Hola, somos los niños y niñas de Semillas Latinas. Este pasado 30 de julio dio inicio nuestro campamento y queremos compartir con ustedes esta maravillosa experiencia. La primera semana estuvo llena de actividades emocionantes y de nuevos amigos. Ya empezamos a aprender un poquito sobre varias disciplinas artísticas como la danza, el teatro, la pintura y la música. Los instructores Irma y Miko nos invitaron a descubrir la magia del movimiento corporal a través del juego y el ritmo. Beny nos presentó muchos instrumentos latinoamericanos de percusión y ya comenzamos a experimentar la belleza de sonidos que salen de ellos. La introducción al teatro nos la trajo nuestro amigo Luis quien nos ayudó a descubrir el poder de la voz y su proyección en el escenario. Tamara le puso color a nuestra experiencia, dirigiendo el inicio del proyecto del mural. Agradecemos a nuestros amigos Giselle, Melina, Mery, Víctor y Shannon quienes siempre están cerca para ayudarnos a disfrutar mucho de este campamento. Agradecemos a Casa Maíz por ofrecernos este programa tan especial, al Toronto Arts Council, a Carranza LLP, a la Biblioteca Pública de Toronto por permitirnos hacer nuestra presentación en su maravilloso teatro y a la comunidad por siempre estar con nosotros. Desde ya los invitamos a que aparten la fecha para que nos acompañen a la clausura de nuestro campamento. Nuestra presentación final será el 24 de agosto a las 5:30 en el teatro de la biblioteca de York Woods.
Hello, we are the kids of the Semillas Latinas Arts Camp. Our camp began last week and we want to share this wonderful experience with you. The first week was full of exciting activities and new friends. We have already begun to learn a little about various artistic disciplines such as dance, theater, painting and music. Irma and Miko invited us to discover the magic of body movement through play and rhythm. Beny introduced us to many Latin American percussion instruments and we have already begun to experience the beautiful sounds that come out of them. The introduction to the theater was brought to us by our friend Luis who helped us discover the power of the voice and its projection on the stage. Tamara put color to our experience, directing the start of the mural project. We thank our friends Giselle, Melina, Mery, Víctor and Shannon who are always close to help us enjoy this camp. We thank Casa Maíz for offering this special program, the Toronto Arts Council, Carranza LLP, the Toronto Public Library for allowing us to perform at their wonderful theater and the community. We invite you to set aside the date to accompany us to the closure of our camp. Our final presentation will be on August 24 at 5:30 in at the York Woods Library Theater.
Casa Maíz is pleased to invite children in our community (ages 6 to 12) to be part of the 2018 edition of the "Semillas Latinas" Arts Camp. This year the program will be held for 4 weeks from July 30 to August 24. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the richness of our Latin American culture through dance, music, theater, visual arts and much more. Do not miss this great opportunity to foster the love of our identity and culture in our children! Space is limited. For registration and information, 647-998-4722,email@example.com
We acknowledge and thank Carranza LLP and The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) for making this year’s camp possible.
Casa Maíz tiene la alegría de invitar a las niñas y niños de nuestra comunidad a formar parte de la edición 2018 del Campamento de Arte “Semillas Latinas”. Este año el programa se llevará a cabo durante 4 semanas del 30 de julio al 24 de agosto. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de explorar la riqueza de nuestra cultural Latinoamericana a través de la danza, música, teatro, artes visuals y mucho más. ¡No dejes pasar esta gran oportunidad de fomentar el amor a nuestra identidad y cultura en nuestros pequeños! El cupo es limitado. Para inscripciones e información puedes llamar al 647-998-4722, firstname.lastname@example.org
Agradecemos a Carranza LLP y al Consejo de las Artes de Toronto (TAC) por su apoyo a este proyecto.
Acompaña al grupo de Pinceles Latinos el Sábado 21 de Abril en la exhibición de las obras creadas durante el "Taller de Dibujo y Pintura 2017". Te esperamos en el Centro Cultural Casa Maiz, 1280 Finch Avenue West, Suite 204 de 6-9pm. Las artistas estarán presentes para conversar mientras disfrutamos de algunos refrigerios y de la maravillosa música de Erez Sussman. Este taller fue posible gracias al apoyo de Ontario Arts Council, Casa Maíz, a la dedicación de las instructoras Tania Iraheta y Mariana Bolaños y al talento y dedicación de todos los integrante de este taller.
Join the group of Pinceles Latinos, Saturday, April 21st in the exhibition of their artwork created during the 2017 Drawing & Painting Workshop. We hope to see you at Casa Maiz, 1280 Finch Avenue West, Suite 204 from 6-9pm. Artists in attendance to chat while we enjoy some refreshments and the wonderful music of Erez Cedar. This workshop was made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Casa Maíz, the dedication of instructors Tania Iraheta and Mariana Bolaños and the talent and dedication of all participants of this workshop.
Amigas y amigos, este 24 de febrero a las 7:30PM se llevará a cabo la 3ª lectura de la 2ª temporada de Poesía en Color en Casa Maíz. El evento está organizado en solidaridad a todxs lxs migrantes que por amor, en sus diversas manifestaciones, cruzan las fronteras. Esa noche Francisco Rico y Alfredo Barahona nos compartirán su arte en una noche que promete ser inolvidable.
Dear friends, this February 24th at 7:30 pm, we will have the third reading of Poesía en Color's second season. This event is organized in solidarity with all those who, out of love in its many forms, cross borders. That night, Francisco Rico and Alfredo Barahona will share with us their art in what promises to be an unforgettable night.
Honoring the dead, delighting the living and promoting community development through artistic expression
The Día de Los Muertos Collective, in partnership with Casa Maiz, coordinates the efforts of musicians, dancers, culinary creators, craftsmen, visual artists and performers to produce the 9th community-sponsored Traditional Day of the Dead celebration.
The celebration was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. “…Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favourite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs…
This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. The Day of the Dead celebration holds great significance in the life of Mexico’s indigenous communities. The fusion of pre-Hispanic and Catholic rites brings together two universes, one marked by indigenous belief systems, the other by worldviews introduced by the Europeans in the sixteenth century”.
Next Saturday, October 28, Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St, South of St Clair) will be dressed in petals and scented with incense and mum flowers. The Día de Los Muertos Collective takes great care to execute this ritual-celebration in a most respectful and traditional manner to differentiate it from commercially-oriented events held throughout the city.
This year’s highlights include Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s photography exhibition “Mexico and The Days of The Dead”, which runs from October 21st to the 30th, at the Peter Mackendrick Community Gallery.
In addition, the 2017 program includes traditional food, Aztec dance, Aboriginal hand Drum songs, and a wide variety of Mexican music and performances. -Everyone is welcome to participate in the processions, workshops, installations, community art projects, and open mic. There will be a community altar where attendees can carry on with the tradition of honoring their dear departed with incense, food, water, candy, and pictures. - Program updates are available on the Day of the Dead event page
The Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration will be held on Saturday October 28, 2016, from 4:00 to 10:00 pm at Wychwood Barns (601 Christie st; South of St. Clair, North of Davenport).
BARRIER FREE & TTC accessible. From Christie Station, take route #126 Northbound, or take the Westbound streetcar from the St. Clair & Yonge or St Clair West stations.
FREE ADMISSION –Suitable for all ages. Bring a yellow flower for the altars.
Día de Los Muertos Collective is a non-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of Toronto´s Mexican community to bring a celebration that honors the dead, delights the living, promotes artistic creation and foster community development through tradition. Contact: Paco Castillo, (416) 809-80-98/ email@example.com /25 Benson Ave, Toronto, On M6C46G / www.diadelosmuertosto.org
Social: @diadelosmuertosto / #dayofthedeadTO / #diadelosmuertosto
Casa Maíz, is the cultural centre of the Latin American community in Toronto, where visual art, poetry, dance, performing arts and music make their home. We are dedicated to foster the love for our culture both in adults and in children to strengthen our roots along with a sense of identity and belonging in Canadian society. Contact: Luis Rojas 1280 Finch Ave. W # 204, Toronto, On M3J3K6 / (647) 777-0177 www.casamaiz.org
At 26 years old, Derek Gray has established himself as an emerging drummer and percussionist on the Canadian music scene. While completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree at Humber College (where he performed with legendary bassist Dave Holland as a member of the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble) and an MA in Ethnomusicology at York University (culminating-to-date his research in adapting Afro-Cuban Batá to Drumset), Derek has emerged as one of Toronto's finest young musicians. In Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman performing regularly with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (2016 Julian Award runner-up, co-led with brother Justin Gray), Trans-Mediterranean World music group Ventanas (lead by vocalist Tamar Ilana), and the Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon (2x Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for 2015 release, Mandala), amongst others.
Derek has travelled the world studying, performing, and teaching – including time spent in Ghana (Ewe traditional drumming) Cuba (Folkloric Batá studies), Spain (Walking the Camino de Santiago), Italy (Atina Jazz Festival 2011), Switzerland (Drumming mentorship with Julio Davalos), Banff (Artist Residency), New York City (Private studies with Roman Diaz), and Washington (Betty Carter Jazz Ahead).
In 2008, Derek founded the Hand Drumming in the Schools program in which he voluntarily travels to schools in the greater Toronto area and facilitates hand-drumming workshops for students of all ages. In the summer of 2009, Derek travelled to Ghana to study traditional West African hand drumming, and over the course of two months, completed an Ethnomusicology course at University of Ghana. He also studied West African percussion with master drummers Kwasi Dunyo and Ledzi Agudzemegah in Dagbamete, a village in the Volta Region.
Over the past few years, Derek has received a number of awards, including Humber College's President's Medal for leadership, the Garfield Weston National Level Scholarship for leadership, the SABIAN Cymbals Award + Scholarship, the George McCrae Award for musical excellence, and the Principal’s Award for Student Leadership. In the spring of 2011, Derek was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency in Washington, DC. Working alongside talented young musicians/composers from around the world, this two-week long program culminated in performances on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Centre. Derek has studied privately with Mark Kelso, Steve Mancuso, Julio Davalos, Roman Diaz, Doug Sole, Don Vickery, Dan Weiss, Clarence Penn, Nate Smith and Larnell Lewis. He has performed with: Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Holland, Tony Malaby, Vincent Herring, David Buchbinder, Jorge Miguel, Esmeralda Enrique, amongst many others.
Derek would like to thank MOPERC, SABIAN, Yamaha, and Vater for the instruments he plays.
Derek extends his deepest gratitude to the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts for their support.
Derek will be performing at our upcoming Cantos Libres, September 30th, 2017 at Casa Maíz. 1280 Finch Avenue West.
Benjamin Barrile is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive in jazz, classical and world music. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including: The Café Olé - a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz. Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CityTV, Jazz FM, and Telelatino. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first of many times, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He traveled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros including Manuel Lozano "El Carbonero".
Benjamin will be performing during our upcoming Cantos Libres, September 30th, 2017 at Casa Maíz, 1280 Finch Ave. West.
Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythms.
Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start studying flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction at the renownedInstitution Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville Triana.
Silvia performed at the Festival Flamenco du Montreal in 2013 and 2014 with Triana Project and Carmen Romero Company. She was also a part of the Toronto International Flamenco Festival in 2013 with the flamenco cuadro Triana Project, of which she is a cofounder. In 2014 Silvia was based in Calgary Alberta, where she is one of the organizer of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival and also taught flamenco dance and singing at Fiona Malena Academy and the Jewish Community Centre of Calgary. While in Calgary she performed with many local and international artists in the city. She was recently part of EXPO Latino Festival 2015 with Fiona Malena Ensemble as well as Salero Calo Flamenco group.
Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music. She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.
Silvia will be performing at our next Cantos Libres, September 30th, 2017 at Casa Maíz. 1280 Finch Avenue West.
This year, the Dia de los Muertos Collective is, once again, rolling up their sleeves to make the traditionally rich celebration of the Day of the Dead possible. For the past 8 years, musicians, dancers, sculptors, painters, food artists, artisans and performers of every discipline have filled the halls of the Artscape Wychwood Barns with the unimaginable sounds, colours and tastes that surround this timeless tradition.
At Casa Maíz, we have been honoured to be partners with this Collective for the past 5 years. We added our efforts and dedication to theirs in order to bring an authentic celebration to the community. Because of this, we are inviting everyone to attend the Fundraising Party which will take place on Saturday, September 9th at 7pm at our location (1280 Finch Ave. West). You will not only be contributing to making this year’s celebration possible, but you will be treated to incredible music, great people and amazing food. Donation $5.
Recaudación de fondos Día de los Muertos: Preparando la Celebración de Este Año
Este año, el Colectivo Día de los Muertos se encuentra en preparaciones para la tradicional celebración del Día de los Muertos. Durante los últimos 8 años, músicos, bailarines, escultores, pintores, chefs, artesanos y artistas de todas las disciplinas han llenado los salones del Artscape Wychwood Barns con los sonidos, colores y gustos inimaginables que rodean esta tradición.
En Casa Maíz hemos tenido el honor de trabajar al lado de este Colectivo durante los últimos 5 años. Sumamos nuestros esfuerzos y dedicación a los suyos con el fin de llevar una celebración auténtica a la comunidad. Debido a esto, invitamos a todos a asistir a la fiesta de recaudación de fondos que tendrá lugar el sábado, 9 de septiembre a las 7 pm en nuestro local (1280 Finch Ave. West). No sólo estarás contribuyendo a hacer posible la celebración de este año, sino que también disfrutarás de buena música, gente fantástica y deliciosas comidas. Donación $ 5.
Casa Maíz es un espacio cultural cuya misión es apoyar el desarrollo cultural sostenible y participativo de la comunidad Latinoamericana en Toronto y Canadá. Esta labor se lleva a cabo a través de las artes, la investigación, y la cultura en su amplio concepto y a través de la promoción de la creatividad, el espíritu crítico y la innovación de personas y grupos.