tickets (http://umanotajuly5.eventbrite.com/)$15 otherwisePurchase advance tickets here via EventbriteFeaturing: Mar Aberto SoundSystemhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Mar-Aberto-SoundSystem/540320856006861 | http://www.maracatumaraberto.ca/Mar Aberto SoundSystem is the sounds of dub reggae, funk and classic MPB with Brazilian rhythms like maracatu, samba, coco, ciranda and Afro grooves. Percussionists and singers from Maracatu Mar Aberto are joined by talented locals on bass, guitar and horns along with Brazil-Toronto vocalist/songwriter Capinan.Special guest DJ: Andycapp https://www.facebook.com/groups/bangtheparty/ | http://bangtheparty77-84.com/Record collector and experienced selector Andycapp is a founding member (and now holds down solo) the always packed Toronto series Bang the Party. From Tropicalia to disco and electro, Andycapp unapologetically mixes as he likes to keep things big and bumpin'.DJ General Eclectichttp://umanota.ca/general-eclectic-sights-and-sounds/Founding Uma Nota DJ General Eclectic busts out the finest dancing cuts in the tune of ska, descarga, MPB and Afrobeat.Hosted by John Greco and PrinceProduced by Uma Nota CultureFacebook event page here

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: