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Elmer Ferrer at Markham Jazz Fest, Sun Aug 21

August 19th, 2011
Aug ’11
21
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 http://www.elmerferrer.com

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

August 14th, 2011
Aug ’11
14
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

http://www.artofjazz.org/performance_celebration_schedule.cfm

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

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
20
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.

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

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
20
8:00 pm

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.

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DJ Bernal (with DJ Alexis D’Boys) at Crooked Star

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
19
10:00 pm
Aug ’11
20
10:00 pm

DJ Bernal, known for his salsa and timba music, will both be spinning sets from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m alternating with Alexis D’Boys.

When : Friday, Aug 19, 2011 and Saturday Aug 20

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Where : Crooked Star

202 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON

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Rumba party – IYÁ IRÉ, Friday aug 19 at the Ossington pub

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
19
8:00 pm

Check out a real rumba party at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave.) with IYÁ IRÉ Dance Company and the Latinada Band from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In between performances, DJ Paul E Lopes will be spinning Latin-Funk to keep you in the groove in the front room.

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

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
19
11:00 pm
Aug ’11
20
8:00 pm

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.).

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Fredy Suarez busking along Ossington Ave, Aug 19 and 20

August 13th, 2011
Aug ’11
19
3:00 pm
Aug ’11
20
3:00 pm

See acclaimed Cuban musician, Fredy Suarez, busking outside of various locations on Ossington where the Havana Cultura Festival is happening.  Friday Aug 19 from From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  For more info see http://havana-cultura.ca/schedule.php

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Dancing in the street – Cuban style – Kew Beach Aug 1

July 31st, 2011
Aug ’11
1
4:00 pm

Fans who especially love dancing Cuban style often face the challenge of explaining the difference about Cuban style.

Maybe the big thing is street dancing.  You can dance LA style in the street… but it’s born in the studio, transplanted to the street.

Cuban dancing however, was born in the street, and learned everything it knows in the street.  Nothing is more natural to it than dancing informally, not for show but just for fun… among neighbours and on the street.

We do it every Monday (Note the LA style is Thursday evening at the same location).

But this holiday Monday, there’s a special chance.

There’s nothing a bunch of Havana friends like better on a hot summer day, than packing a lunch, a boombox for dancing, and heading 20 minutes to the beach at Santa Maria east of Havana.

And nothing we like better than dancing at Kew beach, 20 minutes east of downtown Toronto.

We’ll be there at Leuty Lifeguard station, near the snack stand Aug 1 from 4 to 9 pm.

Join us for dancing or watching … Check the Youtube video above… that’s the feeling, a recent Monday evening at Spadina and Bloor in downtown Toronto.

Like everything done by Toronto Casino Rueda Practice people, it’s free…

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Ricky Franco, Cuban band – Lula Aug 20

July 27th, 2011
Aug ’11
20
10:00 am

This 13-piece power house group features some of the best salsa musicians in the country, delivering potent salsa descargas with a soulful R&B edge plus a healthy dose of Bachata, Timba, Cumbias and Boleros for your dancing pleasure.

The band has several excellent Cuban musicians, and others.  If you check them out, you will find they have more of the edgy Cuban style than the bland style you may associate with non-Cuban bands.

RICKY FRANCO  Lead Vocals, Director & Guitar LUIS FRANCO  Vocals, Guira (Mexico) LAURA AZAHAR  Vocals, Marracas (El Salvador) PABLOSKI – Lead Guitar, Vocals (Cuba) VINCE ALVARADO  Bongos (Ecuador) JOHAN AGUIRRE- Congas (Peru) CHENDY LEON- Timbales (Cuba) RUDY BOLANOS Bass (El Salvador) DAVID VIRELLES  Piano (Cuba) DANIEL LEON- Trumpet (Cuba) RUFINO MACEIRO- Trumpet (Cuba) MARCUS ALI- Tenor Sax (Trinidad &Tobago) JAIME STAGGER – Trombone (Canada)

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