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Polyphonic Ground

Hear Toronto. Where the World Lives.

 11 presenters, 8 annual festivals, 280 shows per year.
Coming together through live music to celebrate and inspire.

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Polyphonic Ground Concert: RPM x Uma Nota Culture x Manifesto

RPM Records' 2nd Year Anniversary and Record Release Party with DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, DATU, Obuxum, Wolf Saga and surprise guests. RPM mixtape features unreleased tracks from RPM's global network of Indigenous next wave and non-Indigenous artists.

Date: August 11
Venue: The Root Down Studio, 225 Geary Ave., Toronto, ON M6H 2C1

    

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Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

An ensemble of world-class musicians perform an astonishing program written by Jewish composers during World War II in the Soviet Union. Collected by researchers later arrested by Stalin, the songs were miraculously discovered decades later in Ukraine.

Date: August 28
Venue: Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

    

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17th Annual Small World Music Festival

17th Annual Small World Music Festival

Three days of global sounds informed by intersections and inspired by WOMAD's 30th anniversary. Highlights include La Dame Blanche (Cuba - France), Daraa Tribes (Morocco), Vieux Farka Touré (Mali), Las Cafeteras (USA), DJ Lag (South Africa) and more.

Date: August 17 - 19
Venue: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 

    

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Shahram Nazeri Event

Shahram Nazeri & Hafez Nazeri

Untold - A New Beginning. Classics and new works from the Rumi Symphony Project; Iran's celebrated musical father and son return to Toronto with an all star ensemble after four years. Co-presented by Link Music Lab and Small World Music Society.

Date: October 21 – show at 7PM
Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1B2

    

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Fally Lpupa

Fally Ipupa

Canadian debut of Congolese singer-songwriter Fally Ipupa on their Tokooos tour presented by Music Africa.

  

   

        

Date: August 31
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON, M5X 1K2  

   

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Habari Africa Festival 2018

Habari Africa Festival 2018

A weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of Africa. Habari Festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival with presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diverse cultures of Africa.

Date: August 10 - 12
Venue: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

  

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Rhitom Sarkar & the Indo-Canadian Slide Ensemble

Hindustani slide guitar player Rhitom Sarkar (India) joins Toronto artist Michael Oesch and Sean Pinchin for a collaboration showcasing a fusion of Indian and North American slide styles.  

Date: July 27
Venue: Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St., Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

    

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Ashkenaz Festival

Ashkenaz Festival

North America's largest festival of global Jewish music and culture; 80+ acts, 250+ artists and most events free.

    

  

  

  

Date: August 28-September 3rd
Venue: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

      

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Bollywood Monster Mashup

Free concert with international Bollywood stars Aaman Trikha and Khushboo Grewal, spectacular dance performances, free kidzone, free chef demos, sizzling food, shopping and exclusive VIP experiences.   

Date: July 20 & 21.

Venue - Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B3C1

    

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Marjan Farsad in Toronto

Marjan Farsad in Toronto

Marjan Farsad's Toronto debut! The band will perform songs from Blue Flowers, her first album along with new songs and arrangements accompanied by animations created and curated by Marjan herself.

  

Date: July 20
Venue: Revival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 1C5

    

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Dr. Nativo /Tamika/ DJ Poirier/ Higher Heights Hi Fi

Lula Lounge's Caribana long-weekend all-night party with one of Central Amerca's most exciting new talents Dr. Nativo! Toronto's own reggae/dub sound system kicks off the night and DJ Poirier and Tamika heat up the dance floor.

Date: August 5
Venue: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, Toronto, ON, M6K 1T9

    

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OKAN

Live on the Patio: OKAN featuring Eliana Cuevas

Powerful women-led ensemble OKAN shares the soul of contemporary Cuban roots music. Co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne embrace musical genres and roles historically been dominated by men.

  

Date: August 28
Venue: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto, ON, M5J 2H5

    

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Live on the Patio: Sean Bellaviti & Conjunto Lacalu

"Classic" salsa sound rooted in the Cuban conjunto tradition. This internationally renowned 11-piece ensemble couples a dynamic three-trumpet horn section with a rhythm section that features Afro-Cuban percussion, piano, bass and Cuban tres guitar.


Date: August 30
Venue: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto, ON, M5J 2H5

    

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Maria Bonita

Maria Bonita & The Band!

 

Experience the irresistible sounds of Maria Bonita and The Band. Magical and romantic live forró led by the inimitable Jerusa Leão, back in Toronto for the summer!

  

 

 

Date: July 19
Venue: Drom Taberna. 458 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON, M5V 2A8

    

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Contest

Enter for your chance to win one of the following prizes!

   

World Fiddle Day Toronto offers Shane Cook and OKAN CDs. They performed at their recent Polyphonic Ground Concert.

 

Small World Music Society offers a pair of tickets to DJ Lag (South Africa) August 18 at the 17th annual Small World Music Festival.

 

Music Africa offers a pair of tickets to Fally Ipupa (Congo) live on August 31 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

   

RPM and Uma Nota Culture offer a pair of tickets to the August 11 Polyphonic Ground Concert at The Root Down Studio which is also part of the Manifesto Discovery Series: RPM 2-Year Anniversary & Mixtape.

 

Lula Music & Arts Centre offers a pair of tickets to Dr. Nativo (Guatemala) / Tamika (NYC) / DJ Poirier (Montreal) / Higher Heights Hi Fi on August 5 at Lula Lounge.