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Lulaworld 2011 – The New Canadian Songbook @ Lula Lounge, May 12-22, 2011

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WHO: Amanda Martinez, Bomba Estereo, Patricia Cano, Caché, Café Con Pan, Joanna Moon w/ Donné Roberts, Luisito Orbegoso and Lula All Stars, Odessa Havana, Jaron Freeman Fox, Daniela Nardi, Dominic Mancuso & Louis Simão with Roberto Occhipinti, Socalled, Samba Squad featuring Luanda Jones, Roberto Linares Brown, Aline Morales w/ The Heavyweights Brass Band & Dj General Eclectic

WHAT: Lulaworld 2011, a world music festival extravaganza

WHEN: Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 22

WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West  

TICKETS: $15 – $25 (two events are free. See below for details)

Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 or email [email protected]

LULA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE proudly presents LULAWORLD 2011 – THE NEW CANADIAN SONGBOOK, a vital thread in the rich tapestry of  the Canadian world music scene today. While the focus is on Canadian composers and musicians, the festival kicks off with sizzling Latin / jazz artist AMANDA MARTINEZ and a visit by Colombian sensation BOMBA ESTEREO. What follows are nine more nights of thrilling performances and workshops by multilingual vocal powerhouse PATRICIA CANO, Jewish-Cuban fusionists ODESSA HAVANA, Italian muse DANIELA NARDI, multi-instrumentalists DOMINIC MANCUSO & LOUIS SIMÃO w/ the award-winning ROBERTO OCCHIPINTI and more! There will also be an artist reception April 12 at Lula Lounge from 6-8pm with The Heavyweights Brass Band entertaining at 7:30 pm.

The New Canadian songbook is sung in Spanish, Portuguese, Malagasy, French and Italian, as well as the more than one hundred and thirty other languages and dialects in which Canadians express themselves musically.

Canadians with roots around the globe continue to sing the traditional songs from their respective cultures and newcomers to Canada are also composing, performing and recording their own original pieces – redefining the meaning of Canadian music and enriching our cultural fabric.

Each year, the LULAWORLD festival provides a unique perspective on the dynamic world music scene being cultivated in Toronto. Many performers from previous years return to preview their latest compositions, or present new collaborative projects that cross the common boundaries of genre and culture.

In particular, the Latin music scene in Toronto and all of Canada is exploding – and the world is listening. Not long ago there were only a handful of Latin bands in Toronto; the city now boasts more than a dozen distinct groups comprised of professional A-list artists. This year the festival will also feature a two-part salsa presentation entitled SÍ CANADA which highlights Canadian salsa compositions and more top-notch musicians.


May 12 Amanda Martinez @  7:30 pm – $22 adv / $25 door

May 12 Bomba Estereo @ 10pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 13 Patricia Cano @ 8pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 13 Caché CD release @ 10pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 14 Café Con Pan Mexican Fandango workshop for families @ 1pm – free (kid friendly event)

May 14 Family French World Cafe w/Joanna Moon & Donné Roberts @ 3pm – free  (kid friendly event)

May 14 Sí Canada, part 1 featuring Luisito Orbegoso @ 10pm – $13 adv / $20 door

May 15 David Buchbinder’s Odessa Havana, featuring Hilario Durán @ 8pm – $18 adv / $20 door

May 17 Jaron Freeman Fox @ 8:30pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 18  Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto @ 8:30 pm – $18 adv / $20 door

May 19 Dominic Mancuso & Louis Simão w/ Roberto Occhipinti @ 8pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 19 Small World Music presents Socalled @ 10pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 20 Samba Squad featuring Luanda Jones @ 10pm – $13 adv / $15 door

May 21 Sí Canada, part 2 featuring Roberto Linares Brown @ 10pm – $15 adv / $20 door

May 22 Aline Morales CD release w/ Heavyweights Brass Band @ 9pm – $13 adv / $15 doorz

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