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2nd Cuba in Toronto Christmas party… at Lula Dec 26, 2014!

November 26th, 2014
Dec ’14
7:30 pm

It’s the Cuba in Toronto Christmas Party!  Second time around, bigger and better…  $15

This year for Christmas 2014, we will feature Roberto Linares Brown leading the band called “Havana Norte”… who are as fine a selection of Cuban musicians as you can ask for in this world…

We’ll also enjoy Ogguere, Zeynep Ozbilen, Jane Bunnett … And more!

As well as: A dance lesson by Vladimir Aranda… AND DJ Bernal playing the best, the latest of Cuban salsa, Cubaton, plus your requests!

The solid gold cuarteto “Guaracha Y Son” will entertain from 7:30 pm with the sweet swing of Cuban son, with a jazziness that works to the rule of the clave.  To be laid down by some of the best players you’ll hear anywhere, inside Cuba or out, to open the Dinner and show $44 package.

And just in case you think that’s all… NO, there’s more:  Free Gift bags to all; Door prizes; Event photography all night by JJ Gucci; featured drink The Pink Mojito !!!!; Dance performance (to be confirmed)


Adonis Puentes and Pancho Amat, mellow son de Cuba… NOT TO MISS – TOMORROW!

November 17th, 2014
Nov ’14
7:30 pm

Born in Cuba, with musicians frequent visitors to the house… then raised in BC, Adonis Puentes has never felt disconnected from his native land… or its music.

And the feeling is mutual: Cuban television has welcomed the chance to show his Cuban style music videos … with enthusiastic response from audiences who know their music, and their musicians!

So he’s been on the screens of his native country as a mature and respected Cuban-Canadian musician for at least 8 years now, since his popular release Commerciante… bringing coals back to Newcastle, and getting thumbs-up receptions.

The reception continues with this offering … his current CD release.

The album, and the Hugh’s Room show… are with musical friend Pancho Amat…

Pancho is himself one of Cuban’s living legends of son music, and foremost players of the tres instrument, a relative of the guitar but tuned in doubles, played in a style of loud and clear melodic… and frequently danceable… improvisations… full of the rhythms Cuba is so famous for.

You can catch Adonis Puentes, with Pancho Amat at Hugh’s room… one night only, Tuesday November 18, 7:30 pm.  Click for tickets and reservations!

Here’s the title song from the new CD, “Veinte Años”…


Adonis Puentes and Pancho Amat

November 4th, 2014
Nov ’14

Free Concert:  November 18 12:15 pm,  First Canadian Place, Waterfall stage

“Cuban-Canadian vocalist Adonis Puentes teams up with world renowned, master of the Cuban tres, Pancho Amat to present their latest project “Veinte Años.” This project is a tribute to María Teresa Vera, an icon in the creation of Cuban Music, known for her peculiar way of composing and interpreting music. Contemporary and tasteful musical arrangements, together with the musical virtuosity and perfection of the participating musicians make this tribute a beautiful projection into the future of creation and interpretations of the music of Cuba. ”

Or….If you can’t make the lunchtime show and prefer a more intimate setting, they are playing at Hugh’s Room the same night at 8:30 pm.   Ticket/Reservation Details here.


October 3rd, 2014
Oct ’14
10:30 pm

Azucar Negra… a truly seminal band in modern Cuban dance music… plays in Toronto… one night only at Lula Lounge!
Friday October 24, 2014.  Led by creative spirit Leonel Limonta, who wrote many of the most famous dance tunes performed by this band and by others!

Tickets available NOW $30 advance at: torontohispano.com;  BOLIS  books, 872 Bathurst.

Tickets available SOON at: Afrolatino Dance Company, Sheimy’s Cellular Pro 1742 Jane St., and Soundscapes 572 College St.

Dance lesson with Julio Montero from Vancouver 9.30pm  Showtime for Azucar Negra ( give or take a  half hour!) 22.30pm  . There will be a second set and intermission between .

CDS will be available at the show.

Okokan productions will also be presenting a local artist as an opening act. She will perform one or two songs from her brand new album which she recorded in Cuba with musicians there. Her name is FOLANA .


FRIDAY OCT 3 Luis Silva ” PANFILO” in Toronto

September 3rd, 2014
Oct ’14
8:30 pm
Oct ’14
2:00 am

Okokan and Afrolatino present Cuba’s best comedian  followed by dance party .He is known as “PANFILO” of the TV show ” Vivir el cuento”  PANFILO will give us 1.5 hours of great comedy followed by a puro Cubano dance party featuring Djs  BERNAL and YUMANICHE. Food will be available for purchase by celebrated chef PEDRO QUINTANTILLA of BLOOM restaurant. Date Friday OCT 3 2014 location Lithuaian banquet hall 1573 Bloor street w  (Dundas w subway station) doors 2030 pm show 2130pm surprise guests .. bar and food available.. Tables and chairs TICKETS Sheimy cellular pro 1740 Jane street Bolis Spanish bookstore 872 Bathurst  and online at Torontohispano.com click HERE for lin

BOLETOS.  En Torntohispano.com.  SHEIMY cellular pro 1740 Jane street  Bolis Spanish Books 872 Bathurst. Info 6478186602


Maqueque, with Jane Bunnett – Lula this Thursday

June 17th, 2014
Jun ’14
8:00 pm

Toronto Star write-up on Jane Bunnett and the girls of Maqueque… professionally trained young Cuban musicians, all women… playing at Lula Lounge in the jazz fest series, this Thursday June 19, 2014 in a double bill with the Memo Acevedo band.

Also featured in a free performance at Edwards Gardens, July 24 7pm.


Los Van Van – Toronto Free Show – Nathan Philips Square – Saturday July 12 2014 8:30pm

June 11th, 2014
Jul ’14
8:00 pm

July 12, 2014 – 8:30pm at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto… also known as City Hall… come one, come all…  This concert is part of the amazing celebration week-end  ” ONE YEAR TO GO  to the PANAMERICAN GAMES 2015 countdown  www.toronto2015.org  . Check out their website for full line up of the amazing week-end and stay connected in preparation for activities leading up to next year ~

… but don’t come late;-)     This will be most likely a 1 hour stand, starting right on time.

If you were one of the 2,000 who danced to Los Van Van into the wee hours, when they were brought to town by Okokan productions in November of 2010 or December of 2006… be warned this is a different story.  Plan to get there EARLY or you will not get your full dose of The Dance Machine of Cuba! This concert is part of the bigger PanAmerican festival . There will be another concert at 9.30pm right after Los Van Van .

This is the real deal… the biggest band in Cuba for 40-plus years…

The original salsa, and still the most creative and eclectic dance music in the world comes from Cuba… and this is the best of the best… Los Van Van.

This is their first tour since the recent, untimely death of founder and leader Juan Formell… and it’s the finest selection of singers and musicians imaginable… the famous songs… the music makes the people get up in dance… in hot climates or cold ones!

JOIN THE LOS VAN VAN facebook concert event HERE . Get news about a the after party and other activities at the square . Tribute will be paid at all the concerts to the Maestro Juan Formell .

Los Van Van, “El Tren” , are rolling into Ontario for London’s SUNFEST . Los Van Van will play July 5th and Cojunto Chapotin will also be there ( FREE NO CHARGE)  and then will play Montreal’s METROPOLIS on Friday July 11th 2014 as part of Nuits d’Afrique festival ( $45 ticket)  Ticket info HERE


Cuba meets Turkey : Zeynep Ozbilen and Roberto Linares Brown Lulaworld Fri May 30 2014

May 22nd, 2014
May ’14
8:00 pm

Zeynep Ozbilen with Roberto Linares Brown

Co-presented with Cubaintoronto.com with DJ Yumaniche and dance with Vladimir

For more than a decade, Zeynep Ozbilen performed lead vocals for the first, and best-known, Latin group in Turkey — The Latin All Stars. Working with one of the most highly-respected salsa bandleaders and composers in Canada, Roberto Linares Brown. Ozbilen brings to Lula a completely new project which she describes as “Latin with Mediterranean spices.”

Line Up:

Zeynep Ozbilen, vocals

Roberto Linares Brown, piano backing vocals and musical director

Ricardo Barboza, backing Vocals

Frank Marcosm, bass

Aris Montenegro, congas

Jalidan Ruiz, drums

Vicente, percussion

John Pittman, trumpet

Christopher Butcher, trombone

Anthony Rinaldi, alto sax

Ambrioris Junior, minor percussion



May 19th, 2014

Click HERE for the complete amazing schedule !


Guaracha y Son – Thurs May 22 – Peppers at Lansdowne and Wallace

May 4th, 2014
May ’14
8:00 pm
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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