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Media Release

March 12, 2014

Popular Cuban musician, Gerardo Alfonso to Tour Canada

The beautiful poetic songs of outstanding Cuban composer and guitar player, Gerardo Alfonso Morejón will be heard between Halifax and Victoria this spring.  Starting on March 21st the three-week tour includes stops in 11 cities in 6 provinces.

Organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba, (CNC) the tour will visit Toronto, Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Niagara, Windsor, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg. (The CNC is composed of 20 groups that support solidarity with Cuba

Gerardo Alfonso is part of the Nueva Trova song movement that started in Cuba in the 1960’s and combines traditional folk music with political lyrics.  His songs touch themes of humanity, society, love and life.  He has performed in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.  With more than 30 years of performances, Gerardo has received numerous nominations and awards. 

Gerardo’s premiere event in North America will by Saturday March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of  the College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto. Admission is $10.00 or PWYC.

For further information please contact Elizabeth Hill (416 654-7105, Co-Chair CNC and President Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto.

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Cuba & Southern African Liberation Photos Print E-mail

 

 

Jorge Risquet.

 

Melanie Newton (Caribbean Studies Program, New College, UofT & a principal member of the symposium's organizing committee).

Afua Cooper (JRJ Chair of Black Canadian Studies) performs one of her acclaimed poems.

 

A view of the audience.
H.E. Julio Garmendia (Cuban Ambassador); Miraly Gonzalez (1st Secretary, Cuban Embassy); H.E. Agostinho Tavares (Angolan Ambassador); Javier Domokos (Cuban Consul General -Toronto). Another view of the audience.

Jorge Risquet, a historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, acknowledges the audience's welcome.

 

Jorge Risquet accepts a gift of sacred medicine from Nova Scotia from the Mi'kmaq nation, presented to him by Isaac Saney( Co-chair & National Spokesperson, Canadian Network on Cuba).
 

Jorge Risquet addresses the symposium.

 

 
 
Cuba & Southern African Liberation: Successful Symposium Print E-mail

On September 27 & 28, 2013,  the very successful international symposium, Africa's Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern Africa Liberation, was held at the University of Toronto.

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The Verdict of History: Sixty Years of Affirming Independence and the Cause of Peace and Justice! Print E-mail

Isaac Saney, National Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba

July 26th, 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the act that is annually commemorated all over Cuba as the beginning of the movement and struggle that paved the way for the Cuban Revolution. On July 26th, 1953, a group of courageous young men and women - led by Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro - attacked the Moncada Barracks in the city of Santiago de Cuba, and the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks in Bayamo, in an attempt to overthrow the U.S. supported puppet dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the island’s second largest military garrison, the Moncada Barracks was critical to Batista’s military control of southern Cuba. The goal was to seize the weapons and distribute them to the people and spark a national uprising that would not only overthrow the Batista dictatorship but also establish Cuba’s independence and sovereignty.

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