Cafe Cubano – Lula Lounge, on Fri Jun 1 2012

FRIDAY SALSA DANCE PARTY
Join us our weekly tropical dance party with salsa lesson, live band and DJ spinning the hottest dance floor-friendly salsa, bachata, reggaeton and top 40 hits. Cover is just $15 at the door or book a table for our dinner special (starting at $49 plus tax and tip). The admission price includes our 9PM beginner dance lesson which is followed dancing all night long!

DINNER & SHOW SPECIAL

Arrive early and enjoy Lula’s famous dinner and show package. The three course prix fixe special includes choice of appetizer, main, and dessert as well as the dance lesson and all entertainment. Starting at just $49 per person, the dinner special guarantees seating for the whole evening. Perfect for a small intimate dinner or large parties! Check out Lula’s distinctive tropical fusion menu here.

BEGINNER DANCE LESSON – 9:30 PM
You don’t need a partner to enjoy our beginner salsa lesson! Featuring Toronto’s top instructors, the class will lead beginners  through the salsa basics while more experienced dancers warm up for the best salsa party in town. Our great salsa teacher Vladimir is back.

CAFE CUBANO: 10:30 PM
With their potent blend of dance floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. Drawing on the skills of three of Toronto’s most accomplished frontmen (vocalists Yani Borrell, Alberto Alberto and Angel Luis Marquez) and lead by music director/pianist Jorge Betancourt, the band features some of Toronto’s finest musicians from such famous Cuban groups as Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and Cubanisimo.

DJ EVILOUTION: ALL NIGHT!

Door time: 7PM
Dance Lesson:
9:30 PM with Vladimir
Live Band: Café Cubano @10:30 PM
Admission:
$15, Dinner special starting at $49 includes cover
Reserve for dinner:
416-588-0307 or reserve@lula.ca
GREEN P PARKING (just a short walk from Lula) click here to see the map.

Cubaneando in Montreal, Jun 15-17 2012 – dedicated to Cubaton

First edition of the Festival International Cubaneando 2012
presented by L’ile de Cuba.
June 15 to 17 2012 in Montréal

Warmup: 19HOO – 21H45 —–

Main show: 22H00 – 03H00

Place : the SALLE SAINT-ARSENE
Address: 1025 RUE BELANGER/ CHRISTOPHE-COLOMB, MONTREAL

Price of admission :   Advance passport: 65$  (3 days)
What’s INCLUDed:
FRIDAY June 15  – Souper with musicians of Kola Loka
SATURDAY June 16 — Kola Loka featuring El Micha
SUNDAY June 17 — Gente de Zona featuring Yulien Oviedo

AND … a chance to win PRIZES VALUED AT $850…
– draw for FLIGHT TICKET TO CUBA
– draw for DINNER FOR  2  (REST. LA B DEL M)
– draw for 2 TICKETS for SPECIAL COMING EVENTS
– gifts of HAVANA CLUB

Salsa Klimax at AfroLatino – Sat

more SALSA KLIMAX!!! Saturday, JUNE 2 @ 8pm to Midnight.

$7 cover includes:
~ Free Refreshments
~ Free Dance Lesson (different content each month)
~ Intermissions: fun and easy-to-follow Salsa Sueltas & Ruedas
~ DJ YumaNiche (spinning hot Timba & Salsa (+splashes of Reggaeton, Bachata and more!!!)

We know you can’t get enough of Dj YumaNiche….come get more on June 2 (And the Next Salsa Klimax after this one will be July 21)

**SALSA KLIMAX**….COME GET YOURS!!!

www.facebook.com/SalsaKlimax
www.afrolatinodc.com
www.facebook.com/groups/2374979108/

Pedro Alderete, late Cuban-born Toronto artist exhibition

There will be an exhibition at Artscape Wychwood Barns for the late Cuban-born, Toronto-based artist Pedro Alderete, who passed away suddenly in 2005 while completing the biggest commission of his career at Downsview Park.  

The exhibition and sale of a selection of works will take place on June 2 and 3.

The exhibition will feature 20 pieces including paintings, portraits and mixed media from the Cuban visual artist’s body of work, several of which will be on display for the first time. Some of the works will be available for purchase. This exhibition is open to the public and admission is free.

More information here.

Son Aché – Lula TONIGHT

One of the best dance bands in Cuban music, on tonight at Lula Lounge…

FRIDAY SALSA DANCE PARTY
Join us our weekly tropical dance party with salsa lesson, live band and DJ spinning the hottest dance floor-friendly salsa, bachata, reggaeton and top 40 hits. Cover is just $15 at the door or book a table for our dinner special (starting at $49 plus tax and tip). The admission price includes our 9PM beginner dance lesson which is followed dancing all night long!

DINNER & SHOW SPECIAL
Arrive early and enjoy Lula’s famous dinner and show package. The three course prix fixe special includes choice of appetizer, main, and dessert as well as the dance lesson and all entertainment. Starting at just $49 per person, the dinner special guarantees seating for the whole evening. We can accommodate a small intimate dinner or large parties! Check out Lula’s distinctive tropical fusion menu here.

DANCE LESSON  – 9:30PM

You don’t need a partner to enjoy our beginner salsa lesson! Featuring Toronto’s top instructors, the class will lead beginners  through the salsa basics while more experienced dancers warm up for the best salsa party in town.Vladimir is back by popular demand.

SON ACHE – 10:30PM
One of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache performs their patented blend of high-energy son montuno that has been packing dance-floors for years.

DJ – ALL NIGHT with DJ Suave

Door time: 7PM
Salsa Lesson: 9:30 PM
Live Band: Son Aché@10:30PM
Admission: $15 admission includes dance lesson
Dinner, dance lesson, and show special starting at $49

Vladimir Aranda, Sunday classes in Cuban Casino continue…

Vlad is listed in our cuban dance section, but we have this up-to-date reminder that the classes are ongoing…

SALSA CASINO LESSONS Sunday
By Vladimir Aranda
Sunday  –  5:00pm until 8:00pm

5:00 PM 
SALSA CASINO BEGINNER. If you are a beginner this class will be perfect for you as we go over basic steps, body movement and basic fundamentals for partner dancing.

6:10 PM
CASINO AND CASINO RUEDA INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 1. For this level we are going to go over basic and clean partner dancing elements needed in casino, also review and clean moves at an intermediate level like dames, primas, enchuflas, 70s, 71’s.

7:10 PM
CASINO RUEDA ADVANCE. This is the most advanced rueda in the city!!,

$25 for drop in Lessons.
$75 for 5 groups lessons
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE 416-666-2441
NO PARTNER NEEDED.

Muhtadi Int Drum Fest, Woodbine Park Jun 9 (Sat) & 10 (Sun) 2012

Confirmed artists include:

Iyá Iré (Cuba)

Maracatu Mar Aberto (Brazilian)

Rumba Y’ado (Cuba)   [note: probably Rumba Iyabo-Joaquin Hidalgo’s rumba group]

Efrain Toro (Puerto Rico)

Samba Squad (Brazilian rhythms)

Archie Alleyne Evolution of Jazz Ensemble (Jazz)

Beyond Sound (Traditional)

Majek Fingers (Guyana)

Nggaali Children Touring Group (Performance Troup from Uganda)

Baro Dununba (Traditional West African and Diasporic rhythms)

Isshin Diako (JapaneseTraditional)

Muhtadi World Drummers (West African)

Njacko Backo (Cameroon Contemporary African)

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor! Includes a Children’ss Play Area, ethnic cuisine, exotic arts and crafts, workshop programs and for the adults in the crowd a strategically placed refreshment area.

In previous years, the festival has taken place outdoors at Queen’s Park North, featuring over 30 drumming groups that display the diverse cultural traditions and drumming styles from various countries. This year the festival moves east to Woodbine Park, right across the street from Ashbridges Bay.

Volunteers are needed!

Book launch “El Lirio del Prado” – Reynaldo Fernandez Pavon, May 26 2012

Book Launch/Lanzamiento del Libro "El Lirio del Prado" by Reynaldo Fernandez Pavon

Reynaldo Fernandez Pavon

Poet, composer and music producer makes another incursion into literature, this time in the genre of the novel, and offers an attractive work full of creativity.
The Lily of the Prado in essence belongs to the group of historical novels that represent the most shocking social events through the characters interact – reality surrounding-although in this case with their own characteristics.

Read more here…

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

FRIDAY JUNE 15 2012 at the OPERA HOUSE 735 QUEEN ST EAST.

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

click for TICKET LOCATIONS –>

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Adios a Pupy! y a todos ….

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

Pupy has played his music on a few CDs - see timba.com

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.

MAIN PRE SHOW – AFRO LATINO DANCE COMPANY

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.

PRE-SHOW: MELISSA NOVENTA

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…

OTHER NEWS OF THE SHOW:

  • 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.

Wait, wait… more Pupy updates…

Update from Sophie:

PUPY will be mentioned at music played on Jazz FM 91.1 This Saturday 19 May 2012 ….  http://www.catchdaflava.com/content/regentradio.html 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

… 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

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!!

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Non-c: Khaira Arby – Lula Tue evening.

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.

MENU INFO

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

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

“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

“Orishas”
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.

Billy Bryans’ eclectic musical taste – Globe and Mail

… An early advocate of social media, Bryans had a constant presence on Facebook and used his MisterBryans blog as a portal to explore his wide-ranging interests, from politics and sports to the deep reservoir of Cuban beats. His online absence earlier this year signalled that something was amiss. The lung cancer Bryans had been diagnosed with in 2006 had returned and proved terminal. The man who took the Parachute Club into the world, and brought the world into Canadian music, was gone…

More on the Globe and Mail site….