“Toronto is proud home to thousands of Haitian-Canadians and this is one of the many communities that make up Toronto’s culturally rich mosaic. So when tragedies like this occur, it resonates across our city,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller in response to Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. The magnitude 7 earthquake was the strongest to hit the impoverished tiny Caribbean nation in over two centuries.
There are many Toronto organizations that are raising money to help the disaster-stricken country and dance clubs are no exception. This Friday January 15, 2010, Lula Lounge is donating all proceeds from the door to Haiti relief efforts. The featured artist will be Roberto Linares Brown who will lead a salsa jam session with DJ Alberth Moreno.
About Roberto Linares Brown
Roberto Linares Brown was a catalyst for the creation of Lula Lounge’s popular Havana Norte series which has featured many Toronto-based Cuban musicans. Linares Brown has been contributing to the series since 2006 performing original compositions that became the basis of his brilliant 2008 solo release, “Que No Se Pierda La Essencia“.
Over the course of three albums and countless tours throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, Roberto Lineras Brown has gained the reputation as one of Cuba’s most talented arrangers and composers. Since moving to Toronto in 2004, he has performed with Cafe Cubano, Yani Borrell, and is part of the Salsa Africa project.
Sample Robert’s music below:
About Lula Lounge
Lula Lounge is located at 1585 Dundas Street West in the west end of Toronto – a block and half west of Dufferin. The crowd at Lula is one of the most diverse, friendly, and multi-generational crowds in the city, what ties them together is love of music, having a good time and dancing. All ages can attend Lula, but people under nineteen need to be escorted by a parent or legal guardian.
If you know of any other Toronto dance organizations contributing to Haiti relief, please post a comment below so we can pass the word.