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Guaracha y Son – Thurs Apr 17 – Peppers at Lansdowne and Wallace

April 6th, 2014
8:00 pm

Thursday April 17 2014

The gig will be monthly.  Normally it is the 2nd Thursday of the month… but note the exception this month April !!

Pepper’s Café, 189 Wallace, Toronto ON (Just west of Lansdowne between Bloor and Dupont)
  • Led by bassist Roberto Riveron with Pablosky Rosales on tres and vocals, Chendy Leon Sr. on percussion, and Jorge Maza on flute, this all-Cuban quartet performs classic son montuno, guaracha, bolero, changüíd and guajira from the 30s to 60s.No cover! Cheap drinks! Cosy atmosphere.Get ready to dance!
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    Osmani Garcia new date Friday April 4 2014

    March 25th, 2014
    8:00 pm

    Osmani Garcia’s show has been postponed due to a visa delay. The concert will take place same time, same place on April 4 2014 ..keep your same tickets . The following is a note from the organizing team at FW Media Santiago Oseguera

    Important news re Osmani Garcia .. Concert is pushed to a new date April 4 2014 same time same place .. here is the official press release from the organizers
    This communication serves to advise everyone that the Osmani Garcia concert scheduled for March 21 will be rescheduled to another date due to delays from the Canadian Embassy in Cuba. The visa of Osmani Garcia and and team will be ready next week and the new concert date for Toronto will be Friday, April 4, 2014 at the same time and location.
    Osmani is preparing a video explaining the situation and reassuring that everything is good to go for his upcoming trip to Canada.
    FW Media thanks you for your patience and we hope you understand this unexpected circumstance. We are doing what we can to ensure this change has no negative impact and that the party is ready for everyone as planned.
    All tickets purchased will be valid so do not misplace them.
    Looking forward to you joining us on this new day for the highly anticipated Osmani Garcia concert!
    Santiago Oseguera
    FW Media


    Friday April 4 2014

    Jamaican Canadian Hall
    995 Arrow Road
    Toronto, ON M9M 2Z5
    ( Hwy. 400 and Finch Ave. West)

    Tickets online $45 REG $75 VIP

    Information: (416) 858-2581

    Also with DJ Danny Castro and DJ Liga from Holguin, Cuba


    Traditional Cuban music with Guaracha and Son

    March 6th, 2014
    8:00 pm


    Thursday March 13 2014

    Pepper’s Café, 189 Wallace, Toronto ON (Just west of Lansdowne between Bloor and Dupont)
  • Led by bassist Roberto Riveron with Pabolsky Rosales on tres and vocals, Chendy Leon Sr. on percussion, and Jorge Maza on flute, this all-Cuban quartet performs classic son montuno, guaracha, bolero, changüíd and guajira from the 30s to 60s.No cover! Cheap drinks! Cosy atmosphere.Get ready to dance!
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    Sierra Maestra : History lands at Lula this Wednesday March 5th 2014

    March 4th, 2014
    7:30 pm

    This piece is by writer Joyce Corbett-Humbert ( The Live music report) We wanted to share it with you !

    Sierra Maestra is coming to Toronto! Wednesday, March 5th at Lula Lounge. Who are they? If you already know them and you live in the GTA you probably already have your tickets. If you don’t or if you have heard of them but don’t really know them, let me fill you in. Sierra Maestra is famous for playing the quintessential Cuban music known as “son”, the predecessor of salsa and probably the first Europeanized Cuban music in which the clave was played. Sierra Maestra’s aim is to maintain the heartbeat of this music on the world stage. Although son may not be the music most young people listen to in Cuba today, it is still very much alive in its birthplace of Oriente (Eastern Cuba) and the “Sierra Maestra” mountains where this style of music was born.

    Sierra Maestra was formed in 1976 in Havana, decades before The Buena Vista Social Club (1996), by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez who later formed the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.Jésus Alemany, who went on to form the group Cubanismo, was also a prominent member. A household name in Cuba, Sierra Maestra has about 14 albums to their credit. They created the soundtrack to a Cuban TV series “Las Impuras” and their song “A LosRumberos de Belen” was used by Robert Redford for the soundtrack of “The MilagroBeanfield War”. They also appear in the French movie “Salsa” released in 2000 and directed by Luis Buñuel’s daughter-in-law, Joyce Buñuel.

    Sierra Maestra’s instrumentation is typical of the classic son orchestras of the 1920s and 30s: tres, guitar, trumpet, voice, bass, bongos, guiro, congas and maracas. Their repertoireis filled with classics from artists such as Arsenio Rodriguez and Ignacio Piñero plus Sierra Maestra originals. If you like “old-school” Cuban music you will love SierraMaestra.

    As is typical for Cuban shows in Toronto, this promises to be an exciting night with some nice extras, like a performance by Gera, a Cuban dancer newly-arrived in Toronto.  Gera and Kika will be performing a casino and Gera will also perform a Columbia . Master dancer and santero Antonio Ramirez will bring an Orisha to the the room and  DJ Johannus will play before , in between and after show .

    Best to get there on time if you don’t want to miss anything!

    Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30.

    Joyce Corbett-Humbert

    Getting to see a group like this in a small space like Lula Lounge is quite amazing, this is the type of audience they can attract in Havana.


    Saturday March 15 2014 SALSA KLIMAX party ! at Epic lounge 1355 St Clair Ave W

    March 2nd, 2014
    9:00 pm

    Start off your spring with some beautiful dancing ! With 2 Dj’s , dance performances and  special treats , Salsa Klimax is always an amazing party . Saturday March 15 2014  at 1355 Saint Clair Ave West and entrance only $10 ! before 11pm ..$13 afterwards

    * Salsa Klimax Timba & Kizomba megaparty *

    *LATEST NEWS!!! Due to unforeseeable circumstances the venue was changed to EPIC LOUNGE, just a few doors down the street at 1355 St. Clair Ave. West!

    * DOORS OPEN @ 10pm

    Sounds by:
    *CUBAN: Salsa, Timba, Cubaton by DJ Yumaniche
    *AFRO+CARIBBEAN: Kizomba, Zouk, Semba, Afro-House and Kuduro by DJ L’AS

    *Free Kizomba/Semba Lesson by AfroLatino at 10:20pm

    *Performance by AfroLatino ’s Semi-Pro Team!!! Brand new salsa choreography! 11pm

    *$10 in advance and before 11pm, $13 at the door after 11pm

    Salsa Klimax event is on facebook please JOIN


    Meet Cuban baseball player Antonio Pacheco Masso – This Sunday March 2 2014 lunch at Mambo Lounge !

    March 1st, 2014
    12:30 pm
    Meet one of the greatest baseball players in the world! ANTONIO PACHECO MASSO (Multiple Olympic, Pan American Games, and World Baseball Championships Gold Medal)
    Details  This Sunday, March 2nd @ 12:00pm At “MAMBO LOUNGE RESTAURANT” Located at: 120 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1N1 Phone: (416) 778-7004 -
    All players, Parents, Friends and any family members are welcome.
    Price for lunch, entertainment and wine included : $40 per person over 18 years – $20 per person under 18 years old


    Saturday March 1 2014 Havana Nights party ! Brand new location

    February 27th, 2014
    10:00 pm

    C. U. Dance Productions present…. This Saturday March 1 2014 at 366 Queen street East  ”Atelier Bistro Lounge”

    Havana Nights!!!

    It’s back!!! Toronto’s favourite latin party, Havana Nights, returns at the beautiful, renovated, trendy Queen East Atelier Bistro Lounge with your favourite latin DJ BERNAL spinning all night!

    Important updates for this coming Saturday night’s party :

    - Location location location! The address of the party is at Atelier Bistro Lounge, 366 Queen Street EAST (NOT KING WEST!), just east of Parliament on the North Side of the street. Street and lot parking on the same block, for TTC, go to Queen station on Yonge and take Queen streetcar east to Parliament.

    - Dinner reservations are available before the party by calling (416) 901-7609 or online at, free admission for those coming for dinner. Doors will be at 10PM, $10 cover.

    - Havana Nights is not only about MUSIC but also DANCE! We will have a complimentary SUELTA class at 10PM and VERY special live rumba (columbia) performance, direct from CUBA!

    Also This will be a pre- Party for the SIERRA MAESTRA concert ..There will be a ticket giveaway to a lucky winner .


    January 21st, 2014
    8:00 pm

    Sierra Maestra is a mountain range in the area where the  Cuban Son music was invented.  The band Sierra Maestra aims to bring the 1920’s style of “son” to life wherever they play. Small World Music brings the band to Lula Lounge on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014.  Click HERE to BUY TICKETS!

    Wikipedia says: Sierra Maestra are the guardians of the Cuban son music tradition. They creatively preserved this infectious dance music and have gone on to be its finest performers. Always popular with dancers as well as listeners, they have played at clubs and festivals around the world to huge acclaim.  The band have played a hugely significant part in the recent global explosion in popularity of Cuban music. Indeed, their ex-leader, Juan de Marcos González was the man who created Buena Vista Social Club while still with the band.


    New dance band combination: Papiosco and Salsamania … salsa and timba classics tomorrow Fri Jan 17

    January 16th, 2014
    8:00 pm

    Papiosco y Salsamania

    Led by Jorge Luis Torres ‘Papiosco’ and featuring Pablosky Rosales (tres guitar and vocals), Aris Montenegro (congas),  Alexis Baro (trumpet), Roberto Riveron (bass) Jorge Maza (flute and sax) and Jorge Betancurt (piano), Sasamania performs a wide range of Cuban salsa and timba classics.

    Santos teaches the beginner dance lesson… Roland Hunter band is solid Cuban feel son con jazz at 8 pm… no extra charge!


    Papiosco CD release party – Lula Lounge, Wed Feb 5 2014 – mark it down!

    January 12th, 2014
    8:00 pm

    As a 10-year-old conguero… Jorge Luis Torres (“Papiosco”) was first seen on Cuban television as a protege of Tata Guines.  He was introduced then as Tata’s “relief pitcher”… the performance amazed the public and musicians alike… and Papiosco’s services have been in demand from that day on with top Cuban bands and performers.

    Fans world-wide who know their percussion have had their eyes out for this CD… and the release party is Wednesday, Feb 5 at Lula Lounge, Toronto.You can buy this CD by digital download from cdbaby, Amazon, and iTunes and possibly others by now.

    The first review on Amazon is by Alberto Nacif, himself a professional US percussionist, tells the story:

    “This is the first release as a leader for Jorge Luis Torres ‘Papiosco’, an important percussionist from Cuba, now living in Toronto. He is a veteran of many great Cuban bands, including Omara Portuondo, Cubanismo, and Pablo Milanes. This release has a fine variety of music styles and textures which showcase Papiosco’s great versatility as a percussionist, but manage to maintain his personal rhythmic style. Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran are musicians with whom Papiosco plays regularly are both featured on this recording. I strongly recommend this!”

    Iroko Project