Ilios Steryannis Presents The Babylonia Suite

Co-presented by Small World Music Society.

“The Babylonia Suite,” composed by Toronto drummer and composer Ilios Steryannis, is a celebration of Iraqi Jewish music and culture. The suite follows the movement of a family from Baghdad to Mumbai to Manchester, and finally Toronto. Expect elements of jazz, funk, Middle and Near Eastern sounds, and Ilios’ trademark energetic percussion. It follows his debut album “The Bethany Project” released in January 2018 to rave reviews and extensive airplay worldwide.

The band consists of some of Toronto’s finest jazz and world musicians: Paul Pacanowski on clarinet and flute, Amber Walton-Amar on cello, Jeremy Ledbetter on piano, Connor Walsh on bass, and Ilios Steryannis on drums. The six-part suite’s world premiere will be performed during the first set of the evening with the second set will featuring other works from Ilios’ catalogue.

Rhitom Sarkar (India) & Rakae Jamil (Pakistan)

Part of Small World Music Society’s 18th Annual Small World Music Festival.

Two rising stars of South Asian strings. Rhitom Sarkar mastered the Hindustani slide guitar, attracted by its musical similarity to singing, due to its ability to glide. Sitarist Rakae Jamil is celebrated for his traditional skills as well as adventurous fusions. The two will combine forces for a rousing ‘jugalbandhi’ to finish the evening.

NAMU (Korea)

Part of Small World Music Society’s 18th Annual Small World Music Festival presented with the support of Center Stage Korea, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Korea Arts Management Service.

Korean traditional music ensemble NAMU made its official debut in 2015 with a powerful blend of precision and playfulness. Led by multi-award-winning artist Aram Lee (daegeum, yanggeum, keyboard), building on rigorous training in traditional instrumentation with continuous experimentation with new forms of creative expression, and balanced by the hypnotic sounds of Minwang Hwang (ajaeng, janggu, percussion, vocal) and Inhwan Choi (acoustic and electric bass).

NAMU’s originality and creativity has resulted in many accolades in Korea and abroad, making them one of the most exciting groups in the contemporary music circuit today. Since 2013 the trio has collaborated with various artists and crossed many genres through a number of projects including classical music, contemporary jazz, and dance beats.

NAMU’s first album ‘Song of Willow’ (December 2016) showcases the musicianship and prodigious improvisation of each soloist. It introduces totally new sonic experiences by uniting Korean traditional sounds with modulated electric bass, double bass, and synthesizer. When recording, NAMU took all their instruments and equipment to a rural area to incorporate surrounding sounds. ‘Steppe Road’ is the result of one take and reveals their consideration, exploration and reveals the group itself.

Picking Up the Pieces Indigenous/Reggae CD Launch Party

Presented by Brenda MacIntyre.

Conscious roots reggae meets indigenous hand drum healing meets YOU – you in all your human expression in this crazy shifting world. Come celebrate my CD launch with me on my lucky day Friday the 13th, and the first night of the Harvest Moon!

This isn’t just a listening party – I’m having a full backing band for the first time since maybe 1991 at the Bamboo (remember that place?!). And yes, I’m still doing my hand drum songs. The album has 6 of them on it.

This isn’t just an amazing live show – NOBODY has seen me (or anyone!) perform this new genre of funky indigenous conscious roots reggae fusion.

This isn’t just for people who are grieving, in transition or trying to find their way through the madness of our current worldscape. It’s for anyone who wants to feel more LOVE and soak up healing musical vibes LIVE in a community of OPEN people.


It’s about coming together, meeting each other where we are, connecting with more of who we are, and getting a vibrational and cellular upgrade through this precious healing music.

Yummy Appetizers served up by NishDish/Ringfire Catering – a local indigenous caterer, marketeria and community hub.

All at the Small World Music Centre, a beautiful intimate venue in Toronto at Artscape Youngplace (Queen/Shaw).


TICKETS: Please note cost does not include Eventbrite fees or taxes.

Early Bird (limited tickets available at this huge savings): $10

Advance Tickets: $20

Door: We won’t have any spots left. This is going to sell out, so get your tickets NOW. On the way off chance there are some left closer to the date, we’ll make an announcement and tickets at the door will be $35 cash and likely for standing room only.

LOCATION: Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5. It’s TTC-accessible and disability-accessible.

DATE/TIME: Friday September 13th, the first night of the Harvest Moon. Doors open at 7pm. Show at 8pm.

IMPORTANT: Drug-free, Alcohol-free Cigarette-free Sacred Space. Fragrance-free Zone: No artificial perfumes or colognes and please keep natural scents to a minimum. Cannabis smokers, I respect that this is medicine but with such an intimate venue, please air out before coming in. We have highly sensitive people attending this event, including myself. We will be burning sage but will even keep that to a minimum. We will have smudge spray on hand to use as well.

Brenda’s events promote inclusion and equality in a fun, interactive, safe, non-judgmental format.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from:
• The Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario
• Michelle Shaw, Founder of Soulbridging
An online education website that promotes becoming the facilitator of your Spiritual Awakening

Polky Village Band EP Release PARTY

Polish folk music – Canadian musicians – multicultural way!

Polky Village Band EP is out! That’s why we decided to throw a party to celebrate it with you! This is (probably!) the first Polish folk music record created by Canadian musicians playing and singing Polish obereks and polkas!
Come check out our new music!

Small World Music Centre
Thursday, June 28.

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm

Advanced: $15 (online sales:
At the door: $20

*Bar and door sales with CASH ONLY

Created by two courageous ladies from Poland, singer Ewelina Ferenc and dancer Ala Stasiuk, Polky Village Band is not a typical “polka band” but an authentic, energetic Polish folk music group. Polish folk music, Canadian musicians, multicultural way!
Polky Village Band performs traditional songs that Ewelina and Ala learned while growing up back home, and now they share them with incredible Canadian musicians & friends they acquired in Toronto! The music they present is currently reviving on the Polish music scene but here in Toronto it gains its own unique sound by adding Canadian and multicultural flavor!

Are you in love with Polky Village Band yet?

Ewelina Ferenc – lead vocal, frame drum, tapan
Alicja Stasiuk – vocals, dance
Georgia Hathaway – fiddle, vocals
Matti Palonen – cello, hammer dulcimer, vocals
Tristan Murphy – accordion, pocket trumpet, vocals

GUEST ARTIST from Poland – Marta Sołek – knee fiddle, Bilgoray suka, Greek lyra (Same Suki, InFidelis)

and more!

Polska muzyka folkowa – Kanadyjscy muzycy – Wielokulturowe brzmienie!

Kapela Polky właśnie nagrała swój pierwszy mini-album, czyli tzw. EP-ke!
Dlatego postanowiliśmy to hucznie uczcić zapraszając Was wszystkich na wspólne świętowanie!

Nasza EP-ka jest (prawdopodobnie!) pierwszym nagraniem polskiej muzyki tradycyjnej stworzonym przez kanadyjskich muzyków, grających i śpiewających polskie oberki i polki!
Przyjdźcie i przekonajcie się sami!

Small World Music Centre
180 Shaw Street, studio 101, Toronto.

Czwartek, 28-ego czerwca. 7:30.

Przedsprzedaż: $15 ( link do zakupu online znajduje się powyżej)
W dniu koncertu: $20

Stworzony przez dwie odważne dziewczyny z Polski – wokalistkę Ewelinę Ferenc i tancerkę Ala Stasiuk, zespół Polky Village Band to nie jest typowy “polka band”, ale energiczny zespół grający polską muzykę tradycyjną.
Kapela Polky wykonuje tradycyjne polskie
pieśni, których Ewelina i Ala nauczyły się dorastając w Polsce. Teraz natomiast dzielą się nimi z wybitnymi kanadyjskimi muzykami i przyjaciółmi poznanymi w Toronto.
Kapela Polky chce przedstawić kanadyjskiej Polonii oraz Kanadyjczykom muzykę korzeni, która aktualnie odradza się na polskiej scenie muzycznej.

Czy już się zakochaliście w Polkach?

Ewelina Ferenc – wokal główny, bęben obreczowy, tapan
Alicja Stasiuk – wokal, taniec
Georgia Hathaway – skrzypce, wokal
Matti Palonen – wiolonczela, cymbały, wokal
Tristan Murphy – akordeon, trąbka, wokal

Marta Sołek (Same Suki, InFidelis) – fidel płocka, suka biłgorajska, lira grecka.

oraz więcej!