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Lula World Music Fest May 5-30 Toronto

From a press release - and one of my favourite clubs


May 5 to 30, 2010
at Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas West
Toronto, ON 416 588 0307
Tickets available online for most shows at

Lula Music and Arts Centre is proud to present LULAWORLD 2010 - celebrating global music from around the corner and around the world.

From May 5th to 30th, artists from throughout Canada are joined by international musicians to showcase the extraordinary diversity and calibre of Canadian global music - encouraging a cross-pollination between musical cultures and revealing that when it comes to global music, Toronto is one of the very best places in the world to be!

In addition to presentations by artists with roots in the musical traditions of Portugal, Sweden, Peru, Jamaica and Italy, this year's LULAWORLD festival features a special concert series highlighting the contributions made to Canadian musical culture by Latin America. The series, with support from Celebrate Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council, includes music from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Chile and Colombia.

Lula Music and Arts Centre is a not for profit organization (formerly Open City Arts) with the mandate to support world music through presentations, education and audience development.

fito garciaWednesday, 05 May 2010 (8pm)
OPENING NIGHT featuring Bomba + Fito Garcia + Marlin Ramazzini
This pan-Canadian latin jazz ensemble features bassist Fito Garcia and vocalist Marlin Ramazzini (Vancouver), percussionists Luisito Orbegoso (Toronto), Israel Toto Berriel and Mario Allende (both of Calgary-based group Bomba) joined by special guests bassists Paco Luviano and Yoser Rodriguez (Toronto).
Press and artist reception 6:30pm (please rsvp to
Doors to public 7pm, Show 8pm, $10

Thursday, 06 May 2010
Sugar Minott
Intimate and Interactive and Uncle Jonny Int'l present one of the great figures of reggae music. Kingston, Jamaica-born, Lincoln "Sugar" Barrington Minott is one of the great figures of reggae music. In the early 1970s, while at the famous Studio One Recording Studios, Sugar Minott revolutionized reggae and ushered in the new era of dancehall by laying vocal tracks over original tapes from the 60s.
Doors 8pm, Shows 9pm, $15 ADV, $20 at the door

Friday, 07 May 2010
Dominic Mancuso Quintet
In celebration of the first weekend of the 2010 LULAWORLD music festival, Dominic goes beyond his usual trio format to bring us a full quintet plus a plethora of special musical guests.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, $10 ticket includes Vagabunda at 10pm.

Friday, 07 May 2010
With her rich and powerful voice, Joanna Moon passionately gives life to the gypsy soul in the most universal sense. Originally from Quebec, Joanna is inspired by a range of flamenco artists from Spain, marrying wild, warm and sensual Andalusian and Cuban rhythms to her French and Spanish lyrics. Followed by DJ Fase for a late night dance party.
Doors 7pm, Show 10pm, $10 ticket includes Dominic Mancuso at 10pm.

Saturday, 08 May 2010
I am Cuba
Afrolatino Dance Company and Roberto Linares Brown bring us this sizzling Cuban cabaret, reminiscent of a night at Havana's Tropicana - complete with beautiful show girls and live Cuban orchestra featuring special guests Changuito, Telmary, Angel Luis, Alberto Alberto and Yani Borrel.
Doors 7pm, Dance show 8pm, Dance lesson 9pm, Band $20

Sunday, 09 May 2010
Mother's Day Brunch with Luis Mario Ochoa & The Cuba Tradicional Sextet
Inspired by Cuban music icons of the early 20th century such as Miguel Matamoros, Ignacio Pieiro and Los Compadres, Luis Mario Ochoa presents The Cuba Tradicional Sextet, recreating, in its authentic form, the Son of the pre-Buena Vista Social Club era of 1920s and 30s Cuba.
Doors 11am, Band sets at noon and 2pm, dance lesson 1pm, $15

Sunday, 09 May 2010
Mother's Day Concert with Eliana Cuevas and special guest Luanda Jones
Venezuelan-born Eliana Cuevas continues to grow as vocalist, songwriter and bandleader the release of her second CD Vidas. Singing in Spanish and Portuguese, Eliana's music and poetic lyrics explore a wide range of powerful themes and emotions. For this special Mothers Day presentation, Eliana is joined by Brazilian vocalist Luanda Jones for their very first performance together.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, $15

Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Gems of Mexican poetry + Quique Escamilla Trio
(Sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico and Olmeca Tequila)
Marking the Centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution & the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence, The Consulate of Mexico in Canada and Lula Music and Arts Centre present this special evening of 20th Century Mexican poetry, read by Gerardo Ochoa Sandy. Followed by Quique Escamilla's Trio.
Doors 7pm, Reading 8pm, Music 9pm, free admission

Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Yvette Tollar and Jasna Jovicevic
Juno-nominated, modern jazz / world vocalist Yvette Tollar and Serbian jazz saxophonist and composer Jasna Jovicevic join forces to perform material from their highly-acclaimed recent albums. With Robi Botos, Ernie Tollar, Rich Brown and Larnell Lewis.
Doors 7pm, Show 8:30pm, $15

Thursday, 13 May 2010
Kinobe and Soul Beat Africa
Kinobe layers transcendent melodies over driving poly-rhythms, leading listeners into the very soul of African music. Performing both Ugandan roots music and original compositions, Soul Beat Africa represents the new vanguard of Ugandan performers gifted instrumentalists steeped in the music of their homeland, but with ears opened to the sounds of the world at large.
Doors 7pm, Show 8:30pm, $15 Adv, $20 at door

Friday, 14 May 2010
Global Grooves from Round the World:
Samba Squad and Very Special Guests
Rick Lazar, director of Toronto's innovative bateria Samba Squad, has programmed a special performance for LULAWORLD 2010. Celebrating the divine diversity of Toronto's music scene, the concert features vocalists Alberto Alberto (Cuba), Nefertiti Hassan (Egypt), Laura Mae Lindo plus Gord Sheard (Keys), Rich Brown (Bass), Jordan Armstrong (Sax) and funk and blues guitarist Geoff Torrn. (With opening set by Dominic Mancuso.)
Doors 7pm, Show 10pm

Saturday, 15 May 2010
Sound of the River (Los Soneros del Tesechoacan)
Film Screening + Son Jarocho Dance Workshop

In anticipation of our evening of live Son Jarocho on Sunday May 16th, LULAWORLD and Café Con Pan present a screening of the film Los Soneros del Tesechoacan follwed by a Son Jarocho dance and music workshop.
Doors 1pm, Film 1:30pm, free admission

Saturday, 15 May 2010
Colombia Mon Amor with Orquesta Fantasia
LULAWORLD pays tribute to the music of Colombia with a night of classic Colombian cumbia, vallenato and salsa delivered by one of Toronto's most seasoned salsa ensembles - Orquesta Fantasia. With 9pm dance lesson by Bailaboogaloo.
Doors 7, Dance Lesson 9pm, Show $10, $15

Sunday, 16 May 2010
Son Jarocho with Cafe con Pan and Yohualichan (direct from Montreal)
In honour of centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution & the bicentennial of Mexican Independence, LULAWORLD celebrates the music of Mexico with a night of Son Jarocho and Musica Ranchera. Featuring Cafe con Pan, vocalist Cecilia Guerrero, and very special guest Yohualichan direct from Montreal.
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, $15

Monday 17 May 2010
Mondo Uke
An evening of world music through the lens of the ukulele with an 8pm bossa nova workshop for uke players $3 followed by a wonderful concert line-up of uke-centric performers present music from across the planet. This 9pm concert is open to the the general public.
Doors 7pm, workshop 8pm, 9pm concert $3 workshop, $7 adv for concert
Advance tickets at

Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Anima Fado with Tony Gouveia
Anima Fado featuring vocalist Cristina Taborda is joined by joined by special guest Tony Gouveia for this one night only LULAWORLD presentation. With Nuno Cristo on Portuguese guitar, Larry Lewis on classical guitar and Pedro Joel on double bass.
Doors 7pm, show 8pm, $15

Thursday, 20 May 2010
Roberto Lopez Project (direct from Montreal)+ Soneros Del Caribe + DJ Sergio Elmir of Dos Mundos Radio
Powerful, melodic and contemporary, Montreal's Roberto Lopez Project is defined by an adventurous mix of traditions, from Afro-Colombian and Afro-Cuban music all the way to urban hip-hop, boogaloo, and jazz. With Toronto-based Colombian quintet, Soneros Del Caribe.
Doors 7pm, show 8pm $10adv $15 at the door

Friday, 21 May 2010
Patricia Cano
Sudbury-based vocalist Patricia Cano presents a quartet composed of players from her debut CD 'This is The New World' including Carlos Bernardo (direct from Brazil). One of the most exciting voices in Canadian latin jazz/world music, Cano's unique sound reveals a complex mix of samba, Afro-Peruvian and blues influences. Followed by Tell it to My Heart with DJs HUGGS and L'OQENZ.
Doors 7, Show 8, $15

celiaSaturday, 22 May 2010
Viva Celia - A tribute to the great Celia Cruz
Musical director Sean Bellaviti gathers an all-star line up of Toronto salsa talent to pay a musical homage to the one and only Queen of Salsa. Featuring vocalists Patricia Cano, Alberto Alberto and Luis Mario Ochoa.
Doors 7pm, Dance lesson 9pm, 10pm show, $20

Sunday, 23 May 2010
The Art of Charango: Proyecto Altiplano with Freddy Torrealba
Proyecto Altiplano bridges the worlds of traditional Andean music and the more contemporary sounds and influences of modern life, weaving for the listener a sonorous, colourful travel mosaic of Latin America. With special guest charango virtuoso, Freddy Torrealba, directly from Chile.
Doors 7, Show 8, $20 ADV, $25 at the door

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Florquestra Brasil direct from Ottawa (8pm)
Ottawa-based Florquestra Brasil bring us feverish sambas, sultry bossa novas and Brazilian harmony. Featuring Regina Gomes Teixeira (vocals, percussion), Leonard Constant (guitar, vocals) and Silvio Modolo (piano, cavaquinho, bass, vocals).
Doors 7, Show 8. $10 Admission includes Baque de Bamba at 10pm

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Baque de Bamba (10pm)
One of Toronto's best-loved Brazilian bandleaders and vocalists - Aline Morales - returns to LULAWORLD with her new project Baque de Bamba. Among the most recent additions to the city's flourishing Brazilian live music scene, Baque de Bamba is an ultra-urban Afro- Brazilian drumming troupe performing Maractu, Afoxe and Ciranda other traditional Brazilian rhythms.
Doors 7pm, Show 10pm. $10 Admission includes Florquestra Brasil at 8pm

david  occipintiDavid Occhipinti and Giorgio Civello
Jazz/chamber guitarist and composer David Occhipinti has four critically-acclaimed CDs to his credit and his compositions have been performed by the Madawaska String Quartet and the Arraymusic Ensemble.
Door 7pm Show 8pm $10

Friday, 28 May 2010
Beatchild + Tingsek + Ebrahim
Toronto presenters Soul on Icebring us a soulful night of music by artists Beatchild (Toronto) Tingsek (Sweden) and Ebrahim (Vancouver). With DJ Sean Sax.
Doors 9, Show 10, $15

lula blankSunday, 30 May 2010
Lula Music Family Picnic!
Help us mark the last day of LULAWORLD 2010 with an afternoon of outdoor live music and dancing. Check for entertainment details and confirmation of location.
1pm, free, everyone welcome

gryphonSunday, 30 May 2010
Broken Hearts and Madmen:
Gryphon Trio with special guest Patricia O'Callaghan
Canadas premiere chamber ensemble presents Broken Hearts and Madmen - Songs and Tangos of the Americas - with special guest Patricia O'Callaghan. Comprised of Jamie Parker (piano) Roman Boris (cello) and Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), this internationally-renowned classical music trio is recognized for its innovative commissioning of new works by diverse Canadian and international contemporary composers.
Door 7pm, Show 8:30, $27 ADV, $30 at the door

Lula Music and Arts Centre / Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas West Toronto
416 588 0307,


  1. Nice to see you are promoting the Lula Lounge festival. I will be performing with my group Café Con Pan. This is an important gig for us as we are trying make some noise about traditional Mexican folk music which there isn't enough of yet.



  2. I'm trying to make it to some events, though I'll be out of town for a few days and my work schedule is crazy right now. Best of luck!


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