Archive for November, 2010

Sunday night rueda at Babaluu returns!

November 28th, 2010
Nov ’10
8:00 pm
Dec ’10
8:00 pm
Dec ’10
8:00 pm

Sarita Leyva’s class in Cuban Rueda de Casino… the real thing… is returning to Babaluu night club.  8 PM sharp now… so no excuses about having to work tomorrow!

Every Sunday enjoy the best Casino Rueda instruction in town… for only 5 bucks.

Be part of the circle, get in and out, and swap partners, in all the Rueda glory! Dame, Dile que No, Prima, Prima con hermana, Exhibela, Vacilala, 70, Sombrero doble & much more…..

Featuring the re-knowned Sarita Leyva, and our adored house DJ Carlitos, do not miss this opportunity to learn or refine your Casino Rueda skills!
Class price: 5.00
Babaluu Supper Cluba:  136 Yorkville Avenue, Lower Level
General Information: (416) 515-0587


Big Afro-Cuban workshop at Lula, Sat Nov 27 1 pm

November 25th, 2010
Nov ’10
1:00 pm

Before the big show at SoundAcademy… Lula Lounge is putting on an afternoon workshop that gets deep into Matanzas style… along with Havana, the docks of Matanzas are the birthplace of the rumba.

Israel “Toto” Berriel and Mario Allende from the group, Bomba lead an afternoon workshop exploring Afro-Cuban drumming and singing as it is maintained in Matanzas, Cuba. And now, Duane Wrenn (from Michigan) has been added to teach one hour of rumba dancing, accompanied by Toto and Mario on percussion.

This is a rare chance for Toronto to experience the beauty and strength of Matanzas style, Afro-Cuban folkoric music. Come and le…arn from the source, and explore how these rhythms and songs can add to your musical vocabulary.

Duane’s dance class will perfectly compliment the drumming and singing class and will allow workshop attendees to experience the three most important elements of rumba in their proper context.

All ages and levels are welcome. Drummers, bring your conga or cajón.

$25 for Drumming, singing AND Dancing (1:00 pm to 3:15pm)
$20 for Drumming and singing only (1:00pm to 2:15pm)
$15 for Dancing only (2:15pm to 3:15)

About Israel “Toto” Berriel:

Toto was born in Matanzas and began his career at age 16. He joined Afrocuba in 1988, and in 1991, began singing with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas with whom he toured internationally. Toto and Los Muñequitos were part of the Grammy winning recording “La Rumba Soy Yo” in 2006. Residing in
Canada since 2001, Toto continues to perform with Bomba and teach traditional, popular, and folkloric music in Canada and abroad.

About Mario Allende:

Born in Chile and raised in Canada, Mario is the driving force in Bomba! He mixes the drum kit, timbales, congas and myriad percussion instruments as effortlessly as he incorporates the traditional and contemporary styles that give the band their unique sound. A studied yet emotional player, Mario is restlessly creative and performs with the spirit this music demands. For the past 15 years, Mario has been traveling to Matanzas, Cuba deepening his knowledge of rhythm in one of the island’s centers of Afro-Cuban culture.

About Duane Wrenn:

Duane Wrenn, the man behind Energetic Soul Studios, is an
exuberant and exciting personality. At the turn of the millenium, one fateful night at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, duane found his true passion: Salsa. Immediately falling in love with the dance, he spent all of his spare time studying and training this sultry, yet graceful art.


Dance Your Heart Out Fundraiser, Nov 20

November 18th, 2010
Nov ’10
4:00 pm

Note from Albena de Assis, of Afrolatino Dance Company.

Saturday, November 20 · 4:00pm – 8:00pm, at 585 Yonge Street, there will be the Dance Your Heart Out fundraiser (facebook link).

Did you know that every year approximately 1.7 million people die worldwide from cardiovascular disease? What is even more alarming is that most forms of heart disease and stroke can be prevented.

For the first time, Afrolatino Dance Company and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are joining forces for an upcoming fundraising event, the Dance Your Heart Out dance-a-thon. This is your opportunity to help raise money and awareness for this worthy cause, while doing what you love, dancing! Studies have shown that dancing increases life expectancy and promotes cardiovascular health.

Dance Your Heart Out will be taking place on November 20, 2010 as an interesting twist to our normal Saturday evening social. To kick off the night, we will be having a mini workshop taught by the Afrolatino Dance Company teachers, where you will get to sample rumba, afro-cuban, reggaeton and dancehall!

Also, Melissa Noventa and Raul Garcia will be performing at 5pm. Don’t miss this great performance!

The dance-a-thon will begin following the “mini workshop”. We ask that each registered participant in the fundraiser please raise a minimum of $50, all proceeds will go directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The dance-a-thon challenge involves 45 minutes of non-stop dancing, so go ahead and show off your salsa, samba, reggaeton and rumba moves for a great cause! Do you have what it takes?

In addition to the prizes that you may be eligible from Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Fit For Heart program, the top three participants with the highest pledges will be rewarded with great prizes courtesy of AfroLatino Dance Company! There will be a $10 entrance fee for those who wish to participate in the dance-a-thon but who did not register and raise pledges, and most of these proceeds will go towards the fundraiser. There will also be a regular salsa practice after the dance-a-thon.


* Start: 4pm
* Mini Workshop: 4:30-5pm
* Performances: 5-5:15pm
* Dance-A-Thon & Prizes: 5:30-6:30pm
* Salsa Dancing: 6:30-8pm

To start a team, join a team, join as an individual, track your progress or simply sponsor a friend click here:


LOLA LOLA fundraiser : Open bar at Mambo-RESCHEDULED for DEC 2 !!!

November 11th, 2010
Nov ’10
8:00 pm

There will be a lucky winner drawn at the Los Van Van concert to attend this night !!!

From Yanet at Osculum Productions:

This Canadian weather has me convinced that it’s time I brought a little ‘Cuban
Heat’ to Toronto. Come and support Osculum Productions and my new project,
‘Lola! Lola!’ while you have the the night of your life…Cuban style.

With an Open Bar, Delicious Tapas, Sexy Cuban Dancers and a Cuban Band  to  set
the mood, this will be the party that dominates the water cooler conversations
for weeks.

Your $100 ticket ensures that every little detail is taken care of so you can
leave your wallet at home and let loose at the hottest Cuban party this side of
the Caribbean.

See you at the party!



Glenda’s Q-ban Mixology feat. Benny Escalante Nov 21 – Trane

November 9th, 2010
Nov ’10
8:00 pm

Surprise of this night, Benny Escalante, son singer of the Buena Vista age in Cuba… and Glenda’s grandfather.

Sun. November 21:
08:00pm: Glenda del E’s Q-ban MIXOLOGY
“Pianist/Singer-Songwriter Glenda del Monte Escalante (Glenda del E) has emerged  into one of “Toronto’s finest pianists” – Billy Bryans.  Glenda del E’s Q-ban Mixology is a Cuban ensemble the blends Afro-Cuban, jazz and classical sounds with funky beats  and world influences. They create a blend of sounds that take audiences through a  meditative and entertaining journey.  Come to experience Glenda del E’s original
compositions and lyrics, melding with all her music influences.
***Surprises every night!!!  Special guests, Raffles, a Cuban Drink…

:: Glenda del E - piano/vocals
:: Mireya Escalante - vocals
:: Juan Pablo Dominguez - bass
:: Elmer Ferrer - guitar
:: Mario (Mayito) del Monte Jr. – drums/percussion/trumpet
:: Ahmed Mitchell - drums/percussion | |

Cover: $10


Cuban Dance Party, Fri Nov 12 – Ice Lounge

November 8th, 2010
Nov ’10
9:00 pm

Let’s post this again – first, we have a proper poster, and second, it’s a great place for solid Cuban music coming up fast, this Friday.

DJ EVILoution spinning the best in timba & cuban salsa…free salsa dance lessons @ 9pm.

Mojito special all night—TTC accessible, 2 blocks away from Pape Station and parking. Elegant & hot!!!!


Havana Nights #3 & LVV pre-party – Epic Lounge Nov 26

November 7th, 2010
Nov ’10
9:00 pm

DJ Bernal presiding with Salsa con Timba…

  • Free salsa lesson from 9-10 pm
  • Drink specials all night
  • Los Van Van show the following night Nov 27 – ticket raffle
  • Special Guests!
  • Casino class 9 sharp with duane Wrenn from Michigan, included free with cover.
1355 St Clair Ave West at Lansdowne
19+ event, $5 cover all night


David Buchbinder’s Odessa Havana, Lula Nov 25

November 6th, 2010
Nov ’10
10:30 pm

Drawing on Cuban musical themes as well as Jewish and Jazz traditions, Odessa/Havana

blows back into their Toronto home at Lula Lounge for an evening of unforgettable music.

The unique project has been called “an utterly brilliant and deeply moving collaboration that gives an entirely new meaning to the termworld fusion” (, and “a thoughtful, high-powered collision of two musical cultures [that] sounds natural, organic[and] brilliant. (All About


Percussion workshop, at Lula Sep 27 1pm – Toto and Mario

November 6th, 2010
Nov ’10
1:00 pm

Israel “Toto” Berriel and Mario Allende from the group, Bomba lead an afternoon workshop exploring Afro-Cuban drumming and singing as it is maintained in Matanzas, Cuba.  Toto is appearing also before Los Van Van the evening of the same day.

This is a rare chance for Toronto to experience the beauty and strength of Matanzas style, Afro-Cuban folkoric music. Come and learn from the source, and explore how these rhythms and songs can add to your musical vocabulary. All ages and levels are welcome.


Casa Maíz presents: Art for Peace in our Americas Nov 5

November 3rd, 2010
Nov ’10
7:30 pm

One of our Not-Strictly-Cuban  selections you might like:

Casa Maíz is pleased to invite you to its first annual Arts Festival.

Festival:  “Art for Peace in our Americas”
Friday, November 5th
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Opening Ceremony

Main Sanctuary
7: 30       Welcome
7:35        First Nations Drums                        WhiteTail Cree
7:45        Mayan Opening Ceremony              Lajuj I’Q (Bartolo Alvarez Mayan-Ki-Che Elder)
8:00        Opening Remarks
8:10        New Tradition Music                       Afro-Colombian percussion ensemble.
8:25        Voces Poéticas                               Poetry, Dance & Music with St. Francis Xavier choreography
8:45        Ismailova Dance Theatre
9:00        Florquesta                                       Brazilian music

Saturday, November 6th.

Studio 6

2:00 to 9:00 pm. Project “Ojos del Alma” (Eyes of the Soul) Nacho Cartgena
Arpilleras – Cecilia Salazar
2:00 to 9:00 pm.  Pinceles Latinos – Amparo Torres , Tanya Iraheta and invited painters
Poetry – Ama Luna, Willie Cardona, Raul Moreno Jeréz, and others


2:00 Youth and Children’s activities. Huellas (Hispanic Development Council) Teach to Learn and New Tradition Music.
4:30 New Tradition Music
4:50 Spoken Word artist SPIN

Main Stage – Sanctuary

5:45 pm.   St. Francis Xavier Dance Group
5:55          Macayo Band
6:10          Ballet Folklorico Bolivia Nueva (Dance ensemble)
6:25          Zuviri
6:45          “Las Calaveras de Posada” (Theatrical representation of the Latin American tradition of the Day of the Dead)
7:15          “Ollin” Pre-Hispanic Mexican dance group
7:30          Short Plays by Teatro Libre –English subtitles-
7:50          Nancy White, Marsha Coffey & Ghislain Aucoin
8:10          Verónica Decides to Die (Dance and theatrical adaptation of Pablo Coelho’s novel)
8:25           Llajwas – Traditional Bolivian Dance group.
8:45          Voces del Maíz (Traditional Mayan Marimba Ensemble) and Sanjuaneritas Dance Group.
9:15          Magia Negra – Candombe (Afro-Uruguayan dance and percussion ensemble)
9:30          Tito Medina & Amigos
10:00        Closing remarks

Schedule is subject to change

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