World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Sinal Aberto

Sinal Aberto is an exciting Brazilian jazz quintet featuring outstanding musicians from Brazil and Canada. The group brings a jazz approach to a repertoire consisting of classic Brazilian songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Pixinguinha, Cartola and others, as well as vibrant original compositions by band members Gordon Sheard and Luanda Jones.

Conjunto Lacalu

Rooted in the Cuban sonora tradition, this group couples a dynamic three-trumpet horn section with a rhythm section featuring Afro-Cuban hand percussion, piano, bass, and tres.

Changui Havana

One of Toronto's favourite Cuban ensembles, this twelve-piece group moves effortlessly from salsa and merengue to cumbia, bachata and gritty street-style timba.

Lula All Stars

Influenced by tropical dance movements from Colombia and Venezuela, traditional Cuban son, contemporary timba and beloved, classic Fania recordings, Lula All Stars delivers the very best of the exploding Toronto salsa scene that finds a home at the world music venue, Lula Lounge.

Attila Fias

Multi-faceted pianist Attila Fias is a Hungarian-born composer, arranger, producer who has established himself as a Brazilian specialist, and respected international artist. His group Que Isso has been called "Toronto's preeminent Brazilian Fusion Jazz collective", playing a mixture of 1980's Brazilian Fusion and Fias' original compositions, paying reverence to the classics while still pushing the envelope in the Brazilian-jazz idiom. As a performer, Fias he has toured world-wide with Oscar-winner A.R.

Kobi Hass Quartet

Kobi Hass is an electric and upright bass player. In 2010 Kobi relocated with his family from Tel Aviv to Toronto where he now resides and performs. As a young man Kobi started performing as a professional electric bass player in various bands and groups, playing a wide range of music styles from jazz through Israeli folk music to rock, in countries including included Israel, USA, England, Germany, Austria, France, and Soviet Union. At the same time Kobi performed as double bass player in major musical and theatrical shows.

Guy Mintus Trio

Guy Mintus, 22 years old Israeli born pianist, composer and arranger, is a recent recipient of the 'Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award' by ASCAP and of two 'Down Beat Magazine Student Awards' for Outstanding Jazz Performance and Arrangement.

Anat Cohen Quartet

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . .

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Five-time Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Amanda Martinez

Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez was born to a South African mother and a Mexican father; her music blends the spirit of these cultures with a swirl of Latin soul. Her upcoming album, Libre, (2019) means “free,” and celebrates her eclectic roots and inspiration. The collection features guest artists and includes African, Latino, and pop influences, expressing her desire that her music remain free, unconfined to genre.

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