Sabor in Toronto

¿a donde voy? ... ¿con quién bailo?

Juan Formell August 2 1942- May 1 2014 leader of Los Van Van

May 3rd, 2014

Los Van Van para siempre ! El Tren de la salsa !

We mourn deeply along with Cuba and the world  the death of the tremendously talented Juan Climaco Formell Cortinas known as Juan Formell founder and leader of our beloved Los Van Van for more than 45 years. We will be forever celebrating his life and his work. With every dance to a Los Van Van song we will honor Juan Formell and hold him in our hearts . He will now be our beacon and his light in this world will  live on in each and every note.   Cubaintoronto  will be posting more in the days to come . I wanted to share a couple of photos that the lovely Marilu Lopez Fretts gave to us from the last Los Van Van concert in Toronto at the Sound Academy November 27 2010 (Okokan productions) .  I don’t want to copy and paste all the great articles out there but there was a word that El Universal’s article used that truly resonates : This emblematic orchestra ” accompagno” generations of dancers for over 45 years …  Los Van Van performed for but truly did it to “accompany” dancers from all walks of life and from all generations . We are together on this journey . We will miss you Juan Formell . We will continue to love and dance with Los Van Van  with Samuel Formell his son as band leader .  As they say in Cuba and all over the world ” Los Van Van para siempre”   Los Van Van forever .

PHOTOS by Marilu Lopez Fretts  Los Van Van at the Sound Academy Nov 27 2010 ( Okokan productions concert)

Thanks to our friend Erick Perdomo for the video and editing from the last Toronto concert


FW media presents “Los Desiguales” in Toronto Friday May 16 2014

April 25th, 2014
8:00 pm

On the heels of a very successful party with Osmany Garcia , FW media presents LOS DESIGUALES from Cuba on Friday May 16th 2014 Luna banquet hall. This is the first time that El Principe and Damian are coming to Canada so it will surely be a sell out concert . Tickets are $55 advance regular $75 VIP    tickets available at Sheimy cellular pro 1740 Jane street  ( Jane/Lawrence ) online sales

La Luna banquet hall is at 30 Gordon Mackay road North York Ont .  More info 416 858 2581


Dreams come true ! Interactivo comes to Luminato opening night 2014

April 14th, 2014
8:00 pm

Direct from Havana Interactivo will be performing on Luminato 2014 opening night . For many of us Cuban music lovers this is a dream come true ! Twelve young master musicians are being flown in from Cuba for this event and will be playing a FREE public concert  at 8 pm opening night June 6 2014 . This will take place at  the Festival Hub David Pecaud square King and John in downtown Toronto . Telmary and Elmer Ferrer who now live in Toronto will also be joining in.

Here is the official release :


Pan American Tropical Triple Bill with Emeline Michel and Jesse Cook

Founded and led by Roberto Carcasses—whose varied collaborations as a pianist, vocalist and composer have extended from Gonzalito Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdes to Wynton Marsalis and George Benson—Interactivo is a stellar collective of Cuban musicians whose singular groove layers rap, funk, jazz and soul atop traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms. Featured performers, all of whom have shaped vibrant solo careers, include rapper Telmary, vocalists William Vivanco, Francis del Rio and Brenda Navarrete and Toronto-based guitarist Elmer Ferrer.


Mulata “The Salsa Experience” Friday April 18 2014

April 13th, 2014
9:00 pm

Mulata “The Salsa Experience”. Come and join our 100% Cuban party made for all the Casineros, Timberos and all our Cuban music lovers. Dj Bernal will be in charge to give you the best Cuban fix. Hope we will see you at Epic Lounge, 1355 St. Clair Ave. West, this next Friday 18th. Agua!!!!
Party presented by Cuban Movement , DJ Bernal and Maria Aranibar productions
Join Their facebook event HERE


Salsa Klimax next party Saturday April 26 2014

April 8th, 2014
9:00 pm

Always a wonderful event! Get updates and join their facebook event HERE

The team will be back from Santiago de Cuba where they are spending a week right now in intensive workshops so…. watch out for some fresh moves and energy !

*** Salsa Klimax Timba & Kizomba megaparty ***

2 ROOMS + 2 SOUNDS + 2 GREAT DJ’s !!!

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

* Free Semba lesson by AfroLatino at 9:45pm

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

What is traditional SEMBA ?   video chosen by admin to enjoy..
Afrolatino dance company is one of the studios who started teaching Kizomba and Semba in Toronto


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!
  • admin

    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!
  • admin

    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