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Saturday March 1 2014 Havana Nights party ! Brand new location

February 27th, 2014
Mar
1
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 atelierbistro.com, 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 .

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January 21st, 2014
Mar
5
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.


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

January 16th, 2014
Jan
17
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!

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

January 12th, 2014
Feb
5
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

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Tonight at Lula Lounge: Jorge Maza and Tipica Toronto

January 11th, 2014
Jan
11
9:00 pm

Jorge Maza y Tipica Toronto tonight at Lula Lounge…

In the style known as Charanga Francesa (with the addition of Cuban tres guitar), Tipica Toronto is led by veteran flautist, Jorge Maza, who performed for many years with Cubanisimo.

These guys can move you just as well as the bands who focus on more modern music.  Jorge Maza on flute and Tipica Toronto will heat up the city tonight…

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Jan 3 at Lula Lounge – Cafe Cubano, Eliana Cuevas

January 1st, 2014
Jan
3
8:00 am

Café Cubano – 10:30 pm.   Led by piano player Jorge Betancourt and featuring some of the city’s top Cuban players, Cafe Cubano is one of Toronto’s most popular salsa and timba bands.

Come early… and for no extra charge you can take in a show by Eliana Cuevas… at 8 pm.

Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette.

Café Cubano

Led by piano player Jorge Betancourt and featuring some of the city’s top Cuban players, Cafe Cubano is one of Toronto’s most popular salsa and timba bands.

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Roberto Linares Brown Orch – Cuba in Toronto Christmas party … with Yoser and band

December 20th, 2013
Dec ’13
27
8:00 pm

One of Cuba’s most talented arrangers and composers, Linares Brown began his career with Cuban groups Valentin y Los Del Caribe, Azucar Negra and Adalberto Alvarez

Okokan presents Cubaintoronto.com Christmas party night.

In celebration of the holidays this week’s Havana Club Cuba Libre Friday is dedicated Toronto’s incredible Cuban talent and all those Cubaphiles in the GTA.
cubaintoronto.com has been promoting Cuban events in Toronto since 2006 and with partner Okokan productions has produced some of the most memorable Cuban concerts that the city has seen in the last decade.

This night will go down in Toronto Cuban party history! Roberto Linares has lined up a 12 piece salsa band AND invited additional special musical guests to join him on stage.

The evening will feature an 8pm opening set by Cuban bassist Yoser Rodriguez and his trio, dance performances by some of  Toronto’s teachers, great door prizes (gift certificates to restaurants and concerts!) and the talented photographer Anna Encheva to record the evening for your facebook viewing pleasure (while you recover the next day!) .

Bring your favourite Cuban memorabilia, flags and momentos for the photos. Dress up in blue, red and white … create you own Cubania!!!

DJ Bernal in the house playing top Cuban salsa tracks and other favourites

CU DANCE Santos Lee and his group will be hosting the dance lesson
Performances to be confirmed keep checking our facebook event page and of course www.cubaintoronto.com

The cover is just the regular $15  but  Cubaintoronto.com is offering a ”Loonie Like”. Like CU DANCE on facebook and get a ” Loonie ” back .

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Lula tonight: Changui Habana… dance music, dance lessons, good food

December 20th, 2013
Dec ’13
20
10:00 pm

One of Toronto’s newer ensembles, this twelve-piece all-Cuban group moves effortlessly from salsa and merengue to cumbia, bachata and gritty steet-style timba.

Lula’s culinary team has created distinctive menu that like Lula itself is decidedly international with a latin soul. Check out Lula’s distinctive tropical fusion menu.

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Cuban Salsa Party and Fundraiser in Etobicoke

November 28th, 2013

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C.U. Dance Productions Year-end Salsa Party

November 28th, 2013
Dec ’13
7
9:00 pm

Here are some highlights of the night:

• Student Performance Group – We started a Performance Class in late September. The students in the class have been working hard the past few months; they will debut their new choreography at the party! Please come out and show them your support! We will also have a couple of other performances for your enjoyment!

• BYOB – We want to keep the party fun, relaxed and casual. We will provide complementary non-alcoholic refreshments, but feel free to bring-your-own-booze to enjoy!
• Dance hosts – We hope this party will be a great way to reconnect with old friends but also to meet new people. We will have a few designated dance hosts (ladies and gents) who will be on hand to mingle and dance.

Cover charge is $5 before 10pm, or $7 thereafter. There will be a complementary Salsa lesson at 9pm.  Location:  252 Eglinton Avenue East (& Mt. Pleasant), 2nd floor, Love to Dance studio

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