Today was the first day of classes for the Toronto International Flamenco Festival. Check out the website to see all the events www.torontoflamencofestival.com. I am taking only the cante (singing) course....too out of shape to handle the dancing at the level that is taught when a teacher comes from Spain (sadly). Thursday night the workshop ends with a performance by Ruben Olmos & Company. I will continue with 3 classes plus a rehearsal throughout the week as well.
On Saturday, local flamencos will be performing as part of a crazy gypsy night at the Ukrainian Club (9 bands, 50 musicians, 2 stages). Check out www.lemonbucket.com for some toe-tapping-can't-sit-still music!
Compania Jose Porcel perform at Roy Thomson Hall Monday, October 17. Maria Mezcle arrives for cante and guitar workshops Oct 30-Nov 1 followed by a performance (her company, not the students!) on Nov 5. Diego El Cigalo presents Cigalo & Tango Nov 4 at Koerner Hall (Royal Conservatory--gorgeous venue btw) And then, another workshop starts Nov 10....Madre de Dios.....I need to win the lottery!!!
Full-on flamenco immersion!!! Ollleeeeee!!!