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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 …


Otto Ortiz en Toronto Friday February 13 2015

January 31st, 2015

Noche de Romance y Comedia with Otto Ortiz  . For tickets www.TorontoHispano.com and Spanish Bookstore 872 Bathurst  (416) 533 4000   Sheimy Cellular pro 1740 Jane street (416) 249-7200



Jencarlos Canela in Toronto Friday February 6 2015

January 11th, 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

January 3rd, 2015
9:00 pm

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

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    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

    December 11th, 2014
    8:00 pm
    8:00 pm

    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