One of the most exciting things about visiting Toronto is getting to spend time in all of its various neighbourhoods. From Little Italy to Little India via Chinatown on Spadina and Greektown on the Danforth, Toronto loves to show off its multicultural heritage.
It is just that spirit behind the LulaWorld Festival at Lula Lounge, from May 12th to 22nd. The Festival celebrates the music of all cultures and newcomers to Canada, but particularly those with a Latin heritage. The Latin music scene in Toronto is incredibly hot right now, and there is some amazing talent on display at this year’s festival. There is everything from Samba to Klezmer hip-hop on the roster, so check the listings on the website, because there’s clearly something for everyone.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the event on May 22nd, the festival’s closing night. Aline Morales is launching her new CD, and it promises to be quite a party. The last time she and the band played, they packed out the Smiling Buddha Bar on College and had people outside lining up in the cold waiting to get in.
The secret is both in the music, which is a hot Brazilian blend of samba, forró, and other styles, but also in the atmosphere of the event. Aline and her band are out to give you the true Brazilian experience, and at the Smiling Buddha the dance floor was packed, the atmosphere was lively and casual, and it felt like any minute we were going to spill out onto a dusty street in Rio rather than a frigid Canadian sidewalk.
They are definitely the ones to watch at this Festival. Tickets are very reasonably priced – $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 9:00pm show, or you can turn it into a full-on night on the town and make reservations for dinner beforehand. Lula has great food.