LulaWorld Festival Partners with Dundas West Festival

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What do you get when you combine Toronto's most artistically vibrant, culturally rich and diverse street festival with new music works and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists? A smoking summer music playlist! This summer, the annual LULAWORLD FESTIVAL will anchor DUNDAS WEST FEST when Toronto's hottest festival in Toronto's coolest neighbourhood showcases 80+ artists from LULAWORLD Festival performances at one of two main stages, June 1 and 2, 2018. DUNDAS WEST FEST runs along Dundas Street West from Ossington Street to Landsdowne Avenue, while LULAWORLD Festival, which runs May 31 - June 10, takes place at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.

"We are thrilled to join the Dundas West Fest in this celebration of creativity and diversity, particularly combining and amplifying our shared passion for music from around the world," says Tracy Jenkins, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre/Lula Lounge.

In addition to three CD releases, highlights of this year's LULAWORLD Festival include a residency with Olodum member Mestre Memeo Memeu direct from Brazil, Indigenous reggae rock and blues by Shauit and Digging Roots, Philadelphia-based spoken word/jazz poet Ursula Rucker, and a music and mural exchange with Valparaiso, Chile. Festival-goers can take a dance lesson, perform in the Street Brass community band, and take in music with roots from around the globe.

LULAWORLD 2018 kicks off Thursday, May 31, with special guests direct from Chile, Colombia and Brazil, including multi-instrumentalist Paloma Castro performing with Ernesto Espinoza, Ruben Esguerra and Luis Orbegoso; master gaiter Leang Manjarrés explores empowering, hip-hop-infused expression of indigenous and Afro-Colombian music alongside Ruben Esguerra's JUNO-nominated Toronto ensemble New Tradition; and Toronto Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion group Mestre Memeu is joined by T. Dot Batu, a leading member and educator from the legendary Afro-Brazilian bloco Olodum, as part of a week-long residency.

LULAWORLD takes to the streets for one day and two music- and dance-filled nights as part of Dundas West Fest, Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2. The community street party showcases highlights of the indoor LULAWORLD festival in a free outdoor setting from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the LULAWORLD stage, 1630 Dundas St West. Street food inspired by the cuisines of Brazil, Colombia and New Orleans as well as beer, tropical drinks will be served. Festival-goers can enjoy FREE WORKSHOPS in samba reggae percussion, Colombian music, Creole music; salsa, samba and Creole dance; as well as family crafts and a community mural project. On Friday, music offerings include Cuban salsa singers Rojitas + Yani Borrell, Chilean multi-instrumentalist Paloma Castro, Leang Manjarrés + Ruben Esguerra & New Tradition, and TDot Bangerz Brass. On Saturday, enjoy reggae-infused Indigenous pop from Shauit, JUNO-nominated reggae vocalist Ammoye, Juno-winning Indigenous folk-rock and blues from Digging Roots, Salsa singer Yan Collazo, women-led Afro Cuban jazz & roots band OKAN, and Brazilian samba reggae with Mestre Memeu + T. dot Batu. Saturday will also feature the world's largest community street brass brand parade

Friday programming also continues inside Lula Lounge, with two of Toronto's most celebrated Cuban singers Rojitas and Yani Borrell presenting a night of shared repertoire backed by a full salsa orchestra. And on Saturday, June 2, direct from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Latin Grammy-nominee Yan Collazo joins leading players from the Toronto salsa scene for a one-night-only special performance.

Sunday features a diverse pair of performers, starting with jazz guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman and pianist and composer Noam Lemish leading a genre-defying quartet featuring Justin and Derek Gray (Co-Presented with Jewish Music Week), and continuing with a CD release performance by jazz and neo-soul singer Sharon Musgrave.

LULAWORLD continues Tuesday, June 5, with an evening celebrating the essence of jazz: improvisation and creative expression courtesy of Ori Dagan + Alex Pangman + Natasha Powell; Wednesday, June 6 with the award-winning vocal world-jazz fusion from Valeria Matzner (Presented with Latinjazznet); Thursday, June 7, with Philadelphia-born and based poet, songwriter and performance artist Ursula Rucker; Friday, June 8, with Venezuela's Davila Sisters who fuse jazz harmonization and improvisation, flamenco and classical forms with Venezuelan and other Latin American traditions; Friday, June 8, with a rare visit from Montreal-based, Havana-born vocalist Adan De Dios with Charangon del Norte; Saturday, June 9, with Afro-Cuban music pioneer Ricardo Lemvo; and Sunday, June 10, with JUNO-nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award-winning mandolin maestro Andrew Collins (Creaking String Quartet, Foggy Hogtown Boys).

For more information visit: www.lula.ca