AfroLatino Dance Company has a long history of supporting Cuban Casino dancing as well as afrocuban styles in Toronto. It’s at Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. West… an excellent dance place with old-style high-ceiling ballrooms.
An invitation from Albena:
Come join us for our 3rd Winter Party, where you will enjoy hours of the best in Cuban Salsa, Timba, and even some Zouk, Kizomba, kompa and Samba, and presentations by our 3rd Student Performance Group and AfroLatino’s professional dancers. We don’t even have to mention our usual complimentary lesson, door prizes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Thursday, January 28 Benefit for Haiti at Hughs Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. just south of Bloor St.
$25 in advance or $30 at the door. 8 PM.
JANE BUNNETT and SPIRITS OF HAVANA with special guests MOLLY JOHNSON, AMANDA MARTINEZ, HILARIO DURAN and other stars from the Toronto Jazz and world music genres.
ART ET SPECTACLE, which is the International Festival of Jazz in Port au Prince, was scheduled to happen next week. For the past few months, Jane Bunnett and Spirit of Havana have been preparing to be there and represent Canada. They along with many other jazz greats from around the world were to take part in week long series of concerts and workshops. The earthquake with its death and devastation has put an end to this as it has to just about all of normal life in Haiti. Jane wants to help and has asked her band and some very special musical friends to join her in this fund raising effort.
All proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.
Orlando Cardoso is musical director of Tumbao Toronto, featured next Tuesday at the regular Tuesday night party at Six Degrees, Toronto 2335 Yonge Street just north of Eglinton.
Featuring: Rojita, one of the best singers to come out of cuba! Nothing but the best in salsa for all salsa dancers, Orlando is also one of the best cuban rumba dancers in the city, watch for him to tear one off sometime during the night.
Come out and sweat!!..
One of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache performs their patented blend of high-energy son montuno that has been packing dance-floors for many years.
Join us for dancing after 9pm ($15 includes the lesson) or come early and enjoy the January special $44 dinner and show package. Our dinner package guarantees seating for the night and includes any appetizer, any main course and any dessert, the 9pm beginner salsa lesson and three sets by the live salsa band.
Click for Son Ache sample music.
This collaboration of some of the top Cuban/Latin musicians in Toronto began in 1999 with mutual goal to compose, interpret and perform classic son montuno, the root of contemporary salsa. Their appeal derives from a successful melding of diverse talent, infectious energy, years of combined musical education, knowledge and experience, and the obvious affection for the music they play: a driving and aggressive tumbao which gives the group it’s contemporary urban edge and ˜sabor (flavour). Son Ache maintains the integrity, tradition and passion, while broadening the allure of old cuban son, and engaging a wider audience of dancers and music lovers of all backgrounds… see “www.myspace.com/elsonache”
DJ, promoter and musician, Billy Bryans spins at all the major Cuban music events in Toronto, holds residencies at Lula Lounge and Babaluu, and blogs at misterbryans.com
Hilario Durán and Jane Bunnett give a concert in the High Park area of Toronto at Gallery 345 – 345 Sorauren Avenue.
Please join us on Wednesday night, January 20th as we bring some heat to a cold January. Jane and Hilario are continuing their work in progress, performing early 20th century and contemporary Cuban composers, including compositions by Hilario, and the duos they created for piano and flute/sax. This is a reprise of their performance last month at Hart House, but in the warm and welcoming salon environment of Gallery 345. Call in advance to reserve a seat. (416-822-9781)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 AT 8 PM
With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. Beginners salsa class with, usually with Ana Machado or Miko Sobreira. DJ Alberth Moreno fills the gaps… At Lula Lounge, donde si no?
Super Rumba Jam, regular event on Sunday afternoons.
Promoting the 4th Annual Cuba Dance & Drumming Retreat, Soul Drums, Rumberos and Lula Music present Super Rumba Jam featuring Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, Consuelo Herrera and Rumba Iyabo. Join us every Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm with your drums and dancing shoes and have the opportunity of learning the most authentic expression of Cuban culture.
For Rueda de Casino lessons with Sarita Leyva… Sunday classes remain on the schedule for intermediate and advanced dancers. The club gets full of dancers for this event.
This weekly party has very quickly become the biggest club party for Cuban music and dance in town.The Sunday event is a salsa cubana/timba/reggaeton kind of night. Music for a Cuban audience and for the dancers who prefer casino to salsa…… At 8:30 pm, the Rueda de Casino class here has already taken Toronto by storm. It is being imitated in a hurry by many regular style salsa schools. Come to Babaluú for the real thing… the authentic Rueda de Casino like they do it in Cuba!!
DJ Billy Bryans, the Sunday Rueda de Casino class is taught by Trevor Forde on behalf of Sarita Leyva for now… at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday, January 13, 4-6 pm, Room 108N Munk Centre
TALK: “Un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino”: Garveyism as a Trancultural Movement
Co-sponsored by: New College Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Cuba Working Group, University of Toronto; LAPS History Department, Glendon College Office of the Principal, York University.
Frank Guridy is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan. Guridy has published essays in Radical History Review, Caribbean Studies, and Social Text. His most recent essay, “‘War on the Negro’: Race and the Revolution of 1933,” was published in Cuban Studies. His forthcoming book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African-Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, Spring 2010), examines the institutional relationships and cultural interactions between Cubans and Americans of African descent, from the U.S. intervention of 1898 until the eve of the outbreak of the Cuban Revolution.
Launch event for a new book on history of Cuba, from the point of view of cane plantations playing a central role… by Dr. Gillian McGillivray of York University, Toronto.
Thursday 14 January 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at William Doo Auditorium – 45 Willcocks St, in the University of Toronto campus.
Dr. Frank Guridy from the University of Texas at Austin will introduce the book.
The author will share some Cuban anecdotes, and then we will celebrate with some salsa, son, snacks, and a cash bar.
Please RSVP at this link !