555. COC Free Concert Series – November 24, 2015 – January 12, 2016

You might have to queue in the cold, but the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series should be worth it. They do have some more interesting-sounding multicultural events coming up soon. Acoustics are great in its Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

Tuesday, November 24 . 12 – 1 pm. Different Shades of Blue. “Toronto’s Kalabash is a contemporary jazz sextet that experiments with the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean, from Reggae, Son and Salsa in the North, to Calypso, Soca, Rapso and Zouk from the Eastern Caribbean.“

Wed. December 2, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Autorickshaw. Roots of India, Grown in Canada. “… contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India… 100% Canadian content, from groove-driven pop to sensual reinterpretations of Canadian folk songs to fiery Indo-fusion originals, all with a deep foundation in North and South Indian classical music.”

Thurs. January 7, 2016. 12 – 1 pm. KasheDance. Re-imagining: TPM. “Afro-contemporary dance drawing its inspiration from the Diaspora…”

Tues. January 12, 2016. 12 – 1 pm. Eric St-Laurent Quintet. Hyperborea. “… a unique style of Afro-Cuban rhythms combined with jazz and blues elements…”

COC Concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. “… Please join the line-up early to avoid disappointment. Latecomers will not be admitted…”  The web-site is at:  http://bit.ly/1nyDBTK


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