Yuka: Fall into the Funk

Screen shot 2014-09-06 at 1.14.50 AMYuka is releasing their 3rd CD on September 25th at Lula Lounge.Never heard of them? Well, for those who don't know, YUKA is a 5 piece Toronto-based band that plays old school funk and soul music. Maybe you've stumbled upon them on a hot summer night at the Drake or the Reservoir Lounge, or maybe you heard the buzz about them from the tastemakers around town. Don't let the fact that they are jazz grads fool you into thinking they are simply nerds with no performance edge. These guys have style, and keep you moving. Their recent album Pitfall showcases the band's hard hitting and dynamic sound, with tight horn melodies and energetic grooves. It was recorded at Verge music studios with Rueben Ghose and was mixed by Phil Spencer. Kinda reminds you of the Stax sound, like the Meters with a young, tomorrow vibe.All songs on Pitfall are written by guitarist James Taylor. The arrangements however,  are the result of the wide variety of tastes and musical experiences that a band can create together after 7 plus years of collaboration. While funk, soul, and jazz are the foundation of the Yuka sound, other styles such as psychedelic, soft rock, and 70's game show themes are integrated to give this album a unique and eclectic flavour.Yuka has recently added vocalist Claire Doyle to the mix to add even more soul to their danceable sound. Claire, infused with a passion for performing high-energy music, seems to possesses an old soul. Motown Diva Martha Reeves, having mentored Claire early in her career, relayed: "She is a naturally gifted artist and I look forward to celebrating her future successes". Claire's first EP with YUKA entitled “Chasing Around” has the magnetic charm of your favourite soul/funk 45’s finished off with YUKA’s own brand of seductive grooves.For the Lula show, Yuka will add are going to have Todd Pentney on keys and Max Senitt on percussion. 8 piece YUKA band, the largest to date. Opening up for them will be The Responsables and on the DJ decks will be DJ Good Vibes. Check out the Facebook event.Soul music... yuka_umanota_sept2014_4x6_4

YUKA: Pitfall CD release party, Thursday, Sept. 25. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

$15 at the door with a CD $10 at the door without a CD, Doors 9 p.m.

Also featuring The Responsables and DJ GoodVibes

Yuka is: Patric McGroarty - Trumpet/Backup Vocals/Tambourine , Ben MacDonald - Sax/Backup Vocals , James Taylor - Guitar/Backup Vocals, Ryan Spratt - Bass/Backup Vocals, Chino Devilla - Drums, Claire Doyle - Lead Vocals 

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!

Tdot Batu's Nice Up Festa celebrates reggae and percussion

Tdot Batú at PSK Kensington, June 2014 (Photo: Manish Pothen)Tdot Batú burst onto the Toronto Brazilian percussion scene over one year ago with their debut performance at Muhtadi Festival in summer 2013. Since then they have torn up the place and have won a lot of fans for their "Bloco Afro" style percussion group, based on the Salvador da Bahia-originating  form that incorporates many surdo bass drums along with thick-sounding snares, high-pitched repenique drums and, by and large, an altogether different groove than (most of) those of the city's existing samba and maracatu groups.Now they're hosting another event in support of an upcoming CD recording project. (Details below.) But before we get to the present, here's some background.The group is led by Patricio "Pato" Martinez, who was born and raised in Salvador to Chilean parents, where he learned percussion after becoming fascinated when he heard the drums in the street as a nine-year-old. At 13 years, he began playing with some groups, and from age 14, while living in Rengo, Chile, Pato led and was responsible for that city's chapter Pacha Batú ("land of the drums" -- the organization included blocos in other Chilean cities, which sometimes joined up for larger-scale encounters).This was all before Pato moved back to Brazil at age 21, where he wasn't playing music this time, only working. In 2008 he moved to Toronto, where members of his family had lived as early as 2001. Pato missed playing, so he bought a djembe and began to jam out on his own in city parks and on the beach. He also performed as a percussionist with Salviano Pessoa at the first Brazilian Day Canada in 2009 at Yonge-Dundas Square.Tdot Batú at PS Kensington, July 2013 (Photo: Manish Pothen)But it was at the 2011 Global Marijuana March and rally in Queen's Park that joined up with a number of local rhythm heads, who invited him to the drum circles they attended and led at various, sometimes secret outdoor locations in the city.While Pato began to frequent the drum circles, the idea struck him to create a Brazilian percussion group that was different than the ones that existed (and still exist!) in Toronto. He got the drums together and began rehearsing with a core group of 12 members in December 2012.Tdot Batú at an early rehearsal, December 12 (Photo via Tdot Batú/Facebook)The group that came to be known as Tdot Batú rehearsed their repertoire months ahead of the group's debut performance in June 2013, where a Capoeira roda broke out during their set at the Archie Alleyne stage at Muhtadi International Drumming Festival. At the 2014 festival, they were featured on the main stage, along with a dance element provided by Dance Migration Company.Tdot Batú at Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, June 2014 (Photo: Manish Pothen)Now with 24 members, Tdot Batú has become a staple of the local Brazilian percussion scene, doubling in membership as well as new rhythms and breaks to the live show repertoire, which now frequently includes a dance component courtesy of Dance Migration dancers as well as guitar by Toronto-based Brazilian artist, singer and percussionist Sandro Liberato. Tdot Batú now covers samba-reggae classics along with the heavy percussion-only beats, breaks and grooves.  There's even been some guest violinist action playing strings solos over the rhythms at certain shows; and a special rhythmic & vocal arrangement of Dawn Penn's classic reggae jam No No No has become a live staple with vocalists/MCs La Flakah & Yo Dub, whose project Antidoto Reverde, featured on the mic for the tune, invited Tdot Batú to participate on it. Pato and a fourth Tdot Batú member, Pablo, also play in the second group.Tdot Batú has developed its own style, a friendly, unity-loving crew always smiling and stepping together on stage to create a welcoming vibe for the crowd, and the Tdot Batú crew frequently comes out to events, shows and parties (including Uma Nota events and others, like Dundas West Fest 2014 and Alpha Blondy at Afrofest 2013) with friendly energy and a will to participate, get down and build community.Highlights of their performances include a spotlight set at Friday Night Live, on the main floor of the Royal Ontario Museum  (also with participation from Dance Migration), as part of the Muhtadi Festival-curated "Beats" edition of the popular event.Other highlights include  appearances at festivals like Muhtadi and Afrofest, shows at Lula Lounge and Clave Social on St. Clair; a set at Maracatu Mar Aberto's 2014 Block Party; street-side presentations at Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market (PSK), jamming there numerous times with Samba Elégua; collaborations with Salviano Pessoa; providing rhythms for Dance Migration's dance classes; and special guests including Mestre Bola of Capoeira Camara, with whom Pato also plays in the group Bloco Bracatum.Tdot Batú at Maracatu Mar Aberto's Block Party, June 2014 (Photo: Manish Pothen)For a late summer jam with reggae, percussion and more reggae, the Tdot Batú crew and Uma Nota have joined together with Lula Music and Arts Centre to present Nice Up Festa.The night features a stellar Toronto reggae and ska band, The Arsenals, who rocked a great set at the Dundas West Fest in June. Their upbeat reggae jams will lift our souls and bring a sunny state of mind.On the decks it will be K Zar Dubwise, one of the main cats behind the Dub Connection heavy reggae and dub cuts series and their custom-built soundsystem (which won't be present at Lula, but the house sound is always great there). And special guests Dance Migration and Capoeira Camara will be in the mix as well.With Tdot Batú's emergence on Toronto's Brazilian music scene, things seem poised for bigger, better booming beats and a flourishing community of rhythm lovers. Tdot Batú brings joy and gives and creates huge amounts of energy, and Toronto is excited to have them.Tdot Batú, June 2014 (Photo via Tdot Batú/Facebook)Nice Up Festa goes down Thursday, August 14 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Doors 9:30 p.m., $10 before 10 p.m.,$15 after that. Proceeds will go toward a professional studio recording for Tdot Batu's first CD. Facebook event page hereLula Lounge listing here.Nice Up Festa

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.

5 Graffiti Artists in Toronto

We're going to start a new series of blog posts about visual art and most specifically street art in Toronto.Here we go with our initial blog post by Missy Cohen!

Anser (@ansermysteriousdate on Instagram)


Who is Anser? A mysterious night painter with serious fine art skill. These one-stroke faces can be found all over Toronto, and now in New York City.

Birdo DMC (@jerryrugg)


Birdo, or Birdo DMC, paints animals with various textures -- always colourful and always big.

Uber5000 (@uber5000)


Uber5000 is famous for his bright yellow chickens. Happy and upbeat, any Uber5000 graffiti piece will uplift your day.

Shalakattack (@shalakattack)


Shalakattack is based out of Canada, Brazil and Chile. Her murals include animals and portraits. She oftens collaborates with BrunoSmoky (@brunosmoky) and call themselves Clandestinos. [Ed.: Check out a previous post we did on their Essencia Collective.]

Jimmy Chiale (@jchiale)


Jimmy Chiale is a mastermind with colour. He prefers his art to be called street art as opposed to graffiti. He was born in Paris, France and now lives in Parkdale.

MAKU good for Toronto

photo: Max Ocampo

Mama says you've got to go see M.A.K.U, son ... Toronto needs M.A.K.U Sound System, and M.A.K.U could need Toronto.

Toronto prides itself on being a global safe haven for immigrant cultures that come together, mix and flourish in a world of diversity and mutual respect and value. While some of that might be romantic Toronto propaganda, there are a lot of people who bring this in our city. Yes, we've a lot of mixing and digging of musical forms from around the world by all, whether you were born into it or just you happened to cross paths with the songs along the way.M.A.K.U does that too. As they put it: "M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people." Musically speaking, they pepper their Afro-Colombian rhythmic base with reggae, punk, Afrobeat, funk and a whole mess of influences that make up popular culture movements and dance floors the world over. Are we international, Toronto? Do we love the live vibe? Let's prove it: party time for a band not in our regular T-dot circle. These guys bring the #immigrantbeat.We have a city that loves the mashup of styles that bring the roots and are put through a digital filter for our sound system sensibilities. M.A.KU does all of that, and it's a safe bet they want a wicked crowd that appreciates great music that speak to these musical styles.  M.A.K.U is in town to play Lula Lounge on Thursday May 29, presented by Dos Mundos and Uma Nota as part of LulaWorld 2014.And  since we are a fully "Pan Am" city, let's represent and check out the movement that we espouse. Let's be wicked hosts to the immigrant beat from New York City; a band that combines traditional musical forms with pop and world influence. Check them out: M.A.K.U Sound System.M.A.K.U Soundsytem plays Lula Lounge on Thursday May 29, presented by Dos Mundos and Uma Nota as part of Lula World 2014. Opening act Mistura Fina (Brazilian trio) and DJ General Eclectic round out the night. Check out the Facebook Event and Lula Lounge listing.

The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

 WagnerWagner Petrilli is one of Toronto's most prominent Brazilian musicians. While Wagner has been a cornerstone of the Brazilian music scene since his arrival in 1998, playing and collaborating alongside the city's prominent jazz artists as well as notable Brazilian musicians, he had yet to manifest himself as the father of his own project -- until now.Wagner is in the final stages of a CD project that brings together and advances all of his composition talents. I would describe the songs I've heard as the very best MPB or musica popular brasileira, which is a very Brazilian way of saying the work is made with influences from the entire spectrum of Brazilian national music, including samba, choro, afro-derived forms and classical music. (World-class Toronto collaborators from Toronto and around Brazil play on the recordings, several of whom were part of the slamming band for Pedro Quental's Canadian tour this past summer; Wagner also recorded the Rio singer for the disc, along with too many notables to mention, but Henrique Cazes who also visited Toronto is in there.)The songs have already been recorded, and now the mixing and mastering are needed to finish the CD.  Wagner has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. We are putting out an all points bulletin that more pledges are needed. Get the lowdown in this video.

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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Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Mar Aberto Christmas ClassicMaracatu Mar Aberto & Uma Nota Culture present a stellar holiday party:The Mar Aberto Christmas ClassicBring your cheer and raise a glass to celebrate a time of renewal and another year gone by!Come early wine & dine, or come late party and dance. Or both.Everyone is welcome!featuringMaracatu Mar AbertoDance Migration CompanyLuanda JonesMar Aberto SoundSystemDJ General EclecticSpecial guest: Lady SonLula Lounge1585 Dundas Street WestThursday December 19th7:30 p.m.$10 at the door -- $35 with dinnerMore info on the Lula Lounge website here.Facebook event page here.Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Festival Wrap and Video

This year's Uma Nota Festival was killer. So much fun and so many good times. We can't wait until next year.

The third annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expression presented Toronto with four days of music, arts and culture from across the Americas. The live music and DJ lineup featured acts from New York City, the U.K, Colombia, and Brazil, as well as the best of the local scene. This year we embraced global innovators while still celebrating the city's kaleidoscope of tropical groove. Check out the footage in the video montage we made. Thanks to all the people who came out, the volunteers, the artists and our friends near and far. Many thanks once again to our partners.

Artists in this video: Bloco Bracatum, Los Hijos de Tuta, (DJ) General Eclectic, Tio Chorinho, Heavyweights Brass Band, (DJ) Uproot Andy, (DJ) Geko Jones, Jason Gardner, Valentine Moreno, Cafe Con Pan, Forrallstar, Street Brass ensemble; (visual art installation) Angela Vargas, VanGrey; (face paint/skin art) Ilyan Balicki.
Music: Mangala Special (Uproot Andy remix) - Kabaka International Guitar Band

Her are some choice pictures from the festival. There are plenty more on Facebook. Our camera person unfortunately couldn't come on the Friday at Alice Russell's show, but if any of you all have pictures, please send them our way. Much love Uma Nota Culture crew.


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Uproot Andy's worldwide tropical bass takeover

Uproot Andy (Photo courtesy of Uproot Andy)Since we last checked in with our hero, Uproot Andy continues to be the world's biggest and best tropical bass DJ.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6662111" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Andy and friends at Que Bajo!?The co-founders of the popular Que Bajo?! parties in NYC (now in year five), aka Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, took a big step earlier this year in furthering the tropical bass world domination agenda: they launched Que Bajo?! as a digital record label.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89253565" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]The mixtape Andy put out, Worldwide Ting, quickly reached over 80,000 plays around the world, and the follow-up's also helping to spread the sound. Indeed, it was Andy and Geko's intention from the get-go to "share the sound of the party with a global audience," and it seems the mixtapes have accomplished what Andy set out for them to do: expose more people to the tropical bass/global bass sounds for which he and Que Bajo?! are known.Geko Jones, Uproot Andy and Liliana Saumet of Bomba Estéreo  [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/99433201" params="secret_token=s-1UD3m" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Andy's not the only one who's released new sounds. Geko Jones does his own thing when it comes to these infectious Latin rhythms and non-stop digital beats. His most recent project, a collaboration with fellow DJ and producer Atropolis, releasing this compilation earlier this year as well:The Dutty Artz members made this compilation as an exploration of Afro-Colombian roots music for the next (digital) generation. As Geko Jones told MTV Hive: "The traditions hidden in this mix are something that future generations can understand and learn from and serves as a lesson that in this age of new latest go-go-go culture, we still have a lot we can learn from those that came before us."Uproot Andy & Geko JonesBoth Andy and Geko have kept busy with all things Que Bajo?! through the last several months. In September, Andy (originally from Toronto) included a nod to one Canadian cultural fixture in his "favourite worldwide tingz" post for VICE's new(ish) Thump site: Montreal bagels beat out those from his current home base, NYC.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/105503333" params="secret_token=s-xvqja" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]One of our favourite confluences happens in Uproot Andy's Worldwide Ting Vol. II: Andy remixes Siba. He describes it here:"I first heard Siba with his previous group Mestre Ambrosio and he always brings a creative and progressive approach to the traditional music of Northeastern Brazil. With this remix, I put Siba’s Ciranda tune in a downtempo house framework and tried to bring out the horn melodies in the synths and just let it breathe."Uproot Andy and Geko Jones perform at Bridges Tropical Mashup : Live, Digital & Analog on Saturday, October 19 at Great Hall. More info and tickets here. Facebook event page here

Informações em Português: Festival Uma Nota 2013


Terceiro Festival Uma Nota Festival


INFORMAÇOES ATUALIZADAS -- 11 de Outubro de 2013

 O terceiro festival anual Uma Nota acontecerá entre 17 e 20 de Outubro de 2013.Uma Nota é uma série de eventos únicos com foco em música afro-brasileira, latina, caribenha, funk e soul oferecidas por bandas, djs e atrações ao vivo.

Com quatro dias de música, artes e cultura de toda a América, este é o maior festival do Uma Nota até agora. A programação de música ao vivo e dos djs conta com artistas de Nova York, do Reino Unido e do Brasil, junto com os melhores músicos da cena local, representando a manifestação mais tangível de Toronto de experiência Pan-Americana.

É raro encontrar em Toronto a música e a cultura das Américas numa miscigenação tão diversa e colorida como essa. Este ano o festival convida inovadores globais e ainda comemora a miscigenação das cenas brasileira, latina e “groove” de Toronto.


Agenda do Festival Uma Nota 2013

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Quinta-feira, 17 de Outubro

Festa de Abertura do Festival

Gladstone Hotel (ballroom), 1214 Queen St. W.

Os Tropies, Gord Sheard Brazilian Jazz Quintet e DJ Firecracker

Abertura as 9 p.m.

$10 na porta ou com antecedência no site do Uma Nota

Mais informações e ingressos

Evento no Facebook

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Sexta-feira, 18 de Outubro

World Soul Party

The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.

Alice Russell (U.K.), Phil Motion and the Easy Lo-Fi, Marques Toliver and DJ General Eclectic

Abertura as 9 p.m.

Ingressos $23 no site do World Famous Music

Co-apresentado por World Famous Music

Mais informações e ingressos

Evento no Facebook

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Sábado,19 de Outubro

Bridges Tropical Mashup: Live, Analog & Digital

(OBS: música ao vivo, digital e analógica)

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.

No salão principal:

Ao vivo: Bloco Bracatum, Los Hijos de Tuta

DJs: Uproot Andy (NYC), Geko Jones (NYC)

Show de abertura: Lido Pimienta

No salão de vinil (Record Room): Jason Palma (Footprints), Humble Mike and MC Bookshelf (Record Collective), Guv’nor General (Pressure Drop)

Abertura as 9 p.m.

$12 ingressos antecipados online / $15 na porta até 11 p.m.  ou $20 após

Co-apresentado por Dos Mundos Arts and Media

Salão de vinil (Record Room) co-apresentado por Footprints

Mais informações e ingressos 

Evento no Facebook

*NOVO* Artista visual Angela Vargas (Ecuador/Toronto) vai criar arte de cena com o tema "universo paralelo" para a festa)

Domingo, 20 de Outubro

Feira Comunitária Cultural (Community Cultural Fair)

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

Música: Tio Chorinho, Rick Udler, Heavyweights Brass Band e Forrallstar (forró), mais o DJ Mogpaws (Simmer Down)

Mais oficinas, palestras culturais (cultural talks), dança, feijoada, “work-show” de caipirinhas por Cachaça Pitú, e atividades para crianças

Porta 2 p.m. até meia-noite

"Pague quanto puder” (Pay What You Can) -- $5 doação mínima sugerida até 7 p.m., ou$10 após)

Co-apresentado por Dos Mundos Arts and Media, Koffler Centre of the Arts and Lula Music and Arts Centre

Mais informações, agenda do dia e ingressos 

Evento no Facebook


Os ingressos já estão à venda aqui em nosso site.

Pulseira do Festival (vale para todos os shows e oficinas): $40.

O Festival Uma Nota agradece o apoio do Ontario Arts Council

Info de artistas e programação (*info de oficinas abaixo)

Artistas internacionais incluem:


  • Compositor brasileiro, arranjador e mestre de violão "fingerstyle" Rick Udler. Sua performance interativa no festival deste ano é será sua única apresentaçãoToronto, e ele estará em turnê com seu último álbum, Terra. O Rick estará acompanhado por percussionista Alan "Canadense" Hetherington, diretor da Escola de Samba de Toronto.

Uproot Andy & Geko Jones

  • De Nova York, os DJs Uproot Andy e Geko Jones da série de festas Que Bajo?!, que destaca música latina-eletrônica como Tropical Bass e Cumbia Eletrônica

Alice Russell

  • A cantora inglesa Alice Russell, uma figura-chave na cena soul britânica. A voz e performance da Russell é comparada com à da Aretha Franklin, e ela tem colaborado com vàrios grandes artistas e produtores como Mr. Scruff e David Byrne e ela canta com o produtor Quantic em sua Soul Orchestra.

Artistas da cena local incluem:

Bloco Bracatum led by Contra-Mestre Bola of Capoeira Camara

  • Banda d percussão Afro-brasileira Bloco Bracatum, liderado pelo Contra-Mestre Bola do grupo Capoeira Camará e contando com a participação do baterista Riquinho Fernandes.


  • Choro pelo quarteto querido Tio Chorinho, atualmente o único grupo de choro no Canadá.
  • Forrallstar, uma "super banda" produzida pelo festival, com os músicos preferidos de forró da cidade em um grande encontro. Convidada especial: Cantora e percussionista brasileira Flávia Nascimento da banda Forrossanova da cidade de  Quebec, que recentemente se apresentou em Toronto (em Agosto 2013 com a banda Zé Fuá do Luciano Porto) e que Uma Nota convidou de volta para participar em Forrallstar.

  • (OBS: Tio Chorinho e Forrallstar contam com a participação do percussionista Maninho Costa e do vocalista / guitarrista Carlos Cardoso.)

  • Jazz brasileiro de novo quintet do compositor Canadense Gordon Sheard, que gravou seu último álbum na Bahia e em Toronto com músicos brasileiros e canadenses.

  • Os TropiesTropicália e sons indie da banda Os Tropies, que também está gravando um novo trabalho.Heavyweights Brass Band_Diana Piruzevska 620
  • Banda de metais Heavyweights Brass Band, que acabou de gravar novos trabalhos em estúdio e que está produzindo o seu segundo álbum, com arranjos criativos da música popular dos Estados Unidos, especialmente de New Orleans, funk, e estilos latinos, junto com composições próprias.

  • Som eletrônico e vocais com outro elementos, da artista Colombiana radicada em Toronto Lido Pimienta.

  • Banda de cumbia colombiana Los Hijos de Tuta, tocando a música chamada “parrandera”, da região interior do país. A banda raramente se apresenta no centro de Toronto.

Além disso, o festival inclui uma série completa de oficinas de artes pan-americanas e palestras culturais, apresentadas por Dos Mundos Arts & Media e apoiado pelo Conselho de Artes de Toronto (Toronto Arts Council). Serão oferecidos oficinas, atividades familiares e  exibição de filmes através do BRAFFTV - Festival de Cinema Brasileiro em Toronto -- representam as varias artes e amostras culturais para o programa do festival deste ano além de área de alimentação onde serão servidos alimentos e bebidas.



Uma Nota anuncia programação acrescida de oficinas. A série de oficinas "Pontas Pan-americanos" (Pan American Bridges workshop series) é apresentada pela organização parceira Dos Mundos Arts and Media, junto com o apoio do Toronto Arts Council, como uma parte do Festival Uma Nota 2013.

Envolvendo e atingindo mais comunidades no Brasil, América do Sul e expressões norte-americanas, Dos Mundos e Uma Nota propõem que as pessoas descubram a arte e a cultura das Américas, de uma forma interativa, participativa e divertida.

Programa completo das oficinas (em Inglês):


Oficinas (workshops) serão "Pague o quanto puder" (Pay What You Can) ou gratuita

*Atualizações de programação incluidas*

Artistas e formas participando no programa incluem:

  • (Segunda-feiras 7 & 14 de Outubro, 7 p.m. (oficinas), e Sábado,19 de Outubro 3 p.m. (ensaio), Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.) Sopros de rua: A música dos Carnavais de rua de Nova Orleans (EU), Mexico, Cuba e do Brasil (frevo, marchinha) com o Christopher Butcher da banda de sopros Heavyweights Brass Band. O Butcher vai guiar uma "master class" para os tocadores de sopro em uma série de estudos dos estilos musicais das comemorações de rua das culturas Pan-americanos. Duas oficinas e um ensaio culminam em Outubro, em uma performance na Feira Comunitária Cultural de Domingo, 20 de outubro no Lula Lounge. Inscrições pelo e-mail (em Inglês) para o Chris Butcher: chris[@]chrisbutchermusic.com para se registrar com antecedência. Nível de estudo do instrumento de sopro do ensino médio e acima.

  • DATA CORRIGIDA (Quarta-feira, 16 de Outubro, 8 p.m., Broadway Arts Centre, 35 Golden Ave., Suite 108) Dança brasileira com foco em movimentos dos Orixás e do maracatu, com a Adrianna Yanuziello da companhia Dance Migration.

  • (Quinta-feira, 17 de Outubro, 8 p.m., Bavia Arts Studio, 898 St. Clair Ave W.) Dança urbana/de rua com Diana Reyes ("Fly Lady Di"), destacando a influência Latina em estilos de dança de rua urbana, incluindo house, movimentos Uprock e breaking (breakdance).

  • NOVO (Sábado,19 de Outubro,1:30-3 p.m., Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.) Ioga Cubano em Toronto com instrutor de ioga Eduardo Pimentel de Cuba (Sat. Oct. 19 at Lula Lounge, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • (Sábado,19 de Outubro,1:30-3 p.m., Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.) Tambor e dança Colombiano e música de gaita com o Ruben Esguerra (da banda New Tradition, ou A Nova Tradição) e sua família.

  • (Sábado,19 de Outubro, 2:00-6:30 p.m., Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave.) Capoeira Regional (estilo tradicional de Mestre Bimba) e danças afins Afro-Brasileiras (Puxada de rede, Maculelê, Samba de Roda) com a Professora Estrelinha (Lang Liu) do grupo Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira.

  • (Sábado, de 19 Outubro, 7 p.m., Bavia Arts Studio, 898 St. Clair Ave W.) Aula de dança do forró por Goreti Cardoso de Brazil Dance World, para preparar para uma  história interativa como parte de apresentação do forró na Feira Comunitária Cultural de Domingo, 20 de outubro no Lula Lounge

Oficinas e palestras (talks), Domingo, 20 de outubro no Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., na Feira Comunitária Cultural (Community Cultural Fair):

  • (2:30 p.m.) Discussão sobre a transformação da comunidade através das artes, com a chilena radicada em Canada, Gilda "Fiya Bruxa" Monreal e a Coletivo das Artes Essencia (Essencia Arts Collective), cujos membros têm trabalhado extensivamente com jovens, grupos e comunidades em São Paulo e toda a América Latina, e também Toronto e Montreal.

  • (4 p.m.) Palestra sobre as políticas públicas e a arte e cultura no Brasil (como os programas e iniciativas Cultura Viva e Pontos de Cultura do Gilberto Gil). Palestra por Valentine Moreno do Centro das Artes Koffler (Koffler Centre of the Arts).

  • (4:30 p.m.) "Fandango fun": O som jarocho e outras músicas e danças Mexicanas com o duo de Café Con Pan.

  • (4:30 p.m.) NOVO: Apresentacao de fotos e palestra por fotógrafo Jason Gardner (baseado em Nova Iorque) do livro recentemente publicado, A Flower in the Mouth (Uma Flor na Boca): The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. O livro também vai estar à venda.

  • (6:30 p.m.) Coco de Roda, uma dança e “brincadeira” do nordeste Brasileiro, com o grupo Maracatu Mar Aberto e convidado especial Professor Sapo (Olindense) do grupo Capoeira Camara. NOVO: Flávia Nascimento, cantora e percussionista brasileira da banda Forrossanova da cidade de  Quebec, que vai cantar em Forrallstar no final da noite, também vai participar na oficina interativa de Coco de Roda.

Para ver o programa completo das oficinas (em Inglês), acesse: http://umanota.ca/pan-american-bridges-workshop-series/.

Apoio: Toronto Arts Council

Patrocinadores e parcerias da comunidade brasileira do Festival Uma Nota 2013:

  • Brazil Remittance

  • Pitú Cachaça

  • O Festival Uma Nota 2013 é co-apresentado com BRAFFTV - Festival de Cinema Brasileiro em Toronto (16-20 Outubro, 2013)

  • Mais parcerias da comunidade: Brazil Dance World, Bavia Arts, aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts, Nossa TV Canada, Maracatu Mar Aberto

Para ver todos os patrocinadores e parcerias, acesse: http://umanota.ca/ (OBS: site em Inglês)

Apresentado por Uma Nota Culture

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Sobre Uma Nota e Festival Uma Nota

Uma Nota é uma série de eventos únicos com foco em música afro-brasileira, Latina, Caribenha, funk e soul oferecidas por bandas e atrações ao vivo e dos DJs. A série original das festas Uma Nota ocorreu entre 2007 e 2011 no Gladstone Hotel na Queen St. West em Toronto. Em 2011 Uma Nota realizou seu primeiro Festival Uma Nota, e agora vai acontecer pela terceira vez. Uma Nota também realiza outros shows, eventos, produções culturais e co-apresentações durante o decorrer di  ano, e publica matérias originais em seu blogs e vídeos.

O evento Uma Nota é uma ‘experiência compartilhada’. É um evento "sem espectadores, sem pretensões", em que os foliões ajudam a criar uma vibração positiva, unificada, tanto para a música ao vivo ou ao som dos DJs. Independente do estilo de música tocada, o evento mantém o astral das festas brasileiras, devido a mistura de brasileiros, canadenses e pessoas de diversas origens. Essa interação é responsável pelo clima de festa, onde as pessoas aproveitam a música como meio para um estado maior de alegria.

Uma Nota foi fundado e é realizado por três atuantes da cena artistica de Toronto: o produtor cultural Alex Bordokas, que escreve sobre e apresenta cultura brasileira no Canadá e já produziu eventos em Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal e Toronto, também recebeu um prêmio pela difusão da cultura brasileira no Brazilian Day Canada 2011; o DJ e artista de desenho gráfico General Eclectic, que já foi responsável por muitas séries de eventos em Toronto, sempre tocando e criando arte visual; e o jornalista e músico Jonathan Rothman, que já fez reportagens no Brasil para a emissora CBC/Radio-Canada e que toca em vários grupos de música e percussão brasileira em Toronto.

Outras matérias em Português sobre os eventos Uma Nota e Festival Uma Nota:

http://oitoronto.com.br/28387/programacao-de-4-a-10-de-julho-2013/ (Festa de aniversário de 6 anos do Uma Nota)

http://issuu.com/jornaldagente/docs/107_-_1nd_april_2013-bb (Festa Uma Nota: Edição “Hot Spring” com Aline Morales -- p. 6)

http://oitoronto.com.br/19209/primeiro-festival-uma-nota/ (Festival 2011)

http://issuu.com/jornaldagente/docs/102_-_2nd_janeiro2_2013 (Shows de lançamento do primeiro disco da banda Os Tropies, em parceria com Uma Nota -- p. 22)

http://oitoronto.com.br/16773/festa-com-ritmos-brasileiros-completa-quatro-anos/ (Festa de aniversário de 4 anos do Uma Nota)

The Hustle of Alice Russell

Guest blogger DJ Mogpaws, aka James Bamberger, is a musical treasure hunter, Pan-American multi-linguist and tropical traveler. He is the DJ for the third annual Community Cultural Fair at this year's festival. He is also a giant fan of Alice Russell, and here are his words and video selections as her Toronto show approaches. -- Ed. There are many talented vocalists on our fair planet, but not a single one of them sounds like Alice Russell.  Her distinctive tone, cadence and power immediately latch onto your brain the moment she comes at you from any of her numerous recordings.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/107418167" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Alice RussellAs you should know by now, she will be alighting on our fair town as a part of the Uma Nota Festival on Friday, October 18. The Garrison is the venue, and missing this show would be a heinous act worthy of a stern rump hiding with a cricket bat.There was a moment whilst baked back in 2002 when I came home from Play de Record with a copy of Quantic’s album Apricot Morning that Jason Palma had demanded I procure.  It featured Alice Russell on two of the tracks and upon listening, I began to weep like a small schoolgirl being teased for her braces as I’d never heard such a voice on electronic-based music prior to that. It’s been 11 years since then and that whole time she’s been releasing forward-thinking, soulful music that is snuggled in the collections of humans with taste across the globe.From here, it would be easiest to copy and paste some biographical/discographical facts from Wikipedia or the official Alice Russell website, but aren’t you already on the Internet? (For now, we implore you to keep reading and spelunking the wondrous caves of the Uma Nota blog.)As a fellow who grew up on The Simpsons, the fact that Alice had Harry Shearer  -- the voice of Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Lenny, Smithers and other characters -- slowly cross-dress into herself in the video for Heartbreaker was a special moment of cultural hybrid for myself and quite a few other Earth residents.Alice RussellAnd although that particular song wasn’t my favourite from her recent To Dust album, the remix by Falty DL is a sincerely nice slab of naughty, bass-heavy beatsmithing that demonstrates Ms. Russell also has a great ear for producers who can take her work and expand it into new, diverse territories.It would be a joy to now ramble on about the world going bonkers for her cover of 7 Nation Army, or how some people actually shat their pants with joy while dancing one Saturday night at Footprints to Music Takes me Up, a smashing collaboration with Mr. Scruff.  But I shall refrain.It’s a rare treat to have one of modern soul music’s greatest contributors on a Toronto stage.  (If I’m not mistaken, the last time she was here was in 2009 while touring her Pot of Gold album.) Who knows when you can catch a glimpse of her here next, so come out on October 18 for Lady Russell with her high-calibre six-piece band, as well as Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, Marques Toliver, and the man whose butt we all wanna squeeze, General Eclectic.Here’s a recent live performance worth checking out from KEXP in Seattle a few months ago:-- DJ Mogpaws (James Bamberger)Alice Russell performs at the World Soul Party on Friday, October 18, with Phil Motion & Easy Lo-Fi, General Eclectic and Marques Toliver. Co-presented by World Famous Music.  More info and tickets here. Facebook event page here.

Lido Pimienta is La Papessa

Lido Pimienta (Photo by Rob Nelson)Lido Pimienta is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based artist who defies categorization and makes art and music that collide in surprising and unique ways.“Picture Bjork if she grew up in Baranquilla,” says Sergio Elmir of Dos Mundos.Lido, who sometimes performs under the name Soundsister, has more creative energy than Burning Man and her music outstrips Latin alternative or world indie-type genre tags.Her sound incorporates (for starters) electronic beats, analog synths, Afro-Colombian rhythms and out-of-this-world chanting.Lido in performance (Photo by Brandon Benoit)Lido's recent recordings and latest material include collaborations with artists like Orquesta, Javiera Mena, Andrea Echeverri, Conector,  Isa GT and Maria y Jose, among a slew of others she impressively rattles off without hesitation.She also curates the Bridges music series at Lula Lounge along with Dos Mundos.Here's Lido Pimienta on the latest in her music, art and life.UpcomingI am working on a remix for Rafi El via Jace Clayton (Dutty Artz), [and  I] did some work for Mexicans with Guns, and of course [I've been] working really hard on my new album La Papessa, which so far has a video in the works for a song called Quiero que te vaya Bien and La Capacidad (Invierno Largo), [which] will be featured and released in a 7" available at Great Hall on November 8.On the recently released debut album by Atropolis, Transitions, I am featured in a song called Reza por Mi, which I wrote and recorded in Toronto then sent to New York; and with Boogat as well, we have a track called Unico which we wrote together and recorded in my kitchen!There are other things coming out which I am not supposed to talk about, so I guess you all must stay tuned for more.  :DReza Por Mi Feat. Lido Pimienta - Atropolis :: Music Video from Jon Agua on Vimeo.Since the last time Lido recorded an album ... The main shift is in production: this time around we are using samplers, analog synths, and experimenting with sound and instruments used in unconventional ways; I am pushing myself vocally way more than before and the themes are way more personal.[On the] first album I was writing from a third person view, always kind of putting myself in the shoes of a farmer or a young woman fighting for her rights. This time I realize I am that woman who has a voice that needs to also be heard.(Photo by Blake MacFarlane)The premise of my album, La Papessa, is basically the search for one's voice as a woman in a world in which we seem to be regressing. My message is one of love and friendship and understanding of nature and our basic human need of communication, freedom, sex, art and inclusion. I reject marriage as an entity and I sing to young females who feel pressured to have children and devote themselves to men, which happened to me mainly because of my ignorance and growing up in machismo culture in Colombia, in which for a woman to live with a partner, must occur via marriage.The other layer of emotional and political material in the themes explored in La Papessa are coming from the aftermath of a failed marriage and the young woman raising her child on her own, so [these are] anthems that sing to the loss of one's youth, but at the same time [to] the gain of wisdom, strength and love which comes from being a mother. Motherhood is an incredible thing and doing it on my own with my communities' support has been a great learning and rewarding experience. By sharing my life this way, I know my audience will connect in a deeper level and hopefully the message helps a lot of women who are struggling with these same issues.La Papessa means "High Priestess" or female Pope, it is a card in the tarot that was read to my by my friend Ulises Hadjis (a Venezuelan musician), [who is an] avid student of Alejandro Jodorowsky. In the reading, he was able to bring some light into my distressed life, which was in turmoil and filled with insecurities about being an artist, [and] a mother.Ulises read me the cards and the card that showed "what needed to be done in order get to where I wanted to be" was indeed La Papessa, the card which shows a young female sitting on a throne with a book on her lap and a headpiece which avoids her from looking outside to the periphery; she is only to focus on her book, which represents knowledge.There is lots more symbolism to talk about, but I like that last bit, because it relates to my preparation and training to write better music and be more professional on stage, on the business side of things and to be in control of myself.... What has changed the most is my spirit and my willingness to not let others take care of what I care for the most, which is my integrity. I can finally say I am proud of the music I am making, I am proud of my team and music partners; together we have been able to create a unique album which we are so eager to show when it's completed, and that we have been lucky to perform on different stages in Canada and the US, receiving nothing but good vibes.Living in Toronto, being from Colombia -- Lido's "Dos Mundos"I have adapted well in Toronto. I am a city girl all the way. Even my body is comfortable in the cold now; then again, we haven't had a real winter it seems, at least not in the last three years that I can remember.What I like about Toronto is my community. I find myself in a cocoon, sheltered from evil with my friends who are always there for me. I really love living here because of that.Colombia is family more than anything, it is the place I go to eat a mango directly from a tree and connect with my indigenous ancestry, a place to swim in the ocean and the river and be grateful for all of the natural richness we enjoy all year long on the north coast of Colombia.It gets increasingly sad to go back there though, for it seems each year things get much worse socio-politically, for instance, religion is still boss, and sin is something people believe in, so you can imagine all of the problems that arise from that.What is appalling, too, is the fascination with North America and its corporate/plastic bullshit, so for example it is considered a luxury to eat at McDonald's and go to the mall, which are replicas of whatever shitty mall we have here, as well as being considered  spaces for a family to enjoy "quality time" together -- the whole view on quality of life is warped and racism is embedded in our vocabulary as if it were normal.I mean, I love Colombia as a concept, but as a reality, I cannot see myself living there again.Despite it being dear to my heart and having it help shape me as a human being, it is not my favourite place anymore. Colombia breaks my heart.Canada is not completely innocent of any of the issues I have mentioned before, but at least if I want to marry my girlfriend, I will face no opposition and I value that immensely.Performing at Bridges Tropical Mashup on October 19My show is going to be super high energy, gangster pop, empowering, filled with fun surprises and amazing music. The rest of the acts will have to match our energy, which won't be an easy task.Lido recently collaborated with several female members of Maracatu Mar Aberto (Photo: Brandon Benoit)On top of our crazy beats and amazing brass, I am inviting [the] Maracatu girls on stage to do a song with me [previous version of that here].On visuals I am preparing a lovely repertoire with my art collective -- partners in crime Tough Guy Mountain. Our projections on screen react to the vibrations of my voice. Everything is done live, of course.Lido Pimienta performs at the Uma Nota Festival on Saturday, October 19 for Bridges Tropical Mashup -- Live, Analog & Digital. Full event details here. Facebook event page here. Full festival listings here

Pan American Bridges Workshop Series


Dos Mundos Arts and Media is  offering a series of community arts workshops, as part of the Uma Nota Festival.

By involving and reaching more communities in Brazilian, South American and North American expressions, Dos Mundos and Uma Nota allow people to discover arts and culture from the Americas, in a way that is interactive, participatory and fun. Dos Mundos Arts and Media is a Toronto-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to showcasing, celebrating and developing emerging artists and art forms that represent contemporary Latin America.

All the workshops and activities are Pay What You Can. Funding is made available through the Toronto Arts Council.More details about the workshops follow, and there's a Facebook event page to share with your friends.Let's get the word out about these amazing and accessible workshops!


Mondays, October 7 & 14 at 7 p.m.

Street Brass! Brass band music from New Orleans, Brazil and Latin American carnivals.

An open call to horn players high school level and up! Trombonist Christopher Butcher of the Heavyweights Brass Band takes you through a repertoire of street brass band tunes from New Orleans Second Line, Brazilian marchinhas and frevos, along with some Latin American songs and with a Michael Jackson tune for good measure. This workshop develops over two classes and a final rehearsal on Saturday October 19th at 3 p.m. The group will then perform at the Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge on October 20, including a collaboration with The Heavyweights Brass Band. Tell all your friends! This band will make history in Toronto.

UPDATE: Facebook event page:  Street Brass! Open call for all horn players!

*Register ahead of time with Christopher Butcher via email: chris[at]chrisbutchermusic[dot]com

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

ADrianna teaching

Wednesday October 16 at 8 p.m. 

Brazilian Dance (Orixá & maracatu) with Dance Migration

Explore the movement of Afro-Brazilian dance from the Brazilian states of Bahia and Pernambuco. Artistic Director Adrianna Yanuziello has studied with a range of teachers from Brazil and has been at the forefront of teaching and performing tradition and contemporary Brazilian dance in Toronto. She has collaborated with a range of groups from Bloco Bracatum, Maracatus Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba, as well as Samba Squad and Batucada Carioca. She has brought her teacher Rosangela Silvestre to Toronto a number of times for special guest workshops. Dance Migration has also produced  and performed several shows at various theatres in Toronto.

Broadway Arts, 35 Golden Ave, Suite 108


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Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

Urban Street Dance with Diana Reyes 'Fly Lady Di' 

Diana Reyes aka Fly Lady Di is a prominent Canadian urban dancer who has appeared in films and travelled the world teaching classes. Currently she teaches House Dance at Street Dance Academy, City Dance Corps, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre among other organizations. She will be presenting urban dance movements highlighting the influence of Latin American steps and style in modern house and hip hop dance.

Bavia Arts Studio, 898 St. Clair W.

UPDATE (just added):Eduardo PimentelSaturday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Cuban Yoga with Eduardo Pimentel 

Bring warmth to a brisk Toronto fall day with Caribbean-style yoga directly from Cuba! The perfect salsa mix of alignment, philosophy, and a touch of humor will make you feel warmth of Cuba. Find joy and ease in your body with a tropical blend of asanas that invite you to discover the natural rhythm of your breath and heart.

For the first time, Eduardo Pimentel will travel from Cuba to Canada to teach yoga. He is the founder of the Cuban Yoga Association and has been teaching for over 40 years in Havana, has taught more than 12 000 students and is the lead teacher at Mhai Yoga retreats in Cuba. Eduardo's vast knowledge combined with his accessibility and playfulness will stir your consciousness and awaken lila in your practice -- the creative play of the divine! (More info: Lula Lounge event listing)

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

Screen shot 2013-09-13 at 11.51.21 PMRuben Esguerra and familySaturday, October 19 at 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  *Pay-What-You-Can* $5 suggested minimum donation

Colombian Drum and Dance drum with Beny Esguerra and the New Tradition Family

This workshop is two-fold: Colombian-born multi-instrumentalist, lyricist and arts educator Ruben "Beny" Esguerra leads visitors in the basics of Afro-Colombian drum rhythms, while his mom takes people through popular Colombian dances. The workshops will touch on the genres within the Música de gaita tradition, which represents the unity between African, Amerindian and European musical traditions rooted in sixteenth century Latin America. Check out more about his workshops and watch some videos here.

As a musician and drummer, Beny has earned the privilege of becoming the band leader of several musical groups, including last year's (Uma Nota Festival) Community Cultural Fair feature, New Tradition. Ruben Esguerra holds a Masters degree in musicology/ethnomusicology.

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

3 p.m. (same location): (Dress rehearsal) Street Brass! Brass band music from New Orleans, Brazil and Latin American carnivals. (See Oct. 7&14 workshop info above)


Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. 

Forró dance with Brazil Dance World

Forró is one of the most popular dances in Brazil, and in fact is more wholistic, signifying at once a dance, a style of music and a party. It can be simple, sweet and romantic or complex and vigorous. Above all the dance is "for all" to enjoy. Join Goreti Cardoso for a simple introduction to forró and all the fun it can be. The workshop is preparation for the social and the live music of Forrallstar at the Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge on the evening of October 20.

Bavia Arts Studio, 898 St. Clair Ave. W.

FilhosdeBimbaSaturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Capoeira Regional and related Afro-Brazilian dances

Lang Liu of Filhos de Bimba Capoeira school demonstrate and teach Capoeira Regional and  popular Afro-Bahian dances Maculelê (warrior/stick dance), and Samba de Roda (with live drumming by Samba Kidz); there will also be a demonstration of Puxada de Rede (fisherman's dance). These dances are often associated with capoeira. There will be a capoeira roda (circle) where the capoeristas enter and play against each other. Filhos de Bimba practises a pure form of capoeira regional, made popular by the famous Mestre Bimba in the 1940s Salvador, Brazil. (More info and schedule: Facebook event page)

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave.


Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m.  

Fandango Fun w/ Café Con Pan

Join Kali and Alec with your hands, feet and voice to explore son jarocho, the traditional music from Veracruz that is bringing people together from Tapalapa to Toronto. Kali and Alec have been performing for several years in Toronto. They recently released a fantastic CD Nuevos Caminos a Santiago.

Part of the Community Cultural Fair: Sunday, October 20, at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West


Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.  

Coco de Roda w/ Maracatu Mar Aberto feat. Sapo Camara

Coco de Roda is a dance from the Northeastern Brazilian states of Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Paraiba. Coco praieiro is a style popularized in the city of Olinda and involves call and response songs, clapping, drumming and simple steps. The rhythm is infectious and the nature of the dance involes everyone, young and old. Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion troupe that has a certain affinity to the "game" of coco. Special guest teacher and singer is native Olindense (from Olinda), Professor Sapo from Capoeira Camara.  UPDATE: Flávia Nascimento from Forrossanova (Brazilian group based in Quebec City) joins the program to sing some traditional cocos and teach us some of her own.

Part of the Community Cultural Fair: Sunday, October 20, at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

Cultural Talks

Gilda Monreal

Community Transformation through the arts: Essencia Arts Collective

Sunday, October 20 at  2:30 p.m.

Essencia is a nomadic hip hop festival: it moves to a different country every year, creating a space for international artists to exchange knowledge and experience. Essencia looks to celebrate the youth and communities that engage in the four elements of hip hop in an effort to raise awareness about their natural resources (the human resources and skills they possess). Gilda Monreal aka Fiya is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist and actor known and one half of the sisters duo Bruxas (witches). She is joined in her talk by her sister Shalak Attack and São Paulo graffiti artist Bruno Smoky.

Part of the Community Cultural Fair: Sunday, October 20, at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

Valentine Moreno

Public Culture Policy in Brazil

Sunday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.

The Brazilian state has a highly developed culture policy at both national and regional levels. Their programs Cultura Viva and Pontos de Cultura spearheaded by the former Minister of Culture and Brazilian musical icon Gilberto Gil have extended artistic funding to many traditional artistic manifestations. Brazil also has arts funding mechanisms that work with large corporations. Valentine Moreno has worked in the 'economy of culture' in Brazil and currently is the Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs at the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

Part of the Community Cultural Fair: Sunday, October 20, at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West

Jason Gardner
Multimedia presentation: A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil
Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m. (front room)
Jason Gardner's recently published book A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco explores Carnaval, culture and ceremony of the northeast region of Pernambuco, Brazil, through 128 pages of color and black and white photographs, as well as interviews from the people shaping this dynamic culture, and personal journals by the author.  The book includes a nine-track audio companion of music from the region, via a limited edition digital-only download card. Jason launched the book at with a solo exhibition and book launch at New York's Lincoln Center in July 2013.

Bio: Jason Gardner tells stories visually, using the framework of visual anthropology. Whether documenting Carnaval around the world, creating images for a business marketing campaign, or photographing musicians for their promotion, he learns as much as possible about his subject, and often captures things not normally photographed. The Brazilian Consulates have sponsored exhibitions of his work in 2013, 2010 and 2007. Jason was recently selected as a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic Traveler’s “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and his work has been featured on the Kodak.com Professional website. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).Part of the Community Cultural Fair: Sunday, October 20, at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street Westumanota_festival2013_online_portraitimages_workshops

Pedro Quental's Carioca Soul in Canada

In our North American musical classification systems, nearly all  types of Brazilian music, it seems to me, are too often considered a part of the World Music genre. Not just Brazilian or "Latin" music styles -- even North American funk and soul often fall under the same over-generalized World or Groove categories.Here in Toronto, with our dozens upon dozens of music scenes for nearly any sub-genre I can name, I find it can be a challenge to introduce less Brazilian or tropical music oriented friends to connect with a particular style. Many of those who do enjoy Brazilian music do so no matter what details I want to tell them about it: the thrilling, booming samba or maracatu drums, the full-on spectacle of samba or capoeira performances, or the open-hearted, at times seductive joy of a good forró dance.Rio de Janeiro, as one might expect, is a completely different story. In Rio's famous Lapa nightlife district, the samba rhythm and manifestation alone takes on various forms: stage bands of various sizes, casual roda de samba format (often around a table) and both street-side and stage-bound samba bateria (drum corps) performances. These are in addition to the other Northeastern and Afro-Brazilian manifestations happening both as venue-based shows and street performance, from forró and maracatu to Jongo da Serra. And all of this bubbling with activity within blocks of one another. (The "powder keg of culture"!)But if one form of samba and MPB can bridge Toronto and Rio, it may just be the sound that Pedro Quental calls "Carioca Soul" -- a mixture of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) and soul music that seems like a natural product of the Lapa scene.Quental is one of the vocalists from the Rio samba troupe Monobloco, though he was already an established (albeit often behind-the-scenes) singer, composer and voice-over professional when he joined the popular percussion group in 2008.His stage presence is incredible, regardless of how long he previously spent working with music in an off-stage capacity. And Canadian audiences have had a chance to get to know Quental, through a true Toronto-Rio connection: the singer has performed here for the past few summers, each time brought by Toront0-based samba artist Maninho Costa, who frequently plays with Monobloco when visiting Rio (also Costa's hometown).Starting in 2010, Costa has invited Quental for a run of summer shows in which visiting vocalist Quental is backed by a Toronto-based Brazilian band, with Costa on percussion, as well in a heavier samba bateria format with Costa's Batucada Carioca.Pedro Quental and the band perform at Montreal's summer Carnaval, July 2013 (Photo: Negin Bahrami)In previous years, Quental showed his performance chops on MPB and samba classics, including funk and samba-rock tunes from the greats like Jorge Ben, Chico Buarque and Gonzaguinha. Last year, the band played Harbourfront's Expressions of Brazil and Quental sang with Batucada Carioca at Montreal's summer Carnaval.Now, with his visit following a newly launched Monobloco album, Quental and the Canadian-based Brazilian band switches it up for 2013: the new repertoire includes catchy originals, and (one my favourite twists) a lively Brazilian ska treatment of a famous Buarque tune Quental played as a straight samba in previous Toronto shows.The 2013 tour switched up the lineup to unite local Brazilian players Thiago Souza on keyboards, Wagner Petrilli on guitar, Pedro Joel on bass and Riquinho Fernandes on the batera. The performance count rose to include shows at Montreal's summer Carnaval (this time with Quental at the front of both bands), Toronto's Brazilfest and a headlining slot at Ottawa's Mercury Lounge.Check out this video from the Ottawa concert (via drummer Carlos "Riquinho" Fernandes):The Ottawa events blog Eventful Capital's review confirms that the show Quental and the band delivered there brought the same connection I've seen at the Montreal and Toronto shows:"The crowd ... included local fans of Monobloco ... most of them sang along to the songs in Portuguese and it really felt as though the audience had been transported to a bar in the heart of Rio for the night.Quental only addressed  the crowd in Portuguese, which made the interaction challenging for English-speakers. However, this allowed for an immersive experience in Brazilian music and culture as each musician played their respective instrument with soul and energy."Pedro Quental with Batucada Carioca in Montreal, July 2013 (Photo via Quebec Noticias)There's no better way to close off Pedro Quental's stay in Canada than with a big samba party in Toronto, and that's exactly what he and Maninho Costa have planned for a finale.The Sunday show starts off with Quental at the front of the soulful five-piece band before the Batucada Carioca stage show brings Quental back up to sing a range of Brazilian favourites, samba classics and high-energy party tunes, with Petrilli on guitar and Costa directing the drummers.We can't place our Lula Lounge in the middle of Lapa, but we can bring a touch of that gafieira swagger and samba swing to Dundas West.And the bridge between Rio and Toronto? Hey, it's something!Pedro Quental Band and Batucada Carioca perform at Lula Lounge on Sunday, August 11. Doors 7 p.m., Pedro Quental Band 8 p.m. sharp, Batucada Carioca 9:30 p.m. $15 at the door. More info on the Lula Lounge website and Facebook event pageQuental and Batucada Carioca in Montreal, July 2012 (Photo: Leonardo Tenan *edited image, originally from camera phone) 

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

DIY Sound systems: K-Zar and Dub Connection

Dub Connection SoundsystemJamaican-style sound systems – many of them mobile rigs loaded with a generator, turntables and speakers – are typically giant powerhouses of sound made for pumping out reggae and dub cuts.From the classic DIY Jamaican systems to the sound trucks of Brazil's Carnaval parades, the systems in many parts of the Americas aren’t built for a high-fidelity concert hall experience. These are systems for the street, for the block parties, for the masses.Within the past year, a local version has emerged: Dub Connection Soundsystem was  hand-built in a Toronto garage in 2012 by dub and reggae purveyors K Zar and Woodsman.They drew inspiration in part from worldwide dub stars Iration Steppas, one of their major influences:We talked to K Zar of the Dub Connection and Rockers Arena series about his pride and joy.

Origins: Inspiration and Perspiration

K Zar had been doing underground reggae and dub parties since 2003. He’s a keen follower of the sound system scene in UK and Europe, where crews built big systems in the Jamaican tradition.

Woodsman had also been following the same scene, and was interested in the technical aspects of the systems. They had each started putting together their own systems when they met in 2012.

From the moment Woodsman and K Zar met, they began plotting the creation of a sound system that would truly rock a dancehall with power and clarity – Dub Connection Soundsystem was born.

Dub Connection Soundsystem


“Once we sourced the speaker plans, it went from being a concept to something we were ready to start building. We started sourcing materials and gear as best we could, driving all over the GTA and beyond to find amps, rack gear, speakers. We got our wood cut into the jigsaw puzzle-like pieces of wood that would eventually form our bass bins.

“My tiny garage was quickly filled with sawdust, as we pieced together the system. We'd already booked our venue for the launch, so we were under the gun to get it done on time. We worked on it in all our spare time, and it finally came together about a week before the scheduled launch. It was sunny and warm when we started, and cold and snowy when we were done.”

It took six months to design and build the system.

The launch party was December 21st and the rest is history.

Dub Connection Soundsystem

Dub Connection Soundsystem

Hurdles and Rewards

“There were many challenges, like sourcing the grade of plywood we needed at a reasonable price. Then finding a laser cutting shop in the city that would take the time to look at our plans and really understand them. Once we had our cuts made, we were off and running.

“The whole project itself was just a kick to get done ... awesome. There was a hell of a lot of decision-making happening via texts. We sourced all the gear on a shoestring budget, and we didn’t settle until we got the pieces we wanted.

“The packed house at our launch party, and the vibe in the room was great. Unleashing the system, watching people's reactions, seeing people come together and jump around the dance floor. Having people skanking to the system made all the work worthwhile.”

Frequencies for the Future

“For the immediate future we're going to continue to do our dances and continue rocking venues. We're striving to find new places in the city to play the system.

“We'll also continue to tweak the system and try to improve the quality of the sound.  Some exciting things are in the works. We have plans to bring in reggae and dub acts that we don’t normally see here, particularly on a sound system.”

The future is full of big warm bass, sharp midrange and crisp high end.

Dub Connection Soundsystem goes down at Lee's Palace on Friday, June 21 in Toronto. Facebook event page here. K Zar will also appear at Block Party 2013 on Sunday, June 23.

UPDATE Oct. 2015: Dub Connection and its system have appeared at many events including the annual Block Party jam. Last winter we joined up for Winter Nite at Geary Lane, which is where the Saturday Jamboree takes place on Oct.  17, 2015 as part of our fifth annual Uma Nota Festival. 

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:

Paint the Halls Recap

 DJSOn May 30th The Women's College Hospital Foundation hosted an epic event, Paint the Halls. Paint the Halls was a special edition of Art Battle, beefed up by the music production of Uma Nota Culture and the event planning of Spectacular Spectacular. Art Battle is live competitive painting where artists paint simultaneously for 75 minutes and then the crowd votes on their favorite piece. The soon to be razed Women's College Hospital opened up their first and second floor to host this party and 75 artists competed painting in different parts of the building, including surgical rooms, waiting rooms and specially, the halls. This awesome event went off without a hitch with a beautiful slice of Toronto's creative, conscious and beautiful people coming out to appreciate art, be social and be merry. Maylee Todd brought down the house with her fantastic set in the recovery ward, and The Heavyweights Brass Band brought some second line New Orleans vibe into the building parading through the halls, and  props to them for trying to lead people out at the end of the night. The kids however, wanted to stay longer and the party ended more than an hour after all the bars and food had shut down. Kudos to DJs General Eclectic and Fase for keeping the party bumping, even after 'end' time. Special shout to DJ Hadi's set during the Art Battle. Also a special shout to the winner of the Grand Prize Adam Chapman. The greatest praise of all goes to the Foundation, who weren't afraid to be creative and push the boundaries of how hip a hospital fundraiser can be. If you want to see all the paintings and even order prints, check  the WCHF's facebook page.Some of the pics from the event below.


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