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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!

Corso Italia  – On St. Clair from Dufferin St. to Landowne Avenue
Italian cafes and restaurants, Gelato, gift and bakery shops, World Cup celebrations and street festivals. This hood is a happening place, Latinos from all over the world live here including those from Mexicans, Cubans, Brazilian, Colombians, Italians, Portuguese and Spanish. SAMBA SQUAD, a 30 member percussion band  performs at the festivals on St. Clair.  Rick Lazar, a well known musician,  heads this troupe that has played Brazilian  batucada for at least ten years.

Samba Squad
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