Louis Simao Ensemble

December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm



“Utterly unique” - CBC Radio One

Toronto-based musician, Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for twenty years. 2016 marked the release of his much-anticipated solo album, “A Luz” (The Light) – a collection of Simão’s own compositions and arrangements. Joined by the best cross-genre musicians Toronto has to offer, Simão takes the listener on a journey through the sounds of the Portuguese-speaking world as experienced through the life of this first-generation Canadian son of Portuguese immigrants. His cultural background combined with his jazz sensibility and chamber music compositional style come together to create a voice that is at once universal while remaining deeply personal. Simão’s tunes easily shift from samba to folkloric to funk to lush string and woodwind arrangements.

Described as “utterly unique” (CBC Radio One), he was the winner of the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition in the World Music category with his song, “Fado Torto”. Simão has opened for Cesaria Evora and Celso Machado, shared a night with Brazilian reggae stars Chico Cesar and Rita Ribeiro, toured Portugal

Louis Simão  – guitar, accordion, vocals, piano

David French – saxophone, vocals

Bill McBirnie – flute

Rich Brown – electric bass

Marito Marques  – drums

Maninho Costa – percussion, vocals


Here is a brief taste….