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Free Movie “Viva Cuba”, Feb 26, Tinto Coffee House

February 25th, 2010
Feb ’10
26
7:00 pm

Viva Cuba kick-starts the Cuban Film series (by the CCFA Toronto) at Tinto.   Screenings will take place on the last Friday of the month, typically. This opening session will take place Friday, February 26 at 7 pm.

This 80 minute film was conceived as especially appropriate for an audience of children but is so well crafted that adults alike have enjoyed it worldwide.

Admittance is free of charge.

Tinto Coffee House
Fair Trade – Latin American – Organic
89 Roncesvalles Avenue  (north of Queen St West)
Toronto M6R 2K6
Ph/Fx 416-530-5885
www.tinto.ca

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South Restaurant (Havana Nights) Ajax, Orlando Cardoso on Thursdays

February 17th, 2010
Feb ’10
18
8:00 pm
Feb ’10
25
10:00 am
Mar ’10
4
8:00 pm
Mar ’10
11
8:00 pm
Mar ’10
18
8:00 pm

AT the club called Havana Nights, in Ajax outside Toronto, they used to hire small bands… mostly Cuban band leaders… who used musicians mostly out of the talent pool of Cuban musicians around the GTA.  The Saturday Latin nights were quite popular.

Then they tried changing hats, to become a pure restaurant dropping the dance club role… hiring a notable chef… and renaming themselves “South Restaurant“.  But… now they are back to dance music, alternate Saturdays for now.  Orlando Cardoso’s 5 man band is holding the job right now.

NEW: every Thursday night, Cuban pianist and bandleader Orlando Cardoso and friends will be playing at the club’s Latin night, same place.

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Hansel & Gretel, Cuban National Ballet and the CBYE, Feb 26, Hamilton

February 13th, 2010
Feb ’10
26
8:00 pm

A great ballet by one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, the Cuban National Ballet… the company led by Alicia Alonso for so long… presented together with the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble.

These two companies recently combined for a presentation of The Nutcracker by the Cuban international stars and by our local heroes at the world-famous Gran Teatro in Havana in January 2010

“It was standing room only. Tickets for all three performances sold out in one day. The Cuban public, among the most sophisticated ballet fans in the world, cheered enthusiastically and rewarded each performance with long, standing ovations. The Canadian children danced their hearts out and almost instantly became the darlings of the local and international media.”   (From a preview at Revista Debate.)

But tickets at ticketmaster.

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Cuban filmmaker Enrique Colina, Wed Feb 24th 4 pm, U of T

February 11th, 2010
Feb ’10
24
4:00 pm

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Cuban filmmaker will be speaking and showing some of his work in Toronto on Wednesday, February 24th 4:00 – 6:00 pm at:
Jackman Humanities Building, First Floor
170 St. George Street

Enrique Colina’s talk will offer an excellent opportunity to examine contemporary Cuban society through a screening of some of his documentaries:
a.. Vecinos/Neighbours, 1985 (14 min)
b.. Chapucerías/Botched Jobs, 1987 (11 min)
c.. Los Rusos en Cuba/Russians in Cuba, 2008 (excerpt) and more!
For further information the enclosed flyer attached !

Free and open to the public.

link to poster

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Orlando Cardoso at South Restaurant Ajax, Sat Feb 13

February 11th, 2010
Feb ’10
13
8:00 pm

El pianista rumbero Orlando Cardoso… coming to Ajax, South Restaurant with a 4 piece Cuban band… Cuban salsa, Latin music, and a house DJ.

A quiet dining set at 8 PM, then dance til midnight.

The restaurant is really the one known as Havana Nights…  same management… they just tried a name change for a while, along with hiring a big chef in town… and to go to food only.  Now they have snapped out of it, dancing is back.

El que vale, vale !  He’ll get off the stand to do a rumba, and a rueda de casino with anyone who’s ready… ;-)

(YouTube video link)

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Non-cuban: George Clinton, Phoenix Feb 14

February 9th, 2010
Feb ’10
14
8:00 pm

Sometimes we’ll push a worthy non-Cuban event, with exceptional live music talent… like for example, George Clinton and P-Funk.

George Clinton and P FUNK in TORONTO!!
Phoenix Concert Theatre 410 Sherbourne street.

Sunday Feb 14, 8PM

Sophie says: A great show, George Clinton at the PhoeniX Valentine’s day.  We are going to invite some Cuban notables to get on stage and join the party of 35 musicians dancers and performance artists that will hit the stage this Sunday.  More: a Facebook event with pictures and links,  Interview, Wikipedia article.

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Los Salvajes, Kelvis Ochoa, Leoni Torres: Lula, Tues Feb 9

February 8th, 2010
Feb ’10
9
8:00 pm

LOS SALVAJES  – Havana’s #1 reggaeton crew, direct from Cuba.   PLUS also see   Kelvis Ochoa and Leoni Torres…

Both Havanarte Productions and CCFA Toronto are having a Fundraiser to send a 20 foot container to Cuba.  There will be 90 wheelchairs going to Havana hospitals and 96 Pentium computers going to the University of Havana.

Admission:  $20 for adults / $10 for seniors and students   - an all ages event

Monetary Donations given to help pay for the container can receive a charitable tax receipt.

Location:  Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St West  (just west of Dufferin).  Lula Lounge has generously donated the space for this event.

For info and to make dinner reservations:  416-588-0307 …  info@lula.ca, event

Other contacts: info : 647-403-7308, email :    havanarte@yahoo.com

website:   www.ccfatoronto.ca.

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Haiti aid: Hilario Durán benefit, Babaluu Sun Feb 7

February 4th, 2010
Feb ’10
7
5:00 pm

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010
Covercharge:
$20
Starting Time:
5pm

Everyone is doing their part to help Haiti after the devastation of this month’s earthquake, and we are no exception.

Two-time Juno Award Winner, Hilario Duran Trio and Babalúu Supperclub, will be hosting a concert in benefit of Haiti’s earthquake victims. It will be an intimate performance to guests, with all around great energy for all to just give the gift of giving.

There will be a silent auction. Full proceeds from the concert and the auction will go towards to the families affected by the devastation. For those interested in donating product, in kind, gift certificates or dollar amount towards the cause, please contact (416) 884 0097 and provide us with a detailed message, and a phone number we can contact you back at.

Attendees are encouraged to rsvp their spot in advance as it is a limited performance opportunity. Your presence will be appreciated.

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Six degrees, Tuesdays: Cuban bands

February 1st, 2010
Feb ’10
2
10:00 pm
Feb ’10
9
10:00 pm
Feb ’10
16
10:00 pm
Feb ’10
23
10:00 pm

Dance lessons with Vladimir.  Once in while some Cuban style, usually “Toronto-style” salsa.

Often live bands with high Cuban musician content will play…

Six degrees is at 2335 Yonge street, Toronto just north of Eglinton.

Often there is a little Cuban area there… where Trevor and friends from the Toronto Casino Rueda Practice do it right ;-) … estilo cubano…

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Cafe Cubano, Lula, Sat Mar 20

January 31st, 2010
Feb ’10
6
8:30 pm
Feb ’10
27
8:30 pm
Mar ’10
20
8:30 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 Billy Bryans fills the gaps… At Lula Lounge, donde si no?.

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