From a media release:
Donné Roberts at the Melody Lounge
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
September 23, 2011
TORONTO - Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel invite you to the Re-launch of the World Concert Series at the Melody Bar on Friday, September 23rd featuring JUNO award winning artist Donné Roberts and a special appearance by Sani Abu of ijo vudu Dance Company. DJ Apollo will be spinning from his vast collection of African hits. The concert will take place from 9 – 11 pm. at the Gladstone Hotel located at 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto. This is a free all ages event.
Donné Roberts is a singer songwriter, guitarist and producer. He came to the attention of a wider audience after earning a Juno Award in 2005 and was nominated again in 2007 for his contribution to the African Guitar Summit Project. He is a passionate performer. When he hits the stage he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd - even if they have never heard his music. He was born in Madagascar, raised and educated in Moscow, Russia and Toronto, where he now lives. He’s music is Madagascar traditional groove; with beautiful melody lines that makes you smile and dance. www.donneroberts.com
Founded by Nigerian dance educator, performer and choreographer Sani-Abu Mohammed Allen, Toronto's ijo vudu Dance International is a performing company of professional dancers and drummers from diverse backgrounds, on a journey to experience and share the joy and spirit of traditional African music and dance. In the traditional language of the Yoruba people, ijo vudu (ee-joh-voo-doo) refers to the transcendent spirit in dance.
Six years after its original launch, the classic Melody Bar located in the Gladstone Hotel is getting a serious makeover. Working with the existing historic element, the designer Christina Zeidler is adding new contemporary art and design elements to re-enliven the Melody Bar, including art installations by Dennis Lin, Kathryn Walter and Orest Tataryn. The new Melody Bar resto-lounge is a perfect place to relax during the day, hang out with friends while enjoying local food and cocktails at dusk and enjoy the best in entertainment at night. www.gladstonehotel.com