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  MUSIC LINKS (updated Aug. 24/09)
 
 
  TORONTO & CANADA:

RADIO:
CIUT-FM (89.5) University of Toronto Radio
I keep my radio tuned to CIUT on Sundays from 3-8:00pm ("Global Rhythms" till 6, and then "Karibuni" -- African music, and my #1 radio program in Toronto). Support diversity! NOW: Many shows are available for a week on podcast. Go to the page, and click on the program name. (I haven't been able to get the broadcast to work from Firefox).

CKLN-FM (88.1) Ryerson Radio
Fortunately, back on the air after an extended absence.

Canada Live
Live concerts recorded across Canada, and re-broadcast 7 nights a week, 8-10pm on CBC Radio 2. Previous shows are archived on Concerts on Demand.


MUSIC PROMOTERS, ASSOCIATIONS, FESTIVALS, ETC.
Small World Music
Alan Davis puts together amazingly diverse music events through the year. Sign up for the free email newsletter to keep up with what's happening.

Music Africa
The organization behind the largest annual African music festival in North America: Afrofest, free every July in Queen's Park. They also promote other events through the year. Consider supporting African music in Toronto: membership is just $20.

Africa New Music
Producer of the annual Bana Y'Afrique music festival

Toronto City Roots Festival
Annual roots music festival, plus ongoing events.

Sunfest
Annual music festival in July in London Ont., plus ongoing events.

Nuits d'Afriques
The annual African music festival in Montreal, they also have year-round programming

Billy Bryans
Latin & world music promoter and supporter in Toronto

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival

Toronto Blues Society

CubainToronto.com
Info on all Cuban music events in town

Richard Flohil
Long-time Toronto music promoter and publicist

ComPosition
Publicist Sebastian Cook's website. In conjunction with various other music professionals, he helps present a wide range of music.

 

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, ETC.
Worlds of Music
Performances, music workshops and more.

Alpha Rhythm Roots
Drumming classes focused on Guinea rhythms, as well as group workshops, performances, and drumming for African dance classes. They also sell a wide variety of West African musical instruments.

 

OTHER:
The Live Music Report
Concert & club reviews, and photographs from a wide range of jazz, African and other music happening around Toronto. Also CD reviews & event listings.

Toronto Music Links
University of Toronto Institute for Canadian Music: numerous musical links.

Soundscapes
The best music shop in town. CD'S, music books, tickets & more.

 

CLUBS, THEATRES OTHER VENUES, AND OTHER LOCAL INFO
Harbourfront Centre: One of the best places to be in Toronto: grooving to great music by the lake every summer.
Lula Lounge: Great spot for funky Latin, African and other music.
Hugh's Room:
Focuses (but not exclusively) on acoustic, folk and related music. Good music venue.
Danforth Music Hall:

The Mod Club
Silver Dollar - The top blues club in town

Horseshoe Tavern - the historic country music club, now with an eclectic lineup
Rivoli - Queen Street staple

El Mocambo
Lee's Palace
Supermarket
Drake Hotel
House of Blues concert promoters

Ticketmaster
The Opera House
The Trane Studio: jazz, African, urban, Latin & world music
Toronto Centre for the Arts
NOW Lounge

Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall
Dakota Tavern
Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sound Academy (formerly The Docks)
Revival
Tranzac Club
Music Gallery
Sneaky Dee's
The Rex Hotel
Koerner Hall
Kool Haus
Palais Royale
 

 

LINKS FOR A FEW LOCAL MUSICIANS:
Adam Solomon & Tikisa
Madagascar Slim
African Guitar Summit
Ndidi Onukwulu
Mighty Popo
Alpha Yaya Diallo

Donnť Roberts
K'Naan (aka, The Dusty Foot Philosopher)
Tamsir Seck (Senegalese talking drum player & dancer)
Nouvel Exposť (African dance troupe & classes)
Arabesque Dance Company
Fojeba (Jean-Baptiste Foaleng)
Njacko Backo
Muna Mingole
Rick Shadrach Lazar & Montuno Police
Achilla Orru
Sultans of String (Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberte)
Kobotown
Mr.Something Something
Anne Lederman
Jason Wilson
Alex Cuba
Soul Influence
Samba Squad
African Dance Ensemble
Catarina Cardeal & Mike Siracusa
Maza Meze
Swamperella
Toronto Tabla Ensemble
Bebop Cowboys
Alex Pangman
Downchild Blues Band
Foggy Hogtown Boys
Ijo Vudu Dance Company

Mel M'Rabet
Muhtadi
Foggy Hogtown Boys
 


ELSEWHERE

ALAN LOMAX COLLECTION
The great American musicologist.

POLLSTAR
A good (but not complete, or guaranteed accurate) source of tour information. Search by artist or city.

ROOTSWORLD
Loads of information, a wealth of CD reviews, and music clips. Great resource.

FROOTS Magazine
One of Britain's premiere world and roots music magazine. Site contains some articles, links to fRoots radio, forum and lots of links.

WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
A publicity and marketing organization focusing on "world music". They have an impressively broad website, geared to artists, journalists and music fans. See their "current projects" page to see who they're currently working with.

CD BABY
A great retailer of independent musicians.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NETWORK
Agents for a large number of international musicians including Baaba Maal, Herbie Hancock, Habib Koite, Johnny Clegg, Taraf de Haidouks, Youssou N'Dour, Norah Jones, and on, and on...

WOMEX
The largest world music conference, held every fall.

SALVADOR DA BAHIA, BRAZIL site
See also below for Music on Internet for radio broadcast.
 

AFRICAN MUSIC SITES:

AFROPOP
NYC based website. Get their free weekly email newsletter. News, interviews, photos, and a weekly radio show.

THE AFRICAN MUSIC ENCYCLOPEDIA
As the title suggests, an encyclopedic resource on African music: Information by country, by artist, good links.

THE AFRICAN MUSIC WEBRING
Source to find over 70 African music websites.

MORE African Music Links:

http://dmoz.org/Regional/Africa/Arts_and_Entertainment/Music/
http://www.staff.uni-mainz.de/bender/ama_links.html

THE LEOPARD MAN'S AFRICAN MUSIC GUIDE
Biographies and discographies of numerous African music artists.

FRANK BESSEM'S MUSIQUES D'AFRIQUE
A great resource on African music.

AFROMIX
"The portal of African and Caribbean cultures", including a huge discography.

AFRICAN MUSICIAN PROFILES

AFRICA ON YOUR STREET
BBC Radio 3 site, with reviews and artist info

RADIO AFRICA
Wealth of information on West African (Mali & Guinea), discographies, reviews, links

NIGERIA-ARTS

EAST AFRICAN MUSIC PAGE
By Douglas Patterson

BOLINGO
Don (African Drum editor) reports that this site attempts to "catalogue just about every Congolese recording ever made with cover scans"


 

MUSIC ON THE INTERNET

I love to find music on the Net. It's a big world, I'd like to sample more of it. Great way to make sitting in front of a computer enjoyable. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time to search for much of what must exist. Here are a few good sources I've found. I'd love to find more. email me if you have some good links.

CALABASH MUSIC (New: Jan/07)
Might be the best source to purchase online world music. Check their "Search and Play" feature. Enter an artist name or music genre, and they'll provide samples of other similar music you might enjoy.

MATSULI MUSIC (New: Jan/07)
"A radar and archive of music African and otherwise"
A great source of downloadable music and videos. Main focus is on African music. Includes full, customized albums of music from around Africa, podcasts and more.

NON-COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS
A good list of radio stations in North America and around the world. Don't count on every link being up to date. Not all broadcast on the net.

RADIO LOCATOR
Select a country, and find websites for radio stations.

COMFM
World-wide radio selection website

LIVE 365
Huge selection of Internet-based radio stations of all genres. (Doesn't appear to work too well with Firefox).

CHARLIE GILLETT
See my appreciation of Charlie who has finally left his radio broadcasting career (except for 1 30 minute BBC show).  I used to listen to his BBC radio show every week.  His website has a lot of good information and playlists of past shows, plus archives of many of his best shows of the past.

MONDOMIX
Links to some old Charlie Gillett shows. The best of them? Catch Mavis Staples spending most of 2 hours with Charlie on Chrismas Day, 2004. You should also listen to Djelimady Tounkara's show. Mondomix also has many fRoots radio shows with Ian Anderson.

AFRICAN RADIO SHOWS IN NORTH AMERICA
Seattle-based web page listing a lot of African music radio shows available around North America.

RADIO PALMWINE from Nigeria.

BBC:
Annual world music awards: (lots of music & video links)
2006 awards
2005

2004
2003 awards
2002 awards

BBC World Music Audio Guide

WOMAD 2004
Full concerts from a raft of performers, including Ba Cissoko, Daara J, Souad Massi, Tinariwen and many more.

WOMAD 2005
This year's lineup includes Amadou & Mariam, Geoffrey Oryema, Jaojoby, Lura, Huun Huur Tu, and lots more.

WOMAD 2006
Concerts by Mahotella Queens, Djelimady Tounkara, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate, Varttina, Guo Yue, Emmanuel Jal, Anoushka Shankar, Ska Cubano, Femi Kuti and more.

HOBER RADIO: Diverse, intelligent radio.

LOST HIGHWAY RECORDS: Americana. Lots of music clips.

RADIO CANA BRAVA from Salvador da Bahia Brazil (broadcasting via Live365)

MIZZBRAZIL RADIO

NEW WORLD BUZZ
Information, news and live radio (via Live 365)

RAINBOW RADIO
UK-based African music radio station (esp. Ghanaian music)

ROUGH GUIDE
Monthly radio show featuring selections from the excellent "Rough Guides"  CD's