Liniker e os Caramelows: Live in Toronto!

Liniker e Os Caramelows 01_Foto - Leila PenteadoFor the first time ever in Canada, ground-breaking and award-winning Liniker e os Caramelows direct from São Paulo, Brazil.Fronted by captivating transgender vocalist Liniker Barros, Liniker e os Caramelows create a contemporary sound dubbed 'Brazilian Soul', which combines soul with the tropical heritage of MPB, resulting in a beautiful, emotional and energetic show. Looking deep into the eyes of the audience – you don’t have to speak Portuguese to be completely entranced, it’s universal! Liniker's music speaks for itself but her presence on the stage is part of a greater movement. Check the AltLatino NPR article.The band rose to prominence in October 2015 with the YouTube release CRU, followed by their award-winning and lauded September 2016 studio album, REMONTA. After wowing crowds in Austin at SXSW in both 2017 and 2018, this summer marks Liniker's first performance in Canada!Co-presented by Uma Nota Culture, Lula Music and Arts and Polyphonic Ground in association with Sarau Brazil.Very limited early-bird tickets $20 **** SOLD OUT ****Regular Advance Tickets $33.50available online HERE.Facebook Event.Dinner Reservations guarantee seating at Lula Loungehttps://www.lula.ca/ or 416-588-0307 to reserve

Winter Nite

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Once again, we bring the heat and good vibes to this Tdot winter of contentment in frigid temperatures. We have the very best djs and the real deal raw samba of Batucada Carioca. It all happens at Super Wonder Gallery right on College Street near Clinton. What makes this jam fun is the liberty of expression, come out and feel no shame and dance bc no one cares. Click the link above for your advance tickets.Batucada Carioca, are old school alumnae of Uma Nota dating back to the days when the jam was at the Gladstone Hotel. They are led by the effervescent Maninho Costa, a true samba percussion master, born into the tradition inn Rio de Janeiro. For this little gig he has brought together his "nove de ouro" or the "nine of gold," a small group of Batucada's ace players locked in a groove so tight that the surdos and repenique promise to pull you from within and create a bridge between earth and some other-wordily realm of pure bliss. Check our old school blog post that gives you a full breakdown of Batucada, including more pics and video.BatucadaJ Laijenny cutJennifer Laiwint, or better known these days as J Lai, is an artist through and through, dabbling in visual art, Capoeira Angola, and in the last few years making an impact as a dj that moves the dance- floor. She brings a dancehall tip, some baile funk, RnB, electro-tropical and global and Baltimore club mixes for all. Check her mix below.The indelible General Eclectic. General Eclectic is the resident dj and co-founder of Uma Nota, and one of the most popular and well versed djs in Toronto. His crates go deep and his ability to play across genres and always bring the crowd to a groove is legendary. We won't go on about him too much, but he's been called a million dollar dj.And.... (drum roll) debut-ing this jam... dj Win-win! Our homegirl Winnie is gonna show us what she's got and get the jam rolling. Mad styles Winnie, originally from Halifax, is known her fun house parties, playing with Maracatu Mar Aberto, hanging in Kensington Market, and generally cutting a rug on the dance-floor at a number of jams around the world. Let's call it global influenced electronic dance music. Come early and check out the Win-win situation. See you all at Uma Nota Winter Nite!The Win-win situation.  

Doctor Nativo: Cumbia-Reggae Party

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Yes yes we are back... Since we've been digging the cumbia and reggae for years, we thought we'd bring those vibes back and present an artist that embodies both of those styles and just happens to be pulling through Toronto right about now... Doctor Nativo.Direct from Guatemala, Doctor Nativo’s music explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice, and folk wisdom. Punctuated by an explosive sound combining reggae, cumbia, hip hop, and Mayan traditional music, his live show is a powerful experience that has captivated audiences all throughout Turtle Island and Europe. Check the video below.Doctor Nativo first made his name in the Guatemalan hip hop scene working with the highly acclaimed group Bacteria Soundsystem Crew. After years of combining reggae and hip hop, he began to explore his indigenous roots under the guidance of the elder Tata Pedro. In pursuing this path, he formed the first Mayan rap group, Balam Ajpu, who are known throughout Mayan communities for rapping in Tz'tujil, celebrating the traditional cosmology, and sharing their culture with a wider audience.Building on this success, Doctor Nativo has recorded his first solo album, Guatemaya, this year. With an infectious sound reminiscent of Manu Chao and Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, it will appeal to fans of world music and those interested in indigenous culture.Rounding up the line-up will be DJs Juana Gó-Gó and Ontario Bananas with the classic Latin venial and tropical bass, respectively. A small maracatu performance by Toronto's Mar Aberto is also on the bill. Yes... we are crawling out of a slow hibernation to a winter of tropical culture in TO.Come feel the old school flavour... Uma Nota in the area.Nati Waxaqib batz Austria 

Our Latin Thing - Futuro Libre

15542413_1890266511194861_1980492393401362097_nFuturo Libre, a brand new cultural production house in Toronto, brings it with a special holiday jam, Our Latin Thing, on Thursday December 29th, 2016. Los Poetas and Beny Esguerra & New Tradition athrow down their best stuff.screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-2-54-50-pmLos PoetasWith members hailing from El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Colombia, via Canada, Latin Hip Hop collective Los Poetas sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Led by park bench philosophers Louwop and Che Uno and Vancouver-based producer Vago, supported by DJ Grouch, guest MC Afantu and visual artist Leche, and backed by a smoking salsa band live, Los Poetas is the sort of group that could only be centred in a major multicultural city like Toronto, Canada.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ9peSq7gbc[/embed]Beny Esguerra & New TraditionBeny and New Tradition recently killed it at Montreal music showcase Mundial. Their show was electric and definitely impressed everyone in the audience. A true form of world music naturally vibing off different styles to make that infectious tropical music, and whose lyrics can attest, is wholly conscious and from the heart. His new album, Return of Kuisi,  is powerful, unites tribes and makes you dance.benyesguerranewtraditionNew Tradition Multi Arts Show features an interactive performance project through spoken word, music, songs, dance and visual arts. while creating bridges across musical genres, the original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the over 2000 year old indigenous kuizi bunzi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. With the use of a human beatboxer and a DJ as a significant components of the bands sonic identity the ensemble can maintain its original sound while performing with as many as thirteen musicians all the way down to three, making the show adaptable to various performance contexts.[embed]http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHJ7MGIgVU8%20[/embed] This show is not to be missed. catch these acts as they trail blaze into the futuro libre.

in/future Transformative Art Experience

in-future-ben-watt-meyer-fb-crop-photo-bryne-mclaughlin-1024x538in/future is totally awesome. The arts & music festival brings together a whole lot of beautiful ingredients for a truly innovative and art-inspiring experience. Here are three reasons to go for the final weekend.It’s at Ontario Place. For Torontonians (especially over-30 peeps), it is super nostalgic, and regardless, this ‘70s/’80s on-the-lake world of the future, park of revelry, even in its current abandoned state, is an inspiring setting. In last week’s NOW Magazine cover story on the festival, one of the festival programmers, Layne Hinton, said: "We're taking all our cues from the West Island and Ontario Place and its history. It's interesting because they built the space with all these futuristic ideas and utopian models, but they were also referencing something from the recent past. So we've been interested in that relationship, the play of time the site seems to hold." We are talking instant romance for those on an alternative-style date night. Art Spin, the wonder adventurists of Toronto, have curated some beautiful installations from various artists (you have to see it). Led by Hinton and Rui Pimenta, they teamed up with Small World Music Society, who have put together a wicked musical programme removed from commercial glitz, wholly diverse and eclectic and of the greatest musicianship. (It also helps our ego that many of the artists have in the past been presented by Uma Nota!) The fourth element for this art bending experience this Friday? Uma Nota presents three incredible Brazilian live acts and a roving DJ that take your after-work transformative art experience to the next level. Check out what’s on offer below. Oh yes, and we also must say that the best part is the crowd that comes out: Diverse, fun, and beautiful people who love adventure and artistic inspiration.Luísa MaitaA Sao Paulo cool kid whose music fuses downtempo electronica, a bit of Ceu’s vibes, some Vanessa da Mata flavour and a bunch of urban Cumbancha feels. She is one of the more accessible contemporary Brazilian artists, and while the US media like NPR have caught onto her, but she is still flying under the radar here in Canada. Her sound is kind of a soul vibe, some pop even, very urban and cool. Now Mag wrote: “Coaxing imagery from Brazil's inimitable culture, [Maita] expands on the traditions of classic samba with modern influences that include Feist and Cat Power.”Bruno CapinanBruno’s sound is maturing like mad. He is leaving us doing the groovy head-nod with his new directions. Our homeboy Jonathan Rothan had this to say about Bruno Capinan in a recent NOW magazine piece: “Singer/songwriter Bruno Capinan's personal, exploratory songs have an epic indie feel that matches his equally epic stage wear. He released Tudo Está Dito, his third album, in 2014, and has since performed and recorded in Brazil with Gilberto Gil's son Bem Gil. He [was] part of a "new music of Brazil" showcase at the Rio Olympics in August, and his next album arrives in the fall.” It’s coming out very soon and for that we are also excited.Maracatu Mar AbertoMar Aberto is our maracatu of choice in Toronto [albeit a little biased!]. This show features, direct from Brazil, Garnize from Tambores de Olokun and the lead vocals of Zeca Polina and Quebec based songstress Flavia Nascimento, Mar Aberto's show promises emotional upliftment and ecstatic performance translating directly to the dancers and audience.Over the last seven years, Mar Aberto has developed Toronto-bred Maracatu language -- creating a distinct Maracatu style that is rooted in a Toronto vibe (a band of bohemian agitators linked to different underground cultural events) while learning and respecting traditional maracatu nations, expanding from original school of influence, the venerable Maracatu Estrela Brilhante of Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil. garniDJ General Eclectic on the Boom BikeGroove with one of Canada's finest DJs, and resident Uma Nota selector, who will be performing live on his newly created Boom Bike! 1500watts of pure awesomeness all contained on a hand crafted specially built tricycle setup!boom-bike

GAIA: The Female Experience Told

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Diving deep beneath the surface, Dance Migration pushes the boundaries of Brazilian samba with its debut production GAIA this September 16,17 & 18 at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Theatre.Gaia, is the ancient Greek name for the proto-goddess Earth, the spouse of Uranos, or Sky. From Gaia the Gods and Titans were born. She is the original womb, and mother of all beingsChoreographed and produced by artistic director Adrianna Yanuziello, Gaia is a story about the female experience told through the bodies of five powerful dancers.Inspired by the works of Brazilian choreographers Irineu Nogueira & Rosangela Silvestre comes forth a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. It’s the story about breaking the person we’re told we’re supposed to be and finding the courage to stand in who we are.The show features a live musical cast of brilliant musicians such as Brazilian drummer and vocalist Aline Morales with arrangements by bassist Rich Brown and Brazilian artists Alysson Bruno, Maninho Costa, Lucas Cirillo, and Fabio Leandro da Silva. 

 

Sisters in Song: Jabu and Aline Morales

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Aline Morales' days as Toronto's best-kept musical secret may be over, but the Brazilian singer, percussionist and bandleader has a special treat in store this month. On Thursday, November 26th, Aline welcomes her equally captivating sister, Barcelona-based Jabu Morales, for the Toronto CD release of Jabu Morales' second album, Malungo.

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While Jabu's music is unique, her musical path and Aline's tread similar territory. On both their recordings and in their live shows, listeners are treated to a high level of musicianship, with intricate but unobtrusive percussion, impassioned lyrics sung beautifully in Portuguese and English, and genuine feelings of saudade, that rich, nearly untranslatable Portuguese word for longing.
Malungo, the new album by Jabu Morales, departs significantly from its predecessor, 2010's Jabu, which was recorded not long after her 2008 arrival in Barcelona. Malungo bears the influences of her new home city and its global mix, with Spanish-style guitars and even West African sensibilities reflecting the shifts in Jabu's music over the last six years. This is Brazilian music transformed and informed by Mediterranean living in a local-global Spanish-speaking metropolis.
Here's a video of Seu Lua from Malungo,  performed live in Barcelona by Jabu Morales and her band, with special participation from Aline Morales.

And here's one more tune, from Jabu's first (self-titled) album.

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Saturday Jamboree at Geary Lane - Uma Nota Festival 2015

Saturday Jamboree at Geary Lane

Saturday Jamboree at Geary Lane

It's festival time! The last time Uma Nota joined together with Dub Connection Soundsystem to take over Geary Lane, it was a beautiful Winter Nite. We’ve joined forces again to bring you a night of uninhibited dancing to the best music for another amazing Saturday night (October 17th) at the warehouse space that’s off the beaten track (but closer than you think).Our two live bands for the night represent between them music from Brazil, Haiti, west Africa and various parts of Latin America, plus we have two of the city’s top selectors holding down the reggae, dub, MPB and vintage vinyl on all 15,000 watts of the mighty Dub Connection Soundsystem. All you have to do is make it to the spot.Featuring:Vox Sambou and bandVox Sambou (Montreal/Haiti)One of the founding members of Montreal’s Nomadic Massive collective, Vox Sambou in his solo project blends the traditional music of Haiti with Afro-Latin grooves, Afrobeat, reggae and hip hop. He sings in Creole, English, French and Spanish and has been called “a key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement.” Vox Sambou’s third solo album, titled “The Brazil Session” was fully recorded in Brazil with the collaboration of Brazilian musicians Rael da Rima (MC), Felippe Pipeta (trumpet) and Cauê Vieira (saxophone, flute) and will be released in the fall of 2015. Meanwhile, the Uma Nota Festival set includes Vox’s full band from Montreal.T Dot Sound Crew ft. Lady SonA new band already making waves in Toronto’s tropical scene, TDot Sound Crew features members of the drumming troupe TDot Batu and a host of local players from reggae, Brazilian and Latin bands around the city. TDot Sound Crew’s base is a Bloco Afro setup, with the Brazilian drum section laying the foundation for the group’s versions of classic Big Latin tunes, Spanish-language ska and samba-reggae hits, plus cumbia, roots reggae and other grooves. The crew welcome the one and only powerful vocals of Lady Son for this performance.DJ General EclecticResident selector General Eclectic is renowned in the downtown core as the man who has styles upon styles. His crates go deep, and he truly lives up to his name as one of Canada's most diverse DJs, taking you on a musical journey around the globe and back again with the flick of his wrist! He is the man behind Footprints, ShinDig and a number of other jams and of course, part of the original Uma Nota trifecta. With nearly 20 years of experience, he mixes effortlessly between genres, defying categorization while demonstrsating his encyclopedic knowledge of music and more than 8,000 records. He brings the tropical selections, the deep sound and has promised a wickedly original wicked set for this night.

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Selector K ZarA core founding member of the Dub Connection Soundsystem, K Zar Dubwise is a tireless purveyor of one drop goodness and dubtastic sounds. Along with his DCS crew, he is one of the Toronto agitator-artists keeping the city’s Jamaican-style soundsystem culture thriving and taking the sound to new places while maintaining links to the old school. Sometimes guest MCs will toast over K Zar’s dubby beats, so be ready to jump and move.Plus:15,000 watt soundsystem by Dub ConnectionDécor by Pleasurecraft featuring projected visuals in collaboration with VJ NotívagoFood vendors to be announcedCash bar in effectSaturday October 17th at Geary Lane360 Geary Ave. (west of Dufferin)Doors 9:30 p.m.$10 advance, $15 at the door

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Saturday October 17thSaturday Jamboree at Geary Lane

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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

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! 

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 lulaworld.ca 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 info@lula.ca.Join 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 

The Culture of Landscape: Grow Op

GH_GROWOP_BANNERS_FINAL-01-990x330And we return to our first home! Grow Op has teamed up with Uma Nota to throw their after party at the Gladstone. Joining us for this incredible little after party will be Samba Squad, maybe the largest and most famous Samba troupe in Toronto!

Grow Op Opening Reception April 24 at 19:00–after party at 22:00 till late!

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Gladstone Hotel’s 3rd annual Grow Op exhibition greets spring with open arms from April 23rd to 26th, 2015. Curated by Victoria Taylor and Graham Teeple with Britt Welter-Nolan, this four-day exhibition celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art, and place-making under this year’s theme, the culture of landscape.GrowOp_Website_Photos8Grow Op 2015 facilitates a multi-disciplinary forum across a broad range of creative practices. One of the most intriguing annual exhibitions in Toronto, Grow Op encourages an array of perspectives and dialogues surrounding landscape and place. It challenges our understanding of nature and the built environment around us.Untitled-1How can landscape architecture be a driving force in the creation of sustainable cities? How can design not only enhance the lived experiences of citizens and communities, but also improve urban infrastructure and functionality? What does a contemporary culture of landscape in relation to our cities look like? What does it sound like? Feel like? These questions are imbued in the multitude of jury selected artworks, accompanying talks, tours, parties and even a fair of local organizations focused on urban agriculture at Grow Op Gets Dirtier.Grow-Op-31-990x341

Domingão do Samba! (Big Sunday Samba!)

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Once again, in the tradition of cultural fairs and Block Party, we present Domingão do Samba (Big Samba Sunday) an afternoon to evening event specially made into a Quadra de Samba, or Samba School rehearsal hall in Rio de Janeiro. Everybody is welcome. Bring the family, chill out, dance, play and hang while the Roda de Samba plays, or go wild as the Batucada plays the big stage!

There will be Brazilian feijoada and tapioca stands, an arts and food marketplace, children’s activities and games including face painting and mini ping pong. There will be incredible music from Rio's rich samba traditions:

Batucada Carioca with special guests (Bateria led by Maninho Costa)

Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba)

DJ General Eclectic (MPB, samba soul, samba-rock)

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Batucada Carioca (led by Maninho Costa) 7:30 pmBatucada Carioca is Toronto’s premiere Rio-style samba troupe. Led by Rio native sambista Maninho Costa ("Maninho z10"), Batucada has a raw uplifting style. After a spectacular 10th anniversary show last fall on the Great Hall stage, this time out the samba party includes a beefed-up bateria (samba drums) to give an extra-heavy swing on a selection of classic samba-enredos and other beloved sambas to guarantee a great time for all and singalongs for Brazilians and samba addicts alike. The show features Carlinhos Pernambuco on cavaco and Wagner Petrilli on seven-string guitar along with more special guest performers soon TBA, including Aline Morales among them.Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba) 4:00pmA ‘roda de samba’ or circle of samba, is a a gathering of friends who play and sing classic samba tunes with smaller instrumentation (as opposed to the baterias of big samba schools). In Brazil, a roda de samba can take place on market days or at bars with people gathering around a table of seated musicians eating, dancing, rejoicing and often singing along in chorus. In Toronto, Carlos Pernambuco has been at the forefront of this movement, with his infectious voice and cavaquinho leading the songs. The Roda de Samba will happen in the afternoon while the feijoada is being served and other activities happen around the venue.Uma_Nota_Fest_54DJ General Eclectic. Our resident and co-founder General Eclectic is up on the Ones and Twos. His record collection runs deep and his musical knowledge is beyond vast. As his name implies, his tastes are ‘eclectic’ and he can bring out ska/reggae, soul/funk, afrobeat/jazz, cumbia and the Brazilian rhythms, with a longtime love and knowledge of MPB and samba soul references. He will be bringing out great tunes for your dancing feet.

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Kids activities! Samba dancers to help you learn your movesFace painting by skinfulARTMini Pong for all by VanGreyArtist Market

Food:Tapioca stand by Tapioca GourmetFeijoada DelightAçaí and Salgadinhos Chocolate, Choco Drink & Coffee by ChocoSol

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. WestDoors 2 p.m.Schedule & Set times TBA$10 at the door (from 2 to 6 p.m.), $15 after 6 p.m.

Co-presented with Batucada Carioca 

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Global Rhythm w/ José Marquez

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Uma Nota & Solid Garage present Global Rhythm

 JOSÉ MARQUEZ (Tribe, Yoruba Records, Los Angeles)

YOGI (Solid Garage Toronto)

special live performance by:

BATUCADA CARIOCA

Sat April 11th 10pm Remix - 1305 Dundas St. W. Toronto

hosted by Pradeep & Bridgette

$10 Adv Tickets, $15 @ Door

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Los Angeles DJ/Producer Jose Marquez’s musical influence is a result of being brought up on a stable diet of Latin and World Music. Always intrigued by electronic sounds, Jose's mission has been to fuse his love of world rhythms with the dance floor. Jose indeed succeeded when he burst onto the scene in 2010 with memorable remixes & edits of artists such as Celia Cruz, Nina Simone, Oumou Sangare and many others…In less than two years time, Jose was blessed with the opportunity to introduce his sound to the world by remixing for renowned Housemusic labels such as Tribe Records, Djoon Experience, Vega/Nulu Records, United Music, Yoruba Records, Wonderwheel and Deeper Shades Recordings. Since then, he continues to travel the globe uniting nations on the dance floor with his signature sound performing at major clubs and events such as Djoon (Paris), Global Fantasy (Athens), Solid Garage (Toronto), DEEP (Los Angeles), Crossroads (NYC), Mi Casa es su Casa (Mexico), Uhuru Afrika (Boston) Cachimba (Melbourne), Electrafrique (Nairobi) Voodoo (CasablancaOur partner in this production is DJ Yogi, the first purveyor behind UnitedSoul.ca, Solid Garage, Groove Institute and a crucible behind the scenes of the house music world’s underground warehouse sounds. Garage can be described as an extension of the Garage Sound born in the early '80's at The Paradise Garage (NYC). The musicplayed at this club by the Legendary Larry Levan, defined the term GARAGE and influenced the next generation of soulful dance music. Solid Garage's goal is to promote the many layers of this garage sound which is heavily inspired by the roots of soul, jazz, Afro-Latin, disco, techno and house.And of course... Batucada CariocaBatucada Carioca is the rawest form of samba bateria that you will ever see outside of Brazil. Batucada means drumming group and carioca means from Rio de Janeiro, and Batucada Carioca is the real deal. Led by the venerable Maninho Costa, born in Ilha do Governador in Rio’s Zona Norte and nephew of the great samba school master Odilon Costa, he is recognized as one of the most bad-ass players anywhere in the world. He brings the real samba flavour to our Global Rhythm party. They killed it at their 10th Anniversary Feijoda at last year's community cultural fair, this year they will bring the intense vibes to the our late night dance party.  

Winter Nite

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Let’s cast out the cold and enliven the heart with the most diverse jam in Toronto. If you liked our summer Block Party, this is your party off the beaten path, in a new location, designed and specially made for our enjoyment pleasure. We originally were going to call this event 'Inside the Block, Party' because the location is wholly new and literally in the middle of an industrial block, wedged between two streets. Also, like the Block Party, it is totally set up by us, from sound, to decor design, to bar and food ... start to finish. This one will be the tropical jam inside a cold-ish winter nite.

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The Responsables

Laying down the reggae, funk, and dirty grooves, this outfit brings the good vibes. With four part harmonies, a blend of reggae roots, a touch of Afrobeat, and some funky breaks, it's always a dance party.

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General Eclectic

Resident selector General Eclectic is renowned in the downtown core as the man who has styles upon styles. His crates go deep and when he is on the decks, the people only know how to dance. He is the man behind Footprints, Shin Dig and a number of other jams and of course, part of the original Uma Nota trifecta. He brings the tropical, the deep sound and has promised a wickedly original wicked set for this night.

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K-Zar Dubwise

Co-founder of the roots reggae, dub and bass culture series Dub Connection and Rockers Arena, K-Zar is the embodiment of the original underground jam. One of the builders of Dub Connection’s formidable sound system, this selector brings a reggae sound to move the town, and will play the happiest set he has ever thrown down. All to make the people move their bodies to the lovers’ sound.

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and special guests Maracatu Mar Aberto

Having recently killed it at the Promise/AlienInflux/BassGators New Year's Eve party, Maracatu Mar Aberto come back one more time to shake the foundations of the Uma Nota party. Expect emotional vibrancy and next level emotion as the drums take you on a party trip that plays with the spiritual. Damn ... welcome the Open Sea to the Winter Nite.

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Special shouts to: Clay & Paper Theatre

Venue: Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave.

Geary Lane is the edgy side of a downtown that is lacking in spaces. Step out of the ordinary and into a liminal party, in a different area … destination location!

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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!

Maracatu You! Ritual in Theatre

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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!

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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.

☼ SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 ☼

SeunKutiSeun Kuti & Egypt 80 are on tour again with the release of the new album A Long Way to the Beginning and, when they pull in to Toronto on July 12, the show promises to be ecstatic, off the wall, and energetically purifying. You may think this sounds like hyperbole but the last time Seun Kuti was in Toronto in 2008 it was 2 hours of dancing bliss that left the crowd screaming for more. What is more, this past week in NYC, Seun killed it at the Highline Ballroom. Don't take my word for it, read what the New York Times said about it.Brian Harkin for The New York TimesSeun Kuti has been performing on stage since he was nine years old. He started his career as a backup singer in Egypt 80, the band fronted by his father Fela, the king of Afrobeat. Seun had already started taking piano lessons and teaching himself to play saxophone. But on stage with his father he only ever sang, adding his child's voice to the chorus of male and female backup singers that included his mother, the collective response to Fela's persistent call. When Fela died in 1997, Seun, then just fifteen, was ready to take over. Since then, he has led Egypt 80 as lead vocalist and saxophonist, the focal point of a band that his father had forged into one of Africa's most legendary ensembles. No one else represents and carries the soul and vibe that is the Afrobeat movement like Seun Kuti does. Like the tattoo across his back proclaims :"Fela Lives!"Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 at Harbourfront in Toronto in 2008.Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 will be in Toronto on July 12 for a night of musical upliftment at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Opening up for the man and putting us into the proper state of being will be the Asiko Afrobeat Orchestra, the Luvmenauts, and Groove Institute (sSolid Garage) will hold it down and keep us dancing. throughout. Presented by NuFunk.ca & Uma Nota Culture 

Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 9 pm doors. Tickets $30.00 ($26.50 + HST) & service charge available at Ticketweb.ca Eventbrite & hard tickets at Soundscapes (572 College St.), Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.), Play de Record (357A Yonge St.) & African Drums & Art Crafts (618 Dundas St. W.) Facebook event 

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Block Party IV

SUNDAY JUNE 15 1pm till 9pm It's back! Mar Aberto's Block Party is this Sunday.  An afternoon of music, food, drink, dance and delight. There will be live music and DJs programmed by Uma Nota, screenings of the day's World Cup games, an artist marketplace, set up by Big Village, plus food and drinks in an outdoor licensed area including Brazilian-style caipirinhas and locally brewed beers, face-painting and activities for the kids and all kinds of fun into the night. Bring the kids for fathers day! VanGrey will set up ping pong for the ping pong inclined as well. Facebook event. It all goes down at Maracatu Mar Aberto headquarters 35 Strachan (back alley at Ordinance in Liberty Village).BlockParty2014

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