Paint the Halls! (at Women's College Hospital)

 Uma Nota Culture does the music programming at WCHF's event Paint The Halls.Undeniably, Women's College Hospital has brought so much life into the city of Toronto. In 99 years (until 2010) over 150, 000 babies were born there. Even my colleague Jonathan and I, as well as all of our respective siblings, were born at Women's College Hospital.My mom still has a silly smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye as the recalls her three deliveries there. When I mention that the old building is being retired, she sighs deeply. Please don't fret mom, because now, so many years later, we are going to give back a burst of life into the the Women's College Hospital.We, a generation of '70s and '80s babies, -- along with our colleagues born at other GTA hositals, and a generation of cool-ass new Canadians -- have become instrumental in transforming Toronto "Hogtown" & Toronto "The Big Smoke" into a city of artistic expression & better living: a summer time, a good fun city, where biking around and enjoying the great cultural events going on here is as natural as Tim Hortons hangouts in the rest of Ontario.So... On May 30th, the WCH Foundation is hosting Paint the Halls! This is essentially a big party with Art Battle holding their  live competitive painting on the walls of the retired hospital and Uma Nota Culture putting up some great music.The way Art Battle works is artists compete painting live throughout the building. Revellers walk around and cast their ballots for their favorite pieces (see video below for more). Normally the artists paint on canvases, but for this event, the 75 hand-picked participants will paint on the walls.And there it is. This event promises to be awesome with great music, interactive entertainment, fun times, drinks and food.Buy tickets.Maylee Todd will perform live at Paint The HallsMaylee Todd (see video below), who recently released her new album Escapology, will perform live after ballot counting takes place. And look out, because if there is one artist who epitomizes feminine strength and beauty with stage presence and charisma, it is Maylee!Not only that, but the Heavyweights Brass Band will be around for some horns-and-drum hijinx to keep things interesting.Heavyweights Brass Band

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And here's Maylee Todd's wicked soulful and slightly artistically confusing video Baby's Got It.On top of those great live acts, we'll also have DJ Fase and DJ General Eclectic throwing down all the tunes you want to hear.For more information, tickets and more, check out the Paint The Halls website and Facebook event page.

Uma Nota: Hot Spring edition April 26, 2013


Yes yes yes ...

Springtime is upon us, and to welcome the season we draw from the wellsprings of three musical sources: Dub style reggae, Afrobeat and Brazilian popular music. Our featured guests are Aline Morales, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble and K-Zar Dubwise; General Eclectic anchors the DJ lineup. We bring a rejuvenating Brazilian-style party to the Great Hall, and we have AlienInflux to pump up the sound system.

Think of this edition as the thaw when we come out of the cold and bathe in our hotsprings of music, dance, community and artistry. Uma Nota, a combination dance party, multimedia live show and cultural happening, is about the shared experience more than it is about any one artist. It's a “no spectators, no pretensions” event, at which the dancers in the crowd help create the positive, unified vibe as much as the live and DJ music that keeps everyone moving.

Uma Nota: Hot Spring edition

Friday April 26

Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. at Dovercourt

Doors 10 p.m.

Advance tickets $12 online only via Eventbrite.

$15 at the door

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Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble at Uma Nota Festival in 2012. It was a wicked wicked show

This nine-piece band led by heavy hitter Foly Kolade tore it up at our 2012 Uma Nota Festival and kept everyone in the room dancing till late. Foly is the real deal when it comes to Afrobeat: Born in Nigeria, he also played in the late ‘90s/early 2000s Brooklyn scene with members of Antibalas before they formed under that name. Foly’s band, Asiko, performed for years in New York before he moved back to Nigeria and then settled in Toronto, where he’s remounted the project with local players. Asiko is a dance party band -- comprising a full horn section, percussion, drums, keys, bass, guitar and vocals -- and they perform full-length sets of original Afrobeat tunes. Prepare for an incredible dancefloor experience. Our previous blog post on Asiko.

Aline Morales


Aline Morales is an artist and percussionist and a powerful performer who stands out anywhere she plays -- in Toronto, Brazil or beyond. A versatile and perceptive bandleader with a soaring, memorable voice, she can do it all: rock a party, lead thundering percussion troupes, sing in a small combo or deliver a multi-layered show. The music that she and composer/producer David Arcus make with their band uses Brazilian grooves as a base for an original sound. Already established in Toronto’s musical landscape, Aline’s recent musical highlights include headlining Harbourfront Centre’s Expressions of Brazil festival and a Juno nomination for her debut album Flores, Tambores e Amores.

K-Zar Dubwise


He is a co-founder of the roots reggae, dub versions and bass culture series Dub Connection and Rockers Arena, an original underground jam where rockers (MCs) toast over his heavy beats. K-Zar is also one of the builders of Dub Connection’s formidable sound system. As a selector, he brings the dub and reggae sounds to move the town. We have been wanting to get this man behind the decks at one of our jams for some time. Wait no more: here come joy and upliftment. Check our blog post on Rockers Arena.

General Eclectic

Familiar to fans of everything good, the General delivers the eye and ear candy right and proper. Best known as a core members of the Footprints collective and their rare groove dance parties, he also represents with nights like Shindig! and recent outings like the Os Tropies EP Release Residency and Valentine’s Day Lover’s Rock at Addis Ababa restaurant. For this edition he brings his inimitable mix of MPB, Afrobeat, samba, reggae and tingz.

Special note about sound

We are aware of the sound system challenges at Great Hall. That’s why we rent extra sound equipment from AlienInflux, including bass bins to bring out that all-important low end as well as quality gear to bring out the top end. And that’s not all. We take extra care, including hands-on involvement from the house’s A.V. manager, to ensure that both the live acts and the DJs (and in turn, you!) get the benefit of that additional sound.


Custom visual environmentTreats and tortillas by ChocoSol by Pitú Cachaça event is supported by Dos Mundos Arts & Media as part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2013Presented and produced by Uma Nota CultureFacebook event page 

Uma Nota Festival Review!

Well, after a brief  hiatus on the website content tip ... we are back! We needed a little break before we rev up for a bold new year of cultural production.The Uma Nota Festival 2012 was a big success. The second year saw some major growth in outlook and perspective of the festival. We can say that we took a foray into a bigger scale with our "World Funk" flagship event at Great Hall, featuring three bands! Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Mar Aberto SoundSystem, and Sound One all tore it up on the stage and got the dance floor shaking. DJs General Eclectic and Dos Mundos kept the beats moving through the night.This year saw a partnership between the Brazilian Film Festival and Uma Nota Culture. We presented several films at the Royal Cinema. At Revival Bar Sunday night, we presented our festival closing act, direct from Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Luís, fresh with a new album. Our Sunday daytime Community Cultural Fair at the Supermarket in Kensington was a grand success with several workshops, performances and many families enjoying great food and caipirinhas! The friendly crowd was treated to performances by Ruben Esguerra's A New Tradition, Jô Lutério and her roda de samba crew, and Maria Bonita and the Band.We'd like to thank all the festival volunteers, the incredibly talented artists that were featured at the festival and the amazing people who come out to Uma Nota and participate with no pretensions and with eyes, ears and dancing shoes towards a fun time! And ... of course we'd like to thank the sponsors, without whom as the saying goes, there would be no festival! Thanks go to Pitú, ChocoSol, Hansa Language Center and Mellohawk Logistics.Check out some of our pictures.UPDATE: New post: Watch videos from the World Funk flagship event at Great Hall! (Photo: Negin Bahrami)