Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Festival 2015

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

Our popular Sunday afternoon-into-evening hang out and live show is back October 18th for a fifth year of music, dance, food, drink, games and family-friendly fun. With plenty of great live music and DJs, and kid’s activities including craft table and face painting, this is one party where you can bring the whole family, your Sunday Funday crew or just bring yourself – good times are guaranteed any which way.New this year is a live painting session in a first-ever collaboration between two local artists. Their creation will be raffled off at the end of the night!Let your hair down, hang out with friends, learn a new dance … it’s all good, and good for you, at the Community Cultural Fair.Featuring:Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoLenis Rino (Brazil)Direct from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Lenis Rino, one of the foremost ambassadors of maracatu percussion inside or outside Brazil, performs songs from his rhythmically eclectic 2014 album "Mais Um Grito"(“one more cry”), which had its Toronto release last November. The album showcases Lenis’ deep knowledge of Brazilian rhythms, with production and percussion from Bruno Buarque (Céu and other projects) and a killer Braz-band. A key contemporary Brazilian artist with incredible skills as an improvisational percussionist and facilitator, Lenis was one of the first to bring maracatu drumming to Belo Horizonte and is a longtime friend and collaborator of Aline Morales, and she and other local artists will form his Toronto band for this special show.The ResponsablesLaying down the reggae, funk, and dirty grooves, this soulful outfit brings the good vibes, and they are soon to release new EP. Meanwhile, with their with four-part harmonies, a blend of reggae roots, a touch of Afrobeat, and some funky breaks, The Responsables live is always a dance party.Photo: Ewen LewisYUKAThis is Toronto’s “UP FOR IT” funk, soul and groove band: Name the spot and they will make sure everyone gets there and gets moving. Following their jam-packed third album, “Pitfall,” YUKA is preparing to release a fourth full-length disc in early 2016, but in the meantime, the band is coming off a huge high after jamming ’til the small hours with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings this past summer. Lead vocalist Claire Doyle even sang backup, by invitation, with Sharon and her band at their Hamilton show a few weeks back. YUKA brings that infectious funk energy and soul power to the Uma Nota stage.Aline MoralesWhether leading the maracatu percussion group Baque de Bamba, her own band playing the original compositions she writes with producer/arranger David Arcus, or rocking the old-school Brazilian Forró with her other band, Aline is a captivating singer, bandleader and percussionist, whose voice, power and direction are unmistakeable. Aline Morales remains one of Toronto's top Brazilian performers and frequently plays at major local festivals and cultural centres, including shows this past summer at Panamania Live, Harbourfront Centre & Ontario's Celebration Zone, Luminato Festival and Summerworks.Coco de Roda (music/dance workshop)A folkloric dance tradition from the northeast of Brazil, Coco de Roda is a lively, interactive and fun circle game that can be easily learned by anyone, including children. With special participation from Aline Morales and Lenis Rino, members of the maracatu groups Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba will facilitate the circle with easy-to-pick-up rhythms, call and response songs, groovy percussion, upbeat dance moves and friendly vibes.Tupi Collective DJs (Montreal)The project of Montreal-based Brazilian DJ Mks (Markus Freitas) and DJ Skambo (Wallace Roza), the Tupi Collective is a project that explores the rhythms of Brazilian music both classic and contemporary, including Samba-Soul, Maracatu, Hip-hop and Funk. From reggae to samba, to hip-hop to forró, plus an amalgamation of new and old school Brazilian rhythms, the collective mixes a diaspora of styles in their sets which takes their fans on a tropical journey. The collective is also a major proponent of bicycle soundsystem culture, with its mobile Tupicycle frequently seen and heard out and about at Montreal's Jardins Gamelin and other venues.

Tupi Collective Radio Show #1. Northeast Brazil 100% Vinyl. by Tupi Collective on Mixcloud

Photo: Zara DinizDJ Erick Paredes (Miami)A recent re-arrival on the Toronto tropical scene, DJ Erick Paredes most recently lived in Miami, where he played with visiting guests like Brazil’s Marcelinho da Lua and kept up his steady stream of dub, Latin soul, funk and MPB alongside his electronic offerings on the broken beat and deep house tip.Zara Diniz live painting a special reimagined tropical version of "Blue Train", the classic John Coltrane album, at Footprints, spring 2015.Special live painting session & raffleLocal artists and live painting sensations Carlos Delgado and Zara Diniz are combining forces for the first time, and we're stoked that it's to create a one-of-a-kind, collaborative piece inside the Lula Lounge environment during the Community Cultural Fair. The finished piece will be available to win in a draw open to everyone and presented at the close of the day’s festivities.Plus:Artist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprisesLula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door (children under 12 free)Facebook event page: Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

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.

DJ General Eclectic - Tropical Toronto Mix for Pan Am Path / August 2015 by Dj General Eclectic on Mixcloud

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! 

Worlds of Influence at LulaWorld 2015

Rhythm heads that we are, we love the big Brazilian drumming groups. The rhythms and the movement of a full ensemble of only drums (and sometimes only drums and vocals) make us move, sweat, dance and go flush in the face with joy.And many of the people who come across those big drumming groups here in Toronto love the spectacle, too, but sometimes a music fan wants some melody together with the rhythm, and some tunes to hum or sing along with while the drumbeats are pounded out. The combination of a punchy horn line and an infectiously upbeat drum groove, especially when provided by several drummers, translates to exciting live shows and great dancing.The Brazilians, we know, are huge fans of incorporating a smaller or "pocket" bateria into a larger band format — with guitar, bass, vocals, and often horns and drum kit along with the percussionists — from the bandas in Salvador such as the stage band versions of the famous blocos Afro like Olodum and Timbalada, to manguebeat's Nação Zumbi out of Recife and the big bloco shows featuring samba and other rhythms by Monobloco and Bangalafumenga in Rio de Janeiro, and the cultural force that is AfroReggae in that city. (And those are just a few!)Here in "tropical" Toronto, we have our own growing movement of bands that incorporate smaller versions of the Brazilian drumming troupe.Mar Aberto Soundsystem back in actionNow, two of the city's newest and most cutting-edge bands are teaming up to showcase the bateria-"stage show band" style for the opening night of this year's Lulaworld festival.With the musical forms from the Americas and Africa, the music these groups create exudes the sensibility of kids growing up with a world of influence. Together these two bands are creating a new scene in Toronto.Currently rocking it in a new formation, Mar Aberto SoundSystem layers bass, skankin’ guitars, dubby horns and vocals atop grooves of samba, maracatu and the one drop. Featuring top-drawer additions Tamar Ilana on vocals (of Ventanas, and a frequent guest singer with maracatus Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba) and Magdalys Sav (Jane Bunnett and Maqueque) on the percuteria, the band blends dub reggae, mento and ska with Brazilian rhythm, cumbia, and carimbó.Tdot SoundcrewBut the latest high-energy addition to the movement is T.Dot Sound Crew, a 13-piece outfit drawing on the drummers of Tdot Batú led by Patricio "Pato" Martinez. (And featuring Uma Nota resident General Eclectic on the "stand up" drum kit, along with members of Tdot Batú).Their sound brings back the Old School Latin Big Tunes, from Fabulosos Cadillacs, Todos Tus Muertos and Autenticos Decadentes, alongside reggae fusion from Skank (Brazilian reggae), Dawn Penn, Bob Marley, along with some Afrobeat from Fela Kuti and amazing cumbia sounds.The group recently debuted their shows, featuring a fusion of Afro-Brazilian beats with a taste of Latinoamerica sounds, at Tdot's second anniversary jam. Check the highlight reel:Now, about the bateria/band concept: this really a new thing? Well, yes and no: The form has been around the city's Brazilian scene for some time, with acts like Bracatum and stage versions of Batucada Carioca that add in horns, guitar or cavaquinho, and bass over the drumbeats.But it was a cold winter, and we haven't heard from many local bands doing this kind of thing for a while.Yes, we've had visits from São Paulo samba master Chocolatte, who, with help from Alan Hetherington, last summer brought a full troupe of samba percussionists along with the musicians playing strings. There's Baque de Bamba, Aline Morales' group, who have played several shows over the years with a reduced baque and horns, and that group joined Morales' band for a final tune when they played Uma Nota's Hot Spring edition at the Great Hall, and more recently, that group is even mixing up steel pan with maracatu (what!) as well as horns and bass for an upcoming performance at the closing ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Samba Squad's stage show explores all kinds of rhythms and danceable tunes with melodic instruments in the mix. Also, one of the city's few all-female percussion groups, Primitiva, has in recent shows added bass and flute to the maracatu drums.And of course, for all those years Uma Nota did it up the Gladstone, Samba Elégua in its Uma Nota Ensemble format rocked it with a reduced percussion corps, arrangements by David Arcus and guests including the Kensington Horns.Fast forward a few years and the movement continues. Here's a short taste of Mar Aberto SoundSystem (in its previous formation) the last time the band rocked Lula Lounge.

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If you're ready to go enjoy two bands doing this right here and now, this show is a great place to start. It's only Tdot Sound Crew's second show ever, and Mar Aberto SoundSystem's first big show in the new formation, so get ready to dance as they show off their stuff.To help with that, you can also check out the stunning dance piece Femenino by Dance Migration, performed as the earlier show on Lulaworld's opening night, featuring guest Brazilian dance artist Irineu Nogueira and percussionist Alysson Bruno. Then stick around for the live music, because you're going to want to do a bunch of dancing yourself.Those horns and that guitar skank, those bass drums rumbling and shakers shaking — when it comes together, it makes for a killer show.Mar Aberto SoundSystem and Tdot Sound Crew perform as part of Lulaworld Festival 2015, co-presented by Uma Nota, on Wed. May 27 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Doors 9 p.m. $10 advance tickets/$15 at the door. Check out the Facebook event and get your tickets on the Lula Lounge website(Early show for May 27 is Femenino performed by Dance Migration. Doors 6 p.m.,  show 7 p.m., advance tickets $20 and you can stay for the live music. Facebook event)LulaWorld2015-MA-SS_TDotSC_May27-FBwide  

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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Gilberto's Samba in Toronto

 10353305_824616284230100_2099220897929044334_oGilberto Gil, Brazil's  eternal ambassador of music and culture, is at Koener Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. The influence this man has had in Brazil and on the Brazilophiles worldwide is incredible. The show is sold out. The last time I saw him play alone, (as he plans to do this time), the delight of seeing an artist with so much style and history took me to a very romantic spot in my brain that kept me warm and fuzzy for days. While I also love when he plays with a full band, there is something special when he comes on his own, with a guitar, a smile, and so much creativity.He comes for his recent release, Gilberto's Samba. Take a look for  yourselves.We have featured him a number of times on this blog. Here is our past 'lowdown' on the man. That post can give you a lot of background so you can go see the show in the full context of his majesty! On another side of things, how do millennials understand Gilberto Gil? Maybe, like, say... his niece? This image may offer some insight! ;)some Instagram accountMy favourite article on the man came from his interview with Wax Poetics; it was super thorough. Try as I might, I couldn't find the actual piece online, but I found the cover (below). If you are lucky enough to have tickets to the show on Tuesday, enjoy! It will be simplismente inspirador.

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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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The Block Party

10626151_370263326460460_2535749635068081247_oThe End of Summer Block Party held in September made such an impact that it has quickly become identifiable as one of Uma Nota's signature events. The afternoon-into-evening event brought together many Uma Nota crews of artists and friends and rallied different communities in our age old pursuit of good times, free expression and general fun. The summer 2015 promises more Block Parties!10459024_370263189793807_8304885891821812879_oThe best praise came from Toronto via Chiapas' own Quique Escamilla: "... So much richness of life: people of all different colours, cultures, food and styles of music altogether in one place. Dancing to Brazilian, Colombian, Jamaican, 'good' Hip-Hop, and West African beats for hours, left me happy at home with a sore neck this morning—meaning we were really bouncing off the floor." Yes Quique, thanks!AsikoBPIV.2Block Party IV with Maracatu Mar Aberto @ Clay & Paper Theatre pic Liciane Matos10661777_369645933188866_3162799271205704233_oThe story of the Block Party in its current form evolved out from the idea of Maracatu Mar Aberto director (and Uma Nota director) Alex (yours truly), who along with Itay Keshet of Samba Elégua decided to have a party together at Zero Gravity Circus in 2011. The whole concept was originally meant to replicate the vibe of a Sesame Street party indoors and involve Toronto's two aforementioned underground drum troupes, plus a couple of our favourite DJs.The Mar Aberto crew got on board 100% and rocked the party, from decor to food and bar staff. After this initial success, the Block Party became Maracatu Mar Aberto's yearly celebration and moved outdoors to the Kensington Market in 2012 and, in 2013 to its current location at Clay & Paper Theatre's back lot near Liberty Village and Fort York. The Dub Connection's 15,000 watt sound system was also added to the mix. Those three seasons of event were envisioned and executed by the Mar Aberto production duo of Alex and Gina Minugh, with the boost of the Uma Nota networks. The last Block Party, now in its more organized adolescence, went of with a blast, with its most varied and compensated line-up to date, an efficient and well stocked bar, several food vendors and all the beautiful people. BlockPartyIV.110683652_370055566481236_2555186685761183714_opic Mayasuki Tada10633361_370263349793791_7004362700295112318_oBands and DJs who have performed at the Block Party include: Maracatu Mar Aberto (the primary host over the years), Samba Elégua, Maria Bonita & the Band, The Human Rights, Café Con Pan, DJ Bookshelf, DJ General Eclectic, DJ Firecracker, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Mar Aberto Soundsystem, DJ K Zar, selector A Man Called Warwick, DJ Maylee Todd, Carlinhos Pernambuco, Mystery band, DJ Chocolate, Tdot Batu, and Circle Research, among others.

The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

cover pics bands copyHere is the rundown of the Live acts featured at this year's Uma Nota Fest (#UmaNotaFest for the social media savvy). Lots of talent and creativity in the mix to move your body and stimulate the pleasure zones of the mind.The Human RightsUma Nota alumni The Human Rights (formally Friendlyness & The Human Rights) have spent 6 years honing their unique style of uplifting and ultra-heavy reggae music. The ten-piece band has recruited Toronto soul man Tréson and have re-united as The Human Rights. Tréson brings a whole new level and dynamic to the band, his powerful voice the perfect compliment to Friendlyness' style. After two Canadian tours, CBC recording sessions, opening slots for reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beres Hammond, and a feature in the new Trailer Park Boys movie, The Human Rights are gearing up to release their 2nd LP and are touring in support of their latest single "Old School Track." On Oct 17th at the El Mocambo they bring us back that old school feeling. (FB event)

Heavy Soundz (Montreal)

Heavy Soundz come to us from Montreal and embody the alter-Latino scene there. Solidly anchored in a merry multicultural melange, the members of Montreal collective Heavy Soundz kick it with crazy rhythms that get any party started. What do these 5 musicians and 5 MCs from Québec, Haïti and Latin America have in store for us? A caliente whirlwind of Latin urban music spiced with reggae, cumbia and hip hop, as heard on their latest album, “Tumba Parlantes”, a sound that gets everyone in the room moving, grooving and sweating … We are pleased to welcome Heavy Soundz to the El Mocambo  On Oct 17th. (FB event)Flavia Nascimento and BandFlavia won hearts and fans in Toronto with her whimsically romantic forró during last year’s Uma Nota Festival. She is now proud to launch her self titled EP in Toronto. Recorded in Brazil over the winter (Brazil summer) of 2014, the CD is a mixture of original compositions and original takes of some classics from her homeland. The distinct regional style of her native state Minas Gerais is heard as some songs harken the congados (African processions from Minas) and a distinct, almost Milton Nascimento vibe in her arrangements. Her live performance is warm and festive, with a touch of romance. Flavia is the most enchanting start to our festivals. Flavia plays the festival launch at Touché Lounge on Oct 16th at 9pm. (FB event)

Wagner Petrilli  

Brazilian guitarist and composer Wagner Petrilli, originally from São Paulo, is one of Toronto’s most prominent Brazilian musicians. Wagner plays 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. His recently released CD Confissão (“confession”) received critical acclaim and his cd launch at Lula Lounge was a memorable evening for all there. Expect a lively and powerful show from a great band. Wagner plays at 6pm at The Great Hall. (FB event)

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Batucada Carioca (led by Maninho Costa)

Batucada Carioca is Toronto’s premiere Rio-style samba troupe. Led by Rio native sambista Maninho Costa (Maninho z10) Batucada has a raw uplifting style. For their 10th anniversary Maninho has prepared a special set of all new material, and beyond the regular bateria (samba drums) the show features Carlinhos Pernambuco on cavaco, Wagner Petrilli on 7-string guitar and Christopher Butcher on trombone, with special guests performances by Tio Chorinho and Louis Simao. Batucada Carioca plays at 7:30 at the Great Hall on Oct 19th. (FB Event)This one is an oldy, not high def footage, but it shows Batucada Carioca in 2009, so it has wicked historical value and you can see see Maninho killing it.

Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba) 3pm

A ‘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, and eating, dancing, rejoicing and often singing along in chorus. In Toronto, Carlos Pernambuco is at the forefront of this movement, with his infectious voice and cavaquinho leading the songs. The roda (circle) will happen in the afternoon while the feijoada is being served and other activities happen around the venue. Roda de Samba will play throughout the day starting at 3pm at The Great Hall. (FB event).An example of roda de samba in Brazil:

Give It Up for the DeeJay.

Uma Nota Festival has got a wicked line-up of live music and some of the best selectors and beat producers. Let's take a look at the deejays on the bill for Uma Nota Festival 2014.Ushka ushkaUshka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living migrant. She is an activist, cultural organizer, and deejay re-defining the boundaries of global bass music and culture. Having grown up in several parts of the world, her musical influences are as transnational as she is. She deejays from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of music from soca to cumbia, hip hop to South Asian rhythms, kuduro and other African styles to samba. She does so with the philosophy that global genre-blending connects cross-cultural struggles and tells important stories between communities but most importantly, she translates this onto dance floors. Ushka plays Saturday Oct 18th for the Digital Tropics Party.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/users/1151113" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="250" iframe="true" /]Poirierpoirier_002hires_by_may_truong_jpg_0Poirier is Montreal’s pre-eminent Tropical Bass producer. Pinpointing the bits and pieces of dancehall beats, soca energy and electronic intensity is futile in the face of Poirier’s dance-driven creativity and air horn-worthy excitement. He has been nominated for a couple of Junos in his time. This is a man who just understands what works in the dance. He’s released several acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune, remixed the likes of Busy Signal, Salif Keita and Pole and has toured the world several times over. In 2013 Poirier embarked on a new mission: the “chamber techno” music of Boundary. This alias was responsible for one of the remixes in the Music Gallery’s Hugh Le Caine project last year. Poirier also got in touch to say that he is coming into town with his main emcee Face-T. Expect the best with Poirier. Poirier plays Saturday Oct 18th for the Digital Tropics Party. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/users/494979" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="350" iframe="true" /]Rebel Up! Soundclashlandscape_rebel_up_soundclashStarted in the beginning 2007 by Seb Bassleer aka SebCatLitter, the idea of RebelUp! Soundclash was to bring more diverse global styles and potentially more raw and organic sounds to the dance floor out of the big musical biotope that our world has to offer. Instead of dancing to the same well known tunes over and over, RebelUp! offers a podium to discover unsuspected sounds, feelings and expressions. Expect a night of global and political culture mash of sounds from straight-up old skool roots, Arabic roughness, amplified African rhythms, Latino cuts, Asian psychedelica, Balkanized mestizo and gritty electronics. Rebel Up! play the Friday Night Jamboree on Oct 17th . [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/users/306076" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="350" iframe="true" /]General Eclecticgeneral eclecticFounding Uma Nota member General Eclectic is one of Toronto’s most revered djs and selectors. 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. The engine behind such signature Toronto events such as Shindig, Footprints and Building Blocks, he recently surprised us all with a killer hip-hop set at the End of Summer Block Party. As a founding partner and graphic designer he has been instrumental in the creation of the 'Uma Nota style'. General Eclectic plays the Friday Night Jamboree and The Batucada Carioca 10 year party for the Community Cultural Fair.

Uma Nota Festival 2013 Preview Mix by Dj General Eclectic on Mixcloud

  

Andrew Lamb Is Watching Your Neighbourhood, Toronto

Our Toronto street art correspondent Missy Cohen talks to the artist behind a city-wide wheatpaste campaign.Neighbourhood Watch is a Toronto street art project that shares pure joy with the residents of this city.Wheatpasting over old "This Community Protected" Neighbourhood Watch street signs with superheroes and supervillains of pop culture  [mostly from the '80s and '90s, with some '60s and '70s classics like the original Star Trek and Mighty Mouse in the mix], the artist is providing great big smiles to anyone who finds these signs.Neighbourhood WatchArtist Andrew Lamb (@dcmism on Instagram) answered my burning questions about his art.

Missy Cohen: You've mentioned you had a goal of posting 100 signs by the end of summer.  Did you reach this goal?

Andrew Lamb: I did not reach the goal of 100 signs, but I have extended the deadline till first snow fall.MC: I've come across a repeat of Robo Cop. Are there any other duplicates?

AL: There were three Robo Cops, two Axel Foleys (one went missing) and two of the cast from The Wire. I ended up putting Voltron over one of them.

MC: Which are your top three neighbourhood protectors?  I’ll go first: She-Ra, Batman and Robin, and Bill Cosby.

AL: My top three are Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

MC: Awesome!(Image: @fullblownrose on Instagram)

Yes yes Uma Nota Fest

The fourth annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions  running October 16th to the 19th brings fresh bands, more DJs, more Brazil and more global citizenship. Four days of music, dance food and culture for your senses. Ok so this is just a temporary post before we get all the write ups on the artists etc.. check the posters and the schedule on the Festival page. So please check back here for updates, videos, dj mixes etc etc...umanota_festival2014_eflyer3

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!