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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


Raise the Roof for Refugees!


On Tuesday, October 29th, join Samba Elegua and others for a special event to raise money and awareness for a great cause: it’s the official launch party of the Toronto Friends of Refugees, taking place at Lula Lounge , 1585 Dundas St. W. (a block and half past Dufferin).

The Toronto Friends of Refugees’ goal is to mobilize, raise awareness and the necessary funds to be able to help one or more refugees start a new life free of fear of persecution and without risk to their lives in Canada. Come out for a great night of music and to support this cause!

Other performers include LAL, Jewstice League, Upper Eche and Steps Dance Company.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each in advance (you can by them online here). Or, show up and pay $18 at the door.

A Spooktastic Samba Weekend is on the Horizon…


…So you’d better get your snap-on fangs ready and join the party!

First, join us on Saturday, October 26 for a well-loved Samba Elegua (or should we say Zomba Elegua) tradition at Night of Dread, hosted by Clay and Paper Theatre. This is a parade for the entire family, in and around Dufferin Grove Park, at which people gather from far and wide to banish collective fears just before Halloween. Parade kicks off around 6 p.m. Dress code: black & white & dreadful. Pay-what-you-can, $10 suggested donation.

Second, it’s the last Pedestrian Sundays Kensington (PSK) of the year on Sunday, October 27 (boo hoo!), so help us send the 2013 summer season out with a loud bang! Look and listen for, and follow the big parade, where you will find us together with a host of friends as we gather to honour our ancestors. Everything starts at the foot of Kensington and Dundas at 6:15 p.m.

Happy Halloween!

Ossington Village Alleyway Party

There’s a party in an alleyway and you’re invited! Think neighbourhood meets potluck meets good beats and tunes, meets friends, meets strangers, meets give and take. All for the fun of it.

Join Samba Elegua and a host of other performers on Sunday, October 6th, from 3-9 p.m. at the Ossington Village Alleywaynorth of Argyle, south of Foxley, west of Ossington, east of Dovercourt.

See Facebook invite here.

Ossington Village Alleyway Party



PSK: September Edition!

Pedestrian Sundays Kensington

Catch Samba Elegua at the September edition of Pedestrian Sundays Kensington on Sunday, September 29 – that’s tomorrow!

We will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Dundas and Kensington Sts. After tomorrow there is only one PSK left this season, so come and be a part of it!