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Hotland Trio

Hotland Trio’s music features beautiful, contemplative melodies rooted in Balkan and Canadian folk, always complemented with a distinct and relentless rhythmic drive.

Their music often creates new and exciting worlds with exotic moods that are sometimes melancholic, sometimes tragic, but often joyful and passionate.

Though rooted in folk idioms, the music also reveals their classical roots as well as their deep appreciation and love for all improvisational styles of music.

Max Senitt

Max Senitt is the drummer with 2 time Juno, 2 time Grammy award winning artist Alex Cuba. He has also performed with Hilario Duran, Carol Welsman, Eliana Cuevas, Elizabeth Shepherd, and Gordon Sheard.

Quique Escamilla

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.

Bossa Tres

BOSSA TRES has been performing Bossa Nova and Brazilian Samba classics, as well as a variety of Brazilian rarities, Jazz Standards and Latin Jazz since 2003. BOSSA TRES' repertoire draws from the greatest of the Brazilian composers and performers like Ary Barroso, Dorival Caymmi, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendoça, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso. They perform those compositions in the original Portuguese and Spanish versions.

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.

Youssou N'Dour

After countless forays into the western world, Youssou N’Dour chose Dakar as a base from which to lead his geopolitical campaign in music.

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.

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