The Allende Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
Opening concert: Wine generously provided by the Consulate General of Chile
And of course - none of this would be possible without the support and commitment of our incredible volunteers - cheers to you our amazing community builders!
2011 has been a landmark year for Brazilian-born singer/percussionist/composer Aline Morales. The launch of her debut solo album Flores, Tambores e Amores was met with widespread critical acclaim. David Dacks writes in the Grid, "Simply put, Aline Morales? self-released Flores, Tambores e Amores may be the ﬁnest Brazilian album ever produced in Canada."
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline began her performing career as a child training in capoeira, and by the time she reached her 20′s, she had performed in a variety of traditional and modern bands including one of Brazil's most well-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife led by Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto, Canada in 2003, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, performing with her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless outdoor festivals, leading parades through Kensington Market in Toronto and even starring in Ontario Tourism's "There's No Place Like This" commercials.
You can catch Aline performing music with an all-star band composed of some of the most sought-after musicians in Toronto's Brazilian music scene.