Juno Celebration Party

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Doors Open: 7:00 pm, show starts: 8:00 pm
Admission: $10 at the Door. PWYC for Cultural Workers.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 to reserve your table.

A Collaborative Celebration of World Music Nominees Comes to Lula Lounge!

All profits from ticket sales will go towards helping Romero House, which houses four refugee families and offers community meeting space to organizations such as PEN Canada and Latin American
Solidarity groups.

The evening will include performances by Turkwaz, Sultans of String and Nomadica with some informal interviews, an old-school jam and a DJ playing tracks from Okavango, Sultans of String and Lorraine Klassen and other previous winners and nominees.

The nominees for the 2017 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year (Sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts) are….

Sultans of String (Subcontinental Drift)
Turkwaz (Nazar)
Nomadica (Dance of the Infidels)
Okavango African Orchestra (Okavango African Orchestra)
Lorraine Klassen (Nouvelle Journée)


It often happens leading up to the announcement an important arts award, that members of a creative community become pitted against one other, as they and their fans wait to hear who will triumph and who will be declared a “runner up” for the prize.

While such competitions serve an important purpose in recognizing excellence and drawing attention to a breadth of work in a given genre, trumpeter, composer and cultural innovator David Buchbinder had a different response when hearing of his recent JUNO-nomination in the world music category for his work the band Nomadica.

The previous JUNO and Toronto Arts Award recipient saw the nomination as an opportunity to resist that narrative of “winners and others.” Instead, Buchbinder seized the occasion as an opportunity to celebrate Toronto’s vibrant and varied world music community.

Buchbinder called up his friends and fellow nominees, the Toronto-based artists and producers Brenna MacCrimmon (Turkwaz), Chris Mckhool (Sultans of String) and Nadine McNaulty (Okavango Orchestra) to propose that they get together to celebrate the accomplishment together.

They thought it appropriate to approach Lula Lounge, a venue that Buchbinder regards as the home of world music in Toronto, and ask that Lula join them throwing a party for themselves and their fans and family. The result is a night of celebration of all the JUNO nominees in the world category and of Toronto’s world music community as it become recognized internationally as a centre of diverse artistic creation.
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By: Lulaworld