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Blackout Party 2014 – 10TH EDITION

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It’s that time of year again! August 14, 2014 is the 11th year since the 2003 blackout that forced us all out of our powerless homes and onto the streets to celebrate with our neighbours.

We have been a part of every epic Blackout Celebration for ten years and this year we’re proud to be joining our friends again. Featuring:

  • Samba Elégua
  • Maracatu Mar Aberto
  • Pretty Rambunctious
  • Richard Underhill (and horns)
  • Street Brass
  • Kalendar
  • Ada Dahli & The Pallbearers

Meet us on the south-east corner of Christie Pits Park at 8pm on August 14. We will walk together into the unexpected (cyclists welcome for a special Art Spin at 8:15) 

Happy Blackout, Toronto!!

With love from Samba Elégua.

Cantina Remix On The Plaza at the Gardiner Museum

Partnering with the Gardiner Museum for the first time ever, we are going to teach Toronto how to make a scene at the museum. Join us at Cantina Remix On The Plaza this Friday, July 11 at 6pm.

We’re also excited to be sharing the stage with the legendary MILK.Crew DJ’s Felix & Gani, best known for their Sunnyside Pavillion summer residency. They will play a House & Disco Latin-flavoured DJ set.

Tickets are only $15 and the party will have cash bars, snacks and access to the Gardiner Museum’s Mesoamericas collection. How often do you have a chance to dance with  Gods? And not just Elégua this time.

See details and buy tickets HERE. 

About Scene On The Plaza: Scene on the Plaza is a fresh new fixture among Toronto’s art parties. Enjoy eats, beats and drinks outdoors on the plaza for five Friday evenings from June 27 to July 25. Your ticket includes admission to the Gardiner Museum and its special exhibition, Camp Fires. 

Pride, PSK and Canada Day Triple-Header Long Weekend

Elegua at Pride

It’s been 10 years since the photo above was taken at the 2004 Pride Parade. Ten years later and we’re still so incredibly proud and honoured to parade with UofT every year. We’ll be joining them again at this year’s very special World Pride Parade. Join us at the parade on Sunday June 29th at 1pm at Church and Bloor Street.

If you miss us at World Pride, we’re continuing the celebration at Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market at 5pm. 

To cap off this rhythm-filled weekend, come on out to Celebration Square in Mississauga to celebrate Canada Day with us. July 1st at 3pm. We’ll be at the Pan Am Games Pavilion until 7pm.

See you all in rainbow colours, red and white in only a few days time!

Once again, here are the details:

  • June 29th, 1pm, World Pride Parade
  • June 29th 5pm, Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market
  • July 1st, 3-7pm, Canada Day at Celebration Square, Mississauga.

Happy long weekend from all of us with samba love!

Jane’s Walk Launch Party

Jane' s Walk

Urban dwellers, community activists and music lovers alike: On Friday, May 2nd come and join Samba Elegua as we help kick off the 2014 Jane’s Walk Launch Party! The party begins a whirlwind weekend of community and local discovery, all taking place in this wonderful city of ours (Toronto, that is!).

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, locally led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. The Toronto edition will be no exception.

Samba Elegua will play at different intervals throughout the night of the launch party. Things kick off at 6 p.m., at Bathurst and College and will end up at 918 Bathurst. Stick around and help take the party to the next level. When it comes to community, we’re all in this together!

Samba Elegua Rocks the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade 2014

Fresh from the unforgettable-night-to-remember Folk the Winter Parade last night, Samba Elegua is back in action on Sunday, April 20th (wait that’s tomorrow!) at the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade! Have you got your bunny ears ready?

Beaches Lions Easter Parade

Come one, come all to the 2014 edition, at 2 pm. The parade kicks off at Queen St. E. near Victoria Park Ave. We’ve got you covered with the sweet beats! The Easter Bunny will pay a visit. Fun for the whole family. Did we mention free chocolate?

Folk the Winter!

Pat yourselves on the back – you’ve made it through winter!

Join Samba Elegua on Friday, April 18th in celebrating the arrival of spring at Folk the Winter. We’re anticipating a wild night of drumming, jamming, dancing, and fire twirling as we’ll be marching TO A SECRET LOCATION for a BIG SURPRISE!

Don’t miss it!

With special guests: CLAY AND PAPER THEATRE

Location: LCBO Parking Lot on Brock St. north of Queen. 
Time: 7pm.
Clip of last year’s parade: here
Folk the Winter Parade

March for National Music Therapy Awareness!

March is National Music Therapy Awareness Month! On Sunday, March 30th, Samba Elegua brings home the March for Music Therapy, a special event in support of the Music Therapy Trust Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to making music therapy available to communities across Canada.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a march from the Music Therapy Centre (1175 Bloor St. W., between Dufferin and Lansdowne) to the Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W.), accompanied by the soulful rhythms of Maracatu Mar Aberto, followed by a party with the beat-making goodness of Samba Elegua. Partake in cupcakes and other fun stuff, all in support of music therapy!

$20 admission, at either the march or the party. Party begins at 2 p.m.

March for Music Therapy

 

 

 

 

Salsa in the City for Plan Canada

Want to check out a great night of music and contribute to a great cause at the same time? Look no further than Salsa in the City for Plan Canada, a night in support of Plan Canada‘s Because I Am A Girl initiative, this Tuesday, March 4th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Samba Elegua joins the Columbian ambassador and others to raise funds and awareness.

Portions of the event proceeds will be directed to a child rights project in Colombia, in order to improve the lives of girls and protect children and youth from violence, abuse, and exploitation. Donations will be matched by the Canadian government 4:1.

Event Location: Story’s Building , 11 Duncan Street (just above Adelaide).

Plan Canada's Because I Am A Girl

 

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!

All dressed up and nowhere to go this New Year’s Eve?

Look no further than the Opera House (Queen and Broadview) for a soul-shakin’ jamboree of epic proportions. Samba Elegua joins urban folklore agitators Lemon Bucket Orkestra and special opening guest, Koljadnyky, an incredible group of Carpathian Highlanders all the way from Kryvorivne, Ukraine. What better way to bring in 2014 then by exploding into the new year with a motherfolking BANG!

New Year's Eve 2014 with Lemon Bucket Orkestra!

This party also promises another unique twist: it’s a Hat Party! All ticket holders are encouraged to bring an old hat to the show to exchange with a stranger at the stroke of midnight. Out with the old, in with the new.

Party starts at 9:00 p.m. and goes til late. Sponsored by Steam Whistle.

Tickets: $20 in advance / $30 at the door.
Get them at Sunrise Records, La Palette restaurant, or here!

Casa De Bambas – A Fundraiser for the Philippines

Casa De Bambas

On Sunday, December 8th, come and check out a fabulous night of Brazilian culture, and help raise money for a good cause at the same time!

Samba Elegua will join a stellar lineup of live performers at the Lula Lounge, including: Samba de Roda with Carlinhos Pernambuco, Forró de Pé with Luciano Porto, Batizado & Troca de Cordas, Maculelê, Puxada de Rede and more.

Proceeds will, in part, go to Philippines disaster relief, and the Canadian government will match funds raised.

  • 6:00PM
  • 7:00PM
  • $15 in advance / $20 at the door
  • Aruandê Toronto and Mestrando Fabio 90