World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Joy Lapps Project

Joy Lapps is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her proficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. She performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Toronto's TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.

She leads The Joy Lapps Project, a steelpan led ensemble exploring Afro and Latin-Caribbean Jazz, with a hint of R&B and soul. She is also a member and supporter of the Toronto-based steelband, Pan Fantasy.

Sean Bellaviti & Conjunto Lacalu

Sean Bellaviti and Conjunto Lacalu represents the very best of Toronto’s internationally renowned salsa scene. Founded and directed by pianist/composer Sean Bellaviti, this 11-piece ensemble couples a dynamic three-trumpet horn section with a rhythm section featuring Afro-Cuban percussion, piano, bass and Cuban tres guitar. This particular instrumentation gives the group its “classic” salsa sound all the while enabling the sort of stylistic versatility and creativity expected by contemporary audiences.

Rick Shadrach Lazar & Montuno Police

Six accomplished musicians playing original instrumental compositions, combining wicked grooves and creative interplay. We mix the harmonic and improvisational traditions of North American Jazz with the rhythmic influences of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic music. The result is an aural explosion of global grooves taking the ear in new and riveting musical directions.

Formed in the nineties Montuno Police has released 4 CD’s. Bang, the Juno nominated Touch, The Call (live with guest Randy Brecker) and Nomads.

Filo Machado

Filo Machado, from Riberão Preto, Brazil, is recognized globally as an artist of true passion and integrity. A singer, prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he has a career spanning over 50 years, with 11 CDs released, multiple Brazilian awards, and a Grammy nomination in the Latin Jazz category from 2000.
He has performed in dozens of countries across 6 continents and is praised by international critics and audiences alike. Considered a Master of his art by renowned artists, Filó’s remarkable style is a school unto itself.

Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

Without question, trumpeter/flugelhornist Alexis Baro is a propelling and innovative force in the contemporary jazz/Latin jazz scene. His warm, round, energy-infused sound is immediately recognizable.Alexis was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana.

Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble

Jorge Miguel - Flamenco Guitar, Eliana Cuevas - Vocals, Ilse Gudiño - Dance, Luis Orbegoso - Percussion, Justin Gray. - Bass

Jorge Miguel is a Spanish Canadian Flamenco guitarist and composer.

In 2002 the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble was formed with the mandate to take true Flamenco to audiences across Canada and beyond. The Ensemble combines the three pillars of Flamenco, the guitar, the dance and the song (el Toque, el Baile y el Canté).

Bokanté Featuring Michael League and members of Snarky Puppy

The word bokanté means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s youth growing up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Now living in Montreal, she stands among 8 musicians from 4 continents, each one accomplished in their own right and well versed in music far beyond that of their point of origin.

So Long Seven

So Long Seven masterfully blends genres such as jazz, classical, world and folk to create richly textured acoustic music. So Long Seven consists of Neil Hendry (guitar/mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin/voice), Ravi Naimpally (tabla/percussion) and Tim Posgate (banjo), together they are creating a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground.

Eric St-Laurent

Born and raised in Montreal, Eric St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada.

Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg is a singer, composer, arranger and bandleader born in Prague. She spent her childhood years in the immensely popular musical theatre Semafor. She studied voice at the Prague Music Conservatory, and once in Canada, received her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at York University. After releasing three albums as a solo artist, Lenka co-founded the Yiddish swing all-female group Sisters of Sheynville, with whom she performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Europe.

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