Archive for May, 2012

Gente d’Zona, Codigo 24, Yulien Oviedo, El Micha

May 21st, 2012 1 comment
Jun ’12
8:00 pm


Gente de Zona is coming as a 12 piece PLUS  EL MICHA – YULIEN OVIEDO and the best DJ backing them from Cuba called ADRIANO …  16 piece band on the stage … and Toronto’s best timba and reggaeton with DJ Bernal… Toronto’s Codigo 24

ONLINE tickets at Toronto Hispano – $35  advance/$50 at door … INFOLINE 647 691-5222


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Adios a Pupy! y a todos ….

May 21st, 2012 No comments

A note from Sophie the guiding spirit of Cuba in Toronto…  who personally managed the Toronto visit of the band and the entourage.

“I am going through a grieving process .. Very emotional sendoff.

Mayito made a speech in the bus about how much he loved singing with this band.. That it took some getting used to at first during rehearsals having been with LVV so long but that PUPY hand the entire band as musicians and people have his full respect and was a great experience that he hopes will repeat..

Tania got some Pink Champagne for her birthday and was also so happy to be here…”

An unforgettable night, everbody just came across inspired to be in their top form…


The show – May 19 2012, Phoenix Theatre, Toronto

May 17th, 2012 No comments

Pupy has played his music on a few CDs - see

Notes inspired by our moving spirit at Cuba in Toronto, Sophie Giraud… about of course …

… the show of the year, coming up this Saturday at the Phoenix Theatre, “Pupy y Los que Son, Son”.  With stars Tania Pantoja, and Mayito Rivera, household words around the world among Cuban music afficionados.


Who you gonna call if you want a full costume, full-tilt, Cuban theme professional dance show?

Afro-Latino Dance Company is the BEST answer in this city at this time, in terms of years experience, talent breadth, and attention to detail in costume and gesture…

Thanks to Albena and company, we don’t have to watch rigid LA style dancing before our Cuban talent extravaganzas any more ;-).   Instead, a display of color in motion and rhythm worthy of the reputation of Cuba.

Albena and company have prepared a truly special show that will knock our socks off.  They are on their way to the Quebec Danse Encore festival; here’s our chance to see what delights they’ve cooked up right here.

Dancing will be Albena de Assis, Miranda Liverpool, Cesar Salazar and the school’s newest dancer/performer teacher the excellent Yunier Zunzunegui.

As you can see from the website, an excellent slate of dance lessons is offered at Afro Latino, specializing in Cuban casino style salsa, Afro-Cuban, and authentic rumba.   This is the school that has produced the largest number of our happy cuban-style dancers, and they speak glowingly of their experience.


Also performing as a special tribute and honour to Billy Bryans and Andy Joseph will be Melissa Noventa with live drummers doing an Orisha dance …we will not give away which Orisha… just that  it will be some surprises !

Plus… Possible Brazilian talent, stay tuned…


  • Our MC will be Myrna Kahan
  • It will be Tania Pantoja’s Birthday week-end (Specific birthday is Friday May 18.. )
  • Thursday 6pm  and Friday 6.30pm  there will be Radio interviews with PUPY / Mayito Rivera / Tania  Pantoja / Juan Carlos Bulnes… and members of Casineros Unidos team in Spanish on VOCES LATINAS … It’s 1610 on the AM dial.  Or just come back to this page and click on this link below:

For the Thursday 6pm  and Friday 6.30pm Radio interviews, CLICK HERE at those times.


Pupy concert preparation – Joyce Humbert article

May 17th, 2012 No comments

At The Live Music Report, Joyce has written a fine background article, stuff you should know about the man and the band…


Wait, wait… more Pupy updates…

May 11th, 2012 No comments

Update from Sophie:

PUPY will be mentioned at music played on Jazz FM 91.1 This Saturday 19 May 2012 …. On  REGENT RADIO  today ..The Casineros Unidos boys were live on air and three PUPY tracks were played ES MI MUSICA  – LA LOCA – LOCO CON UNA MOTO.

Monday 14 May  2012 At 8pm we will be on Voces Latinas  1610 am  with Joyce Aldrich on the radio show “Drink of Water” (in ENGLISH) !

Thursday 17  and Friday 18  Spanish speaking radio will interview PUPY !!!! Once he hits the ground in Canada !  Each and every band member has their visa and will be here.

The total with manager and techs 20 people flying in !

Yes… these people have been hard at work to make this happen, thanks to all of them.


Rehearsing for Toronto, and the tour: Mayito and Pupy in Havana

May 11th, 2012 No comments

… in Havana a few days back:

Juan  Carlos, founding member of Okokan and Cuba in Toronto… took this video a few days ago in Havana.

You can see the respect and full support Mayito gets doing his own material… Pupy and the band are fully into this.  We will expect the same when Tania steps up to call out … “Mujeeeeereeeeess  “…on stage at the Phoenix May 19, see top of page!

In case you were thinking of missing this show… “la vida es una sola” …  don’t be the one who has nothing to say when people are talking about this for years to come ;-)…


Havana Nights – Pupy Pre-Party, Performances May 12

May 10th, 2012 No comments
May ’12
9:00 pm

You can’t only think of the big show, and the after-parties.

Don’t forget about the PRE-PARTY.

Casineros Unidos presents…

HAVANA NIGHTS SALSA PARTY – Pupy Concert Pre-Party and Performances!!

Come warm up on Saturday May 12th, 9PM-2AM at Havana Nights for Pupy y Los Que Son Son, the salsa concert of the year which will take place the following week at the Phoenix Concert Theatre!

– Your favourite DJ BERNAL will be spinning the best in timba, salsa, reggaeton and more!

– Come early at 9PM to enjoy a complimentary salsa lesson!

– Special live dance performances by the Damidance Student Performance Team and the Le Danz Performance Team!!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, 9pm-2am

Location: Lambadina Lounge, 875 Bloor Street West, on the corner of Bloor and Ossington (Right at Ossington Station)

Cover: $5 before 10PM and $10 after 10PM

Aqui el que baila gana!! Come and join us for the hottest salsa event in town!!

Please visit us:

Non-c: Khaira Arby – Lula Tue evening.

May 6th, 2012 No comments

Small World music brings an interesting non-cuban artist at Lula this week.  And if you haven’t got your PUPY tickets yet… get them at the early discount, Sophie will be in the house.

Khaira Arby Queen of Desert Blues

Progressive, traditional, deeply rooted and inspired by her cousin Ali Farka Toure. She taps her Berber and Sonrhai roots to create a sweet mixture of desert blues balancing the electric and ancestral.


Make dinner reservations, guarantee your seat and enjoy dinner with the show!  See our evening menu!

Door time: 7pm

Khaira Arby: 8pm

Tickets: $20 at the door

$15 in advance  Buy your tickets now by clicking here

More about Khaira Arby

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Ni bombones, ni caramelos – Pupy Sat May 19 at the Phoenix

May 4th, 2012 No comments

Unlike other varieties of salsa…

… the culture of red-hot competition between bands in Havana, means that the dance music is constantly evolving into NEW more DANCER-EXCITING styles…

Although some songs on Pupy’s new CD are repeats, they sound totally new this time.  Here’s a case in point, ni bombones, ni caramelos:

This hot and evolving culture pays back for you the fan another way: the musicians are always at the edge, always challenged to come up with something new.  And no place shows it better than a live show, where the dialog between dancers and the band, and between the sections of the band, comes together like an improvised symphony of sound and motion.

You have the chance to see one of the top few bands proving all this once again… right here in Toronto… who  would say no to that chance??


“Orishas” Workshops, Accents on Eglinton Bookstore Friday May 4

May 3rd, 2012 No comments
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“Orishas” : Workshops on Afro-Cuban Culture and Santeria (Part II)

Friday at 7:00pm until Saturday at 10:00pm

Accents on Eglinton Bookstore, 1790 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, phone: 647-352-8558.

Áccents Bookstore is pleased to present

Workshops on Afro-Cuban Culture and Santeria (Part II)

with Babalawos, Santeros, Musicians, Dancers and Writers

May 4, 11, 17, 25 and 26, 2012

First Session (May 4, 2012 @ 7:00pm): “Africa and the Orishas in Cuba” (Facilitator: Abubacar Fofana, Researcher, York University)

Second Session (May 11, 2012 @ 7:00pm): “Oshun” (Facilitators: Carlos Gardo (Babalawo), Julio Rigores (Practioner of Elegua), Consuelo Herrera (Afro-Cuban Dance Instructor and Practioner of Oshun) and Reimundo Sosa (Afro-Cuban Percussion Instructor and Practioner of Oshun). Special Event for Mother’s Day.

Third Session (May17, 2012 @ 7:00pm): Book Club: “The Accidental Santera by Irete Lazo” (Facilitator: Tricia Thomas, Teacher). (Books and discussion questions available at Áccents on Eglinton Bookstore)

Fourth Session (May 25, 2012 @ 7:00pm): Book-Brindis (Wine & Cheese Event): El Lirio del Prado by Reynaldo Fernández Pavón (This session will be held at Gélico Gallery located at 264A Christie St (Christie and Dupont), phone: 647-774-6262)

Fifth Session (May 26, 2012 @ 6:30pm): Book Launch: “El Lirio del Prado” by Reynaldo Fernández Pavón at Áccents on Eglinton Bookstore (647-352-8558) (this session is free)

Áccents on Eglinton Bookstore
1790 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, phone: 674-352-8558
Cost for each session: $12 dollars
Register for all 4 sessions in advance for $45 dollars!

Please join us for this interesting journey through one of the most relevant aspects of Cuban culture!

Abubacar Fofana Leon is the Cuban proprietor, check out afro-latino literature in the store.