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Celebrate Toronto Street Festival

Toronto, Canada – The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival transforms five major intersections along the world’s longest street, Yonge Street, into a world-class, free one-of-a-kind festival. Scheduled for July 4 – 6, 2003, the multi award-winning Celebrate Toronto Street Festival honors the city’s rich culture and diversity with spectacular performances by local, national and international artists. The festival draws more than one million revellers each year. It is the only celebration of its kind with over 500,000 square feet of entertainment, 12 stages, more than 1200 performers and 750 things to see and do. This festival is one of the hottest gatherings of talent in the nation with non-stop concerts, dance, daring thrill and spectacle shows, children’s entertainment and much more.

The sites for 2003 are:
Celebrate Downtown @ Dundas
Audiences can celebrate the energy of Toronto’s vibrant downtown core – including Yonge Dundas Square – with thrill shows, extreme sports and non-stop new and classic rock concerts.

Celebrate the World @ Bloor
With one stage featuring traditional world music and dance, and another dedicated to Toronto’s urban music scene, the main intersection on the longest street in the world celebrates the diversity that is the heart and soul of this city.

Celebrate the Arts @ St. Clair
This festival site showcases Toronto’s rich arts and cultural-entertainment scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and orchestral concerts along with street theatre, dance and visual arts.

Celebrate Central @ Eglinton
Home to Friday night’s opening ceremonies, the largest site of the festival features great big entertainment for all tastes and ages with an eclectic mix of music – roots, rock and pop – breathtaking spectacle, interactive sports and the glitz of a giant midway.

Celebrate Kids @ Lawrence
This north end site is the perfect family destination featuring the best in children’s performers including music, dance, theatre, fantastic family attractions, make-and-take crafts, a giant inflatable playground and so much more.

The 2003 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also marks the launch of Summerlicious. Modelled after the hugely successful Winterlicious, Toronto’s first annual restaurant week, this summer program will run from July 4 – 10, 2003. Each of the 50 participating restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu where patrons can sample the establishment’s tasty fare. The menus are available at lunch and dinner and have one of two price categories: $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner or $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner (some restrictions may apply).

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival begins on Friday, July 4 at 8 p.m. at the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton with the incredible opening ceremonies setting the stage for a full weekend of fantastic music, vibrant dance, breathtaking thrill shows and more. The festival continues throughout the weekend at all five festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 6 (Yonge and Lawrence gets started at 10 a.m.).

Tourists to Toronto can contact the Tourism Toronto call centre at 1-877-342-0243 for more information on this and other events in the city.

Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE and getting there couldn’t be easier. All five festival sites are accessible via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Festival subway stops on the Yonge line are Dundas, Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton and Lawrence stations.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit


GUCA Dragacevski Sabor Trubaca Brass Bands Music Festival

Guca, Yugoslavia – The annual festival GUCA Dragacevski Sabor Trubaca (Brass Bands Music Festival) will be taking place August 8-10. In its 40th year, it involves three days full of great Gypsy brass music and Serbian national cuisine in a big open-air party with 300 000 visitors, in Guca, central Serbia.

The festival culminates in a competition between 50 of the best gypsy brass bands, mainly from South Serbia. Many of these bands are well known through the films of Emir Kusturica, such as Black Cat-White Cat, The Underground and Time of the Gypsies. In Guca you will have a unique chance to hear Boban Markovic, Sinisa Petrovic, Fead Sejdic and many other amazing musicians.

Many unique musical styles can be found in different parts of the Balkans region. The Roma have preserved many of the Oriental aspects of Balkan music. In recent years, Balkans brass bands have been incredibly creative in changing the former rigid style presented by traditional brass bands.Over the last ten years, the Boban Markovic Orchestra has received much international attention. The music of this twelve-member orchestra was first introduced to Western audiences through Emir Kusturica’ s films Underground and Arizona Dream. The lead trumpet play, Boban Markovic, and the second trumpet player Jovica Ajdarevic were both awarded with the “Trumpet Maestro” title. The band has also received other important awards including “ Golden Trumpet”, “ First Trumpet” and “The Best Orchestra.


Noche Flamenca in the San Francisco Bay Area

Noche Flamenca
Noche Flamenca

Berkeley, California, USA – One of the world’s foremost flamenco companies and a sensation in its 2000 Bay Area debut, Noche Flamenca takes the stage at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Playhouse for a two-week run of eleven performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 and running through Sunday, July 6, 2003. Noche Flamenca’s appearance is part of Celebración de las Culturas de Iberoamérica, Cal Performances’ programming initiative to bring the performing arts of Spanish and Portuguese America, Spain and the Caribbean to San Francisco Bay Area audiences. Noche Flamenca captures the essence, the purity of form and emotional fire that has made the company one of Spain’s most successful ensembles. Founded by Artistic Director Martin Santangelo and leading dancer Soledad Barrio in 1993, the Madrid-based ensemble has quickly become one of the most sought after dance companies in the world.

The uniqueness of Noche Flamenca emanates from the combination of extraordinary guitarists, singers and dancers who perform together with a communal spirit and a profound understanding of flamenco. Their talents are interwoven and given equal weight, in an artistic vision developed by the founders. The performers offer dance works of deep dramatic substance and top-rank virtuosity that reveal the true heart and soul of flamenco. In its international touring, the ensemble has visited Egypt, Australia the United States and Canada, with followers who described the company as “brilliant” and “the real thing.” These performances are part of a summer tour that also includes dates at the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Florida International Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and a two-week debut tour of Argentina.

Performances in Berkeley will feature dancers Soledad Barrio, Isabel Bayón and Antonio Jiménez “El Chupete;” guitarists Jesús Torres and Paco Cruz; and singers Manuel Gago and Antonio Vizarraga. The Berkeley performances are presented by Cal Performances in association with Aaron Concert Artists of New York.

Martin Santangelo, co-founder of Noche Flamenca, is a resident of Madrid. A student of Ciro, Paco Romero, el Guito, Manolete and Alejandro Granados, he has performed throughout Spain and the U.S. with Maria Benítez’s Teatro Flamenco, at the Lincoln Center Festival of the Arts and with Paco Romero’s Ballet Español. He also appeared in and choreographed a solo for Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center. Santangelo choreographed Romeo and Juliette at the Denver Theater Center and co-directed and choreographed Bodas de Sangre with Larry Kornfield at SUNY Purchase. Santangelo, who was born and raised in New York’s Greenwich Village, was exposed to dance by his Argentine mother, a dancer with Alwin Nikolais. As a young man, he studied acting at New York University and moved to San Francisco, joining El Teatro Campesino. While with the theater company he happened to fill in for an actor in a flamenco performance and was transfixed. He soon left the U.S. for Madrid, to pursue flamenco studies there.

The co-founder of Noche Flamenca, Soledad Barrio was born in Madrid and trained in flamenco and Clásico Español. Barrio has appeared as soloist with the Ballet Español of Paco Romero, Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Guito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes, and Toleo. In 2001 Barrio was named the winner of a New York Dance & Performance Award (a.k.a. the “BESSIES”) for Outstanding Creative Achievement. She is married to Artistic Director Martin Santangelo, and they have two daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

Tickets for Noche Flamenca June 24 – July 6 in Zellerbach Playhouse are priced at $42.00, with a limited number of $30.00 obstructed view seats available as well. Tickets are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at; and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount. The Ticket Office will be closed weekends beginning June through August 2003. For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at


Cartagena Caribe: Major Caribbean Festival in Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – Cartagena de Indias, the Colombian city located in the South American country’s Caribbean coast, will host a new festival called Cartagena Caribe.

It’s a large even featuring top Latin, Caribbean and African musicians from Jamaica, Congo, Colombia, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic: Diblo, Shaggy, Champeta All Stars, Latin Fresh, Latin Dreams, Toto La Momposina, Calamari Big Band, Alfredo De La Fe, Eddy Herrera, Diblo Dibala, Jorge Oñate, Tabú Latino.The concerts will take during the day, late evening and throughout the night, June 28-29, at the Plaza de toros de Cartagena de Indias (bullfighting ring).


World Music Takes Over Madrid this Summer

Caetano Veloso
Caetano Veloso
Madrid, Spain – The 2003 edition of the annual festival Los Veranos de la Villa in Madrid (Spain) is going to feature an impressive line-up of world music and Flamenco acts: Milton Nascimento, Niña Pastori, Caetano Veloso, Rodrigo Leao, José Mercé, Ibrahim Ferrer, El Tiempo De Los Gitanos (Time of the Gypsies), Enrique Morente, Cesaria Evora, Carlinhos Brown, Youssou N’dour, Femi Kuti, Ivan Lins, Nitin Sawhney and Los Tigres Del Norte.

The concerts will take place July 1 through July 30 in the Patio Central at the historical Cuartel del Conde Duque palace.

The complete program, including dates, schedules and ticket prices can be seen at: Conde Duque.


Nearly 40 Acts to Perform at Boleros de Oro Festival 2003

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Havana, Cuba – Nearly 40 acts from Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela will participate in the 17th Boleros de Oro Festival, to take place June 22-29 in Havana, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, reported Radio Rebelde. Organizing Committee President José Loyola announced that the romantic music Festival will be dedicated to the late singer Elena Burke, known as “Señora Sentimiento” in Latin America and the Caribbean. The also Vice-President of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) mentioned that Puerto Rican Danny Rivera will perform in a recital Saturday June 28, at the Karl Marx Theater, the largest in Cuba with 5.000 seats. Composers Harold Gramatges and Rosendo Ruiz, on the occasion of his 85th birthday, and singers Esther Borja and Adriano Rodríguez, for their 90th and 80th anniversaries, respectively, will also be paid homage during the Festival. The 17th edition of Boleros de Oro will welcome lectures by Cuban composers Cesar Portillo de la Luz and Marta Valdes, while topics such as “Music and Poetry in Bolero” and “Bolero and Rumba” will be analyzed in colloquiums.

Documentaries dedicated to recently deceased singer and composer Polo Montañez and to Elena Burke will also be screened.


Buena Vista Social Club to Perform in Hong Kong

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Beijing, China – Cuba’s Grammy award winning project the Buena Vista Social Club, formed by legendary musicians, will perform October 10 in Hong Kong, China. The orchestra will perform at the Great Hall of the Beijing Convention and Exhibition Center, and more than three thousand people are expected to attend.

The Buena Vista Social Club was founded in 1997, thanks to the collaboration of US musician and producer Ry Cooder. Its previous concert in Hong Kong took place in 2001 when the show was sold out a week before the performance and where they played Cuban traditional music classics such as the bolero “Veinte Años” and the son “El Cuarto de Tula.”

The Buena Vista Social Clubb repertory is comprised also by songs by its musicians including Chan Chan, by Compay Segundo, or Píntate los Labios María, by Ochoa. The list of founders also includes pianist Rubén Gonzalez and bass player Orlando Cachao (Cachaíto).

Buy the album Buena Vista Social Club


Los Van Van Performing in the Land of Salsa and Plena

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Popular Cuban dance music orchestra Los Van Van, led by Juan Formell, is currently performing on stages of the neighboring island of Puerto Rico. On Friday, the “Cuban music explosion,” widely famous inside and outside Cuba, will perform at the Exhibition Center of the Caribe Hilton Hotel, in San Juan. Later, the renewed orchestra led by Formell since its foundation in 1969, is scheduled to perform at the Variety Playhouse June 24.

The land of the coquí, one of the smallest species of frogs in the world, and of contagious rhythms such as the plena and salsa, will witness Cuban music, which combines the sound of a “charanga” orchestra with modern rhythms, which became the “songo.” The creativity of Formell and the group’s other talented musicians during three decades is the formula that brought the group world success and a Grammy Award in 2000 in the category of Latin Music for their album “Llegó Van Van!” (Van Van has Come,). Moreover, it is an encounter with the Puerto Rican audience and musicians who follow and enjoy the work of the popular Cuban orchestra and also other Cuban groups that in the last decade permitted the establishment of a solid cultural bridge between artists from both nations.


Danny Rivera to Sing at the Boleros de Oro Festival in Cuba

(Prena Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The popular Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera will perform in a single concert during the Boleros de Oro International Festival, to take place in Cuba June 19 through 29, Organizing Committee members announced here.

The artist will perform at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater, in the capital, on the next to last day of the Festival that will gather artists from 13 countries, including a large delegation from Colombia. Of interest at the 17th edition of the Festival, 40 professors from the University of Santiago de Cali, Colombia will discourse on bolero, which Cuban composer and professor Harold Gramatges said shows the increasing interest in academics for a representative music genre on Latin American idiosyncrasy.

In a ceremony in Colombia, singer Marcela Gutierrez, director of the Cartagena Festival, announced the list of artists from her country planning to come to the Cuban festival, and researcher Arturo Upeghi commented: “Colombians know Cuba is the cradle of bolero and going to Havana is a kind of pilgrimage.”

The Festival, dedicated to Cuban singer Elena Burke, who died in 2002, will take place from June 19 through 22 in eastern Cuba, and June 26 to 29 in Havana. Mexican, Costa Rican, Chilean singers are expected and several artists known by the Cuban audience, such as Mariko Shimisu, from Japan, and Pier, from Spain. Italian singer Paola Di Lorenzi is already in Cuba. Danny Rivera at the Boleros de Oro Festival in Cuba


Paul Winter’s 10th Annual Summer Solstice Will Feature Tunisian Singer Amina

New York, USA – Tunisian singer Amina will perform with the Paul Winter Consort at Paul Winter’s 10th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 20 and 21.

The musical languages of northern and southern Africa, the Middle East, the British Isles and North America will meet at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, located at Amsterdam Ave. and W. 112th St. in New York City.

For the past ten years, Winter has gathered musicians from around the world in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York to create inspired,  spontaneous music at the spiritually charged moment of the summer solstice. This year, the three-time Grammy Award winning composer, bandleader and soprano saxophonist presents the most African-infused manifestation ever of his legendary musical

Tunisian vocalist Amina will blend her versatile voice with Zimbabwean mbira music played by Chris Berry. Other well known guests include Uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan, and the worldly rhythms of percussionist Jamey Haddad.

Performances are at sunset (7:30 pm) on June 20 and 21 and before dawn (4:30 am) on Saturday June 21.

Tickets for the sunrise summer solstice concert – priced $20 for all seats and for the sunset concerts priced $50 for reserved and $35 for general admission seats – are available:

– by phone from CityTix (212 581-1212) 

– online from

– in person from the Cathedral Box Office (Amsterdam Ave. and W. 112th St., tel. 212 662-2133)

Group and discounted student/senior tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office only.