AFRIKAN MILLENNIUM AND CULTURAL ARTS FEASTIVAL A three-month music and performance celebration of the 10th millennium of Afrikan culture and the bicentennial of Britain’s abolition of slavery, ending December 31. At Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst, www.tranestudio.com. Rating: NNNNN
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE FEASTIVAL?
It dishes up a whole bunch of creative performances around music from the continent and the diaspora – jazz, blues, folk, soul, R&B, gospel, funk, reggae, parang, spoken word, dub poetry. Something different every night.
WHAT SHOWS are COMING UP?
The feastival is almost over, but we still have some big nights planned. We have parang on Friday (December 21) with Los Amigos, who are Trinidadian; Saturday (December 22) is a tribute to Doug Richardson, who passed away this year; Sunday (December 23) is a Motown Christmas; and New Year’s Eve we’re planning a Duke Ellington tribute.
THREE MONTHS IS A LONG TIME FOR ANY FESTIVAL TO RUN.
The idea just came to me to embark on this journey, and we took it on without any kind of real budget or planning committee... completely impromptu, really.
WHAT HAVE THE HIGHLIGHTS BEEN?
So many. Waleed Abdulhamid raised the bar. Ursula Rucker gave a wonderful presentation, one of the best shows. Marc Cary on the grand piano was magic.
WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN?
I would do it for even longer next time. Toronto has such incredible diversity, such strong cultural roots. It really needs an event like this.