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LULAWORLD 2019 Kicks off on Thursday June 6 2019



Lulaworld Festival 2019

Lulaworld Festival 2019LULAWORLD 2019 Festival is  Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre at Lula Lounge and Dundas West Fest

International guests, local super stars and emerging projects fill this year’s edition of the LULAWORLD festival with Latin blues, soul and salsa, alongside Brazilian forró, samba and MPB.  With almost 150 artists participating in over thirty performances, lessons and workshops, the 14th annual LULAWORLD festival has something for every music and dance lover.

Presented with support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, Ontario Creates and Canadian Heritage as well as our sponsors CIUT-FM, Exclaim! Toronto Hispano, Latinos Magazine.

Event listings, tickets, dinner reservations and menus at
Lula Lounge: 1585 Dundas Street West Toronto, M6K 1T9

Thursday  June 6 / Doors open at 7 Show starts at 8
Opening Night Presented with CIUT / $15 in advance / $20 at the door
LULAWORLD 2019 kicks off with an eclectic mashup featuring preview performances highlighting LULAWORLD’s  international lineup at Dundas West Fest June 7th & 8th.
Direct from Chile, powerhouse vocalist delivers Latin-infused blues, R&B and soul, meshed with jazz-inspired violin by Ernesto J. Espinoza. With Jerónimo Acuña, Oriana Barbato & Luis Orbegoso.
Maestro Claro
A pioneer of the Afro-Colombian champeta guitar style makes his Canadian debut backed by Toronto’s Soukustek, performing the joyful music of the Colombian-Caribbean “pico” culture.
The Soul Motivators
A 9-piece, 3 horn deep funk explosion, with a rough, tough and soulful flair. Listeners are motivated to hit to the dance floor by this fresh revival of a rich retro sound.

Friday June 7 / Doors 6:30 Show 10:15
Havana Ventu / $15 at the door
Percussionist Magdelys Savigne gathers an international lineup featuring Telmary Diaz (Havana), Gabriel Garcia (Los Angeles) and Jorge Bettancourt (Toronto) and for a night of Cuban dance music with inflections of hip hop, changui, pop and jazz.

Saturday June  8 / Doors 6:30 Show 10:15
Alvaro Benavides & Alto Voltage / $20 at the door
Expect hard-hitting, super-charged Nuyorican-style salsa when Venezuelan-born, NYC-based Benavides (of Pedrito Martinez Group fame) joins Luis Orbegoso & Alto Voltage for a night of high-energy repertoire born in the great salsa cities of Toronto and New York.

Sunday June 9 / Doors 6 Show 7
Friendly Rich book launch + Dominic Mancuso
$15 advance / $20 at the door
Mortadella is Donkey Meat, Tales of an Italian-Canadian Weirdo features tall tales about DIY lamb slaughter, Padre Pio & canning pasta sauce. An evening of Italian Canadian storytelling with music by Viva Mexico Mariachi Band and Juno-winner Dominic Mancuso Trio with special guest Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday June 11 / Doors 7 Show 8
Red Hot Samba Night
Featuring Dandha Da Hora & Dance Migration Company
$20 advance / $25 at the door
Percussionist, master dancer, educator, and lead vocalist of the Santa Cruz-based group SambaDa, Dandha da Hora from Salvador, Bahia, has shared the stage with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Daniela Mercury.

Wednesday June 12 / Doors 8:30 Show 9:30
Liniker e os Caramelows / $28 advance / $40 at the door
Co-presented with Uma Nota Culture
Fusing MPB, funk and Afro-Brazilian elements, São Paulo-based trans artist Liniker Barros and her powerhouse band return with a new album after a hugely successful international tour that included a sold out concert at Lula last summer. With opening set by Jerusa Leão’s Saravah!

Friday June 14 / Doors 6:30 Show 7:30
Três / Free before 8 PM
Percussionist, Mari Parhales debuts a new ensemble featuring Brazilian singer and guitarist Carla Dias and bassist Zeca Polina performing a range of lively genres with a focus on Northeastern Brazil.

Saturday June 14 / Doors 6:30 Show 10:15
Tres Estrellas de Salsa / $15 at the door
Co-Presented with Okokan Productions
Havana-based, Cubadisco-winner, Yulasi Miranda Ferrer joins Toronto vocal stars Adis Rodriguez and Marta Elena Perez for a night showcasing three leading Cuban women singers, backed by collaborator Sean Bellaviti and his celebrated Conjunto Lacalu ensemble.

Saturday June 15 / Doors 6:30 Show 10:15
Lengaia Salsa Brava NG / $20 at the door
Direct from Montreal, this award-winning Nuyorican and Puerto Rican-inspired salsa orchestra is led by Guyanese trombonist Giany Huyghues Despointes, performing original compositions and arrangements featuring baritone saxophone and three trombones.

Sunday June 16 / Doors 1pm Show 1:30
Sentir Venezuela / $10 / $5 for children advance
Celebrating Venezuelan culture in Canada, Sentir Venezuela presents a family-friendly afternoon of traditional music, dance and food, highlighting Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and styles including calipso, parranda, joropo and Venezuelan waltz.

June 16 / Doors 7 Show 8
Kellylee Evans / $30 advance $40 at the door
Presented with City Hall Live with opening set by Joanna Majoko
Six albums deep, Juno-award winning jazz, R&B and soul vocalist and composer Kellylee Evans is celebrated for her “stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive,” Evans pushes her muse firmly into the soulful pop territory on her latest release Come On.
Born in Germany and raised in Zimbabwe, a graduate of jazz studies at the University of Manitoba, vocalist, composer and arranger, Joanna Majoko has worked with Otis Brown III, David Clayton-Thomas & Jane Bunnett.


LULAWORLD STAGE at Dundas West Fest / 1630 Dundas Street West
Dundas West Fest is a local celebration of creativity and diversity that strives to be participatory and inclusive. Known as the street party that kicks off Toronto’s summer festival season, it’s a perfect opportunity to invite out-of-town guests to experience and be part of Toronto’s exciting multiculturalism. Take a forró dance lesson, learn a song in Spanish, do some outdoor yoga  and experience incredible music, food and drinks from across the globe! Visit for more info.

Friday June 7
6:30 pm / Dailyn Martinez of Shumdesalsa
Explore the rhythms of son and changui from Cuba’s rural countryside.
7:00 pm / Gabriel Garcia
Guitarist and founder of the Los Angeles-based Changüí Majadero performs classic and original repertoire with some of Toronto’s leading figures in Cuban son and changüi.
8:00 pm / Forró Dance Lesson by Aruá, co-presented with Tambour Soul
Get ready to dance the to the music of North-Eastern Brazil.
8:30 pm / Maria Bonita & the Band
Direct from Bahia, the magnetic singer and multi-instrumentalist Jerusa Leão reunites with her Canadian band for a high energy set of forró pé de serra: a soulful and danceable mix of accordion, fiddle, guitar, song and percussion.
10:00 pm / TdotBangerz
Following up on the success of their street performance at last year’s festival, Toronto’s only hip-hop brass band is back, this year on the Lulaworld stage, busting out your favourite trap hits and classic boom-bap knockers with live freestyles from top MCs.
Saturday June 8
1pm / Street Brass
Lula’s resident community brass band hits the streets heading west from the Garrison stage, with a swinging repertoire inspired by New Orleans and Brazil.
2:00 pm / Lacey Hill
Soulful singer-songwriter and musician Lacey Hill composes her unique blend of folk, blues and rock on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Southern Ontario.
3:30 / Mistysa
Soul, blues, funk and R&B are mixed with Cuban and Brazilian sonorities as Mistysa’s powerful vocals are woven with jazz-inspired violin performed by Ernesto J Espinoza and his ensemble.
4:30 / Brazilian Dance Workshop with Dance Migration
Dance Migration brings the true spirit of Braizilian samba to Dundas West.
5:00 / Rommel Ribeiro
Singing in Portuguese, French, Spanish and English, award-winning, Montreal-based Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, mixes elements of MPB with African, reggae, funk & jazz.
6:30 / Exco Levi & High Priest
Five-time Juno-winner, Exco Levi has been dubbed the “local reggae king” by the Toronto Star for his internationally-celebrated roots reggae and dancehall sound.
7:30 pm / Cuban Sing-along
Singers of all ages and levels are invited to learn a classic Cuban song and sing with us. If you want to practice, you can visit and watch the video!
8 pm / Telmary
On the cutting edge of Cuban hip-hop and urban music, 2019 Juno-nominee Telmary Diaz returns to Toronto for her first full concert in 5 years, after performing at some of Europe and Asia’s most renowned festivals and venues.
9pm / Champeta Dance Lesson with Janeth Sarmiento
Learn the moves of this intoxicating Afro-Colombian craze before the concert begins.
9:30 / Soukustek
Toronto’s premier champeta group, led by guitarist and producer Tury Morey, is reunited with long-time collaborator Claro Torres (aka Maestro Claro) from Barú Island, Colombia.

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