Grand Bateria Express


Grand Bateria Express is a supergroup drumming ensemble that includes leaders and members of the Samba SquadEscola de Samba, Batucada Carioca, Bloco Loco, Samba Elegua, T.Dot Batu and Maracatu Mar Aberto.


GBE will launch the day of fun at Dundas West Fest on June 11, playing four rhythms that highlight various tropical traditions embraced by Toronto drummers. Everyone is invited to dance in the open public public rehearsal on June 4 at noon at Lula Lounge and parade that starts at Dundas and Ossington at 11am. Please gather at 10:45  in the Green P Parking lot just east of  Ossington.


Hone your dance steps for the GBE rhythms by watching the dance instruction video below. You can also follow the links to watch the videos about the percussion parts for each of the four rhythms.


This year’s dancing will be led by Samba Jess and Adrianna Yanuziello, artistic director of Dance Migration. The dance builds upon the contribution of Chellz Simon and Aleya Pereira. Thank you Chellz and Aleya for all your work in 2015!!!


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Watch the samba rhythm videos

Watch the maracatu rhythm videos

Watch the soca rhythm videos

Watch the samba reggae rhythm videos



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Grand Bateria Express is presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre with support from the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario  and Heritage Canada with support from the Dundas West and Little Portugal BIAs, Steve’s Music and Contemporanea.