LOS 4 direct from Havana to Toronto Friday Nov 2015

What we have been waiting for ! Top Cubaton reggaeton group from Cuba LOS 4 finally in Toronto !

This 10 piece band will satisfy your Cubaton and Casino dancing desires!


Friday Nov 20 2015

The Opera house 735 Queen street east Toronto

Doors 9pm Showtime 11pm

Tickets advance prices  $40 regular $65 VIP ( fronto of house)

19 + event

DJ Bernal and DJ Alberth Moreno

MC surprise from Havana !  and with Myrna Kahan


ONLINE Tickets


Afrolatino dance company 901 Yonge street

Spanish Bookstore 872 Bathurst street


Dread Mar I direct from Buenos Aires in Toronto Oct 8 2015

Direct from Buenos Aires and accompanied by all of his musicians DREAD MAR I singer songwriter in reggae genre will be performing at The Phoenix concert theatre Thursday OCT 8 2015 . This will be his first stop on his ” Gira 10 anos” tour  celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the band .

Okokan productions presents Dread Mar I

Dread Mar I

Thursday Oct 8 2015

Phoenix concert theatre 410 Sherbourne street Toronto

Doors 830pm Showtime 10pm

with DJ Geo and MC Grande

Tickets $40 advance $50 at the door 19 + event  NO VIP

for tickets and info call Sophie 416 8362600 ( English )    or Graciela 416 949 7647 (spanish)

tickets available at  www.torontohispano.com

Locations Spanish Bookstore 872 Bathurst street

Tenoch restaurant 933 St Clair Ave west

Afrolatino dance company  901 Yonge street


Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor Aug 20 2015 in Toronto for the first time


This is an event presented by
4 A Better World Management Agency
Co produced by Afrolatino dance company Okokan productions and Cuba in Toronto
Date: Thursday August 20 2015
Time: Doors 8:30 pm, Show: 10 pm (SHARP)
Venue: The Opera House 735 Queen street East Toronto ONT Canada
Admission prices:
– $25 advance summer special price !
– $30 online sales will be set up this week !
– $35 at the door.
Afrolatino dance company 901 Yonge street 416-671-7140
More locations TBA

ONLINE SALES  Maykel Blanco Toronto Event Brite

JOIN us on Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor FACEBOOK EVENT

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Cuba’s most popular Orchestras as they make their debut performance in Canada, led by the exceptional Maykel Blanco.
Blanco stands out as the youngest musician to ever lead a popular Cuban mega-band, having begun as director of the 14-piece Salsa Mayor at the tender age of twenty-three.
Over the past decade, this high energy, innovative ensemble have solidified their reputation as a force to be reckoned with, producing hit after hit on the island’s top charts.
Come and enjoy this extraordinary band’s very first appearance ever in Canada on Thursday August 20 2015 at the spectacular Opera house 735 Queen street Toronto Ontario ( Queen/Broadview) as they deliver a cross section of the most popular songs they’ve played during more than 10 years of continued success.
Come and see this great 14 piece band on a great stage with top of the line sound system and lights !
DJ Bernal in the house.
The boys are touring western Canada Japan and Australia and this will be their last show before their trip to Peru !

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

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!

Click for more info

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

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

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


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

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 …

Jencarlos Canela in Toronto Friday February 6 2015

Jencarlos Canela singer songwriter , actor and all around impressive talent coming for an early Valentine’s show Friday February 6 2015 Pearson convention centre 2638 Steeles Ave east Brampton Ontario .

There are TWO options to choose from


SHOW only $45

also performing Teria Morada ( singer and dancer par excellence) and Henry Flow

For tickets call 416 418 4725 or 647 760 6196

This show is presented by La Guia Hispana ..Phone book and website where you can get info about all Latin businesses in Toronto and surrounding area.

Song written by Jencarlos for his beautiful friend Monica Spear who passed away last January 6 2014

Charanga Habanera in Toronto Saturday April 18 2015 Phoenix concert Theatre

Okokan productions presents :

Direct from Havana

David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera

  • 16 musicians on the stage also featuring Yulien Oveido .
  • Live performances: AfroLatino Dance Co, also Dailyn Martinez.
  • Dj Bernal and Dj Alberth Moreno and MC Abdiel
  • Doors 9pm – Showtime 10.30 pm (opening act TBA)
  • Tickets $40 advance $50 at the door  ONLINE and locations
  • VIP tickets for meet and greet photos with the band and special lounge $ 60

Where to find tickets!

    VIPs SOLD OUT. Tickets still available are $50.00 at the door $40.00 in advance


    • SOUNDSCAPES 572 College street  416 537 1620
    • Spanish Bookstore 872 bathurst street 416 533 4000 (MON – FRI only)
    • Sheimy Cellular pro 1740 Jane street  416 249 7200
    • Toronto Latino 1786 Eglinton Ave W 416 781 0919
    • La Cocina de Doña Luz 807 St Clait W  416 652- 7420
    • Afrolatino Dance Company 901 Yonge street 416 671 7140
    • Cafe Latino 3038 Hurontario  905 949 8447
    • Fanerys Convenience 3085 Hurontario 905 272 9257
    • Cuba’s restaurant 2444 Lakeshore road west  905 973-4709
    There will be some tickets available at the Welcome Party …at Lyrics Music Bar & Grill 50 Cumberland St in Yorkville. Friday, April 17, 10pm!

    Contact us  cubaintoronto@yahoo.com (416) 836-2600

    WHEN & WHERE ? Saturday April 18 2015

    • The Phoenix concert Theatre
    • 410 Sherbourne Street
    • Toronto Ontario

    Please join our FACEBOOK EVENT

    Charanga Habanera in Toronto is part of their Canadian tour 2015 . They will be performing in some legendary venues to guarantee a truly wonderful night out ! Vancouver show is at the COMMODORE BALLROOM Sunday April 19 2015  info and tickets at www.cubainvancouver.com They will be performing in Montreal Friday April 24 2015 at CLUB SODA tickets HERE

    Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company, at Flato Feb 26-27 2015

    It’s a 2 day stand this time in Toronto for Lizt Alfonso, one of Cuba’s treasures and unstoppable social forces.

    I personally wouldn’t miss this for anything, one of the finest dance groups in one of the best theatres to watch them!

    Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba: “Amigas” – A New Dance Musical

    Thursday February 26, 2015
    Friday February 27, 2015

    8:00 PM

    Flato Markham Theatre
    171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham

    2nd Cuba in Toronto Christmas party… at Lula Dec 26, 2014!

    It’s the Cuba in Toronto Christmas Party!  Second time around, bigger and better…  $15

    This year for Christmas 2014, we will feature Roberto Linares Brown leading the band called “Havana Norte”… who are as fine a selection of Cuban musicians as you can ask for in this world…

    We’ll also enjoy Ogguere, Zeynep Ozbilen, Jane Bunnett … And more!

    As well as: A dance lesson by Vladimir Aranda… AND DJ Bernal playing the best, the latest of Cuban salsa, Cubaton, plus your requests!

    The solid gold cuarteto “Guaracha Y Son” will entertain from 7:30 pm with the sweet swing of Cuban son, with a jazziness that works to the rule of the clave.  To be laid down by some of the best players you’ll hear anywhere, inside Cuba or out, to open the Dinner and show $44 package.

    And just in case you think that’s all… NO, there’s more:  Free Gift bags to all; Door prizes; Event photography all night by JJ Gucci; featured drink The Pink Mojito !!!!; Dance performance (to be confirmed)

    Adonis Puentes and Pancho Amat, mellow son de Cuba… NOT TO MISS – TOMORROW!

    Born in Cuba, with musicians frequent visitors to the house… then raised in BC, Adonis Puentes has never felt disconnected from his native land… or its music.

    And the feeling is mutual: Cuban television has welcomed the chance to show his Cuban style music videos … with enthusiastic response from audiences who know their music, and their musicians!

    So he’s been on the screens of his native country as a mature and respected Cuban-Canadian musician for at least 8 years now, since his popular release Commerciante… bringing coals back to Newcastle, and getting thumbs-up receptions.

    The reception continues with this offering … his current CD release.

    The album, and the Hugh’s Room show… are with musical friend Pancho Amat…

    Pancho is himself one of Cuban’s living legends of son music, and foremost players of the tres instrument, a relative of the guitar but tuned in doubles, played in a style of loud and clear melodic… and frequently danceable… improvisations… full of the rhythms Cuba is so famous for.

    You can catch Adonis Puentes, with Pancho Amat at Hugh’s room… one night only, Tuesday November 18, 7:30 pm.  Click for tickets and reservations!

    Here’s the title song from the new CD, “Veinte Años”…

    Adonis Puentes and Pancho Amat

    Free Concert:  November 18 12:15 pm,  First Canadian Place, Waterfall stage

    “Cuban-Canadian vocalist Adonis Puentes teams up with world renowned, master of the Cuban tres, Pancho Amat to present their latest project “Veinte Años.” This project is a tribute to María Teresa Vera, an icon in the creation of Cuban Music, known for her peculiar way of composing and interpreting music. Contemporary and tasteful musical arrangements, together with the musical virtuosity and perfection of the participating musicians make this tribute a beautiful projection into the future of creation and interpretations of the music of Cuba. ”

    Or….If you can’t make the lunchtime show and prefer a more intimate setting, they are playing at Hugh’s Room the same night at 8:30 pm.   Ticket/Reservation Details here.

    Azucar Negra… a truly seminal band in modern Cuban dance music… plays in Toronto… one night only at Lula Lounge!
    Friday October 24, 2014.  Led by creative spirit Leonel Limonta, who wrote many of the most famous dance tunes performed by this band and by others!

    Tickets available NOW $30 advance at: torontohispano.com;  BOLIS  books, 872 Bathurst.

    Tickets available SOON at: Afrolatino Dance Company, Sheimy’s Cellular Pro 1742 Jane St., and Soundscapes 572 College St.

    Dance lesson with Julio Montero from Vancouver 9.30pm  Showtime for Azucar Negra ( give or take a  half hour!) 22.30pm  . There will be a second set and intermission between .

    CDS will be available at the show.

    Okokan productions will also be presenting a local artist as an opening act. She will perform one or two songs from her brand new album which she recorded in Cuba with musicians there. Her name is FOLANA .

    FRIDAY OCT 3 Luis Silva ” PANFILO” in Toronto

    Okokan and Afrolatino present Cuba’s best comedian  followed by dance party .He is known as “PANFILO” of the TV show ” Vivir el cuento”  PANFILO will give us 1.5 hours of great comedy followed by a puro Cubano dance party featuring Djs  BERNAL and YUMANICHE. Food will be available for purchase by celebrated chef PEDRO QUINTANTILLA of BLOOM restaurant. Date Friday OCT 3 2014 location Lithuaian banquet hall 1573 Bloor street w  (Dundas w subway station) doors 2030 pm show 2130pm surprise guests .. bar and food available.. Tables and chairs TICKETS Sheimy cellular pro 1740 Jane street Bolis Spanish bookstore 872 Bathurst  and online at Torontohispano.com click HERE for lin

    BOLETOS.  En Torntohispano.com.  SHEIMY cellular pro 1740 Jane street  Bolis Spanish Books 872 Bathurst. Info 6478186602

    Los Van Van – Toronto Free Show – Nathan Philips Square – Saturday July 12 2014 8:30pm

    July 12, 2014 – 8:30pm at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto… also known as City Hall… come one, come all…  This concert is part of the amazing celebration week-end  ” ONE YEAR TO GO  to the PANAMERICAN GAMES 2015 countdown  www.toronto2015.org  . Check out their website for full line up of the amazing week-end and stay connected in preparation for activities leading up to next year ~

    … but don’t come late… 😉    This will be most likely a 1 hour stand, starting right on time.

    If you were one of the 2,000 who danced to Los Van Van into the wee hours, when they were brought to town by Okokan productions in November of 2010 or December of 2006… be warned this is a different story.  Plan to get there EARLY or you will not get your full dose of The Dance Machine of Cuba! This concert is part of the bigger PanAmerican festival . There will be another concert at 9.30pm right after Los Van Van .

    This is the real deal… the biggest band in Cuba for 40-plus years…

    The original salsa, and still the most creative and eclectic dance music in the world comes from Cuba… and this is the best of the best… Los Van Van.

    This is their first tour since the recent, untimely death of founder and leader Juan Formell… and it’s the finest selection of singers and musicians imaginable… the famous songs… the music makes the people get up in dance… in hot climates or cold ones!

    JOIN THE LOS VAN VAN facebook concert event HERE . Get news about a the after party and other activities at the square . Tribute will be paid at all the concerts to the Maestro Juan Formell .

    Los Van Van, “El Tren” , are rolling into Ontario for London’s SUNFEST . Los Van Van will play July 5th and Cojunto Chapotin will also be there ( FREE NO CHARGE)  and then will play Montreal’s METROPOLIS on Friday July 11th 2014 as part of Nuits d’Afrique festival ( $45 ticket)  Ticket info HERE

    Cuban culture in Toronto, Canada