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Global Livestream Friday, Toronto/Hamilton Film, Awards

Hello everyone! We hope you have been enjoying this fall weather!  Here is what is happening this week… Hope to see you soon!

1- Free livestream concert this friday
2- Our Film screenings in Toronto and Hamilton
3- Folk Music Ontario and Markham awards


Due to a venue conflict, our concert this Friday has been converted into a Livestream. The good news is you can tune in from anywhere around the world!

Livestream – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm EST

Combining elements of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Turkish strings, and French Manouche Django-jazz, and a core musical vision that societies derive strength from diversity, and that common ground can be found amidst one’s differences Sultans of String come together with artists from the Canadian Arabic Orchestra and around the globe with a unique mosaic of melody, vocals and strings.

There are no actual tickets, simply join the Livestream at 7:30 pm EST on Twitter, LinkedIn, or at:

Facebook Event Link:

Sultans of String with special guests:
Leen Hamo – vocals
Padideh Ahrarnejad – tar
Majd Sekkar – clarinet
Donné Roberts – vocals and guitar
Tamar Ilana –  dance
Naghmeh Farahmand – percussion
Saskia Tomkins – nyckelharpa


We are excited about the first showings of our feature length film – our Sultans of String pandemic project that just won at Cannes World Film Festival … THE REFUGE PROJECT – Visual Album. If you are anywhere near Toronto or Hamilton come join our Cast and Crew party, and celebrate our win with a film screening, as well as another birthday “year around the sun” for bandleader Chris McKhool, all while raising donations for a good cause!

All admission proceeds after hall rental cost donated to the UN Refugee Agency for their life-saving programming. Sultans of String have raised more than $10,000 so far!

TORONTO: Sun. Nov 20 at 7 pm Tranzac Hall – Tix:

HAMILTON: Thu. Dec. 8  at 7 pm
Westdale Theatre – Tix


These will be followed by a chat! This film includes songs from Refuge and Sanctuary, which are up for four Canadian Folk Music Awards!



We are still flying high from our award wins last week at Folk Music Ontario and Markham!

From our co-writer Juan Carlos: “The lyrics of this song is a reflection of my experience as a refugee in Canada and the story of many Colombians. Thank you to my good friend Wilman Jose Cogollo Cantillo for helping to write these lyrics which express the story of my life. Thank you to Sultans of String for inviting me to channel my voice and the voices of many immigrants through music. I acknowledge this land for the tremendous opportunity it’s given me to change the story of my life for good. Today I’m an a musician and educator who is giving back to my community and I strive to be a positive representation for people that look like me and have similar stories. I love this place and the people that live in it. Thank you”

You can watch the award winning song on CHCH here

and here at Flato Markham Theatre receiving Professional Artist of the Year!