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Jaana Band – “Morghe Lahooti”

Jaana band led by Mahsa Golmakani started its activities in Toronto last spring. The main core of this band is composed of a group of talented female musicians based in Toronto, who made their official debut recently with a music-video entitled Morgh-e-Lahooti, featuring a poem by Rumi and shown on Radio Javan. The Composition of this song, as well as some of the other pieces to be performed during the festival, was completed by Mr. Hamid Behroozinia, one of the most successful young Iranian musicians.

Second season of the Sounds of Canada series.

We’d like to congratulate every one of us on the launch of the second season of the Sounds of Canada series. In the second season, we will adhere to the same principles that guided us in the first season: different musical genres and a wide range of performers—from well-known artists to beginners just taking their…
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Magdalena Tomsinska

If you are one who revels in medieval music, then you definitely must attend Magdalena Tomsinska's performances. Magdalena is a talented musician, as well as a music teacher and researcher-musicologist. She is originally from Poland,a country of rich musical traditions, where she learned classical guitar at the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and lute…
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Poll. I’m playing…

I'm playing... Alas, I can't play anything 33.33% - ( 2 votes ) Piano 16.67% - ( 1 vote ) Guitar 16.67% - ( 1 vote ) Accordion 16.67% - ( 1 vote ) Harp 0% - ( 0 votes ) Flute 0% - ( 0 votes ) Trumpet 0% - ( 0 votes )…
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Alexander Sevastian. IN MEMORIAM.

On Friday, February 19, we all, and the music world in particular, suffered a terrible loss with the sudden death of Alexander Sevastian, a virtuoso accordionist, who was sometimes called Paganini of accordion. This is devastating news to everybody who new him, who loved his music, and who had an honour to work with him.…
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Music Genres Quiz

Welcome to  Music Genres Quiz! What do you know about these peoples and their music? With the following quiz you can test your musical knowledge. What is the chosen instrument of the Japanese goddess of music? Fue Hichiriki Sanshin Biwa HyoshigiHow many musical genres originated in the Caribbean? 7 23 None. All originated in Africa.…
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Okavango African Orchestra

What is Okavango African Orchestra? Is it Eritrean? Zimbabwean? Senegalese? Burundian? Ghanaian? Or is it Madagascan? Actually, the orchestra is Eritrean, Zimbabwean, Senegalese, Burundian, Ghanaian, AND Madagascan. It is what its name says: African. A unique band of talented musicians from all parts of Africa, as diverse as Africa’s cultural mosaic itself, it’s a one-of-a-kind,…
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Rolling Stronz

If you want to fool around and get paid for it, you must have a big talent and an even bigger sense of humour. That’s exactly what the Rolling Stronz possess in addition to a positive attitude and friendly demeanor. Funny as hell, they will make a devil laugh with their antics, banter, and comical…
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Portuguese Sounds of Canada

A famous singer, Tony Gouveia is considered something of an ambassador for fado, a Portuguese music and dance genre. Well known in the North American Portuguese community for more than  20 years of performance with the famed non-fado group Tabu, he is truly the voice of fado with his charming, touching vocals and moving emotional…
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Founders of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Fueled by their passion towards Arabic and Western classical music, Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal have been building bridges between these two rich worlds; inviting and engaging Canadian Arab and non-Arab musicians who enjoy performing and exposing this beautiful music to the Canadian public in a new modern style. Lamees Audeh is a Canadian-Palestinian-Jordanian…
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First musical event in Toronto

The first extant reference to a musical event in Toronto is an itemized account including '7 Dollars Paid musick by Order' for a ball and supper, 4 Jun 1798, to celebrate the king's birthday (from Canadian Encyclopedia).
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Language Quiz

Welcome to Language quiz Which one of these nations is NOT considered Celtic? The Cornish The Irish The English The Scottish The WelshWhich one of these languages is NOT originally from the Philippines? Tagalog Pangasinan Ilocano Cebuano CantoneseItalian is an official language of all of the following jurisdictions, except one. Which one? Italy Switzerland San…
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Howard Leslie Shore

DID YOU KNOW that a famous composer Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is a Canadian. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. He won three Academy Awards for his work on the first trilogy, with one…
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CANADA’S COLDEST DAY

The small Yukon hamlet of Snag recorded a temperature -62.8° C on February 3, 1947. It was so damn cold, in fact, the joke was that the meteorologists couldn’t toast the new record because their wine was frozen. The frigid air was so still that exhaled breath made a hissing noise and dogs could be…
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First Scots in Canada

The first documented source of Scots in what would become Canada comes from the Saga of Eric the Red and the Viking expedition of 1010 AD to Vinland (literally, the land of meadows), which is believed to refer to the island of Newfoundland. The Viking prince Thorfinn Karlsefni took two Scottish slaves to Vinland. When…
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Which music genre is your favourite?

Which music genre is your favourite? Classic music 27.4% - ( 20 votes ) Rock 23.29% - ( 17 votes ) Jazz 12.33% - ( 9 votes ) Hip Hop 8.22% - ( 6 votes ) Disco 6.85% - ( 5 votes ) Other 5.48% - ( 4 votes ) Rap 4.11% - ( 3…
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Indian Sounds of Canada. Backstage.

Dance With SL is a South Asian dance and choreography collective, founded by Shereen Ladha, that trains and showcases the top Bollywood performers in Canada.

Dance With SL is the creative force behind several viral YouTube videos and the touring stage show 'Roots: A Journey Through India’.

The Canadian Arabic Orchestra

The idea of combining the Western and Eastern musical worlds started out in 2009 by Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal who performed as a duo of the piano and the qanun - the two major instruments of both musical cultures. This idea was explored further by creating fusion music that combined Western and Eastern…
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Roots

Since the beginning of time, people have been striving to establish a sense of belonging to their surroundings. Just as the roots of a tree find their way and cling to the earth, we express our love to our land and Mother Nature through songs like these. They are light, yet they contain the four…
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Night Prayers

At the concert in Toronto, duet of classical musicians, clarinetist Julian Milkis and accordionist Alexander Sevastian, performed "Night Prayers" by Gia Kancheli, an outstanding composer from Georgia. His music is very unusual: it is both simple and complex. It captures your imagination and touches your heart at the same time. During the filming, our operators…
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Vodogray

One of the first films that we shot was a piece about the singer Miroslava Solovyanenko, who moved to Canada from Ukraine. According to the script, her song "Vodogray" (which in Ukrainian means "Waterfall"), was shot on the banks of Niagara, using the falls as a backdrop. Miroslava is a young, gorgeous actress and naturally…
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