Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET
With a name that means “heart” in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the Toronto-based women-led group OKAN crafts songs that explore immigration, courage, and love.
Having received JUNO, Canadian Folk Music, and Independent Music Award nominations for their debut album Sombras, OKAN's sophomore offering, Espiral delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in that musical heritage.
In this concert, OKAN performs selections from Espiral, their 2021 Juno Award-winning album, fusing jazz, folk, and global rhythms with Afro-Cuban roots. It’s a performance that draws upon a multiplicity of musical influences and the multicultural mosaic of Toronto.
Cast & Creative Team
Elizabeth Rodriguez, vocals/violin
Magdelys Savigne, vocals/percussion
Jeremy Ledbetter, piano
Roberto Mederos, bass
Frank Nodarse, drums
- The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.
2021/2022 season creative: BT/A