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David Virelles, piano concert, Gallery 345: March 14

February 28th, 2010 No comments
Mar ’10
14
3:00 pm

The owners of Gallery 345 found 2 excellent pianos available when York University disposed of them.  They brought them to the gallery and started using the place as a music venue as well as a gallery… based on these excellent instruments and the acoustics of the gallery.

Top pianists do pass the word about this kind of place … now, an invitation to play here is welcomed like few other places.  Already the list of past concerts here is impressive.

And David Virelles qualifies as one of the great musicians, by nature as well as training, you should try to hear at this place.

Like many of his generation in Cuba who study at the numerous academies of music, he was required to meet high standards mastering the classical theory and repertory.  And also absorbed the poly-rhythmic Afro-cuban heartbeat of music that suffuses Cuba.   When it became clear this young student was special even amongst the best Cuban musicians, Jane Bunnett sponsored him to come to Canada and complete his musical education with some solid Canadian credentials, at Humber College.

The Art of the Piano: David Virelles
Sunday March 14 at 3 PM

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Free Movie “How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”, Mar 2, Annette Library

February 25th, 2010 No comments
Mar ’10
2
6:30 pm

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

A film on how Cuba responded to the challenges of peak oil in the 90’s. Followed by a discussion on creating a more local, low-energy society and addressing the challenges of climate change in our own neighbourhood.

FREE FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

When: Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm
Where: Annette Street Branch Library, 145 Annette St. (E of Pacific, W of Keele), Community Room 1

For more information:

Contact Name: Rita Bijons
Website: http://green13toronto.blogspot.com
Phone: 416 766 6331

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

February 25th, 2010 No comments
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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NYT Review, La Charanga Habanera at SOB’s in New York

February 18th, 2010 No comments

A New York Times Review is here, talking about hip-hop, and kinetic Caribbean rhythms.

And the Miami question is answered: after trying to side-step controversy, they changed the recorded song from Llorando en Miami… to Gozando en Miami.  What do they sing live in the US?  Looks like they remain true tothe original intent: “Llorando en Miami”. 😉

Less than two months til the Toronto date!

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

February 17th, 2010 No comments
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8:00 pm
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10:00 am
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8:00 pm
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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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Changuito & Joaquin Hidalgo’s Rumberos, Lula Lounge, Mar 27

February 15th, 2010 No comments
Mar ’10
27
8:00 pm

Joaquin has posted this event. .. Rumberos All Star Big Band with special visitor, Changuito.

The famous percussionist from Cuba… who has had personal impact on making the trademark sounds of the most famous dance bands of Cuba in this generation… like Los Van Van, and Pupy y Los Que Son, Son… Changuito.

The night begins with a latin jazz set at 8pm… followed by two full salsa sets later in the night.  Advance tickets available via Paypal, at Lula site.

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Changuito trajo la paila, y con eso… quien no baila!


The Master Changuito in Toronto

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Changüito & Joaquin Hidalgo Descarga, Trane Studio, Mar 25

February 15th, 2010 No comments
Mar ’10
25
8:00 pm

Photo by Live Music Report, last visit by Changüito

Rumberos Latin Jazz Descarga with special guest Jose Luis Changüito @ Trane Studio. Direct from Cuba.  The most famous living percussionist in the most famous percussion country in the world, Cuba !

Trane Studio, an intimate club at 964 Bathurst street, 2 blocks up from the Bathurst Subway station.

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Eliades Ochoa, BV Social Club, Royal Theatre, Apr 23 and 24

February 13th, 2010 3 comments
Apr ’10
23
8:30 pm
Apr ’10
24
8:30 pm

UPDATE: Tickets on sale Tuesday March 2 at ticketmaster.

Billy Bryans posted this poster of Eliades Ochoa, and an earlier version of Buena Vista Social Club for a coming concert, April 23 and 24.

Information is sketchy so far, but we’ll keep you posted of what we hear!

A similar show, featuring some of the great classic talents of  Cuba including pianist Peruchin, and singers Las d’Aida was presented in the same space, in December 2008, I was lucky enough to be there.

So I (an admin here at CIT) can vouch for the fact: this is one of the best spaces in the world to see this kind of show.

The Royal is a classic theatre, completely renovated for comfort and for technical “state of the art” by a previous owner “Theatre D”, truly intimate by virtue of the original architect’s design… adds up to a night you will not forget.  I don’t think there is a venue in Cuba that could satisfy your senses as well as this one…

Well worth the price, expected to be $59.

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

February 13th, 2010 No comments
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 No comments
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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