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Celina Gonzalez, “que viva Chango”, death of a modest giant in Cuban music

February 7th, 2015 No comments

A milestone, one of the sad ones, death of Celina Gonzalez …

It might sound off to unaccustomed ears… but the mix of the old Spanish decima stanza style with Cuban rhythm really swings hard once you tune into it… like the song “yo soy el punto cubano” included in the article…

.. yo soy el punto cubano, en la manigua vivia, cuando el mambi se batia, con el machete en la mano…

She was genuinely from the world of the Cuban countryside, hard farming work, strong support networks of neighbours.

The form of recreation was a guateque… neighbours invited for miles around, straggle in at dusk to somebody’s humble country home… roast pork, dance, sing til dawn. She is honoured still today by Cuban musicians of all stripes… they pay tribute usually by singing her “que viva chango”. But sadly pretty much an unknown name to new generations.

She was reported to have been flabbergasted that she was to perform in a stadium with thousands of idolizing fans in her first visit to Colombia. And similarly amazed by how famous she was even amongst Latinos in New York. To her, the best party is far from stadium-filling idolatry… it’s the house party… which is still the way in Cuba.

Nice interview …


Otto Ortiz en Toronto Friday February 13 2015

January 31st, 2015 No comments

Noche de Romance y Comedia with Otto Ortiz  . For tickets www.TorontoHispano.com and Spanish Bookstore 872 Bathurst  (416) 533 4000   Sheimy Cellular pro 1740 Jane street (416) 249-7200



Jencarlos Canela in Toronto Friday February 6 2015

January 11th, 2015 1 comment

Jencarlos Canela singer songwriter , actor and all around impressive talent coming for an early Valentine’s show Friday February 6 2015 Pearson convention centre 2638 Steeles Ave east Brampton Ontario .

There are TWO options to choose from


SHOW only $45

also performing Teria Morada ( singer and dancer par excellence) and Henry Flow

For tickets call 416 418 4725 or 647 760 6196

This show is presented by La Guia Hispana ..Phone book and website where you can get info about all Latin businesses in Toronto and surrounding area.

Song written by Jencarlos for his beautiful friend Monica Spear who passed away last January 6 2014


Charanga Habanera in Toronto Saturday April 18 2015 Phoenix concert Theatre

January 3rd, 2015 No comments
9:00 pm

Okokan productions presents :

Direct from Havana

David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera

  • 16 musicians on the stage also featuring Yulien Oveido .
  • Live performances: AfroLatino Dance Co, also Dailyn Martinez.
  • Dj Bernal and Dj Alberth Moreno and MC Abdiel
  • Doors 9pm – Showtime 10.30 pm (opening act TBA)
  • Tickets $40 advance $50 at the door  ONLINE and locations
  • VIP tickets for meet and greet photos with the band and special lounge $ 60

Where to find tickets!

    VIPs SOLD OUT. Tickets still available are $50.00 at the door $40.00 in advance


    • SOUNDSCAPES 572 College street  416 537 1620
    • Spanish Bookstore 872 bathurst street 416 533 4000 (MON – FRI only)
    • Sheimy Cellular pro 1740 Jane street  416 249 7200
    • Toronto Latino 1786 Eglinton Ave W 416 781 0919
    • La Cocina de Doña Luz 807 St Clait W  416 652- 7420
    • Afrolatino Dance Company 901 Yonge street 416 671 7140
    • Cafe Latino 3038 Hurontario  905 949 8447
    • Fanerys Convenience 3085 Hurontario 905 272 9257
    • Cuba’s restaurant 2444 Lakeshore road west  905 973-4709
    There will be some tickets available at the Welcome Party …at Lyrics Music Bar & Grill 50 Cumberland St in Yorkville. Friday, April 17, 10pm!

    Contact us  cubaintoronto@yahoo.com (416) 836-2600

    WHEN & WHERE ? Saturday April 18 2015

    • The Phoenix concert Theatre
    • 410 Sherbourne Street
    • Toronto Ontario

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    Charanga Habanera in Toronto is part of their Canadian tour 2015 . They will be performing in some legendary venues to guarantee a truly wonderful night out ! Vancouver show is at the COMMODORE BALLROOM Sunday April 19 2015  info and tickets at www.cubainvancouver.com They will be performing in Montreal Friday April 24 2015 at CLUB SODA tickets HERE


    Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company, at Flato Feb 26-27 2015

    December 11th, 2014 No comments
    8:00 pm
    8:00 pm

    It’s a 2 day stand this time in Toronto for Lizt Alfonso, one of Cuba’s treasures and unstoppable social forces.

    I personally wouldn’t miss this for anything, one of the finest dance groups in one of the best theatres to watch them!

    Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba: “Amigas” – A New Dance Musical

    Thursday February 26, 2015
    Friday February 27, 2015

    8:00 PM

    Flato Markham Theatre
    171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham


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

    November 26th, 2014 No comments
    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 No comments
    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 No comments
    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 No comments
    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 2 comments
    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