World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Laura Fernandez & Don Naduriak

I was born in Madrid, Spain and immigrated to Canada as a child not speaking English whatsoever. As a child my earliest memories were those relating to music and art. My father who was a fine art painter and an architect would sit me on his lap and play name that tune with many classical pieces of music! Watching him paint and listening to classical music and opera as well as many other types of music was what my childhood was rich with. Soon enough I was also drawing, painting and playing music.

Eliana Cuevas

After a decade of intensive performing, writing and composing, Venezuelan born Toronto based Eliana Cuevas is rising from the ranks to acclaim as one of Canada’s finest world and jazz music performers and creators. She has released three albums in Canada under her own name -- Cohesion (2002), Ventura (2004) and Vidas (2007) and also one album in Europe -- Luna Llena (2009). She has toured extensively across the country bringing her music to various concert halls and Festivals in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Yukon, Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Sambacana

Sambacana is an exciting Brazilian music ensemble reflecting the richness and diversity of a new generation of Canadian artists. Band members Aline Morales, John Yelland, Wagner Petrilli, Luis Guerra and Alan Hetherington have been performing together for Toronto's growing Brazilian community and throughout Canada to high critical acclaim. Their melding of folkloric, popular and jazz idioms are now captivating audiences everywhere. Sambacana has just completed its first CD, Nós, with guest maestro and mentor Filó Machado.

Sambacana is:

Aline Morales
Wagner Petrilli
John Yelland

Gordon Sheard & Sinal Aberto

Formed in 2009, Gordon Sheard & Sinal Aberto perform classics of the Brazilian popular song tradition (featured composers include A. C. Jobim, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, and many others), as well as vibrant original compositions that reflect the band’s diverse musical roots (vividly represented on their recent release A New Day). Sinal Aberto’s members number among Canada’s top musicians.

Son Ache

Presenting SON ACHÉ “One wicked Latin dance band!” - Jane Houghton, Toronto. com, February 2002 If you pop into Cevejaria on Toronto’s College Street for a drink or a bite to eat, on a Friday evening, be prepared to settle in for the night -- when Son Aché begins to play their Afro-Cuban rhythms and bouncy son montunos with an urban twist (to an always- packed house), you will not want to leave. It’s “get up and shake your butt” music dotted with a few romantic Cuban boleros, which allow dancers to catch a breath.

Que Isso?

Kyle McGyle's "Que Isso?" plays contemporary Brazilian jazz. Their infectious rhythms and engaging melodies are guaranteed to keep your toes tapping and your thoughts warm and sunny.

Quique Escamilla

From Chiapas Mexico, Quique Escamilla delivers a night of Latin jazz.

Quique’s music is dynamic and packed with emotion. He is one of Toronto’s rising singer-songwriters who hails all the way from the warm and tropical southern state of Chiapas, Mexico to deliver a fusion of bolero, cumbia, huapango with rock, reggae and jazz.

Jaffa Road

Jaffa Road launched their debut CD, Sunplace, in March 2009 to a packed house at The Lula Lounge in Toronto. Since then they have hit the #1 spot on the CIUT world music chart, been nominated for a Juno Award, and won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting contest for their song LYG (Lo Yisa Goy). They have been invited to perform at a number of prestigious festivals across Canada. Keep your eyes and ears on this exciting Canadian world music band.

Aaron Lightstone - oud , guitars, synth
Aviva Cherncik - vocals
Chris GArtner - bass
Jeff Wilson- percussion

Hilario Duran And His Latin Jazz Big Band

Hilario Durán is ranked among the greats, as one of the most important contemporary Cuban pianists and arrangers today. In 2005, Hilario formed his explosive Big Band Orchestra with top Canadian and Cuban musicians in Toronto. The album, “From The Heart”, featuring Paquito D’Rivera, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, and won a Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award.

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