World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Victor Monsivais Brazil-Latin Band

Victor Monsivais Brazil-Latin Ensemble has long performed at several Toronto venues, including The Trane Studio Jazz Lounge, Gate 403 and The Gladstone Hotel. Featuring Fernando Tavares/Piano, Frank Sants/Bass, Lui Botos/Drums, Federico Monsivais/Percussion and Victor Monsivais singing and playing acoustic guitar; the ensemble performs a broad variety of authentic Latin-American rhythms and styles, as well as original material and the Must-do Jazz Standards. Special Guests: Sara Begín/Vocals, Lui Botos Jr./Bass.

Los Lonely Boys

Since their breakout 2004 self-titled album, which went twice platinum and garnered a Best Pop Performance Grammy for the No 1 hit single “Heaven,” Los Lonely Boys have toured all over the world, performing roughly 200 shows to more than 350,000 fans in 2009-10 alone. Their last studio album, 2008′s ‘Forgiven,’ earned the band even more critical favor, with the LA Times extolling that it “oozes bone-deep feeling throughout.” The band recently performed at the March for Immigration Reform on the National Mall in Washington before an audience of 90,000.

Randy Weston

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.

Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa,
his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire.

Paco de Lucia

Paco de Lucia, world renowned flamenco guitarist, will set the Sony Centre alight on Monday, June 27 as he plays with unparalleled speed, precision and passion. Pat Metheny calls him, “the greatest in the world, period.”
Paco de Lucia, one of the greatest living guitarist in the world, was born Francisco Sanchez Gomez in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cadiz, in the Southernmost tip of Spain on December 21st, 1947. His stage name is an homage to his mother Lucia Gomez.
His father, Antonio Sanchez, a day laborer, played guitar at night as a way to supplement his income.

Cafe Cubano

Led by piano player Jorge Betancourt and featuring some of the city's top Cuban players, Cafe Cubano is one Toronto's most popular salsa and timba bands.

Luisito Orbegoso & Moda Eterna

Moda Eterna is headed by one of Toronto’s most in-demand musicians, Peruvian-born Luis "Luisito" Orbegoso. Moda Eterna plays classic salsa that has withstood the test of time. Moda Eterna delivers hard-hitting 80s salsa that highlights the Ray Barretto repetoire.

Brownman

Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York and now based in Toronto, Brownman is one of the most in demand, young jazz studio trumpet players in Canada today. He is also an accomplished composer/arranger and the recipient of the 2002 Canadian National Jazz Award (NJA) for "Jazz Composer of the Year", also clocking in as first runner-up for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"; his highly acclaimed latin-jazz group CRUZAO was also nominated at the NJAs in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year".

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