Brazilian Day, Sep 5 at Dundas Square

Samba in the Square! 3rd Annual Brazilian Day Canada Festival

This is non-Cuban, but too good to miss.

On Labour Day, September 5, a Brazilian Carnival style festival will transform the city of Toronto into Rio de Janeiro north. Booming Samba bands, dancers in beautiful, vibrant costumes and thousands of revelers are expected for Samba in the Square, the third annual Brazilian Day Canada Festival.   The free concert and street fair has become the largest Brazilian event in Canada, last year over 70,000 Torontonians and visitors participated. The celebration of Brazilian dance, food and music will climax with a performance by Exaltasamba, Brazil’s most popular Samba/Pagode group.

Main Event:        Samba in the Square; Brazilian Day Canada Festival
When:                  Monday September 5, 2011  1:30pm to 8pm
Where:                Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East
Who:                    Performances by Exaltasamba and Globo Internacional personality Serginho                              Groisman, The Samba Connection,  Batucada Carioca, D Snow, José Paulo,

Street Closure:  Yonge St. between Dundas St. and Shuter St. (10am to 8pm)

Event:                 Brazilian Day Canada Press Conference
When:                  Monday September 5, 2011  11:45am
Where:                Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East
Who:                   Performers by Exaltasamba and Globo Internacional personality Serginho                                   Groisman will be on hand to speak with the media.
Brazilian Day is an international celebration of Brazilian culture, sponsored by Globo Television Internacional. It is produced locally by Canada’s largest Brazilian Newspaper, Brasil News.  Vale is a presenting sponsor of Brazilian Day Canada and OMNI is the Canadian media sponsor.  Toronto is the only Canadian stop on the party that will make its way around the globe; celebrations will take place in Luanda, London, Lisbon, Tokyo, New York, and Miami.

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And there will be a Cuban side show: on Victoria St 1/2 block North of Dundas – a block from the Festival – the local Cuban Rueda community known as “Rueda de la Calle (+ tax)” will be doing their weekly dance on the street for fun.  They will be dancing rueda de casino, and casino in pairs, to the best timba music from Cuba.   From 2:30 pm to about 6 pm.  Come and kick up some dust…

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