Until recently, the richness and vibrancy of Toronto's Latin scene was enjoyed
almost exclusively by the city's dancers, musicians and world music fans. But as
Lula Lounge celebrates its tenth anniversary, local artists are ready to burst onto
the international stage.
Toronto's unique brand of multiculturalism combined with the immense experi-
ence and the sheer talent of the musicians have contributed to the Toronto salsa
scene evolving into one of the most electrifying and vital anywhere.
Waves of immigration to Canada from the Caribbean and Latin America have
brought corresponding swells in salsa music production. From the pioneers of
the Toronto Latin music revolution: Jane Bunnett, Luis Mario Ochoa and Hilario
Duran, to artists such as Caché and Luisito Orbegoso, to today's most popular
musical visionaries: Telmary, Yani Borrell, Jorge Maza, Roberto Linares Brown and
Latin Grammy-winner Alex Cuba (formerly of the Puentes Brothers), this CD
brings together dancers' favourites with rare tracks to provide a snapshot of a city
making musical history.
Live music venue Lula Lounge and it’s presenting partner Lula Music and Arts
Centre is dedicated to supporting salsa and Latin jazz as well as Brazilian, African
and all kinds of world music. A rarity in North America, with a decade-long history
of presenting ten to twelve piece ensembles every week of the year, Lula Lounge
has become salsa's home in Canada. Fostering new and established groups, Lula