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Rueda de Casino in downtown

July 13th, 2015

If you can dance Casino… or just like to be where people are enjoying Cuban dance music… mostly in the timba style… join a bunch of dancers who come out on Wednesday evenings to the rock pond at Ryerson University.  It’s near the corner of Yonge St. and Dundas St.

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Lulaworld 2015 – May 27 to June 6, 2015

May 24th, 2015

It’s a great collection of entertainment again this year courtesy of Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W Toronto.  Click here for details !


Panamania – Pupy, Los Van Van, Havana d’ Primera, more! July 2015

May 24th, 2015

The Panam Games are nearly on us… and the Panamania free entertainment with it.

It’s a great time for free music, and Cuban bands are right in there with the rest.

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CINECUBA 2015 Sat May 30, Sun May ?31, 2015 – ALL FILMS FREE

May 24th, 2015

CineCuba strives to open the window to Canadians to see the real Cuba. ICAIC (the Cuban film commission) was the first ministry established post revolution, and when one sees Cuban film, a long standing commitment to arts and culture is evident….. CineCuba is committed to helping Canadians understand just why they are drawn to this idyllic and uncommonly friendly but industrious and ?enigmatic paradise.

The first 200 seats for all films are FREE* on a first come first serve rush basis.

The Royal holds 400 viewers; 200 seats are available on www.Universe.com/CineCuba2015 at just $10.00 each?, for those who would prefer to be assured of a seat!

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Maqueque round 2 – for those who missed them last year – and those who didn’t!

May 9th, 2015

Jane Bunnett says she it wasn’t the music that brought her on her first trip to Cuba.  More, it was drinking-water problems on her tropical vacations in other places!

But when she arrived, it was the unexpected – the music blew her away.

It ended up more than a holiday… it reshaped her successful career as a jazz musician.

You can look at Latin Jazz as importing a few snappy rhythms from Cuba, the usual approach.   But Cuban musicians in person can demonstrate how their rich musical heritage can be much more.  You can use it as a foundation that can hold its own and meld with other music in ways not yet explored outside Cuba.

The connection with Cuba’s music and musicians Ms Bunnett made on that trip have flourished an left traces around the world… from movies like “Spirits of Havana”, CDs by the group of the same name, and wonderful musicians.

Musicians who might have never left Cuba without Jane’s intervention are sprinkled around the world, like David Virelles lately popular in New York City, and numerous other musicians in Toronto, across Canada and the world.  And now, these fabulous ladies touring as Maqueque.

Right now, they have just finished a stint at Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and are off to West Coast USA for a tour.  They are scheduled at the Montreal Jazz Fest this year, many people from Toronto make that an annual trip.  The tour appears to be still filling in, watch for news!.


Ladies and Gentlemen of TRI-CITY! HELLOOOO from Charanga Habanera – Apr 25 2015

April 20th, 2015

Neruda Arts is a non-profit organization in Kitchener, known for a public festival they present each year.

Neruda has stepped forward for YOU… to make sure the TRI-CITY is part of the GOZANDO zone… that is, the Charanga Habanera 2015 Canadian tour!

April 25, don’t be the one with the long face listening to other people telling you … “YOU shoulda been there!”… get a ticket, Jack…!  And Jill….

IF YOU DON’T SHOW… you’ll also have to listen to them raving about the new night club in KW area… SAZON… Don’t be in the back seat listening, take the wheel and drive… TICKETS HERE:

Charanga Habanera Tickets



Montreal date: la Charanga Habanera!

April 20th, 2015

Yes there is still time to be sure you DON’T MISS this… after the wild shows in Toronto and Vancouver, it’s Montreal’s turn!  Hot and delicious!


Welcome Party for David Calzado and band, Lyrics Friday 10 pm!

April 15th, 2015
10:00 pm

There will be some tickets available at the Welcome Party …at Lyrics Music Bar & Grill 50 Cumberland St in Yorkville. Friday, April 17, 10pm!


International Rueda de Casino Day (Toronto) 2015

March 27th, 2015
2:30 pm

Dancing rueda… around the world. In Toronto, what better place than the foot of the CN Tower?

If you can dance rueda and can make it… this is where you should be!


Celina Gonzalez, “que viva Chango”, death of a modest giant in Cuban music

February 7th, 2015

A milestone, one of the sad ones, death of Celina Gonzalez …

It might sound off to unaccustomed ears… but the mix of the old Spanish decima stanza style with Cuban rhythm really swings hard once you tune into it… like the song “yo soy el punto cubano” included in the article…

.. yo soy el punto cubano, en la manigua vivia, cuando el mambi se batia, con el machete en la mano…

She was genuinely from the world of the Cuban countryside, hard farming work, strong support networks of neighbours.

The form of recreation was a guateque… neighbours invited for miles around, straggle in at dusk to somebody’s humble country home… roast pork, dance, sing til dawn. She is honoured still today by Cuban musicians of all stripes… they pay tribute usually by singing her “que viva chango”. But sadly pretty much an unknown name to new generations.

She was reported to have been flabbergasted that she was to perform in a stadium with thousands of idolizing fans in her first visit to Colombia. And similarly amazed by how famous she was even amongst Latinos in New York. To her, the best party is far from stadium-filling idolatry… it’s the house party… which is still the way in Cuba.

Nice interview …