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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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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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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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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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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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Sounds of Canada

Canada is one of the most multi-ethnic countries in the world. According to Statistics Canada Report on Immigration and Ethno-Cultural Diversity in Canada more than 200 ethnic origins were reported in the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). That’s why multiculturalism became a foundation of the official ideology of Canada. Its objective is to preserve and…
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