For complete information on dance teachers listings please click HERE
C.U. Dance (Casineros Unidos) new school on the scene: already with 300+ students and club outings, Casineros Unidos has joined the fine established businesses where you can learn to dance, Cuban style. The teachers have many years experience teaching, and are very knowledgeable about Cuban culture and dance! New courses starting at 750 Yonge street this Saturday October 5 2013
Also, one of the oldest Cuban style schools is led by Vlad Aranda, Rhythm and Roots. See the Dance page for his regular classes. Now there is a special session to tell you about: Cuban folkloric and rumba classes, with live Cuban percussionists at every session! See the poster below:
Some of the excellent working musicians who also teach … as far as we know:
Jorge Luis Torres “Papiosco” – percussion
As far as contacting these fine musicians, we recommend finding out where they have gigs and talking to them face to face. I’d ask the people at Lula Lounge for one. And if you have some direct contact information, or status updates, please let us know!
Chris Butcher show Dig! (WEDNESDAYS, 12:00-2:00PM) includes some music from Cuba, he’s involved as trombone in several of the bands that play regularly at Lula Lounge. His radio show includes the modern dance music “timba” and other cool music from Cuba. If you miss the live show time, you can always hear the current weeks show here.
Chris Butcher has an event calendar for bands he’s involved with, and other stuff he is interested in:
On CJRT Saturday 4pm- 6pm the show Cafe Latino hosted by Laura Fernandez includes son, jazz and fusion music from Cuba.
There’s Julie’s at 202 Dovercourt Road, Toronto.
Havana style Cafe and Gallery on Brown’s line, west Toronto.
If you should find yourself in Ottawa, Ontario, you should go to the popular Havana Cafe
OTHER SOURCES and PLACES
Lula Lounge is the #1 supporter of Cuban and Latin music in this town, no doubts. Best live music here weekly…
See their site for the hot bands tha appear their on a weekly basis. And on Sundays, the Cuban son brunch, tasty and sabroso.
Tuesdays: 6 degrees, often a live band of mostly local Cuban musicians. No timba in between sets though, just so you know.
The public Facebook group called “Toronto Casino and Timba” is becoming a place where many events are announced. You have to belong to Facebook to see this.
We have a kind of mirror of “Cuba in Toronto” on Facebook. But sometimes, people post good news there directly, without posting it on the website as well… so you can check that too.
Ask for DJ Bernal, or DJ Yumaniche for your Timba DJ work. (Updates needed, if you know how to contact these people!)
REGULAR TRIPS TO CUBA
The school AfroLatino ( see dance list above) does annual trip to Cuba, focussing on salsa and a bit of fokloric dancing, using excellent local teachers: this year, the All-Stars rueda troupe in Santiago de Cuba.
Joyce Humbert of RitmaCuba ties in with the excellent Ritma Cuba vacations, which feature all kinds of Cuban music and dance
If you have more regular weekly or monthly Cuban culture-related events please contact us!
First Friday each month: Dominion on Queen:
Havana To Toronto Live with Joaquin Nunez Hildalgo & Eddie Bullen – usually 9 pm
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo presents his hot band playing Latin and Caribbean music with some of Toronto’s best musicians
Check http://www.latinada.com/ … weekly Latin music live.