SALSA RUEDA COMPETITION @ Babalúu
Host: DJ Alberth Moreno
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 9:00pm
Babaluu Night Club 136 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, ON
• Minimum 3 couples & Maximum 5 couples
• The competition is Freestyle & Amateur
• The crowd will be the judges, by applause
• You have to register before August 7th
• Great prizes & giveaways
• Special Guest “DJ BILLY BRYANS”
To Register: 416.897.4219
***LADIES GET IN FREE ALL NIGHT***
***2×1 DRINKS FROM 9PM TO 11PM***
***CORONAS FOR ONLY $3.50***
**$7 DELICIOUS TAPAS***
The Best Salsa, Timba, Casino, Bachata, Merengue and much more by: Miami’s Sensation DJ ALBERTH MORENO ( from Miami )
**STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT SPECIAL EVENT***
Millennium Bandstand Stage, Sunday 5 PM.
Ochoa, nominated for the Canadian Latin Jazz Artist of the Year, released his latest recording in spring 2008 entitled Momentos Cubanos with his newly founded acoustic quintet, where he showcases his virtuosity and versatility with authority. Joining him on the project is acclaimed Cuban pianist Hilario Durán and a dynamic rhythm section with Paco Luviano on bass, Luis Orbegoso on timbale/drum and Jose Luis Torres on congas.
Son Aché performs 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Millennium Bandstand Stage at the Markham Jazz Festival.
Toronto’s own Buena Vista Social Club! Though they are collectively younger and bring a fresh urban vibe and energy, close your eyes for a moment and you’ll be magically transported back to the Golden Age of Cuba’s Tropicana shows, to the streets of Havana, when life was music and music was life. Including: Cristian Saldivia, Angel Luis, Alberto Alberto, Alexis Baro, Rufino Maciero, Josua Cabrera, Pabloski Rosales, Chendy Leon Sr., Chendy Leon Jr., Johan Aguirre, Ricky Franco.
Toronto’s big Anacaona weekend is finally here…
New ticket give-aways at these Anacaona shows:
July 17: 1 ticket for Sept 25 Willy Chirino concert and ALSO 1 ticket for Oct 23 Pupy concert with Cándido Fabré
July 18: 1 ticket for Sept 25 Willy Chirino concert and ALSO 1 ticket for Oct 23 Pupy concert with Cándido Fabré
AND Everyone who comes with a ticket to Lula for the FRIDAY show…. will get a coupon allowing them to come in for $20 on SATURDAY night!
- What’s hot in Toronto in July?? It’s
Anacaona, at Lula Lounge… donde si no?
FRIDAY JULY 17 and SATURDAY July 18 2009
Doors 7pm – Showtime 10pm -( 1st set) dance class at 9pm.
Cuban Dance performance and lesson on Friday by the excellent dancer Orlando Alfonso, see him on Facebook. He will perform with Yuhalla Muy his niece. On Saturday, dance lesson from Toronto’s own Ana Machado.
Tickets $25 ADVANCE ( limited capacity) $ 35 at the door can be purchased
ONLINE through Lula website for Friday and Saturday or on TorontoHispano.com.
Store locations :
Superlatin Music 1088 St Clair Avenue west ( free Anacaona poster with ticket purchase) 416 654-2217
Soundscapes 572 College street 416 537 1620
By calling Vladimir 416 666-2441 or Cubaintoronto.com 416 836 2600 ( for more info)
Known as “Las Mulatissimas del Sabor”, this glamorous all female orchestra was founded in 1932 Havana by Cuchito Castro when the political situation in Cuba resulted in many university closings, forcing Cuchito to abandon her studies and choose another path. Defying the dominant belief that women were not capable of playing ’son’ music, Cuchito’s friends and sisters formed a top notch septet and named the group after the Indian queen Anacaona.
Performing on the radio and also nightly in the open-air cafes, they soon found an enthusiastic audience. With concerts in 1938 in New York and Paris and films in Mexico, Anacaona rose to international fame, spreading their exotic ’son’ rhythms across the world.
Today Anacaona has 16 female musicians who blend traditional and contemporary rhythms in a knockout show that has secured their reputation as one of the major forces in Cuban popular music at home and around the world.
The evening also includes DJ Billy Bryans supplying all the latest music from Havana.
More below the fold:
Willy Chirino will be in Toronto, at the Sound Academy September 25th 2009… presented by “yoruba factor”.
New release: Gene Simmons, bass player for the rock band KISS, has donated a signed limited edition BACARDI 8 Millennium Decanter by BACCARAT to launch the first in a series of online celebrity auctions at http://www.artvault.com, a leading e-commerce Web site for fine art. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Willy Chirino Foundation, which has helped hundreds of children throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and Cuba.
Over 20 original albums have been released from Willy Chirinos music, several of which have obtained platinum and gold status. In 2006, his album “Son del Alma”, won a GRAMMY for Best Salsa/Merengue Album. As founder of the Willy Chirino Foundation, his philanthropic efforts have been recognized by UNICEF and the Department of State. Willy celebrates his 35th Anniversary in music with his latest released album “Willy Chirino Live-35th Anniversary” (“Willy Chirino En Vivo-35 Aniversario”), a CD/DVD combo of his 35th Anniversary Concert. This album brought him his first nomination at the 2007 Latin_Grammy_Awards for best Salsa Album. Most recently, Willy and singer/song writer, and wife Lissette Álvarez, released their first ever duets album Amarraditos (Bound to One Another). The CD includes a potpourri of classic Spanish language love songs.
Tickets on sale in Toronto at:
- Spanish books
- Nueva prensa libre
- Cuban Canadian foundation
Tickets on sale in Hamilton
- Caribana mi tienda hispana
- Hammocks Monimbo
163 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
- Rincon Paisa
958 Upper Wellington St
UPDATE Sept 15: http://www.sound-academy.com/events/show/317 The Sound Academy website says the concert is cancelled.
The all-female Cuban orchestra Anacaona will be playing at the Sunfest in London, Ontario. Dates as follows:
- Friday July 10, 2009 – TD Canada Trust Bandshell
- Saturday July 11, 2009 – Big Rock Brewery Stage
- Sunday July 12, 2009 – Big Rock Brewery Stage
It’s a great festival, a peaceful and pleasant Ontario city, an easy day trip from Toronto.
REMINDER: Montreal is the place for street parties, the Montreal Jazz Fest always has some of the most memorable… and this year will be a great one for fans of Cuban music.
That’ll be the Fiesta Cubana with Los Van Van, and Afro-Cuban All Stars.
If you don’t have a room reservation already, you have a challenge!
It’s at 7:00 pm July 12, Scène Rio Tinto Alcan at the Corner Sainte-Catherine and Jeanne-Mance. So many people will go down the road (6 hours to Montreal) we’ll treat this as a local event.
What to do before the show? Fear not, this festival is second to none, and the other free street events will amaze you …
Speaking personally… As far as I know, last time Montreal did a free top-Cuban concert like this was 2002, with Issac Delgado bringing up an all-star cast including guests Jenny Valdes… back this year as a key member of Los Van Van… and a young Ailyn, today lead singer with Azucar Negra. The last time Toronto had a free Cuban outdoor party of this level was 10 years ago… 1999, the Harbourfront show with Los Van Van… so it’s a big event.
While we’re on memory lane … let’s not forget the more recent, and the biggest concert of Los Van Van here… the smash hit December 9th 2006 at Kool Haus (click for the website) ticketed concert… produced by Okokan and Billy Bryans… with 2100 people in the house… er… haus.
From Jay Danley: There is a BRAND NEW Cuban son montuno group in Toronto, and we have a regular weekly gig that is just heating up this summer! The group is called Los Caballeros Del Son (featuring ex-Klave Y Kongo, Son Aché and Lady Son Y Articulo Viente tres player Jay Danley) and the venue is called “Touché”, located at 669 College Street. We are there every Thursday night at 9:30 p.m.
The sounds are beautiful and there is plenty of room for dancing!
“Touché” at 669 College Street