Havana Nights Patio Salsa Party, Sep 4 at Palms Patio

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.

Info: havananights.TO@gmail.com

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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 http://www.elmerferrer.com

“Lisanka” movie from Cuba, Lower Ossington Theatre Aug 20

Catch some authentic Cuban Cinema – Lisanka presented by the Cuban Canadian Friendship Association at Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Ave.) at 8 p.m.

When : Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 Starts at 8 p.m (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Where : Lower Ossington Theatre

100 Ossington Ave. Toronto, Ontario

In a fictional village near a Soviet military base in 1960s Cuba, the Cubans Sergio and Aurelio fight for the love of the beautiful farmer Lisanka. The Cuban Missile Crisis is about to begin, and a group of Soviet soldiers arrive along with it to the village, among them Volodla, who becomes a dangerous rival for the two young Cubans. Inevitably, everyday life in the village and the lives of its inhabitants will be altered, as the complicated love triangle becomes a metaphor for the tense political situation of the Cold War.

Son Ache Trio, Aug 19 (Watusi) and 20 (Ossington pub) on Ossington

Well known for their weekly Cuban parties in Toronto, Son Aché will be performing their signature upbeat Latin dance music at Watusi (110 Ossington Ave.). Show starts at 11 p.m. For the cigar aficionados out there, there will be authentic Cuban cigar-rolling demonstrations in the cigar lounge from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Also Saturday, Son Ache Trio will be performing 8 pm to 10 pm at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave.).

Los Van Van movie “Eso Que Anda”, Lower Ossington Theatre Aug 19

Directed by Ian Padrón
(2010) 70min

Cuban director Ian Padrón follows Los Van Van, the most popular band in Cuba since 1969, during their last tour in Cuba attended by more than one million people, examining the band’s history and future plans. See why they are called “the narrators of their time,” and get ready to dance.

Catch some authentic Cuban Cinema – Eso Que Anda presented by the Cuban Canadian Friendship Association at Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Ave.) at 8 p.m. as part of Havana Cultura Festival.

Havana Nights Salsa Party, INDOORS Aug 14 at LOKI LOUNGE (location change!)

Just so you know if you are up to date: This is the 3rd change to this event. The first was a change of date, then a change of LOCATION to High Park… now finally, a change to indoors.


New venue: LOKI Lounge, 577 King Street West (between Portland and Brant Street on the south side of the street)


We need everyone to PLEASE spread the word to all EVERYONE you think may be coming to the party. Thanks again for everyone’s support and see you tomorrow!!

Sun Aug 14 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm




Luis Mario Ochoa – Fri Sep 2 at Lula Lounge

Luis Mario Ochoa is kind of Toronto’s “Nat King Cole” of Cuban son… but he brings the full Cuban tumbao to Lula with his Cuba Tradicional.  This will be a good show…  for those stay away from live shows and complain it’s the same bands doing the same songs, here’s a change!

$10 at the door or book a table for our $45 dinner and show package.

Admission includes our famous beginner’s dance lesson (no partner necessary) at 8 PM + Luis Mario Ochoa and Cuba Tradicional starting at 10PM  and dancing all night long with Toronto’s best DJs!

Band leader Luis Mario Ochoa is well known for his salsa and latin jazz recordings which can often be heard on both JAZZ.FM and CBC Radio as well as on NPR in the states. Ochoa has performed extensively with the likes of Hilario Duran, Guido Basso and Paquito Rivera. He is a classicaly trained guitarist who has always kept his ear tuned to the pulse of traditional Cuban music. Be ready for exciting arrangements of classic songs and new compositions which draw on his diverse musical experience.

Cafe Cubano at Lula – Sep 3, 24

Join us for the best salsa dance party in town. With their potent blend of dancefloor-friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evokes the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. Dj Jimmy Suave.

Join us for dancing after 9pm ($15 includes the lesson) or come early and enjoy our $49 dinner and show package. Our dinner package guarantees seating for the night and includes appetizer, main course and dessert, the 9pm beginner salsa lesson and three sets by the live salsa band.

Want to help with a Cuba survey?

Cuba in Toronto got a journalist’s request, maybe readers here will want to help him.

He wants to do a quick survey of people who are familiar with Cuba as visitors, or have lived there…. here’s the email, please respond there if you !
Good Afternoon,

Allow me to introduce myself, I am a freelance journalist? here in Toronto. I
need to interview people who have lived in Cuba, or visit family there. It’s
for a travel video series for Huffington? Post and AOL Canada. Interviews
take place this week and only take two minutes of your time.

We ask:
– favourite food
– favorite restaurant
– best activity to do when there
– do you have a secret spot you love

Let us know as soon as possible if you know of a few people that might be
interested? in talking with us. Email me or call my cell anytime:

All the best, and thanks,

*Laird Farquharso?n*