Midwinter Concert with Small World Music
February 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd)
Join us for an evening of musical performances and storytelling to warm your heart in the cold winter months. The Bentway is excited to partner with our friends from Small World Music to transform The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing into an intimate concert space and showcase the talents and stories of the newcomer artistic community here in the city. Performing live at the Midwinter Concert are artists Roa Lee, Paula Sofia, and Fethi Nadjem.
Registration is required. Click here to join the waitlist.
What to Expect:
- An evening of music, performance, and storytelling.
- This event will take place indoors.
- The audience will be invited to sit on cushions, blankets, and pillows, with limited seating available.
- The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing Campus is physically accessible.
About the Artists:
Roa (HyunYoung) Lee is a composer, arranger and gayageum musician from Korea. She began playing when she was 7 years old and received formal training in high school and university for traditional performing arts. Her interest in collaboration and incorporating the gayageum with various music genres led her to study in Toronto, where, as a fearless musical challenger she creates music rooted in traditional Korean ideas while integrating elements from a variety of other genres. A member of the Labyrinth Ensemble and a teacher, she’s performed with and at Small World Music, the Aga Khan Museum, Harbourfront Centre, the Four Seasons Centre, the Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto, several municipal orchestras, and more.
Paula Sofía is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Most of her work is in Spanish, which makes her music and live performances very dynamic where she forms playful connections with the audience from the stage. She is able to convey universal themes through storytelling, imagery, and quirky songwriting.
Her first solo project, Quinto de Hora (which translates into “A Fifth of an Hour”), produced by Alysha Brilla, is an album of 12 one-minute songs. This project marked the beginning of her career, as she plans to release the other 4 “Fifths of an Hour” over the years while collaborating with different artists to get “Around the Clock in 60 songs”.
She is currently working on her next conceptual project which will include 6 full-length songs, to be released in 2023.
Fethi Nadjem was born in Algeria where he grew up in a family of musicians. He began playing the guitar and oud at the age of 13, and developed his skills within the Fine Arts Association in Algiers, learning Andalusian music, and playing violin and mandole. At the age of 21, he co-founded Djmawi Africa, a fusion band that still, over a dozen years later, performs around the world, and in which he began playing the kora. Soon after arriving in Toronto, he began playing with several bands and musicians, including Moskitto Bar, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Jessie Cook, Maryem Tollar, and more, and with his own fusion music project.
Co-presented as part of Small World Music’s 2023 Concert Series.