Haitian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou offers an inspiring mix of powerful music and social action, pointing to the great possibilities of blending the arts with community activism. A key hip-hop figure in Montreal, Vox is a member of the celebrated ensemble Nomadic Massive and assisted in launching the Solid'Ayiti initiative after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti last winter.
I curled my body around some blue-jean-covered legs as the human attached to them started to read a copy of The New York Times pulled from the antique rack in the cramped lobby of the most famous literary landmark in Manhattan, The Algonquin Hotel. A momentary purr slipped out as I cosied up to watch the morning hubbub begin. It was a few weeks before my historic home would celebrate its 107th birthday.
Movements Need Rhythm! Rhythms Need You!
You may have heard our purple percussion rhythms in a demonstration, or us busking on a street corner, chanting in a march, dancing in the street. Do you want to play samba-inspired percussion and support movements for social change? Want to be part of Toronto's social change soundtrack? Anyone can do it, no experience required ...and we need YOU!
Here's some sights and sounds of us in action.
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CABBAGETOWN FAMILY DAY FESTIVAL 2015
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. – FREE ADMISSION
The inaugural free admission Cabbagetown Family Day Festival produced by The Cabbagetown BIA will be bringing families together in celebration of the long holiday weekend. The festival takes place along Parliament Street, between Gerrard Street & Wellesley Street.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, tells the story of a poor widow and her spirited son who are visited one night by three Kings, needing shelter as they cross the desert following a marvellous star. When Amahl decides to send his own special gift to the child they seek, a miracle happens.
This performance will be followed by a concert of seasonal music, soloists, and a jazz ensemble. The cast includes Denise Williams and Lawrence Cotton, led by musical director William Shookhoff. There will be two performances on Sunday December 21 at St. Matthew's Cathedral (875 Queen St. E.), at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are Adults $20 / Seniors, Students, Children $15 / Quartet (2 Adults, 2 Children) $50.