Eastern Ave. at Jonathon Ashbridge Park, West of Coxwell
Fun festival atmosphere with FREE musical entertainment and family activities to engage attendees and encourage them to cheer on the marathon runners.
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JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
Since their formation only 5 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, hitting #1 on world/international music charts in Canada, and a triple Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year. They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,000 entries! The band has been recorded live for broadcast on BBC Television, SiriusXM in Washington DC, CTV's CanadaAM, CBC's Canada Live, and has topped campus/community radio charts in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, U.S. and U.K.
A Canadian string super-group, Sultans of String includes 6-string violinist and 2x JUNO Award nominee Chris McKhool — who has guest starred with Jesse Cook and Pavlo. McKhool's unbridled passion for exploring rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, and he incorporates instruments and styles from far and wide into his music.
Touring as a duo to quintet, McKhool draws from a collective of master musicians, bringing their unique blend of Global music to audiences around the world including Celtic Connections Festival in the U.K., Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, Canada's National Arts Centre, and Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. Sultans of String have also performed on larger stages with Symphony Orchestras with noted conductor Maestro John Morris Russell (Cincinnati Pops), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
“A new fusion of roots and classical.the results are mind blowing. Even though the instrumentation is different, you get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… any fan of world beat or contemporary instrumental music is sure to absolutely flip for this gem. Hot stuff throughout and a sure bet to notch a Juno and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” —Midwest Record, Chicago
Gypsy-jazz, blues, world, rumba-flamenco, funk, classical, boogie woogie, East Coast fiddling, dance party music and more… this musical romp around the world is a celebration of creativity the entire family will enjoy.
Learn about scat singing, drumming, world cultures, and fiddles far and wide while grooving and dancing along.
Hailed as a "Children's musical star" (National Post) and "Canada's greatest eco-troubadour for young people" (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada's hottest children's musicians. Chris has been touring across Canada with his children's concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV's Treehouse, TVOntario's Crawlspace and the CBC. 2x Parents' Choice Award (U.S) and Green Toronto Award of Excellence.