Ethnic Music

Oct 26 2018 (Friday)
Goran Bregović and his world-famous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra deliver the undeniably original voice of a unique land to the Sony Centre stage for one night only.
Nov 01 2018 (Thursday)
Known simply as “The Voice” in his home country of South Africa, Singer-Songwriter and Poet-Activist, Vusi Mahlasela has launched a special new project honoring the musical traditions born in Apartheid townships.
Nov 01 2018 (Thursday)
Known simply as “The Voice” in his home country of South Africa, Singer-Songwriter and Poet-Activist, Vusi Mahlasela has launched a special new project honoring the musical traditions born in Apartheid townships. Inspired by his early musical experiences listening to mbaqanga, kwela, and marabi , Vusi will be performing the music of Dorothy Masuka, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and more in a new program he calls Township. Last seen in Toronto in 2015 performing with Hugh Maskela, Vusi’s new solo concert will bring his unique blend of traditional African music, soul and blues, while his music showcases his powerful vocals and poetic lyrics.
Nov 03 2018 (Saturday)
A concert dedicated to the music of Latin America. Featuring Lynn Isnar, Margie Bernal, Guillermo Silva-Marin and Larry Beckwith.
Nov 04 2018 (Sunday), 05:00 PM
Cantopop singer-songwriter and actress
Nov 07 2018 (Wednesday)
Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers.
Nov 10 2018 (Saturday)
20 musicians, singers and chorists from the Canadian Arabic Orchestra take the stage with Charbel Rouhana for a tribute to Sayyed Darwish in a modern day rendition of his all-time favorites. Dubbed as the father of Modern Arabic Music with songs like “Zourouni”, “Salma Ya Salama”, “El Helwa Ahi” and “Ahou Da Elli Sar”, Sayyed Darwish is honored in this performance almost 100 years after his passing.
Nov 11 2018 (Sunday)
The dance drama “Julia Domna” portrays the active role of women through the ages. The show attempts, through a mix of drama, dance and expression to take the audience outside the framework of time and place to feel the depth of Arab history. It highlights the life of an Arab princess, Julia Dumna who meets with the Roman emperor, Septimus. They fall in love and agree to marry, but he is called to save the eternal city from the onslaught of German barbarians. Sadly, Septimus is assassinated which causes great grief to the heart of Julia Dumna and she returns to her family in Syria. The finale features a dance performance reflecting Arab culture ranging from the Atlantic to the Arabian Gulf.
Nov 16 2018 (Friday)
As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. He returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.
Nov 22-23 2018
Songs of the Free will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela for whom the choir had the privilege of performing in front of multiple times. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR is an awe-inspiring 20 member ensemble that thrills audiences worldwide with their stunning blend of African gospel music, spirituals and American popular music. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies sung in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages are combined for a moving performance which uplifts the soul through the music and dance of South Africa.
Dec 04 2018 (Tuesday)
Her unmistakable vocal prowess, improvisational virtuosity, and vocal style has led her to record and perform with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and has become the first creative chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Apr 29 - Dec 06 2018
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast!
Aug 03 - Dec 07 2018
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast!
Dec 28-29 2018
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight and musicians Gin Lane will perform.
Jan 04-27 2019
Journeying across the vast expanse of the Arctic, beset by treacherous creatures wreaking havoc on his world, Kiviuq gathers strength from his ancestors and spirit guides as he defends his people and fights his way home. Music, drumming, dance, and storytelling combine in this thrillingly modern evocation of the legendary figure of Kiviuq: hero, seeker, wanderer. An Inuit Odyssey, performed in Inuktitut with English surtitles.
Feb 01-03 2019
Direct from Elcho Island, Australia, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning “Chooky” with a Yongu accent and Mala meaning “mob”) perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and storytelling. Toronto audiences will experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped Djuki Mala and a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia. If there is one show this year that is guaranteed to leave you feeling genuinely happy then Djuki Mala is it!
Feb 01-03 2019
Direct from Elcho Island, Australia, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning “Chooky” with a Yongu accent and Mala meaning “mob”) perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and storytelling. Toronto audiences will experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped Djuki Mala and a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia. If there is one show this year that is guaranteed to leave you feeling genuinely happy then Djuki Mala is it!
Mar 16-17 2019
Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-form production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance.
Mar 16-17 2019
The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence. Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-form production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance. Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation, pushing the boundaries of their art form by combining dance and rhythm into their work and forcing the threshold of juggling in its own unique direction. Through Sigma, Gandini add to this multiplicity, investigating virtuoso classical Indian geometries combined with mathematics, rhythm and architecture. Sigma is designed to engage in a dialogue with the viewer, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.
Mar 21 2019 (Thursday)
The ever popular Kodo returns to Toronto after four years with a new show "Evolution". The drummers are noted for their strength, endurance and discipline in addition to the immaculate and virtuoso taiko drumming.
Apr 02 2019 (Tuesday)
Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana in a musical family, and immigrated to Canada in 1998. A giant of Afro-Cuban jazz, Hilario Duran performed with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand and Arturo Sandoval. In his now 4-decade career, Duran has won multiple Junos and Canadian National Jazz Awards. For his special programme, Hilario will be joined by the Hilario Duran Trio: Hilario Duran (piano), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Mark Kelso (drums), and by Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), and Roman Borys (cello), of the Gryphon Trio. We might call this concert Memories of Lula Lounge because the Gryphons, Hilario and Roberto were the mainstays of our 8-year foray into classical-jazz-world music at Lula Lounge.
Apr 05-07 2019
For the Game Changers, Myth Slayers, Poets, Movers, Music Makers, Ground Breakers, Truth Sayers, Shake em up Women, Queens, Queers and Risk Takers! Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that has taken the world by storm. Packing a punch of hip hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Fighting the power never tasted so sweet.
Apr 14 2019 (Sunday)
The North Atlantic Drift is a current that runs directly from Canada’s East Coast to Ireland providing a historical trading and cultural connection. This season finale concert with the acclaimed Celtic Trio of the same name brings together the music of Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton with a distinctly Canadian style. Together with our own Scottish Lord of the Dance, James Gourlay, the trio and brass will get your toes tapping and leave you with a song in your heart and a smile on your lips.
Apr 18 2019 (Thursday)
Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where they play their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy international touring schedule.
from Jan 16 2015 to Jan 17 2020
Improvisational Drum Jam The third Friday of the month from 7:30 to 11:00 pm Bring your own instruments and let’s swing in rhythm! 5$ donation at the door, Thanks!