Duo @ Uma Nota Festival (Nov 20th)

The First Annual Uma Nota Festival: 3 Days of Tropical Urban Expression (Nov 18, 19 and 20th)

This marks the expansion of our Uma Nota events from a successful bi-monthly music series (once every two months at the Gladstone Hotel, from summer 2007 to present) to a full-fledged three-day celebration incorporating not only live and DJ musical performances but also workshops, a talk series, film screenings and food and drink.

On November 18, 19 and 20, take a trip into Toronto’s underground tropical scene with Uma Nota Culture.

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Friday Nov 18th

WORLD FUNK : The Uma Nota Flagship

Samba Elegua, DJ Jason Palma and DJ General Eclectic

Admission: $10 at the door

10 p.m.

@Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (Map)

1214 Queen St. W.

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Saturday Nov 19th

Love, Life and Death in the Streets of Brazil

International Short Film Screenings presented by AluCine Festival of Latin Film and Media Arts and co-presented by Uma Nota Culture. There will be several short films from Brazil along with artists in attendance for the screenings.

Admission: $6 General Admission | $4 Seniors/Students

7 p.m.

@The Revue Cinema (Map)

400 Roncesvalles Ave

WORLD ELECTRO:  Funkété meets Uma Nota



DJs eLman & Linterna

Dj Jerus Nazdaq

Admission: $10

10 p.m.

@El Mocambo (Map)

464 Spadina Avenue

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Sunday Nov 20th

 Uma Nota Festival World Roots-Flyer

WORLD  ROOTS:  The Community Cultural Fair


Jose Ortega (Art & Business), Mark Greenspan (Artists & Digital Media) and Alex Bordokas (Tradition & Modernity in Afro-Brazilian Arts). Three of Toronto’s penny philosophers offer their thoughts on art and culture. Followed by Q&A.


“The Perfect Pitú Caipirinha” Pitú presents a “work-show” on how the perfect caipirinha is made, using all the elements: a pestle, ice, a drink shaker, limes, sugar, a bit of mint and of course, cachaça.

“Roda de Coco” hosted by Maracatu Mar Aberto. Maracatu Mar Aberto and friends host a circle of Coco from Northeastern Brazil. All are invited to participate in this lively and fun dance. The step is simple and can be danced in groups, in a pair, or solo. The music involves a collection of percussion instruments and call and response songs.


Luanda Jones Duo (w/ Thiago Souza)

Luanda Jones captivates audiences with her unique blend of suave, jazz-inflected vocals and stylized guitar harmonies. She passionately interprets some of the Brazil’s most cherished musical traditions. Drawing from Brazil’s diverse MPB genre (Brazilian Popular Music ), Luanda colours the expansive, encyclopedic sonic shades of her influences with an unforgettable vocal charm and an entirely welcoming on-stage personality.


Tropicalia is a group of musicians and friends brought together by Brazilian popular music from the 60s and 70s. They play their favourites by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes and Os Novos Baianos, among others.

Maria Bonita and the band

Led by the vocals of Jerusa Leão, Maria Bonita & the Band is a collaboration of Toronto artists from diverse musical backgrounds. They bring the playful rhythms of Forró Pe de Serra from Brazil straight to your backyard. With its soulful mix of accordion, fiddle, guitar, flute and percussion, Forró has become the craze of a nation, sweeping across Brazil’s cultural landscape and inspiring a new generation of musicians.

DJ David Dacks

David Dacks writes, DJs and produces radio. He’s a longtime advocate of all things dub, which is one of the key building blocks of creative rhythm music. David also knows a staggering amount about music. In his virtual decks past, future, analog, electronic and music from all around the world collide and spawn. Check out his radio show The Abstract Index on Toronto’s CIUT Radio, which he has broadcasted live from AfroFest and the Guelph Jazz Festival.

MC  Bookshelf

MC Bookshelf is a badass Canadian guy who lived in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous and largest favela. Lord only knows what he was doing there, but during his stay he bought many many cool old samba and soul records that he’ll spin on the day of the festival.


2pm- 10pm

Admission: $5 donation/Pay What You Can

@Lula Lounge (Map)

1585 Dundas St. W.

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