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Japan Festival CANADA 2018

We would like to remind you that this weekend (August 25th and 26th) Nagata Shachu, a Toronto-based Japanese group, will perform from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Japan Festival CANADA 2018. Nagata Shachu will share the stage with Eitetsu Hayashi, Japanese musician, solo taiko performer, and his group Fu-un no Kai. Both groups will…
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Happy Saint Stephen’s Day!

Today, on August 20th, Hungarians celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day, which commemorates the foundation of Hungary. Stephen I, also known as King Saint Stephen, was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians (between 997 and 1000) and the first King of Hungary (from 1000 until his death in 1038). August 20th is the greatest national holiday…
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Taste of Manila

Just a reminder that the festival Taste of Manila will be held in Toronto, on Bathurst street, on August 18th and 19th. There will be lots of delicious Filipino food, fun-filled entertainment, such as live music, dances, and games.
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Mississauga ItalFEST

We are happy to remind you that Mississauga ItalFEST is held this weekend in Mississauga, ON. There will be numerous exciting activities, such as pizza making workshop, watermelon and pasta eating contest, cooking demonstrations, youth soccer challenge, etc. The festival begins at 2:00 PM on August 17th and runs until 11:00 PM on August 18th.…
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Poll: What is your favourite chordophone?

What is your favourite chordophone (string instrument)? Lutes (instruments that support the strings via a neck and a bout, e.g. a guitar, a violin, or a saz) Harps (instruments that contain the strings within a frame) Zithers (instruments that have the strings mounted on a body or frame, e.g. a guqin, a cimbalom, an autoharp,…
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Yiddish Glory Concert

Yiddish Glory is a program written by Jewish composers during the World War II in the Soviet Union. As Stalin arrested researchers, who were collecting the songs, it was believed that the works were destroyed. Fortunately, the songs were found many years later in Ukraine. The concert will be held at Koerner Hall (273 Bloor…
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Indian music

There are two major traditions of Indian classical music – Hindustani music of North India and Karnatak music of South India. Both traditions use the system of ragas for melody construction and tala for rhythm. Meanwhile, the main difference between these two traditions is the influence of Persian music and musical instruments in the north.
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Summit Music Festival

Julian Milkis, a famous clarinet player, accompanied by a pianist Vadim Monastyrski, recently performed at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY. As usual, the concert was a great success! Musicians performed the works of famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Ioseb Bardanashvili, Astor Piazzolla, Giya Kancheli.
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Poll – What is your native language?

What is your native language? English 33.33% - ( 1 vote ) Italian 33.33% - ( 1 vote ) Russian 33.33% - ( 1 vote ) French 0% - ( 0 votes ) Spanish 0% - ( 0 votes ) Filipino – Tagalog 0% - ( 0 votes ) Hungarian 0% - ( 0 votes…
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Ney

The ney (Arabic ناي‎) is a flute, a woodwind musical instrument, which is mostly used by the peoples of the Caucasus, Western and Central Asia. The ney is one of the oldest musical instruments, which is still used, as it has been continuously played for approximately 5,000 years. For the first time it appeared in…
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India Food Festival

Just a reminder that this Sunday, August 5th, the Taste of India Food Festival is held on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. This is a free annual event with mouth-watering Indian food, live performances, and much more! There will be a huge variety of “sample plates” for under $10. The festival starts at 10:00 AM…
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Vietnam Essence of Yesteryear 10

This Saturday, August 4th, Tre Viet Performing Arts Group from Toronto, Ontario will perform at the Show and Conference “Vietnam Essence of Yesteryear 10”, a Vietnamese traditional music concert, at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, Seattle, Washington. To order your ticket, please contact Huong Viet at (425) 361-2265.
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“Milena Kunis” by Partida

Great news for all fans of Partida! As was promised, the band has recently released an incredible music video for their song “Milena Kunis”. To watch a full video, please visit their Facebook page: @partidamusic
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The Panorama with Mira Solovianenko

We are thrilled to inform you that Mira Solovianenko, heroine of Ukrainian Sounds of Canada, was recently interviewed by Joel Recla, the host of The Panorama, a popular weekly show on Filipino TV (FTV). The interview will be available on FTV on all major Canadian providers (Rogers, Cogeco, Shaw, Bell, SaskTel, etc) as well as online…
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Upcoming music video “Araw-Araw”

We are pleased to let you know that Partida is working on a new music video for their newest original song "Araw-Araw", according to Filbert Wong, guitarist. For more info, visit their Facebook page: @partidamusic
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Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke

This is going to be American Rogues’ sixth year in a row performing at Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke. The festival is held annually in mid-August in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The dates for 2018 are August 8th to August 12th. Tickets are available online or at the entrance of the site at a small…
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Taste of India Food Festival

The Taste of India Food Festival is a free event held annually on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Mouth-watering Indian food, live performances, and much more! All food vendors are expected to have “sample plates” of their most popular dishes for under $10. The event is on August 5th, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 10:00…
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FAMA 2018

Just a reminder that the first day of the Festival of Arabic Music and Arts “FAMA 2018” is October 26th. The festival will run until the 11th of November. Unfortunately, Early Bird Privilege Passes for the Festival of Arabic Music and Arts “FAMA 2018” are sold out on The Canadian Arabic Orchestra’s website. Although regular price…
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Interesting Fact about Partida

Did you know that Partida’s lead vocalist is a former vocalist of an Indie band from the Philippines? His band, Neruda, has performed all over the Philippines, appeared on MTV Philippines in shows like MTV Rockola and MTV Siesta. Their songs Reign and Take a Seat, Feel the Kick were broadcast on such radio stations…
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Mira Solovianenko’s upcoming concert

Honored Artist of Ukraine Mira Solovianenko is happy to invite everyone to a concert “Sestra, sestra – teplo kostra” (“Sister, Sister - heat of the fire”). The concert will take place at the cafe “Amazing Cat”, in Toronto, Ontario (4544 Dufferin street) at 7:30 PM on the 20th of July. All songs will be performed…
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Ratha-Yatra on the 14th and 15th of July

Just a reminder that the 46th Annual Festival of India, also know as Ratha-Yatra, will be held on Toronto Centre Island this upcoming weekend. Everyone is welcome to join. The admission is free.
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Russian folk music

Russian folk music is an integral part of Russian folk culture. As music instruments for a long period were suppressed in Russia (Tsar Alexis I of Russia banned the use of all musical instruments in 1648), in the middle of the XIX century a new type of songs emerged. Nowadays this type of songs is…
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American Rogues in Nashville, TN

We are thrilled to announce that the American Rogues will be in Nashville, TN in September, 2018. The band was invited to perform at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games this year. The event starts at 9:00 AM and will run until 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 8th. There will be lots of music, dancing, competitions,…
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Hungarian folk music

Hungarian folk music originated from the music of Asia, where the Finno-Ugric ancestors came from, and the music of the Slavic tribes. There are also influences of Gypsy music and, to a lesser extent, Turkish music. Among the researchers of Hungarian folk music, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály played a major role. They both were…
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Partida’s full-length album

We are happy to announce that Partida is releasing a full-length album in a month. This album will be available via Apple Music / Spotify. For more information, please visit their Facebook page: @partidamusic
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Festival of India

We are thrilled to announce that the 46th Annual Festival of India, also known as Ratha-Yatra, will be held on the 14th and 15th of July on Toronto Centre Island. The festival will start with a parade on Yonge street, Toronto (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The festival is open to…
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Canada Day celebrations

Canada Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. The celebrations take place across the country, as well as in other countries, where Canadians living abroad are. Parades, festivals, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies are held on the one of the most expected holidays. On this day…
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O Canada

The Canadian anthem was performed by an orchestra conducted by Joseph Vézina on June 24th, 1880 in Quebec for the first time. Then the anthem was in French and was called Chant National (Song of the Nation). The original version of the anthem was written by two Quebecers: Calixa Lavallée (music) and Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier…
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Canada Day / Fête du Canada

Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution Act's entry into force on July 1, 1867 (formerly known as The British North America Act, 1867). The Act was created to unite three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Much of the operation…
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Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27th is a Canadian Multiculturalism Day, celebrated annually since 2002. Canadian Multiculturalism Day celebrates our diversity, equality and mutual respect. This day is a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Canadians of the various ethnic backgrounds to the society.
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Taste of Manila

Dreaming of a vacation? This hot summer vacation is coming to you! Right around the corner in Toronto, on Bathurst street, magnificent beaches of the Philippines, delicious Filipino food, fun-filled entertainment and world-renowned hospitality are awaiting you on August 18th and 19th, 2018. Everyone is welcome to the Taste of Manila festival, the biggest Filipino…
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The American Rogues at the Greater Moncton Highland Games

The American Rogues just came back from their trip to Moncton, NB, where they performed at the 12th Annual Moncton Highland Games and Scottish Festival. This event included highland dance, pipes and drums, and heavy events competitions as well as live performances at the entertainment tent, which was open to all age groups and featured…
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Arabic Musical Instruments – Buzuq

The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. The word buzuq comes from the Turkish language and literally means 'burnt head' or 'uprooted.' The buzuq is a hybrid instrument that is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab music. It has a long neck, small…
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Upcoming Documentary about Giya Kancheli

On June 13th Julian Milkis was interviewed by Gregory Antimony, the host of the program “Interview Hour”. In the interview Julian was talking about Giya Kancheli, one of the most famous Georgian composers, who has the talent of expressing human feelings (such as faith, hope, grief, rage, loss) in his music, exclusively through the means…
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The Day of Ukrainian Constitution

June 28th is a national holiday in Ukraine, as everyone throughout the country celebrates Constitution Day. On this day, in 1996, the Constitution of Ukraine was approved by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament). Many celebrations (concerts, kids’ activities, and much more) are always held in major cities of Ukraine on this day.
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Eid al-Fitr. Arabic Sounds of Canada.

Eid al-Fitr is a significant religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all around the world. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting. In 2018 Eid al-Fitr is observed on June 15th. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, the date of the holiday is always…
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Shereen Ladha officially joined the Ghoomar Gang.

Shereen Ladha recently announced that she officially joined the Ghoomar Gang. On her YouTube channel she posted a dance cover for Padmavat/Padmaavati, the story of honor, valor and obsession in medieval India. She created this video with other dancers as a tribute to the female warriors who gathered to make a turning point in the…
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