Besides the Luminato announcement, there’s much more coming, including:
Lulaworld, May 9-19
The Lula Lounge over 10 years has been indispensable as a live music venue, and as a contributor to the music and wider community of this city. This year’s annual Lulaworld festival will celebrate a decade of… that Lula world. Their website describes the festival best:
For a decade now, Lula Lounge distinguished itself as Toronto’s home for groundbreaking international latin, jazz, and world music. In celebration, Lula Music and Arts Centre has programmed a series of collaborative concerts that will bring together artists from around the globe.
The series draws attention to the way in which our city’s musical culture is enriched by the multitude of musical collaborations taking place across international borders.
Each year, artists informed by traditions from their native countries come to Canada and are influenced by the highly our highly diverse musical scene. When these musician visit their home countries for further study and inspiration, they carry back a part of Canadian artistic culture, creating an ongoing creative dialogue that enriches the musical scenes in both countries. Local artists Café Con Pan, Daniela Nardi, Hilario Duran, Aline Morales, Mario Allendi and Luisito Orbegoso have invited international artist to join them for this year’s LULAWORLD to debut their collaborative musical projects to Toronto audiences.
Small World Asian Series, April 13-May 19
Small World Music is another indispensable part of this city’s music scene. Like the Lula, it’s also marking a 10th anniversary: of its Asian Music series, this year expanded to include a wider range of music, from Iran to Japan.
And more news still to come:
Koerner Hall, the best concert hall in Toronto, will be announcing its 2012-13 concert season on April 16. Their lineups in the two seasons it has been open have been brilliant. I expect the same next year. Watch rcmusic.ca
Toronto Jazz Festival,June 22-July 1.
A few acts have been announced; the bulk of the announcement will be made next month. Watch www.torontojazz.com
Always a great spot to take in wide-ranging live music (and other events) on summer nights, HF has announced its theme weekends, but news about the acts is still to come. Along with old regulars like the Hot & Spicy Food Festival and Island Soul, one of the new weekends (July 6-9) is Expressions of Brazil. See www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/
Afrofest, July 7-8
Two full days of free African music & spirit. Watch musicafrica.org
And there are more. Keep watching this site.