Small World Music Society
reinvents its annual festival program, moving its 17th edition to the waterfront at the height of the summer season.
Inspired by and celebrating the 30th anniversary of WOMAD Festival
, which took place at the same venue in 1988; A World of Music Art and Dance was founded by Peter Gabriel and became a landmark event during its tenure at Harbourfront Centre
. The ear-opening inspiration it provided led directly to the formation of Small World Music ten years later. Three decades on, its legacy and how it resonates in multicultural 21st Century Toronto is explored.
This year's programming continues to feature high-quality, genre-busting presentations with artists from South Asian, Iranian, Latin American, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds and more. A music-focused film program and family-friendly participatory workshops encouraging a deeper understanding of global culture are on offer.
Here’s just part of the lineup:
& RedTail Spirit Singers
(Morocco / Canada) — Friday, 8:00
– Stirring and rhythms and voices of the desert — Toronto debut.
Vieux Farka Touré
(Mali) — Friday, 9:30
– The legendary guitar hero, whose father performed at the WOMAD festival at Harbourfront.
Sabha Motallebi & Nagmeh Faramand — Saturday — Studio Theatre 6:00
– Two massively talented Iranian women and rising stars of Persian music.
(Italy) — Saturday, 8:00
– Propelling the ancient trance rhythms of Tarantella squarely into the 21st Century.
La Dame Blanche
(Cuba / France) — Saturday, 9:30
– An explosive mix combining cumbia, hip hop, dancehall and more – Toronto debut
(USA) — Sunday, 6:00
– Pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms with an LA-alternative edge & political message.
Globetrotter — featuring De.Ville / Belly Dance Party- Friday, 11:00
– Global beats with Montreal’s De.Ville Live PA (Toronto debut), Richard Medicineman
DJ Lag (South Africa) — Saturday 11:00
– The ambassador of gqom, the drum-heavy dance style from the townships