Canada – Cuban band Valle Son returns to Canada for an extensive summer tour. Valle Son (vah-yeh sohn) is a 7 piece group from the rural village of Viñales in the lush tobacco-growing highlands of Pinar del Rio, the westernmost province of Cuba, where most of them have been playing together for more than a decade.
In July 2000, Valle Son traveled to the Yukon for a month-long tour. There they recorded their CD Son de Cuba at Old Crow Studio in Whitehorse, released on their imprint, Caribou Records– home to the Undertakin’ Daddies, Kim Barlow, and Anne Louise Genest. Son de Cuba is rooted in the traditional son style, yet embodies a contemporary, hybrid sound. Driven by the clave rhythm, the music integrates elements of jazz and mambo to create a propulsive, vibrant groove.
Valle Son would have returned to Canada sooner, but a 2002 North American tour crumbled, with visa delays in the wake of 9/11. This year’s trip takes them through the US and into Canada this summer for a series of festival and concert dates, continuing in July after they record their second Caribou CD in Whitehorse.
July 4 – 6 Vancouver Island Music Festival, Comox
July 7 Butchart Gardens
July 8 – 9 Harrison Festival for the Arts
July 11 – 13 World Festival, Harbourfront, Toronto
July 12 Lula’s Lounge, Toronto
July 16 Beneath the Arches, Turner Valley, Alberta
July 17 Ironwood Grill, Calgary
July 18 – 20 South Country Fair, Fort Macleod, Alberta
July 24 WISE Hall, Vancouver
July 25 – 27 Mission Folk Festival
Aug 5 Art Space, Prince George, B.C.
Aug 6 Downstream Bar, Jasper, Alberta
Aug. 7-10 Edmonton Folk Music Festival
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