Musical Performances

Musical Performances

Musical Live Performance Listings

1:30pm – YUSUKE HASEGAWA (didgeridoo/drums)

2:15pm – ROSY CERVANTES & La Sana Rabia (vocal/guitar)

3:00pm – JESSICA STUART (koto/vocal)

3:45pm – CHIHIRO (piano/vocal/guitar/drums)

4:30pm – CAROL OYA (vocal/keyes/bass/drums) – 5pm ends


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Jessica Stuart

Internationally-acclaimed koto-toting jazz-folk power trio, The Jessica Stuart Few has an undeniably fresh sound. Innovative songwriting featuring the Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), harmonies, double bass, guitar and drums is centered on danceable grooves that have earned ‘The Few’ festival slots in Asia, Australia, Europe and across North America. Poised to launch their third full-length, The Passage, the band’s previous release made it onto the Japanese Top 40 charts, won the 2014 Independent Music Award for ‘Best Album’, and was dubbed, ‘endlessly charismatic’, by The Globe and Mail. The JSFew remain in rotation on Bravo!TV, BBC, ABC (AU), NDR (Germany) and our very own CBC Radio.  –


Chihiro is a musical visionary from Kumamoto, Japan who dedicates herself to writing songs that smoothly transform into cinematic and unforgettable pop pieces.  Her music style is expressed as Classy-Pop, a mixture of classical and pop music. Chihiro’s voice reinforces her introspective lyrics and moves the audience to experience a series of emotions that we have all felt at one point or another. Chihiro’s overall sound hints of Chopin, Joe Hisaishi, and The Pink Panther theme song. –

(Joe Hisaishi- a Japanese music composer who’ve written most of the animation films music directed by Hayao Miyazaki)

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Carol Oya

Carol Oya has been active in the Toronto jazz scene since 2009. She has become known for her inventive and refreshing arrangements of classic songs. She always finds it rewarding when people tell her they had no idea what the song was until she hit the chorus or that they would never have imagined two seemingly disparate songs work as one in a mash-up. You can hear her sing a moody version of a pop tune or a jazz standard done with RnB runs. Carol speaks five languages, including Japanese, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Attending one of her gigs is like taking a trip around the world! –


Yusuke Hasegawa

Yusuke Hasegawa from Chiba, Japan. He can be seen playing Didgeridoo with Djembe, Drums, and many other instruments at the Kensington market and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. A Japanese street musician who has been busking all over the world. In the midst of traveling with his music, his playing style adapts to the climates, surroundings and people around him. His music can not be categorized under one genre, his music is exceed and transcends categories. You can feel this grand beautiful world from his music. There is nothing like it. You should check out his music today, as his music might change tomorrow!



The city of Cuernavaca, known in Mexico as the “city of the eternal spring”, has also become a focal point for a national blues movement in the country, thanks in part to Rosy Cervantes y La Sana Rabia. The band was founded in 2002 by Rosy Cervantes, a singer-songwriter who began her music career singing Latin American folk music before discovering her passion for the blues, and who now fuses the two musical genres to create a style that is all her own. Rosy studied singing with Julio Garcia and Ricardo Sanchez in Morelos, Cuernavaca. She also toured with folk group Nahui (1992-1994) and with Lalo Chico and The Cuernavaca City Blues Band. Finally Rosy founded La Sana Rabia ( The Sane Rage) and recorded -LO BLANCO Y LO NEGRO,” (2006)including songs written by her, Paco Barrios el Mastuerzo, Rafael Mendoza and Gerardo Peña, displays the great versatility and expressive power of Cervantes’s voice and the cohesion and skill of her musical ensemble.
Rosy Cervantes y La Sana Rabia came to be an important name in blues in Mexico, performing concerts in Cuernavaca (where they performed at the Teatro Ocampo in 2008 alongside Betsy Pecanins, a Mexican blues legend, as well as in Guadalajara, Puebla and Mexico City, and participating in international festivals like Festival Internacional Cultural de Cuernavaca in the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. the Festival Ollin Kan in Iztapalapa 2006, the Festival Internacional Cervantino 2007, the 5th Encuentro Internacional de Blues in Mexico City (2011). In the same year, Rosy Cervantes moves to the City of Toronto, continuing in the music scene, participating in “Fête de la Musique” by the Alliance Française (2012) at the opening of the International Festival of Image and Word in Glendon University (2013 ), MexFest in Dundas Square (2014).
Their fusion of the music styles of blues, ballad, Latin American folk and rock gives this group its characteristic sound. Rosy Cervantes suggests that this new incarnation of her group is, in effect, the product of the multicultural encounter in which we live in Toronto and which encourages us to enrich our lives by pooling our different experiences. In this way, she says, “music becomes a bridge for communication that ultimately leads us to find out nature, to find ourselves in others and to feel part of a whole; music, as the only force that can erase borders and, more than that, that can communicate and unite feelings.” –