ARE MUSICAL MASHUPS YOUR THING?: Toronto’s Small World Music Festival Kicks Off!

Bringing you the best in World Music.

Small World Music’s annual festival kicked off last night at Lula Lounge with Mar Aberto Soundsystem. But if you missed that event, no worries, another week of shows across Toronto awaits you including tomorrow’s FREE events at Dundas Square. View full line up here.

“The Beat of the Globe pulses in the heart of Toronto as the 3rd Annual Small World in the Square takes over Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday September 28th from 1 pm on. This free, family-friendly event will showcase internationally renowned musicians who will get the crowd jumping to genres including Balkan, Calypso, Afro-Colombian jazz, Funk, Mexican rock and more. Between main stage performances, the InterAction Stage features hands-on workshops where participants can have unique one-on-one experiences with the artists. The centre piece of the 12th Annual Small World Music Festival, this cross-cultural community celebration will be a day to remember!”


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Remember it’s FREE!!!

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You can also find out more about Small World Music on their website as well as follow along on Facebook and twitter @SmallWorldNotes.

CULTURAL HYBRIDITY: Fragmented or Fused?

Do we lose or gain in a world where we ‘cherry pick’ our cultural expressions?

Mixed Bag Mag attended a unique networking event this past Thursday at Tryst Nightclub – BINDAAS: Indian and Israeli Fusion.

Described as an evening where the Jewish and Indian communities could learn about each other’s cultures the club looked like it was filled with a transmigratory crowd that already knew when it is appropriate to say “Mazel Tov!” and that Mehndi isn’t something you eat. In the space was a collection of open minds, worldly and experienced, ready to be entertained by the hottest new hybrid!

So it provoked a question.

In a time and place where many of us use a string of hyphenated descriptors to tie together who we are, what we do and how we worship, is the essential thread getting unrecognizably knotted?

Experiencing the reaction of the crowd to Shye Ben Tzur’s mix of Muslim-Hebrew-Indian-classical-contemporary music the answer is that the 21st Century is about meaningful fusion not fragmented remnants. Something old is not being lost but rather something fresh and new is being gained.

Mixed Bag Mag had a great time at BINDAAS and thanks Size Doesn’t Matter for hosting a distinctive event.

Follow Size Doesn’t Matter on Facebook & Twitter @SDoesntMatter

Photography by Leah Snyderfor Mixed Bag Mag.

MASHUP MUSIC: Ashkenaz Festival, a Little Sampling

A little this, a little that…

Mixed Bag Mag wanted to give you a taste of what went down at Harbourfront Centre this weekend with a cross-cultural, genre-bending line-up of amazing musical acts at the ASHKENAZ Festival.




Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

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Great line-up last night international acts (Abayudaya, Shye Ben Tzur & Yemen Blues) at the Harbourfront Centre all of whom performed incredible music that culturally meets at the intersection of shared inspiration!

The night ended with a frenetic performance by Toronto’s own The Lemon Bucket Orkestra in the Brigadine Room.

More events today! Don’t miss the Ashkenaz Parade at 4 pm today at Harbourfront.

Catch Shye Ben Tzur one more time in Toronto this Thursday at the Tryst Nightclub.  

Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag. 

MASHUP MUSIC: The Ashkenaz Festival

Ashkenaz Festival Information

North America’s premier festival of Jewish and Yiddish culture!

This weekend is the Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront Centre.

The programming reflects a beautiful mix of artists who draw inspiration from Jewish musical traditions and then mash it up with other traditional music as well as contemporary sources.

Yiddish – Indian – Yemeni – Ugandan – Mexican – Argentinian – Russian

Find out more on the Harbourfront website or the official festival website.

Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.