World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Banda Illuminada

Banda Iluminada is a new and exciting collective of some of Canada's most accomplished Brazilian music performers. Rooted in the chorinho tradition from Rio de Janeiro, the band also performs a varied and compelling repertoire, characteristic of some of Brazil's most musical regions.Featuring the tremendous voice of Aline Mo rales, accordionist wizardry of Julien Labro, and master vibraphonist Mark Duggan, the sound and texture of this group is thrilling!

Jason Wilson

Considered one of the most important figures in the Canadian reggae scene, Jason Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo & the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. A two-time Juno Award nominee & Canadian Reggae Music Award winner, this latest project is a reggae-jazz mashup.

Joy Lapps Trio

The Joy Lapps trio explores Latin-Caribbean Jazz, with a hint of R&B and soul. The ensemble features bassist Andrew Stewart, drummer Larnell Lewis and steel pannist Joy Lapps.

Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything

Described as “Gogol Bordello meets The Mothers of Invention”, or “Tom Waits playing the fiddle while fronting The Mahavishnu Orchestra” Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything somehow combine bluegrass with Indian music, afro-beat with sea shanties, or klezmer with the blues, and make it sound like the most natural thing in the world.

Arecibo

A deeply exploratory latin-jazz outfit delving into Puerto Rican, Cuban and Brazilian modern jazz traditions with a New York latin-jazz attitude featuring some of Toronto’s most acclaimed jazz and latin music specialists from Trinidad, Cuba, Mexico & Canada. This quartet has been often compared to the "Wayne Shorter Quartet, were each member born in South America" & named after the Puerto Rican Arecibo radio telescope, responsible for the deepest exploration of space mankind has achieved to date.

Valeria Matzner

In the veins of this singer flow the rhythms and melodies of South America, where she was born and raised. The dance-inspired African Candombe, the excitement of Brazilian samba and the sweet seductiveness of bossa nova insinuate their way into everything she does. By the age of 16 she formed and composed for her own group, leading them to the "South by Southwest" music festival in Austin, Texas. Since coming to Canada she has been a featured performer in bands led by Pepe Danza, Daryl Jahnke, Jack Duncan, Salvador Ferreras, Lachel Cercel and Mike Braverman.

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.

Brownman & Cruzao

Three members of the award-winning Latin-Jazz supergroup CRUZAO, come together in a rare trio format to delight jazz lovers with their addictive Brazilian and Cuban vibe.

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