Student workshop with Bakithi Kumalo
Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

Student workshop with Bakithi Kumalo

GRAMMY Award winner Bakithi Kumalo, legendary bass player for Paul Simon, leads an interactive workshop featuring iconic Paul Simon music with students from the Laura Secord Secondary School. Bakithi will discuss growing up in Soweto, South Africa during Apartheid and influences of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary with whom Kumalo had the privilege of personal acquaintance.

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Under African Skies film screening with special guest Bakithi Kumalo
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Under African Skies film screening with special guest Bakithi Kumalo

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Learn about the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon’s Graceland. This documentary explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. The film follows Simon as he returns once again to South Africa. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, Under African Skies is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.

GRAMMY winner Bakithi Kumalo, legendary bassist for Paul Simon (featured in the documentary and on the Graceland album) will introduce the film.

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Student workshop with Larnell Lewis
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Student workshop with Larnell Lewis

GRAMMY Award winner Larnell Lewis leads an interactive workshop with students from the Laura Secord Secondary School.

Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. Along with his long-standing position behind the drums in Snarky Puppy, Larnell has led many highly successful groups of his own and toured the globe with some of the most well known names in music, including Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, and more.

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Voices of Freedom Concert: Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express; Larnell Lewis Band with Bakithi Kumalo (opening)
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Voices of Freedom Concert: Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express; Larnell Lewis Band with Bakithi Kumalo (opening)

Jazz piano legend Monty Alexander and the Harlem- Kingston Express blend the sounds of his native Kingston, Jamaica, with the classic jazz tradition of New York’s Harlem. GRAMMY Award nominee Monty Alexander has established himself as one of jazz music’s most diverse and globally recognized piano titans. Opening: The Larnell Lewis Band with special guest Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon)

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Artists As Activists Roundtable
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Artists As Activists Roundtable

Explore the role of artists in society and the historic and present-day intersection of music and social change. Featured participants include Bakithi Kumalo, legendary bass player for Paul Simon; Céline Peterson, producer and artist manager; and Stanford Thompson, founder and executive director of the El Sistema-inspired organization Play On, Philly!. Moderator: Garvia Bailey, Jazzcast.ca

Presented in partnership with the Niagara Historical Museum.

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Crescendo: The Power of Music film screening with special guest Stanford Thompson
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Crescendo: The Power of Music film screening with special guest Stanford Thompson

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Special guest Stanford Thompson, Founder & Executive Director of the El Sistema-inspired organization Play on, Philly! joins us for a screening of Crescendo: The Power of Music.

Since its inception in 1976, El Sistema, Venezuela’s phenomenal youth orchestra program, has brought social transformation to several million disadvantaged children in that country. In addition to producing world class musicians like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema is now a rapidly expanding global movement, changing countless young lives worldwide. This film documentary follows three students (one in Harlem and two in Philadelphia at Play On, Philly!) who are at schools that have embraced El Sistema. Surprises, heartbreak, and joy come in big doses as we watch these three young people, their dedicated teachers, and the community around them, all responding to the mysterious power of music.

Director: Jamie Bernstein

Presented in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

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