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!

3:30 PM, Lula Lounge - FREE


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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