Lulaworld 2017

June 1 to 11

Celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Toronto world music venue Lula Lounge, Lulaworld 2017 will once again bring together artists with roots in Cuba, Jamaica, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal and beyond for 10 days of original collaborations and newest projects that cross borders, genres and generations.

All concerts at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto except the daytime concerts on June 3 which will be at the outdoor stage at Dundas West Fest.

This year’s edition of Lulaworld features 13 concerts including two CD releases, forró, rumba and Tibetan dance lessons, a workshop on mixing Latin and global live music, a panel on diversity in music journalism and a community street performance! Check back to this page and for complete details coming soon.

Ticket prices range from free to $30 with advance tix for most shows available by March 1 at

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre with support from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada and The Government of Ontario.

May 29

Pre-Festival Panel and Party

Presented with City Hall Live, Music Ontario, Toronto, Rebel Vibez, STAGES, and Exclaim!

This evening features a panel exploring the ideas of the diversity and live music media followed by live performances by soul rebel, Ammoye and dynamic singer-songwriter, Charmie.



June 1

Opening Night

Dennis Rollins / Alexis Baro  + Battle of Santiago + Sonido Pesao

Presented with Exclaim!

Lulaworld 2017 kicks off with a night of Caribbean-infused jazz & funk from U.K., Cuban rock fusion and Latin urban/ rap from Montreal. Advance tickets are available here.

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June 2

Rachel Therrien + Cafe Cubano

TD Grand Prize Jazz Award-winner, Quebec-native  jazz trumpeter meets veterans of Toronto’s Cuban salsa scene.


June 3

Dundas Brass

1pm to 10pm, free at Dundas West Fest

A full day of music in the streets including an international Street Brass community performance led by Christopher Butcher of The Heavyweights Brass Band and special guest New Orleans-based, Grammy award winner Ashlin Parker.

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June 4

Louis Simão

Having released his first solo CD, A Luz, late last year, Simão takes us on an a journey through the sounds of the Lusophone world.  Advance tickets are available here.

June 4

Aline Morales with Rob Curto from NYC

Special guest accordionist known for work with Forró in the Dark & Forró for All, joins Brazilian Canadian vocalist, percussionist & bandleader. With Flavia Nacimento & Zeca Polina. Advance tickets are available here.

June 6

Dorjee Tsering + So Long Seven

Winner of the Tibetan Music Award for Best Traditional Artist releases his 10th CD followed by richly textured sounds of Toronto-based world music quartet. Advance tickets are available here.



June 7

3 Generations of Cuban Conga ft. Candido

An exclusive performance by the original conga king, 96 year-old “Candido” direct from NYC with all-star band led by Jane Bunnett. Advance tickets are available here.




June 8

Ed Cherry Trio

New York City based jazz guitarist who played with Dizzy Gillespie for 14 years appears for the first time in Toronto in many years. Advance ticketsare available here.


June 8

Mercy Now + Paul Reddick + Quique Escamilla

Mexican traditional meets rock reggae and Indie for a night of music by artists on two Toronto-based labels. Advance tickets are available here.



June 9

Axel Tosca Laugart + Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

New York pianist Axel Tosca Laugart creates a hypnotic blend of jazz, timba, funk with Afro Caribbean Rhythms and melodies.


June 10

Sean Bellaviti & Conjunto Lacalu CD Launch

Led by pianist Sean Bellaviti, Toronto salsa ensemble featuring Luis Orbegoso, Ruddy Bolanos, Pablosky Rosales, releases original tracks on their debut CD on the Lulaworld Records label.


 June 11

Tribute to Violeta Para

Co-presented with Casa Salvador Allende

Lula and Casa Salvador Allende celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Violeta Para. Toronto artists pay tribute to songwriter, activist, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist, Violeta Parra, who is known internationally  as The Mother of Latin American folk music.

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