Archive for August, 2011

Havana Nights Patio Salsa Party, Sep 4 at Palms Patio

August 29th, 2011 2 comments
Sep ’11
6:00 pm

Time: Sun Sep 4 from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am

Location: Palms Patio, 291 Richmond Street West

Casineros Unidos presents…




Combine the best of outdoor patio fun with the hottest SALSA dancing in the city at the beautiful PALMS PATIO in the heart of downtown Toronto.


– summertime drink specials for $4.50

– Toronto’s best, DJ BERNAL is in Cuba at the moment making sure next week’s party will be HOT with all your favourite tracks including the best in salsa, timba, reggaeton and more.

Special guest DJ – complimentary salsa lesson at 6 PM – complimentary culinary treats Doors open at 6PM and dancing until midnight. $7 cover.



CANCELLED: Salsa in the City Square, 1 pm – 8 pm on Sat Aug 27

August 24th, 2011 3 comments

Statement of CCFA Toronto on the death of the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP

It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada.

Jack Layton was a friend of Cuba and a strong advocate of peace and social justice. Last August, just over a year ago, he participated in a public meeting at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto dedicated to the struggle for the freedom of the Cuban Five who are unjustly imprisoned in the United States. These five heroic men are anti-terrorists, who were simply trying to prevent terrorism against Cuba. Jack listened to the international union presenters and listened to the pleas of family members of the Cuban Five present and took the microphone and gave his commitment that the NDP will raise awareness about justice for the Cuban Five.

In consideration and respect of the State Funeral for Jack Layton, we are cancelling the 16th Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day scheduled for August 27 at Nathan Phillips Square

The Canadian Cuban Friendship Association Toronto expresses its heartfelt condolences to Jack’s wife, Olivia Chow and his son Michael and daughter Sarah and granddaughter Beatrice. We also extend our condolences to the NDP Parliamentary Caucus, all members of the NDP and to progressive Canadians who will miss Jack in the struggles to come.

Jack’s final words, written to the many constituencies he has worked with, speak volumes about his spirit of struggle and hope for the future for Canada and the world.

Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto

Elizabeth Hill, President.


AfroLatino Dance Co has a new studio, new courses

August 24th, 2011 No comments

AfroLatino Dance Co is

901 Yonge Street, Lower Level
Downtown Toronto
(just south of Rosedale, one block north of Canadian Tire)

… Business as usual at 901 Yonge Street, Lower level, just steps south of Rosedale subway station after Aug 30.

The Cuban salsa difference is more than a few different steps.  It’s more than listening to better music.  Take a class in “Cuban Salsa Tumbao” and see… !

More classes….


Brunch like a Havana hotel, Sundays in Sept…

August 19th, 2011 No comments

The beat goes on – the contra-tiempo beat that is… as Lula continues the successful Sunday Brunch !

Spend the day in Havana! Every Sunday, Lula offers a salsa brunch party featuring live music by Luis Mario Ochoa’s Traditional Cuban Quartet and a beginner salsa lesson by Miko Sobreira. Perfect for birthday and family celebrations, baby showers, office and retirement parties, the $25 cover includes buffet brunch, coffee, dance lesson, live music, tax and service. Kids 12 and under are free. Seatings at 11am and 1pm.

Begins Sept 11, 2011.

phone 416 588 0307


Hilario Durán 35 years Sep 25 at Lula Lounge

August 19th, 2011 No comments
Sep ’11
7:00 pm

Hilario Durán  – Celebrating the first 35 years!

Doors: 6PM

Show: 7PM

Tickets: $20 advance $25 at the door

Marking, the 35th anniversary of the beginning of his musical career, Cuban Canadian pianist Hilario Durán kicked off a twelve month celebration with a performance by his renowned 13-piece Latin jazz band with special guest Jane Bunnett at Lula Lounge in September of last year.

The year-long celebration included a sold out performance as part of the Olympic cultural programming in Vancouver, an appearance at the prestigious Lewiston Jazz Festival and very successful European, US and Canadian tours.

Fittingly, a year later, Durán returns to Lula with a retrospective that presents music from all eras of his first 35 years of composing, performing and recording.

With long-time collaborators Yailen Duran, Joaquin Hidalgo, Luis Mario Ochoa, Alexander Brown, Roberto Occhipinti, Mark Kelso, Luis Deniz, Pol Coussee, Christopher Butcher, David Dunlop and Jeff King, Durán will present a wide variety of music ranging from jazz, rumba and samba, to bolero, waltz, and Cuban son showcasing both his versatility and virtuosity. The evening will include duet pieces with special guest Jane Bunnett as well as a performance by his dynamic and highly-acclaimed trio (comprised of Roberto Occhipinti and Mark Kelso). Audiences will hear first hand why Hilario has been hailed internationally for his finesse, authenticity and fire!


Luis Mario Ochoa, Harbourfront Sun Sep 5

August 19th, 2011 No comments

They call this event (at Harbourfront Center Redpath Stage) the “Lula Lounge Brunch with Luis Mario Ochoa”.

September 5, 2011

3:30PM – 4:30PM

About Luis Mario Ochoa:
Born, raised and educated in Havana, Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa is a celebrated singer, guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader. Performing salsa, Cuban son and latin jazz, Luis Mario is one of the most in demand Cuban Canadian artists in the country and has worked extensively with jazz giants Paquito D’Rivera, Hilario Duran and Guido Basso. His 2005 release Cimarrón and 2008 LP Momentos Cubanos received accolades from both salsa and jazz audiences and can be heard frequently on CBC Radio and Jazz FM.


Ogguerre with Heavyweights Brass Band, Harbourfront Sep 2

August 19th, 2011 No comments
Sep ’11
9:30 pm
September 2, 2011
WestJet Stage 9:30 pm – 11 pm
Join us for The Heavyweights Brass Band’s blowout debut CD release concert. This much-anticipated CD includes Cuban sonero/rapper Ogguere and soul/rock vocal powerhouse Saidah Baba Talibah.
Not since 1980s band The Shuffle Demons has there been such a fresh and fun take on jazz. Not your standard jazz fare, The Heavyweights Brass Band repertoire delivers a special brand of popular and diverse music with a punch and an enthusiasm that makes jazz accessible for everyone from eight to 80. They range from funk, soul, R&B, and traditional New Orleans jazz – complete with tuba – to tasteful retro throwbacks (including War and Michael Jackson) to artistes du jour Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Elmer Ferrer at Markham Jazz Fest, Sun Aug 21

August 19th, 2011 No comments
Aug ’11
12:00 pm

Sunday, August 21st 2011

Elmer Ferrer | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | McKay Art Centre Lawn and Wine Garden
Elmer Ferrer
Elmer Ferrer is one of the most versatile and prolific session musicians from Cuba. Elmer’s signature fusion music has been called “an advanced mix of Cuban jazz with electric blues” that has brought him international acclaim as one of the strongest voices in today’s world of modern guitar music. His recording credits comprise more than sixty CDs, including two Latin Grammy nominee albums and an Oscar nominated movie soundtrack.

For more information visit


Brampton Jazz fest Sun Aug 14 – Jane Bunnett & Iyá Iré

August 14th, 2011 No comments
Aug ’11
2:00 pm

Calle Rumba Afro-Cuban rhythms and dance featuring Iyá Iré with Special Guests

When: Sunday August 14, 2011 2:15 PM Where: Rose Outdoor

Tickets: Free Admission

Jane Bunnett

When: Sunday August 14, 2011 2:30 PM Where: Bramalea City Centre

Tickets: Free admission


El Pianista Rumbero is back, Orlando Cardoso at Watusi Aug 20

August 13th, 2011 2 comments
Aug ’11
11:00 pm

The Cuban Jazz Trio of Orlando Cardoso

When : Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Where : Watusi

110 Ossington Av. Toronto On. Map It

Relax to a blend of traditional and modern jazz piano as noted Cuban pianist Orlando Cardoso and his trio perform at Watusi (110 Ossington Ave.). Show starts at 11 p.m.  Like most of what is happening on Ossington, it’s part of Havana Cultura.