Toronto’s Latin Scene – Part 1

Toronto’s multicultural population has brought great music to the city.  The Latin scene is most prominent.  Visit these neighbourhoods, if you are interested in hearing  that Latin beat.

Little Portugal near the corner of  Ossington and Dundas

Lula Lounge is a hot spot for dancing, food, and live music – Latin style.    Popular musicians perform here.  On Friday and Saturday nights, after a hearty steak dinner and   mojito, Cuban club goers are rally by native Ana Machado to join her  for salsa lessons.  After which the music starts.

LADY SON Y ARTICULO VEINTE (Article 20) is a favourite here. Yeti Ajasin (Lady Son) of  Italian, Jewish and Nigerian descent sings NuYorican style Salsa and Guajiro culture Son Montuno from Cuba.  Listen to Lady Son on MySpace : Rumba Rumbero by Lady Son

Where do you like to go to listen to Latin music??  PLEASE COMMENT!

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Classical Vienna

Vienna is the most breathtaking cities to which I have traveled.  Cobblestone streets, cafes, boutiques, Romanesque, Baroque and Classical architecture are abound. While many have said that Vienna rivals Paris in classical architecture, there is no comparison to the rich history of this city’s classical music. The best known composers of Vienna’s Classical Period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert.

Experiencing Vienna’s Classical period is not hard to do when you travel there.  Walking tours take you to the humble apartments of these great composers.  Music venues are plentiful and ornate.  The Musikverin, Viennese Music Association) a concert hall that opened in 1870, was built by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Music Lovers) on a piece of land given by Emperor Franz Joseph.  Mozart’s classics performed here in period costume are a sight to see.

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Vancouver’s Dehli 2 Dulbin is electricfying

This five member band has been performing at festivals around the world since 2006.  They have three albums to their credit: Delhi 2 Dublin, Delhi 2 Dublin Remixed and Electric Planet released in May 2010

Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Kytami, Andrew Kim and Ravi Binning transcend all stereotypes by creating an electrifying fusion of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica.  You can only get up, dance and JUMP, JUMP, JUMP!!

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Legends live on at Nashville’s honkytonks

Within the downtown of Nashville lies the stuff legends are made of. While the Grand Ole Opry helped many a career for the likes of Hank Williams Sr., the Everly Brothers, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and Patsy Cline, many of these artists started at Nashville’s Honky Tonks in an area called “Lower Broad.”
Even today, tourists make a pilgrimage from all over the world to listen to the pure and electrifying sounds of rockabilly, Honky Tonk and bluegrass that began here 50 years ago. They come to see where these country greats were discovered and where the new country  singers still come in for jam sessions.

Near the comer of Broadway and Fifth Ave., country music emanates through the air from the speakers outside the Honky Tonks – small country bars decked out in country gear and memorabilia. Inside, the atmosphere is cozy, smoky and revved with stomping feet and clapping hands beating in rhythm to the music.

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