Uma Nota kicks off their third annual festival at the venue where it all began — the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom — with two of the Toronto live acts doing the most interesting work in the Brazilian music scene and possibly the most creative person we know holding it down on the decks.
Gord Sheard Brazilian Jazz Quintet
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and mainstay of Toronto’s jazz, Latin and Brazilian scene, Gordon Sheard has enjoyed a many-faceted career as a professional musician for three decades. His latest release, 2012’s brilliant All Saints’ Bay was recorded in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, with hand-picked Brazilian and Canadian musicians, and mixes Afro-Brazilian and jazz styles. In his latest project, the quintet, Sheard continues his immersive Brazilian musical explorations.
Os Tropies play psychedelic Brazilian Tropicália with their own indie twist. Their take on the genre includes numerous original tunes in English, French and Portuguese, available both on their debut EP released earlier this year and with more to come from the new material they are currently recording.
Ecuadorian-Canadian artist and designer Angela Vargas, AKA DJ Firecracker, has DJed shows by Friendlyness and the Human Rights, Maria Bonita and the Band, Maracatu Baque de Bamba and events like Sarnia’s Empty Fest and the annual Block Party organized by Maracatu Mar Aberto. Her selections encompass Brazilian samba, forró and funk, killer cumbia and vintage reggae.
Part of the Third Annual Uma Nota Festival
October 17-20, 2013
4 Days of Tropical Expressions