What is Being Said About Jaffa Road...

“True professionals and talented artists, Jaffa Road represents the best of the Canadian world music scene. Their unique sound, energy, and ability to connect with audiences combine to make a memorable performance. I recommend them without hesitation!”   -Jenna Roebuck, Executive Director, Dawson City Music Festival

“Jaffa Road at  Blue Skies Music Festival was beyond magical...with the music from around the world drifted through the crowds....bringing them down from their campsites, or just in the audience to dance, you just can’t help sway your hips, and be so mesmerized, you think you are in Israel or Turkey or Blue Skies Music Fesitval....it was pure  magic!”  -Julia Phillips, Artistic Director, Blue Skies Music Festival

“Jaffa Road exemplified professionalism in every way and The Deep Roots Music Festival could not be happier with their performances this year. What stands out even more than their exceptional abilities is their competence and willingness to work with others: exactly what our festival is all about!” -Dave Caremichael, Artistic Director – Deep Roots Music Festival – Wolfville Nova Scotia
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"An ace band that churns out a highly textured cinematic fusion of Arabic, Indian, Jazz, Blues, electronica, and rock. That list might make your head spin, but rest assured that Jaffa Road's thoughtful, beautifully crafted music will not."  Errol Nazareth, Music Columnist CBC Radio and Toronto Sun.

 

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Hebrew, English and Spanish poetry intertwined with electrifying improvisations, belly-dance rhythms and pulsing dub grooves

Short Bio

Named World MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR at the 2013 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS and nominated for TWO JUNO AWARDS (2010, 2013) Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. They released their sophomore CD Where the Light Gets In to critical acclaim, a Juno nomination, and an enthusiastic, standing room only crowd at Hugh’s Room, one of Toronto’s premier music venues.  Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop, and dub.  Their song, L.Y.G., off their debut album, Sunplace, won Grand Prize and the  Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band was also awarded Best World Music Artist at the  Toronto Independent Music Awards.  They have traveled to many communities across North America and Brazil delighting audiences with their unique brand of genre-bending fusion.

Full Bio

Named World MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR at the 2013 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS and nominated for TWO JUNO AWARDS (2010, 2013) Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that takes listeners on a journey that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, sacred and secular.

Jaffa Road's organic fusion blends influences and inspirations from the worlds of Jewish music, Classical Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop, and dub.  Their song, L.Y.G., off their debut album, Sunplace, won Grand Prize and a Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band was awarded Best World Music Artist at the  Toronto Independent Music Awards.

They released their sophomore CD Where the Light Gets In in late 2012 to critical acclaim, a JUNO-AWARD nomination and an enthusiastic, standing room only crowd at Hugh’s Room, one of Toronto’s premier music venues.   The album was not even officially released when the first track Ana El Na, won the prestigious Songs from the Heart Song Writing contest from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, and the second track Sim Shalom was selected by the CBC as a "Song of the Week".

Their debut CD, Sunplace, was released in early 2009 to a packed house at The Lula Lounge in Toronto and was recorded for CBC Radio 2 Canada Live. Sunplace was nominated for a 2010 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year.  Tracks from the CD have received regular airplay on a number of regional and national programs on CBC Radio, and college radio. Sunplace has earned the #1 spot on the CIUT world music chart.

The band has played festivals and concert halls all across Canada including Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. They have also played festivals in Brazil, Alaska, New York, and Georgia. Delighting audiences everywhere with their unique brand of genre-bending global fusion.

Jaffa Road is very grateful for the support received  from The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, and The Canada Council for The Arts.