Toronto’s Lulaworld Program Announced

Autorickshaw - Photo by Kevin Kelly
Lulaworld announced the program for Lulaworld 2012, the world music series that will take place in Toronto from May 9-19. International sensations featured include La Marisoul (LA), Gabriele Mirabassi (Italy), Claudio Rabeca (Brazil), Pupy y Los Que Son Son (Cuba), Ralph Irizarry (New York City), and Ignacio Berroa & Alain Perez (Cuba), will combine forces with our local and national treasures Hilario Durán, Luisito Orbegoso, Daniela Nardi, Aline Morales, Robi Botos, Mario Allende, Boogat w/ Lady Son y Articulo Viete, The Gryphon Trio, Cafe Con Pan, Autorickshaw and more.

Lula Lounge is marking its 10th anniversary this year. The festival is the main avenue for Lula to showcase the very best in both foreign and domestic world music artists.

The anniversary celebrations will also include a compilation CD that will highlight the work of Canada’s vibrant salsa and Latin scene. With profits going to support the visionary local charity Dancing With Parkinsons, the album aims to increase the international profile of top Canadian Latin musicians. Contributors to the album will include Mario Allende, Roberto Linares Brown, Caché, Son Aché, Hilario Durán and other artists to be confirmed.

Lulaworld 2012 Concert Schedule

May 9
Autorickshaw w/ special guests Mark Duggan, Gord Sheard & George Koller

May 11
La Marisoul (LA) w/ Café Con Pan CD Launch – at 8 pm

May 11
Boogat (Montreal) + Lady Son y Articulo Viete: A hip hop son cubano mashup! – at 11 pm

May 12
Ralph Irizarry (New York) w/ Luisito Orbegoso’s Moda Eterna

May 15
Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto CD launch w/ special guest Gabriele Mirabassi (Italy)

May 16
Gryphon Trio + Hilario Durán Trio: The Spirit Of Lula: Time Flies

May 17
Latin Jazz: >From Cuba to Madrid, New York & Toronto

Ignacio Berroa (Cuba, New York), Hilario Durán (Cuba, Toronto), Alain Perez (Cuba, Spain), Robi Botos (Hungary/Canada), Mario Allende (Chile/Canada)

May 18
Claudio Rabeca (Brazil) + Aline Morales = The New Brazilian Forró, Tropicalia & MPB

May 19
Pupy y Los Que Son Son (Cuba) (At Phoenix Concert Theatre)

Concerts will all take place at Lula Lounge, Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Tickets: $15 – $30 Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 or email

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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