A multilingual cabaret-chanson exploring “The city within”

Whether by birth or adoption, most of us, at the dawning of the 21st Century, are children of the city.

Just as the urban fabric that we’ve long taken for granted is being threatened in the political arena, this cabaret-chanson is a timely celebration of the rich and often complex relationship we have with our cities.

Though he is of Portuguese origin, Louis Simão learned to walk on the sidewalks of our city. Though her roots are in Peru, Patricia Cano grew up in Sudbury before calling Toronto home. Their artistic paths have led them down the streets of New York and Paris, Lisbon and Lima. Revisiting a handful of songs that celebrate some of the great cities of the world, Quand la ville nous habite (“The City within”) explores questions of origin and belonging that are at the very heart of our urban experience.

Quand la ville nous habite brings together two artists who enjoy an exceptional rapport. Together, they will take us on a journey to the cities we thought we knew, where life’s daily joys and travails are sung in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, and where songs grow like flowers between the cobblestones.

Quand la ville nous habite
(“The City Within”)
A cabaret-chanson with Patricia Cano & Louis Simão
Guitar: Carlos Bernardo
Friday March 9th 2012, 7:30 PM
Alliance Française de Toronto
24, Spadina Road
Admission: 15 $ (free for AFT members & students)
RSVP @ culturel@alliance-francaise.ca


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