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Women In Song - LA VUELTA
Live at the LULA LOUNGE, MARCH 27th, 2022
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FabCollab’s signature event series is back, with 14 incredible global women performing artists, collaborating as never before. Women in Song: La Vuelta (The Return) celebrate the return of spring, warm weather, togetherness, and in-person live music at Lula Lounge on Sunday March 27. So put away that parka, dust off your dancing shoes, and join us!
The stacked evening features four incredible lead singers: Lady Yetunde (Cuban Salsa), Aviva Chernick (Contemporary Ladino Folk), Shirley “La Pili” Pincay (Flamenco/Latin), and Dimitra Kahrimanidis (Greek).
Percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand and tar player Padideh Ahrarnejad will also take the stage, bringing a Persian flair to the evening, as on March 27 we also celebrate Nowruz, or Persian New Year.
All of the singers are also skilled musicians or accompanists, and musical director Demetri Petsalakis is orchestrating an evening filled with joyful collaborations and improvisations.
As always, our lineup of singers will be accompanied by FabCollab’s award winning house band, Ventanas. The evening will also feature performances by six incredible Toronto dancers and choreographers, including Dailyn Martinez (salsa), Anuka Toma (belly dance), Virginia Castro (flamenco), and a special surprise guest dancer.
Lula Lounge will serve both food and drinks, and audiences who come early can enjoy the live music of singer and songwriter Ana Lía (Latin Pop fusion), who will play an opening set during dinner.
The entire evening will also be livestreamed, as always, through FabCollab’s own website and Facebook page, but also through our streaming partners, the National Arts Centre, Small World Music, Lula Lounge, and the Aga Khan Museum. Women in Song is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.
Women In Song - STRANGE DARLINGS
Live from the AGA KHAN MUSEUM, OCTOBER 2nd, 2021
On Saturday, October 2, FabCollab will present the fourth edition of its hit hybrid livestream and in-person festival, Women in Song. The one-night-only event will take place at the breathtaking Aga Khan Museum -- the first event of its kind at the museum since March 2020 -- and will see four of the city’s most sought-after global music singers paired with four incredible dancers and choreographers, combining wildly different genres.
The festival is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum with support from Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto SPARK Cultural Hotspot, along with streaming partners the Aga Khan Museum, Small World Music and the National Arts Centre.
Women in Song: Strange Darlings showcases the diversity and talent of the city’s global music and dance scene by pairing disparate singers with contrasting dancers who have each been commissioned to create a new choreographic work to accompany the singer with which they have been partnered. The innovative pairings are:
Suba Sankaran (Indo-Fusion) - Cotee Harper (Indigenous fancy shawl dance), Tara Moneka (Arabic Fusion) - Paromita Kar (classical Indian dance), Nicky Lawrence (Blues) - Aria Evans (contemporary dance), Brenna McCrimmon (Turkish Folk) - Sofí Gudiño (contemporary flamenco dance)
The performers will be backed by some of the city’s most sought-after musicians of the award-winning global music ensemble Ventanas.
The evening will also feature a very special guest appearance by FabCollab resident flamenco duo Tamar Ilana and Lia Grainger, who will be performing traditional flamenco pieces peppered with surprises.
Women In Song - SUMMER THUNDER
Live Stream Festival,July 11th, 2021
On Sunday July 11, FabCollab will present the third edition of its hit livestream festival, Women in Song. Only this time – and for the first time – it will be streamed to the world from a spectacular outdoor venue. The festival is presented in partnership with the Music Performance Trust Fund, the City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council, Guild Festival Theatre, streaming partners Lula Lounge, Small World Music and the National Arts Centre, and with support from Canadian Heritage and the City of Toronto Arts and Culture SPARK Project. This will be the first Women in Song event held outdoors, under the stars, and among the breathtaking sculptural ruins of Guild Park in Scarborough, Ontario. Hosted by Afro-Indigenous, 2Spirit, queer activist Nenookaasi Ogichidaa, Women in Song: Summer Thunder features five of Toronto’s top global music performers: 2021 Juno-winners OKAN (Afro-Cuban roots and jazz), Meesha Shafi (NeoSufi/Folk), Aline Morales (Afro-Brazilian percussion and song), Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone (IndigiBlues), and salsa dancer Dailyn Martinez of Shum de Salsa. The performers will be backed by some of the city’s most sought-after musicians and will take the stage in four 20-minute live-stream sets throughout the evening, all completely free-of-charge and peppered with surprise performances.
While the event is free, donations will be accepted through the FabCollab website, and 50% of all proceeds will go to Water First, an organization working to resolve water challenges in Indigenous communities.