Upcoming, Latin Alternative Music Conference, July 15-18
When most people hear "Latin music," they think either Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and J.Lo, or Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Buena Vista Social Club. But there’s much more to the genre than the pop stars and traditionalists, and the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Canada is back for its second year to prove it.
From Thursday to Sunday (July 15 to 18), progressive alternative, rap, roots and electro charged with a Latin current shake Lula Lounge and Harbourfront Centre in a number of hot sessions and parties. Check for a battle of the bands at Lula on Thursday, see Los Amigos Invisibles take the Harbourfront Centre Stage Friday, Fito Blanko at the Centre’s Brigantine Room on Saturday, and panel discussions with Kemo and others Sunday. Also, be sure to hit up some Latin hiphop flicks there on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, between various other industry panels. For more info, go to www.latinalternative.com/canada.
Claudio Castro, director of LAMC Canada, says this year’s fest focuses on reaching out to the second and third generations.
"We want to foster a scene that’s already growing at a very fast pace."
Upcoming, Everyone’s a DJ, July 17
Commenting on the fact that everyone in Toronto suddenly seems to DJ, promoter Eric Warner is throwing a party where there will actually be real, live bands playing the tunes. He is, however, considering hiring a DJ for the night for the sake of irony. It’s all about showcasing new bands.The performers will be out-of-town rockers Mach Tiver and the Sour Keys, Warner’s group, the Viking Club, and the newest band to love the word "wolf," the Wolfnote. Get off the 1s and 2s and go watch some people play music of their own.