ANDRIA SIMONE & HER BAND CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HER DEBUT FULL-LENGTH CD "GOOD LOVIN'"
With rising support from the industry and the release of her debut full length album, Andria Simone is definitely one to
watch out for.
Brian Master, Program Director for the Jewel Radio Chain says , "What a soulful and soul filled voice and style this girl has. I would encourage those who program to open their
ears, listen and add. People are crying for this kind of real music."
This 25 (soon to be 26, the night of her Cd launch is also a birthday celebration) year-old singer-songwriter~was born and raised in
Toronto, but a colourfully adventurous life to date has helped her develop both as an artist and a self-confident young woman ready to take on the world.
Much as she enjoys writing and recording, it
is performance that most captures Andria's heart. "I would rather sing live than hear my songs playing somewhere," she declares. "I really do leave it all there, onstage. I perform my soul out of my
body!" She is a charismatic and natural performer.~As with the best soul artists, Andria Simone is in this for the long haul. "This not working out is not an option. I will just keep doing it. I would love to
have longevity and hopefully inspire young girls to pursue what they enjoy doing."
Sept. 19 El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave. | Admission: $10 Students with
Third Annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions
OCTOBER 17-20 IN TORONTO
Uma Nota is a unique event series focusing on Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, Funk and Soul
music provided by both live acts and DJs. Comprising four days of music, arts and culture from across the Americas, this is Uma Nota's biggest festival to date. The live music and DJ lineup, with acts from New York
City, the U.K. and Brazil, as well as the best of the local scene, represents the city's most tangible manifestation of the Pan American experience.
In few other places in Toronto does one find music and
culture from the Americas so diversely and colourfully mixed. This year's festival embraces global innovators and still celebrates the city's kaleidoscope of tropical groove.
International performers include:
- New York City DJs Uproot Andy and Geko Jones of the popular "Que Bajo!?" parties and label.
- Singer Alice Russell, a key figure on the British soul scene. Russell's performance draws comparisons to
Aretha Franklin; she has collaborated with everyone from Mr. Scruff to David Byrne and tours with producer Quantic in his Soul Orchestra.
- Brazilian composer, arranger and master fingerstyle guitarist Rick
Udler. His interactive performance at this year's festival is his only Toronto show.
Local highlights include:
- Afro-Brazilian percussion band Bloco Bracatum, led by Contra-Mestre Bola of Capoeira
- Heavyweights Brass Band, fresh from the studio with their bold arrangements of popular songs and originals, from New Orleans, funk, Latin styles and beyond.
- Dreamy electronic sounds and
live vocals from Colombian artist Lido Pimienta.
- Brazilian jazz from composer Gordon Sheard.
- Psychedelic indie Brazil-style Tropicália from Os Tropies.
- Six-piece roots cumbia band Los
Hijos De Tuta, familiar to Toronto's Colombian community.
- Brazilian choro, a melodically complex instrumental jazz style, as performed by Tio Chorinho.
- Forrallstar, a festival-produced "super
band" of the city's favourite Brazilian forró players, including percussionist Maninho Costa, singer/guitarist Carlos Cardoso and a host of heavy hitters.
In addition, the festival includes a full
series of Pan American based arts workshops and cultural talks, presented by Dos Mundos Arts and Media and supported by the Toronto Arts Council. The workshops -- along with food and drink, family-friendly activities
and films via the Brazilian Film & Television Festival of Toronto -- represent the multi-arts and culture additions to this year's program.
Festival schedule at a glance:
Thursday, October 17
Festival Launch Party
Gladstone Hotel (ballroom), 1214 Queen St. W.
Os Tropies, Gord Sheard Brazilian Jazz Quintet and DJ Firecracker
Doors 9 p.m. $10 at the door
Friday, October 18
World Soul Party
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
Russell (U.K.), Phil Motion and the Easy Lo-Fi, Marques Toliver and DJ General Eclectic
Doors 9 p.m.
Advance tickets $23 online Co-presented by World Famous Music More info: http://umanota.ca/events/world-soul-party-friday-october-18-2013/
Saturday, October 19
Bridges Tropical Mashup: Live, Analog & Digital
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. In the hall:
Live: Bloco Bracatum, Los Hijos de Tuta
DJs: Uproot Andy (NYC), Geko Jones (NYC)
Opening act: Lido Pimienta
In the record room: Jason Palma (Footprints), Humble Mike and MC Bookshelf (Record Collective), Guv'nor General (Pressure Drop)
p.m. $12 advance tickets online / $15 at the door before 11 p.m. / $20 after 11 p.m. Co-presented by Dos Mundos Arts and Media Record room co-presented by Footprints
Sunday, October 20
Community Cultural Fair
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
music: Tio Chorinho, Rick Udler, Heavyweights Brass Band and Forrallstar (forró) + DJ Mogpaws (Simmer Down)
Plus workshops, cultural talks, dance, food and drink (Brazilian feijoada) and family-friendly activities
2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Pay What You Can ($5 minimum donation/$10 after 7 p.m.) Co-presented by Dos Mundos Arts and Media, Koffler Centre of the Arts and Lula Music and Arts Centre
Tickets will be available on the Uma Nota website as of Tuesday, September 10. Festival passes are $40. Visit http://umanota.ca.
KEITH URBAN'S "LIGHT THE
FUSE TOUR 2014" WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN AND SPECIAL GUEST BRETT ELDREDGE
One of the industry's most electrifying live
performers, four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban, will bring his "Light The Fuse Tour 2014" with Little Big Town and special guest Brett Eldredge to Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on
January 24th. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, September 13 at www.ticketmaster.ca.
After a successful and critically acclaimed run of shows that began in June of 2013, the "Light The Fuse Tour 2014" kicks
off on January 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and concludes on February 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The concerts will showcase music from Urban's new CD, "Fuse", (to be released on September 10), including
his latest No. one country hit, "Little Bit Of Everything." The tour features all-new production, the size and scope of which have become synonymous with Urban's electrifying concert experiences.
official Keith Urban tour news including show dates and where to purchase tickets, please click here