LULAWORLD 2011 – Lula Lounge, May 12 – 22, 2011

We’ve highlighted part of Lula World already – the intensely Cuban night, ROBERTO LINARES BROWN on May 21.

But it’s true — the entire Lula World festival is about what’s happening to music, i.e. cross-pollination… and nowhere more than right here, Toronto!

Lula World is an exceptional concentration of talent that deserves a look.  So many good musicians come to Toronto from so many places, the Lula team is able to give us a top-notch series of shows to celebrate.

WHO: Amanda Martinez, Bomba Estereo, Patricia Cano, Caché, Café Con Pan, Joanna Moon w/ Donné Roberts, Luisito Orbegoso and Lula All Stars, Odessa Havana, Jaron Freeman Fox, Daniela Nardi, Dominic Mancuso & Roberto Occhipinti w/ Hugh Marsh, Socalled, Samba Squad featuring Luanda Jones, Roberto Linares Brown, Aline Morales w/ The Heavyweights Brass Band & Dj General Eclectic.

LULA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS…

LULAWORLD 2011

THE NEW CANADIAN SONGBOOK @ LULA LOUNGE, MAY 12 – MAY 22, 2011

WHO: Amanda Martinez, Bomba Estereo, Patricia Cano, Caché, Café Con Pan, Joanna Moon w/ Donné Roberts, Luisito Orbegoso and Lula All Stars, Odessa Havana, Jaron Freeman Fox, Daniela Nardi, Dominic Mancuso & Roberto Occhipinti w/ Hugh Marsh, Socalled, Samba Squad featuring Luanda Jones, Roberto Linares Brown, Aline Morales w/ The Heavyweights Brass Band & Dj General Eclectic

WHAT: Lulaworld 2011, a world music festival extravaganza

WHEN: Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 22

WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West

TICKETS: $15 – $25 (two events are free. See below for details)

Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 or email reserve@lula.ca

WEBSITES: www.lula.ca

TORONTOLULA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE proudly presents LULAWORLD 2011 – THE NEW CANADIAN SONGBOOK, a vital thread in the rich tapestry of  the Canadian world music scene today. While the focus is on Canadian composers and musicians, the festival kicks off with sizzling Latin / jazz artist AMANDA MARTINEZ and a visit by Colombian sensation BOMBA ESTEREO. What follows are nine more nights of thrilling performances and workshops by multilingual vocal powerhouse PATRICIA CANO, Jewish-Cuban fusionists ODESSA HAVANA, Italian muse DANIELA NARDI, multi-instrumentalists DOMINIC MANCUSO & the award-winning ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI and more! For more information please visit www.lula.ca

The New Canadian songbook is sung in Spanish, Portuguese, Malagasy, French and Italian, as well as the more than one hundred and thirty other languages and dialects in which Canadians express themselves musically.

Canadians with roots around the globe continue to sing the traditional songs from their respective cultures and newcomers to Canada are also composing, performing and recording their own original pieces – redefining the meaning of Canadian music and enriching our cultural fabric.

Each year, the LULAWORLD festival provides a unique perspective on the dynamic world music scene being cultivated in Toronto. Many performers from previous years return to preview their latest compositions, or present new collaborative projects that cross the common boundaries of genre and culture.

In particular, the Latin music scene in Toronto and all of Canada is exploding – and the world is listening. Not long ago there were only a handful of Latin bands in Toronto; the city now boasts more than a dozen distinct groups comprised of professional A-list artists. This year the festival will also feature a two-part salsa presentation entitled SÍ CANADA which highlights Canadian salsa compositions and more top-notch musicians.

LULAWORLD 2011 CONCERT SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

May 12 Amanda Martinez w/ Fernando Osorio @  Doors 6:30 pm / show 8pm- $22 adv / $25 door

May 12 Small World Music presents Bomba Estereo @ Doors 9:30 pm / show 10:30pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 13 Patricia Cano @ 8pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 13 Caché CD release @ 10pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 14 Café Con Pan Mexican Fandango workshop for families @ 1pm – free (kid friendly event)

May 14 Family French World Cafe w/Joanna Moon & Donné Roberts @ 3pm – free  (kid friendly event)

May 14 Sí Canada, part 1 featuring Luisito Orbegoso @ 10pm – $13 adv / $20 door

May 15 David Buchbinder’s Odessa Havana, featuring Hilario Durán @ 8pm – $18 adv / $20 door

May 17 Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything @ 8:30pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 18  Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto @ 8:30 pm – $18 adv / $20 door

May 19 Dominic Mancuso & Roberto Occhipinti w/ Hugh Marsh @ 8pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 19 Small World Music presents Socalled @ 10pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 20 Samba Squad featuring Luanda Jones, Lester McClean & Andrea Dia @ 10pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 21 Sí Canada, part 2 featuring Roberto Linares Brown @ 10pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 22 Aline Morales CD release w/ Heavyweights Brass Band @ 9pm – $13 adv / $15 door

ARTIST PROFILES / CONCERT DETAILS:

AMANDA MARTINEZ w/ SPECIAL GUEST FERNANDO OSORIO

Thursday, May 12 – Doors 6:30 pm / show 8pm

Tickets: $22 adv / $25 door

A distinctive Latin / jazz artist, Amanda Martinez brings flair and variety to each and every one of her songs. Her sound is a blend of musical influences, including flamenco-inspired rhythms, Afro-Cuban beats and Mexican folk music. Joining Amanda for the first time in Toronto (direct from Miami,) is Cuban guitarist/singer-songwriter Fernando Osorio. Osorio is best known as the composer of Celia Cruz’ hit La Negra Tiene Tumbao.

www.amandamartinez.ca / www.fernandoosorio.com

BOMBA ESTEREO (Presented in association with Small World Music)

Thursday, May 12 – Doors 9:30 pm / show 10:30pm

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door

Direct from Bogota, Colombia, this electro-tropical five-piece band combines traditional Colombian cumbia, bullerengue and champeta with electronica, reggae and hip-hop for a psychedelic edge. The group makes their Toronto debut as the headliner of the opening night of this year’s festival. www.bombaestereo.com

PATRICIA CANO

Friday, May 13 – Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

With roots in Peru, and having been raised in Sudbury, Ontario, this remarkable vocalist has worked and studied in Paris and Brazil. In 2009, Patricia recorded her debut album, showcasing traditional South American folk forms, including samba and Afro-Peruvian rhythms driven by jazz grooves and soulful folk/blues sounds. Along with the intensity of her smooth, sweet voice, the album also features stellar Brazilian guitarist Carlos Bernardo as well as percussionist and producer Luisito Orbegoso, Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the most exciting vocal talents in the country, in an intimate setting. www.patriciacano.com

CACHÉ CD RELEASE

Friday, May 13 – Doors 7pm / Show 10pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

One of Toronto’s best-loved salsa bands releases their much-awaited third release Looking from the Top.

Featuring the irresistible vocals of frontman Juan Carlos Cardenas, Caché has a truly unique, vibraphone-inflected sound that the group has been developing for nearly a decade. Most of the current players are original founding band members working collaboratively under the leadership of percussionist Wilson Acevedo and bassist Richard Morales, including vibraphonist Randy Stirtzinger and conguero Daniel Stone.

www.con-cache.com

CAFÉ CON PAN – Mexican Fandango workshop for families

Saturday, May 14 – Doors 12:30 / Workshop 1pm

Tickets: Free!! (kid friendly event)

Café Con Pan play son jarocho music from Veracruz with an emphasis on the country roots of the tradition. Alec Dempster and Kali Niño take their audiences on a syncopated journey down the dirt roads of Southern Veracruz, where the music still thrives in the fandango celebration. Their performances are guided by Kali´s uplifting voice and her effusive zapateado dancing while Alec plays an array of traditional jarocho instruments such as la leonala jarana and el pander. The workshop will focus on the dance of son jarocho known as zapateado, the different rhythms, and the importance of each instrument. www.cafeconpan.ca

JOANNA MOON w/ guest DONNÉ ROBERTS- Family French World Café workshop for families

Saturday, May 14 – Doors 2:30 / Show 3pm

Tickets: Free!! Complètement gratuit! (kid friendly event)

Quebecois singer-songwriter Joanna Moon takes us on a musical trip around the Francophone world. With her rich and powerful voice, she passionately gives life to the gypsy soul in the most universal sense. Sing along, learn to play the spoons and dance some traditional steps from the French countryside! www.joanna-moon.com

SÍ CANADA – PART ONE w/ LUISITO ORBEGOSO

Saturday, May 14 – Show 10pm

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door

The Canadian Latin music scene is exploding and the world is listening!  Under the leadership of musical director Luisito Orbegoso, this first part of a two-part LULAWORLD presentation, features representative players from the various bands that play regularly at Lula’s popular weekend salsa nights. With a focus on original Canadian compositions, Orbegoso and co-director Sean Bellaviti, have sought to highlight the variety and originality of the material with contributions from Daniel Stone, Diego Marulanda, Evaristo Machado, Lady Son, Luis Mario Ochoa and Mario Allende. www.luisorbegoso.com

DAVID BUCHBINDER’S ODESSA HAVANA FEATURING HILARIO DURÁN

Sunday, May 15 – Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets: $18 adv / $20 door

Odessa/Havana is an explosive Jewish/Cuban mash-up, a high-powered collision of two great musical styles predated but not predicted by the Jewish-fuelled American Mambo craze of the 1950s. Comprised of award-winning trumpeter/composer David Buchbinder, JUNO award-winning pianist/composer Hilario Durán, and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians, they will present a preview of new original compositions that will appear on their upcoming sophomore album. www.odessahavana.com

JARON FREEMAN FOX

Tuesday, May 17 – 8:30 pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

Playing in a style that is undeniably his own, Freeman-Fox contorts his fiddle into new traditions and dances down the line between the soulful and the ridiculous. With his new album Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius, and a new fiery band “The Opposite of Everything”, this young fiddler is ready to make some big changes to the world of instrumental music. www.jaronfreemanfox.com

DANIELA NARDI’S ESPRESSO MANIFESTO

Wednesday, May 18 – 8:30 pm

Tickets: $18 adv / $20 door

New York’s Italian flavours inspired award-winning vocalist and composer Daniela Nardi’s third recording project, Espresso Manifesto, that features timeless Italian songs set in a cool jazz environment. Along with some originals penned by Nardi herself, it’s a collection of songs by Italy’s cantautori – hip, universally loved and admired singer-songwriters like Paolo Conte, Luigi Tenco, Gino Paoli. All the tunes represent a new breed of Italian song – groovy, sophisticated, meaningful, emotional – and now blend with Nardi’s signature nujazz-world-electro sound.www.danielanardi.com

DOMINIC MANCUSO w/ ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI & Guests

HOSTED BY MARY ITO OF CBC RADIO’S FRESH AIR

Thursday, May 19 – 8pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

2010 Juno Award winner Dominic Mancuso is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. This multi-instrumentalist reinvents classic Italian songs, old folk melodies and contemporary music with an “impassioned singing style,” versatile guitar playing and passion for world music. Equally at home singing in the older dialects of Sicilian folk music as he is exploring Italy’s contemporary songwriters or world jazz and blues, Dominic Mancuso music transcends cultures and borders. Bassist Roberto Occhipinti has been a pivotal force in innumerable world jazz projects – working with artists such as Hilario Durán, his brother Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project, and the 2011 JUNO award-winning The Gryphon Trio and many more. Also featured in this special concert are guitarist Tony Zorzi and percussionists Chendy Leon and Ravi Naimpally. www.dominicmancuso.comwww.robertoocchipinti.com

SOCALLED (Presented in association with Small World Music)

Thursday, May 19 – Show 10pm

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door

Known for his genre-bending approach and his collaborations with musical giants of funk, (Klezmer, hip hop, lounge and classical music), Klezmer hip-hop maestro Socalled is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal. When Socalled first heard Klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was fascinated by the cool sounds he could sample to make hip-hop beats. Then he realized that integrating this Jewish music from the 1930s into his songs was a way of representing himself and his cultural heritage and having fun at the same time. www.socalledmusic.com

SAMBA SQUAD Featuring LUANDA JONES, LESTER MCCLEAN AND ANDREA DIA

Friday, May 20 – Doors 7pm / Show 10pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

Samba Squad gathers diverse global influences and drops them in a seething cauldron to produce raw, vibrant and drum-heavy original compositions that rock the New Canadian Songbook. Rick Lazar has put together this special night of both new compositions and originals from Samba Squad’s well-loved repertoire – with some funked-up covers of traditional pieces thrown in for good measure. Featuring emerging Brazilian singer/songwriter Luanda Jones. www.sambasquad.com

SÍ CANADA – PART TWO – w/ ROBERTO LINARES BROWN

Saturday, May 21 – Show 10pm

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door

In the second night of our two part presentation, bandleader/arranger/pianist/composer extraordinaire Roberto Linares Brown continues LULAWORLD’s celebration of Canadian compositions, bringing us an all-star line-up of the finest Cuban musicians in the country performing original pieces by Canadian artists such as Alberto Alberto, Yani Borrell Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba and Brown himself. Special guests onboard to perform this unique fusion of modern musica cubana and contemporary R&B are vocalists Samira Abdulle, Carlyn Christian, Simi Obidi and rapper Jamie Iagallo.

ALINE MORALES BAND – CD RELEASE

w/ THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND & DJ GENERAL ECLECTIC

HOSTED BY GARVIA BAILEY OF CBC RADIO’S BIG CITY SMALL WORLD

Sunday, May 22 – Door 7pm / Show 9pm

Tickets: $13 adv / $15 door

Since her first appearance at Lula Lounge with Maracatu Nunca Antes in 2005, Aline Morales has become one of the most recognized musicians in Canada’s world music scene today. Singing with her forró group, accompanying other Brazilian artists such as Luanda Jones, appearing as part of the Ontario Tourism’s ‘No Place Like This’ campaign, were just some of the activities that have kept her in the public eye. In 2009, she also found the time to start her new maracatu group, Baque de Bamba and now she will be releasing the much anticipated new album Flores, Tambores e Amores. www.alinemorales.com

LULAWORLD is presented in partnership with CBC Toronto with support from Ontario Arts Council, COPA Airlines, Telelatino, Toronto Hispano, Pillitteri Estates Winery, Mill Street Brewery and YELP.

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