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LULAWORLD Festival May 9 - 19 in Toronto

From a media release:


WHO: La Marisoul, Gabriele Mirabassi, Claudio Rabeca, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Ralph Irizarry, Ignacio Berroa, Alain Perez, Hilario Durán, Luisito Orbegoso, Robi Botos, Daniela Nardi, Aline Morales, Boogat w/ Lady Son y Articulo Viete, The Gryphon Trio, Cafe Con Pan, Mario Allende, Autorickshaw and more!
WHAT: Lulaworld 2012, a world music festival extravaganza
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9 - Saturday, May 19, 2012
WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West 
TICKETS: $15 - $30 Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 or email

TORONTO – LULA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE proudly presents LULAWORLD 2012 from May 9-19. Continuing the tradition of discovery, Lulaworld blazes a trail once again with featured performances and collaborations by some of world music’s cutting edge artists. International sensations La Marisoul (LA), Gabriele Mirabassi (Italy), Claudio Rabeca (Brazil), Pupy y Los Que Son Son (Cuba), Ralph Irizarry (New York City), and Ignacio Berroa & Alain Perez (Cuba), will combine forces with our local and national treasures Hilario Durán, Luisito Orbegoso, Daniela Nardi, Aline Morales, Robi Botos, Mario Allende, Boogat w/ Lady Son y Articulo Viete, The Gryphon Trio, Cafe Con Pan, Autorickshaw and more. Concerts will all take place at Lula Lounge, Toronto's quintessential home to extraordinary music of all genres. Ticket prices range from $15 to $30. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

Lula Lounge, a hotbed of musical talent, is marking their 10th anniversary this year and the annual LULAWORLD festival is the perfect way to celebrate. The festival is the main avenue for Lula to showcase the very best in both foreign and domestic world music artists. This May, Lulaworld 2012 will be featuring hot local musicians alongside those hailing from Brazil, Cuba, the U.S and Italy, inspiring an ongoing creative dialogue that enriches the diverse musical scene here at home and around the globe.

The anniversary celebrations will also include a compilation CD that will highlight the work of Canada's vibrant salsa and Latin scene. ***With profits going to support the visionary local charity DANCING WITH PARKINSONS, the album aims to increase the international profile of top Canadian Latin musicians. Contributors to the album will include Mario Allende, Roberto Linares Brown, Caché, Son Aché, Hilario Durán and other artists to be confirmed.

May 9  Autorickshaw w/ special guests Mark Duggan, Gord Sheard & George Koller
May 11 La Marisoul (LA) w/ Café Con Pan CD Launch - @ 8 pm
May 11 Boogat (Montreal) + Lady Son y Articulo Viete: A hip hop son cubano mashup! - @11 pm
May 12 Ralph Irizarry (New York) w/ Luisito Orbegoso’s Moda Eterna
May 15 Daniela Nardi's Espresso Manifesto CD launch w/ special guest Gabriele Mirabassi (Italy)
May 16 Gryphon Trio + Hilario Durán Trio: The Spirit Of Lula: Time Flies
May 17 Latin Jazz: From Cuba to Madrid, New York & Toronto with Ignacio Berroa (Cuba, New York), Hilario Durán (Cuba, Toronto), Alain Perez (Cuba, Spain), Robi Botos (Hungary/Canada), Mario Allende (Chile/Canada)
May 18 Claudio Rabeca (Brazil) + Aline Morales = The New Brazilian Forró, Tropicalia & MPB
May 19 Pupy y Los Que Son Son (Cuba) (At Phoenix Concert Theatre)



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