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Sur Tarang is a concert drawing a number of accomplished eastern classical musicians from around the world to the East End.

Pandit Ramesh Mishra
Pandit Ramesh Mishra

Aliya Sharafi, founder of the Prachee Sangeet Academy, is organizing the show, which will feature performers with roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan and Trinidad. She says the goal of the concert is to “promote peace and harmony amongst people through music.”

Performers scheduled to appear include Akhtar Shaukat, Arshiya Chowdhury, Araz Nayeb Pashayee, Kaveena Maharaj, Ashok Dutta, Nadeem Ali, Selim Majeed, and many more.

A highlight of the evening will be a performance by sarangi master Pandit Ramesh Mishra. Mishra studied under a number of great musicians, starting with his father Ramnath Mishra. He studied under perhaps the best-known Indian classical ambassador to western music fans, Ravi Shankar. Mishra may be known to some for his playing on Aerosmith’s Nine Lives album.

Sur Tarang takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Grand Palace, 380 Birchmount Rd. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance from the venue, or through the organizer by calling 416-556-9364 or emailing asharafy@gmail.com.

Beacher Pat Silver is organizing the third annual SING! Celebration, featuring a number of vocal performers. Countermeasure, a 14-piece a capella group including a number of Beach and East End members, will be joined by jazz singer Micah Barnes, looping artist Alissa Vox Raw, roots trio The O’Pears and jazz/folk artist Andrea Loziol.


The show starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Lula Lounge in the West End. Tickets are $20 in advance through singtoronto.com or $25 at the door. Add dinner reservations for guaranteed seating by calling 416-588-0307.

Café chez Hélène, 1437 Kingston Rd. at Warden Avenue, is hosting a number of intimate concert events in the coming weeks.

The recently opened café is bilingual, and owner Hélène Nicole webcasts shows live on her YouTube channel for those unable to attend in person.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, Ventanas will bring its multicultural music and dance performance to the café. The group covers everything from Bulgarian dance tunes, to Lebanese music, to Ukranian love songs, to flamenco, and many other styles in between. The show starts at 8 p.m., and admission is $10. See ventanasmusic.com for more on the group.


Looking to take the stage yourself? Stop by between 8 and 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 for bilingual karaoke, hosted in English by Neil and in French by Hélène.

The next night, Saturday, Oct. 18, Hélène will offer an intimate fireside concert of soft romantic ballads in both languages. She will be accompanied by Gad Foltys on guitar. The show starts at 8 p.m., and admission is $10.


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