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In this issue:
1. Events: Tough choices on
Wednesday (Métis fiddling, Zimbabwean mbira, Eliana CD & Indian
jazz/funk - bluegrass fighting global warming)
2. Other events:
a) Alpha Yaya Diallo
b) Jamaica to Toronto (including new
3. 2007 Music Awards: updates
4. Recent show follow-up: Tinariwen, Desandann, Tikisa
www.to-music.ca/events.htm for updates and details to these and
1. WED. DEC 5: Tough choices
Apologies for the late reminders, but there are
some terrific musical events all happening on the same night. Tough
a) Anne Lederman and Métis Artists
is one of Toronto's premiere fiddle players (performing in solo, duo
events, "Dare the Devil" events, Njacko Backo's Kalimba Kalimba, Loka, and
other groups). This night, together with the Métis Artists
Collective will benefit the Elder Youth Legacy Project.
Here are Anne's comments about the
show:"This project will bring together a few of the remaining elder aboriginal
fiddle players in Canada with several extremely talented young aboriginal
players, so that they can learn more of the old style of playing and help
inspire and teach others to play it. The elders come from Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, James Bay and Pangnirtung, and the kids from Toronto,
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Michigan, and therein lies our problem. We have a
Canada Council grant to cover the costs of bringing the elders, but must
raise money for the youth. We are planning a week-long workshop in Toronto
in May, as well as some performances by the youth and elders together in
July and August. This project could make the difference between a wonderful
unique old style of music surviving into future generations or not, as the
third phase of the project, which we will mount next year, involves sending
the kids into Native communities to teach."
7:30pm, 340 Gerard St. E, 2nd floor. $20 Only 75 tickets, by
reservation (There were still a few remaining this afternoon) : Krista Delbaere: 647-223-4535, or
Stella Chiweshe at the NOW Lounge
Toronto is very lucky to have the Zimbabwean mbira master living here
briefly. She has given a few performances and workshops, and this night will
no doubt be a wonderful, intimate performance of her highly moving and
spiritual mbira playing.
Click here for
photos of her terrific concert (with band) last summer. Show: 9pm, $15. 189 Church St. Info: 416 826-1252 or email:
NOTE: She will also be conducting 2 traditional spiritual circles
(English and Shona) this Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8) at Earthsong. See the
events page or
c) Eliana Cuevas
CD Release at Glenn Gould Studio
Venezuelan-born, Toronto-based Latin/jazz singer releases her
CD, Vidas. 250 Front St. W. Doors 7:30. Tickets $17.50/$20, or $15
students/seniors. 416 205-5555 or
Dec. 5: Autorickshaw
& The Foggy Hogtown Boys
at the Lula Lounge
"Climate Crisis WTF, the Weather Task Force
concert series, brings together artists, audiences and
environmentalists in an alternative political space to build a
community of purpose around stopping global warming." Autorickshaw mixes jazz and funk with
classical and popular Indian music, and The Foggy Hogtown Boys are
one of Canada's top bluegrass bands.
Doors 7, show 8pm. $15/$10 students. Details
2. OTHER EVENTS: A couple of other shows to note in the next week:
Dec. 9: Alpha Yaya Diallo at the Lula.
A show not to miss for African
music fans, as the African Guitar Summit member doesn't tour often here,
outside of some AGS concerts. I believe fellow AGS member, Naby Camarra (balofon) is
playing in his band on this tour. At these prices ($10 adv, $15 at the door), tickets may go quickly!
Photo at right: Alpha (centre), Naby (right), and Mamadou Diabaté
playing a workshop at Afrofest 2006.
b) Dec. 13: Jamaica to Toronto, with Elizabeth Shepherd at the
"Jamaica to Toronto: Soul, Funk and Reggae, 1967-1974" was
one my picks for CD and concert of 2006. The CD was a collection of many of the great songs from Toronto's
early R&B stars like the Cougars, Jackie Mittoo, Mighty Pope,
Wayne McGhie and others. The 2006 Harbourfront show brought back
many of these performers for a great reunion. Harbourfront was
packed that night.
The Mod Club show features Jay Douglas (Cougars), The Mighty
Pope, Jason Wilson and Tabarruk and more. Opening: Elizabeth Shepherd,
named Toronto's Best Female Singer for 2007 by NOW Weekly,
"Toronto's best-kept jazz secret is about to blow up globally".
$20. Tickets at Ticketmaster, Rotate This, Play De Record &
Soundscapes. Doors 7, show 8pm. 722 College St. Details
Details of this show here; my photos of the 2006 concert are
and info on the CD is
Light in the Attic, the label for this CD, is just releasing their latest
CD in their "Jamaica to Toronto" series; this one featuring many unreleased
reggae tracks from Willi Williams, Johnny Osbourne and others. It includes a
video documentary. You can watch an excerpt on YouTube:
c) Other upcoming shows:
Dec. 7: Samba Squad's DVD Release at the Lula
Dec. 11: Michelle Shocked at Hugh's Room
Dec. 13: DK Ibomeka at the Trane Studio
Dec. 14: Havana Norte at the Lula, featuring Roberto Linares Brown, Cuban
rapper Telmary, DJ Billy Bryans and more
Dec. 15: Dr. Draw at the Music Hall
Dec. 16: Honeyboy Edwards at Hugh's Room
Dec. 21: Zale Seck (Senegal) at the Lula Lounge
a) BBC: Album of the Year
In the last newsletter, I mentioned the
BBC Radio 3 World Music Award nominations.
Since then, the Album of the Year winner has been
announced: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba for Segu Blue.
An excellent pick; the group's music, all built around multiple
ngoni's is simply superb. I'm hoping someone will bring the
group to Toronto in 2008. You can hear their full 2007 WOMAD
b) Mighty Popo
Congratulations to Mighty Popo on his win in the Canadian
Folk Music Awards last weekend ("Best Group - World) for his
Muhazi CD. (Photo at right from his Toronto CD
Release show the past June at the Lula).
4. RECENT SHOWS: Follow-up
A couple of follow-up notes to some recent, recommended concerts:
Nov. 20: Tinariwen
Read Carl Wilson's comments on the Mod Club show
here, along with some feedback. (My photos of the show are
Nov. 27: Grupo Vocal Desandann
I was sorry to see only about 100 people at the Church of the
Holy Trinity concert for this superb Cuban acapella group, but
the audience made enough enthusiastic noise to match one 2 or 3
times larger. As well, we received news that they will be back
in town in early June... I assume promoting the CD they just
finished recording. Thanks to Jane Bunnett for recording,
promoting and supporting this wonderful group.
A few YouTube clips of the concert are posted
here. (The sound quality doesn't do them justice; check
their CD Baby page
instead to really appreciate their voices). My photos from the
Nov. 29: Adam Solomon and Tikisa
here from their Trane Studio gig.
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