Juno-award winning and Grammy-nominated pianist Hilario Durán has long been considered a leading light on the the Canadian jazz scene. Chucho Valdés has declared Durán to be one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling him “an unparalleled pianist; composer and arranger of the first order.”


His work with Jane Bunnett, Paquito D’Rivera and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, as well as with his trio, jazz quintet, Havana Remembered Orchestra and 20-piece big band have earned him international recognition and lead to many tours across Canada, Europe and the U.S.


Lula has had the great pleasure of presenting Mr. Durán in many formations over the past fourteen years, including three previous solo performances. Since these breathtaking concerts were met with great enthusiasm by Lula audiences, we’ve asked Hilario to repeat this performance on two evenings: January 18 and 25th.


Always looking to stretch his creative boundaries, Hilario Durán will perform his original compositions which reflect a wide range of influences including classical, jazz, traditional and modern Cuban melodies and rhythms; Afro-Cuban prayers influenced by gospel harmonies; American standards; Spanish styles, Flamenco-influenced melodies and Argentinean traditions.


This is a rare opportunity to hear this living legend of Latin jazz in Lula’s intimate setting on a night when audiences are there to listen attentively.


In anticipation of these special presentations, Lula Co-Artistic Director, Tracy Jenkins asked Mr. Durán to share with us some of his plans for 2017. Here are some excerpts from that interview:


Tracy: Hilario, can you tell us some of the highlights for this year?


Hilario: Yes, I’m very happy to say that later this month, I will be traveling to Veradero, Cuba as part of the International Jazz Safari to Cuba. The show is presented by radio host Jaymz Bee and JazzFM91.


Tracy: Can fans look forward to another recording in the near future?


Hilario: Yes, this year I’ll also be releasing a new album on Alma Records. This CD and film about my musical life was recorded in in Cuba last November and features all-star Cuban artists as Horacio “El Negro,” Changuito, Pancho Amat and Rumberos de Cuba, among others. I will be touring Canada this summer to promote this new material. People can check my site for details of the release which will be announced soon.


Tracy: Thank you Hilario! We’re really excited about these performances in Lula and can’t wait to hear the new CD!

For details  please visit the event page at lula.ca.Dinner reservations guarantee seating. 416 588 0307
Advanced tickets available at Bemusednetwork.com.6:30 doors, 7:30 show, $18 advance, $20 at the door.



LULAWORLD 2017 (June 1- 10)

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre

For the 12th consecutive year, the Toronto world music venue Lula Lounge will host LULAWORLD, a 10-day music festival that highlights new projects and original collaborations by local and international world, jazz, Latin, Brazilian, blues and urban artists.

The lineup will be a reflection of the year-round programming at Lula Lounge – weighted towards contemporary salsa – while incorporating a wide range of other genres from popular to folkloric forms. The festival has established a reputation for fostering unique collaborative projects and interactions between Canadian artists and musicians from other countries who are at the forefront of their particular genre.

Want to know more about LULAWORLD? Scroll down to view the great lineup we had at LULAWORLD 2016!


LULAWORLD 2016 (June 1- 11)

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre

Advance tickets available at bemusednetwork.com.

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON 416 588 0307

Lula lovers are invited to purchase a festival pass for $100. Hear all 19 performances!!! Support your Lula!









Concerts at Lula Lounge

Jun 1 Opening Night: Yoser Rodriguez CD Launch + Laura Cole + Cécile Doo-Kingué

Jun 2 – Los Poetas Remix Launch + Fito Blanko

Jun 3 – Gabriel Palatchi + Charangón Del Norte

Jun 4 – Ola Fresca direct from NYC

Jun 5 – Elsten Torres and Amanda Martinez

Jun 7 – Kafinal + Elaine L’il Bit Shepherd

Jun 8 – Wagner Petrilli + Eliana Cuevas + Aquiles Baez Trio

Jun 9 – D’BI. & THE 333 + ABAKOS (Pierre Kwenders x Dear Denizen)

Jun 10 – Toto Berriell + Mario Allende group + Dailyn Martinez (7:30) + Roberto Linares Brown + Roicel Riveron (10:30)

June 11 – Viva Puerto Rico


Lulaworld @ Dundas West Fest June 11

11 am Grand Bateria Express – gather at Dundas and Dovercourt


Lulaworld Stage – 1653 Dundas West

1:30 Viva Puerto Rico –  The 12 piece salsa band from Montreal and Toronto pays tribute to the music of Puerto                                              Rico

3:00 Roicel Riveron (direct from Cuba) + Roberto Linares Brown Orquestra- 13- piece salsa band

4:30 Aquiles Baez Trio (direct from Venezuela)- 3 Piece band

6:30 Toto Berriell + Pablo Cardenas- 5 piece salsa band

8:30 Junior Teixeira (direct from Brazil)+ Batucada Carioca- The group is made up of 25-30 percussionists from the local community consisting of Brazilians, Canadians and many other cultural backgrounds.

Workshops, Film and Community Events


June 4 – Samba Dance workshop (noon at Lula Lounge)

June 4 – Screening of “I Like it Like That” at Jackman Hall – presented with Alucine

June 6 – Songwriting workshop with Elsten Torres

June 11 – Grand Bateria Expresss – community drumming and dance in the street

June 13 – Samba Drumming workshop with Junior Teixeira from Monobloco


Grand Bateria Express

Canada’s largest drumming ensemble launches the day at Dundas West Fest with a moving party playing four rhythms – Samba, Soca, Maracatu and Samba Reggae. Check out the videos to learn more about the rhythms. You can also learn the dance steps and join in the performance!



Lulaworld 2016 is presented with support from the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario and Heritage Canada as well as from our sponsors and partners: Lula Lounge, Mill Street, Latinos Magazine, Telelatino, Toronto Hispano, Latin Jazz Net, Jazz.FM 91, Toronto Blues Society, Alucine, Small World Music, CIUT, Bailaboogaloo Dance Company, Havana Club, Rebel Vibez, Rap ‘N Roll, OKOKAN Productions, Cuba in Toronto, Uma Nota CBC Toronto and the Bond Place Hotel.

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