TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SAMBA REGGAE FESTIVAL
JULY 14 - 17
Lula Music and Arts Centre, BIG on Bloor and TDot Batu invite global music fans to join them in launching the inaugural Toronto International Samba Reggae Festival on July 14th.
The 4-day festival, the first of its kind in Canada, will gather 100+ samba reggae drummers, including artists from across Canada, Brazil, the United States and Bermuda, to transform the streets of Toronto into Brazil’s Bahian Carnival!
The opening night of the festival takes place at Lula Lounge, a venue that has served Toronto communities providing a home to local & international salsa, jazz & global music for the past twenty years.
The opening evening features leading figures in the international samba reggae movement including Mestre Memeu (leader of Olodum for more than twenty-five years), Adriana Portela (the first woman to lead an all female samba reggae ensemble, Banda Didá), Mateus Vidal (Olodum) abd Marcos Costa (Ilê Aiyê) alongside local artists such as Tdot Batu and celebrated samba vocalist CIbele Iglesisas.
Thur July 14
Opening night concert
Tdot Batu welcome special guest percussionists and vocalists:
Mestre Memeu, Adriana Portela, Marcos Costa, Mateus Vidal, Cibele Iglesias + opening set by Aline Morales
7:30 PM Doors, 9PM Concert Begins, LULA LOUNGE, $20 ADV
Fri July 15
After school dance lesson with Adriana Portela
A family-friendly workshop of all ages. Learn the basic steps to dance is Sunday’s parade at Big on Bloor!
Sat July 16
Brazilian Percussion Parade & Concert
Follow the parade from Bloor & Lansdowne to the Latin World Stage.
5:30 PM, BIG on Bloor Latin World Stage - FREE
Sun July 17
Rhythms and History of Bahia Brazilian Percussion
Community workshop led by Adriana Portela, Mestre Memeu & Dance Migration
2 PM, BIG on Bloor Main Stage - FREE
Drumming & dance parade with Dance Migration
Join in the parade at Bloor & Lansdowne and dance your way to the Latin World stage
5 PM, BIG on Bloor - FREE
Samba Reggae Toronto Band with special guests
Featuring all the festival special guests, a full band and Toronto vocalist Lady Yetunde
6 PM, BIG on Bloor Latin World Stage - FREE
Official Festival After Party with DJ Bòfré
Musician, DJ, and performer Gordon Daniels delivers a set of Afro, Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin and other world rhythms.
9 PM, Lula Lounge - FREE
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