Beaches International Jazz Festival | Toronto

Checked out the start of the Beaches International Jazz Festival and the StreetFest yesterday. And what a great start it was as we were met at the gate by Samba Squad and their delicious rhythms that I just had to move to. We also took in the music of DrumHand and a lovely dancer, The Soul Motivators, the Downtown Jazz Band and more. Great fun and GREAT music! I might have to return for a 2nd round!


Luminato 2014 & The Soul Rebels | Toronto Photographer

Luminato!

Sadly, we didn’t get out to see as many performances this year as compared to last.  For some reason the timing, the weather, just didn’t cooperate. But I can say, the one performance we did make, was pretty awesome. They are a group from New Orleans called ‘The Soul Rebels’ and they turned it up! Me and my friend danced and danced and danced! They played/covered a wide variety of songs in their style “New Orleans Funky Brass with The Heavyweights Brass Band” and it was all so danceable. As you can see by a few pics the crowd was getting into it. I LOVED the dancers in the crowd there that day – they were thoroughly enjoying themselves in the music – the best way to be! Here are a few pics … Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below :)

 


The Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam | Toronto Photographer

This was a busy weekend filled with editing and gym going and photos shoots and poetry slams. It’s after midnight and I should be asleep… but just wanted to throw up the pics I took tonight at the Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam hosted at Toronto’s Harlem restaurant. To go with the yummy avocado salad I had, was some inspiring poetry and spoken word buy some of Toronto’s talented souls.

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The Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam | Toronto Photographer

I attended my 2nd spoken word event this weekend. Another event put on by Dwayne Morgan and Up From the Roots. This was hosted at Harlem on Richmond, a quick walk just east of Yonge and Queen. Loved the atmosphere of Harlem and look forward to going back for the dinner & live music they offer on weekends. The image below was the only one I was able to capture. Why? Because we did not arrive early enough to get seats and the lounge was jammed pack with attendees – which was nice to see. It was a great evening of spoken word and poetry both by newer & more seasoned poets. I love how much love and support the audience gave to all the performers – it really was a great atmosphere with a lovely mix of people and great music by Dj Manifest. I was so inspired by the end of the night that I was imagining myself getting up on stage and performing my own piece. I’m not poet though, but, it has got me thinking more and more what it is I have to say…

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Poet: Patrick de Belen Copyright Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters