Event listings (www.events.to-music.ca) have been updated. A few upcoming shows of note:
- Tonight (May 6) a rare chance to see music from Equatorial Guinea featuring Anastasio & Zalang Band in a free show at the Melody Bar, Gladstone Hotel. 1214 Queen W., 7-10pm. Part of “Gladstone World” co-presented with Batuki Music. Details on Facebook
- May 7-15: Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
As Hot Docs winds down, this winds up, and it always features some music-themed films. This year’s include:
- “The Three Lenny’s”: a series of films featuring and about Leonard Cohen, Leonard Bernstein and satirist Lenny Bruce.
- Also, look for The Concert, From Shtetl to Swing, Song of The Lodz Ghetto (reviewed in NOW) and others
- One Hundred Dollars: the alt-country band is releasing a new CD and will do an in-store performance at Soundscapes May 10, 7pm, and has a CD launch at The Great Hall, May 13 at The Great Hall on Queen. See Facebook page
- May 12-22: The annual Lulaworld Festival kicks off, this year with a theme of “The New Canadian Songbook”, featuring Canadian composers & musicians performing music with roots around the world. More info here. Among the early shows are;
- May 12: Latin jazz singer Amanda Martinez
- Same date, later time: Bomba Estereo brings its “electro-tropical/psychedelic cumbia” from Colombian and will shake the dance floor
- May 13-14: various shows feature Patricia Cano, Caché, Café Con Pan Mexican Fandango, Joanna Moon with Donné Roberts and Luisito Orbegoso.
- May 15: Odessa Havana with David Buchbinder & Hilario Duran
- and on…
- May 15: Shujat Khan & Abhiman Kaushal: Indian sitar. A Small World Music show. Details & video here
And a couple of weeks down the road, on May 21, Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba host a second annual fundraiser “For the Children of Bazou” to raise money for the École St Albert Le Grand school in Bazou, Cameroon, Njacko’s childhood school which was desperately in need of help. Last year’s show helped provide repairs to the building and purchase of traditional music instruments. This year’s focus is sanitation and health facilities.
This year, the event is a two-parter: 3-5pm a children’s show (adults welcome) and at 8:30, the main concert featuring a long line of performers. For more details and background about the show and the school, see http://www.bazouschool.blogspot.com/ . 1214 Queen St. W. $25 suggested donation or pay what you can.
See www.events.to-music.ca for more on these and many other shows.