Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor!
The 13th Annual Edition of The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival Changes Location to Woodbine Park.
Toronto (Canada) – April 17, 2012 - It’s official: The 13th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor! will occupy the grounds of Woodbine Park on June 9th and 10th, 2012.
The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) celebrates the drum (el ¡Tambor! in Spanish), its universality as an art form, and its presence in all cultures around the world. MIDF is the only annual festival in North America celebrating the drum. It is a free festival that is gaining additional recognition year after year. The event promises to be a 2 day family-friendly celebration full of multicultural performances and passionate, artistic people.
Adding to the experience, MIDF hosts a wide variety of vendors with an array of cultural garbs, jewelry, and ethnic foods. It is a festival where all cultures come together, drumming and dancing to one beat!
Thursday June 7th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Wynchwood Barns (601 Chistie Street). Festival Launch Reception. An evening where the artists and friends of the festival will mingle to kick off the festival.
Saturday June 9th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor! at Woodbine Park - Coxwell Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, ON Canada. Come and enjoy cultural percussive rhythms from around the world. A family friendly event with lots of food, arts and crafts from around the world.
Sunday June 10th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor! continues at Woodbine Park - Coxwell Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, ON Canada. Live percussive music with international artists and lots of family friendly things to do.
Woodbine Park Corner of Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Ave.
Confirmed artists include: Iyá Iré (Cuba), Maracatu Mar Aberto (Brazilian), Samba Squad (Brazilian), Rumba Y’ado (Cuba), Archie Alleyne Evolution of Jazz Ensemble (Jazz), Beyond Sound (Traditional), Baro Dununba (Traditional West African and Diasporic rhythms), Isshin Diako (Japan Traditional), Muhtadi & the World Drummers (West African), Njacko Backo (Cameroon Contemporary African)
Canadian Jazz icon Archie Alleyn, will perform on the second stage, named in his honour and present some of the youth acts including Samba Kidz, Parkview Public School, Alexander Muir Middle School and Frank Oak Secondary Public School.
Additional performers, artists and workshops will be announced over the coming weeks.
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents el ¡Tambor! Includes a Children’s Play Area, ethnic cuisine, exotic arts and crafts, workshop programs and for the adults in the crowd a strategically placed expanded refreshment area with a great vantage point of the main stage.
In previous years, the festival has taken place outdoors at Queen’s Park North, featuring over 30 drumming groups that display the diverse cultural traditions and drumming styles from various countries. This year the festival moves east to Woodbine Park, right across the street from Ashbridges Bay.
Woodbine Park is a part of the larger Beaches area in Toronto; a community known for its vibrancy, natural surroundings and great outdoor sound stage – a perfect location for this year’s MIDF because it mirrors the festival’s characteristics.
The park is situated at the corner of Coxwell Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East. It is known to play host to various other summer festivals including the Beaches International Jazz Festival and the Beach BBQ and Brew Fest. Muhtadi International Drumming, the not-for-profit organization behind MIDF is excited to bring live music and dance to the versatile Woodbine Park because it’s well suited for their growing and energetic festival.
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