Global Toronto Gets Laura Niquay, Amai Kuda, Willows for 2023 Edition

Waahli, Eliana Cuevas, Akawui, BLISK, Okavango African Orchestra and more will also perform showcases at the conference

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 5, 2023

With an unwavering dedication to sustainability, equity and accessibility, Small World Music has detailed plans for this year's Global Toronto Music Conference.

The platform for reimagining the music industry ecosystem's annual event takes place September 19 to 22 at seven venues across the city — including the Aga Khan Museum, Longboat Hall, Lula Lounge and Koerner Hall — and is set to feature showcases by 20 jury-selected musicians.

Chosen out of nearly 300 applicants from 12 provinces, this year's performers are Akawui, Basset, BLISK, Eliana Cuevas & Jeremy Ledbetter, JER, Kanen, Kizaba, Lara Klaus, Amai Kuda, Noé Lira, Mohamed Mas Moudi, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Moskitto Bar, Okavango African Orchestra, Diogo Ramos, Ariane Racicot, les Tireux d'Roches and Waahli, as well as Exclaim! New Faves alum Willows and the winner of last year's SOCAN Foundation TD Indigenous Songwriter AwardLaura Niquay.

Across its programming, Global Toronto prioritizes underrepresented voices, with nearly all artists being musicians of colour, woman-fronted groups and/or identifying as Indigenous. Conference discussions will likewise centre around collaborative approaches to equitable systems, climate justice and other barriers facing the populations the event is giving people space to advocate for.

Tickets are on sale for access to Global Toronto in its entirety, as well as wristbands to attend just the artist showcases; the former are currently priced at $300 each and the latter at $85.

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