Festival of Arabic Music and Arts October 25 to November 10, 2019
For Immediate Release: July 19, 2019 The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is proud to present their third annual Festival of Arabic Music and Arts FAMA, from October 25th to November 10th, 2019 in venues in the Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, and for the first time, Halifax.
Opening with the diva Carole Samaha at the Living Arts Centre, FAMA will present concerts by Naseer Shamma, Hamza Namira, Marwa Nagi at The Meridian Centre for the Arts, Small Wonders, a Canadian Arabic Orchestra Production at the Meadowvale Theatre, as well as two other productions in association with the Aga Khan Museum named Greek Arabia and Maghrebian Night.
FAMA will be touring with Naseer Shamma, Carole Samaha and Joe Show in Montreal, and will be performing in Halifax for the first time with Marwa Nagi.
FAMA will be closing with a grand finale and a production featuring the full Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Choir performing with Syrian Drama Music’s top composer, Taher Mamilli at the John Bassett Theatre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Fresh from a 7-city sold out tour in B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia, the Canadian Arabic Orchestra showcases Canada’s multicultural mosaic through music.
By presenting Arabic music with Indigenous, Flamenco, Greek, Jazz and other cultural music, they honour the arts and culture of all Canadians and convey a strong message of unity and intercultural understanding at a time of rising xenophobia to an audience of all backgrounds across the country.
The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Choir is a professional registered charity dedicated to reviving classical Arabic music while celebrating the freedom and diversity of Canada’s cultural landscape.
The Orchestra’s performances celebrate cultural diversity and communicate a message of shared, yet personal human experiences. They perform for all Canadians and showcase Arabic music and arts, as intrinsic components of the Canadian Arts scene.
Box Office Information: Concert ticketing information is live online at www.canadianarabicorchestra.ca
The 2019 FAMA Program
Carole Samaha in Concert – October 25 and October 27
Making her Canadian debut, the acclaimed diva of Arabic Music, film and theatre, Carole Samaha brings all her talents to life on stage this fall at FAMA. Carole’s repertoire reflects the culmination of a rich journey of arts and culture in Lebanon; building on a wealth of history and experience. Carole brings us face to face with civilizations of the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans and modern-day Lebanon in Baalbek, Beit Ed-Dine and Byblos, in an ethereal performance.
Ticket prices $60 to $200 Living Arts Centre, Mississauga on October 25 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $40 to $100 Salle Claude Champagne, Montreal on October 27 at 7:30 pm
Joe Show – November 8 and 9
Ever wanted to see the funny side of our day to day lives? Want to laugh about what you hear in the news about the Arab World and think to yourself “did I just hear that”? See the hilarious Joe for yourself live on stage addressing all those little issues, and personalities, that are so drab yet so funny; witness Joe turn the dullest moments into moments of uncontrollable laughter; listen to him portraying the news like never! You will not stop laughing.
Ticket prices $30 to $85. Salle St Denis, Montreal on November 8 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $30 to $100. Living Arts Centre, Mississauga on November 9 at 7:30 pm
Greek Arabia, a Canadian Arabic Orchestra Production – November 7
From the Acropolis to Constantinople, Petra, Palmyra, Byblos and the Pyramids, Apollo the Greek god of music jumps on a flying carpet to take us on a journey of a thousand and one nights. Greek and Arabic music intertwined to transcend geography and the ages, speaking to us in one language, the language of love.
Ticket prices $45 to $50. Aga Khan Museum, Toronto on November 7 at 7:30 pm
Maghrebian Night, a Canadian Arabic Orchestra Production – November 8
The sand dunes of North Africa, its majestic mountains and azure sea, the beautiful sun kissed faces of women and the eyes of their Tuareg men, all come to life on stage with sounds from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Magharebi sounds that will carry the smell of the sea, the warmth of the sun and the sweetness of the people.
Ticket prices $45 to $50. Aga Khan Museum, Toronto on November 8 at 7:30 pm
Oumeimah El Khalil, “The Olive Branch” – October 27
From the Cedars to the world with an olive branch and a sweet voice, Oumeimah brings to life masterpieces by legends like Mahmoud Darwish, Charbel Rouhana and Marcel Khalifeh. She sings for love and peace; she tells stories about home and our eternal connection with it. A unique mixture of classics and songs with a jazzy twist awaits you.
Ticket prices $45 to $65. Armenian Youth Centre, North York on October 27 at 7:30 pm
Marwa Nagi, “A Tribute to Warda and Baleegh” – November 1 and 3
In 1959 Warda met Baleegh Hamdi at a reception in Cairo, and told him that she had decided to marry him years earlier when she heard the music he had composed for Abdelhalim; their union was a meeting of two giants who left the Arabic music scene with some of the best and most beautiful works. Gone but never forgotten, Marwa will take us through their life journey with some of their most memorable songs.
Ticket prices $25 to $70. Bella Rose Art Theatre, Halifax on November 1 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $30 to $60. Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto November 3 at 7:30 pm
Hamza Namira, “I dream” – October 26
I dream of a day when all music comes together in a beautiful mix that is one sound of harmony and serenity; I dream of jazz, pop and classics, I dream of keyboards and strings, I dream of speaking one universal language that brings us all together in a celebration of music from time immortal. A mega dream comes to life in the Megacity.
Ticket prices $35 to $65. Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto on October 26 at 7:30 pm.
Small Wonders “Reminisce with Remi Bendali” a Canadian Arabic Orchestra Production – November 2
She was part of the family, in our living rooms, in our homes and in our hearts, Remi Bendali accompanies our Junior Ensemble in a magical journey down memory lane with songs from the days when there were still time slots for children’s programs on the only TV channel at home, when we had to finish our homework to be rewarded with viewing time and fly with Remi and her world.
Ticket prices $28 to $35. Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga on November 2 at 7:30 pm
The Canadian Arabic Orchestra with Taher Mamilli – November 10
Taher Mamilli, in the best of what the Arabic entertainment industry can offer, conducts The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Choir, in a rendition that will bring back stories from years gone by, stories that came into our homes and became our stories, characters that became friend and foe, events that made us laugh and cry, all in one beautiful experience on stage.
Ticket prices $36 to $70. John Bassett Theatre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 10 at 7:30 pm