Maria and the Band

  • July 1
  • 3:15 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free




  • Jerusa Leão
  • percussion, voice
  • Kelly Lefaive
  • rabeca (brazilian fiddle)
  • Junior Dias
  • accordion
  • Andrew Pacheco
  • bass
  • Matias Recharte
  • drums
  • Kristyn Gelfand
  • percussion, voice

Founded in 2011 through an organic collaboration between Brazilian and Canadian musicians, Maria and the Band plays forró pé de serra, a folk music from northeastern Brazil. Led by the dynamic and charming Jerusa Leão, the group has played several iconic Toronto venues from the Dakota Tavern to the Great Hall, and festivals including Lulaworld Festival and the Small World Music Festival. Incorporating rabeca (Brazilian fiddle), zabumba (two-toned drum), accordion, triangle, and a chorus of vocals, Maria and the Band plays original compositions and also interpret the greats of classical forro so beloved in Brazil.