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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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    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
    May ’14
    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   www.torontohispano.com

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


    Dreams come true ! Interactivo comes to Luminato opening night 2014

    April 14th, 2014
    Jun ’14
    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
    Apr ’14
    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
    Apr ’14
    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
    Apr ’14
    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
    Apr ’14
    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 www.torontohispano.com $45 REG $75 VIP

    Information: Fwmedia.ca (416) 858-2581

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