Film Screenings Toronto & Hamilton!
Dear friends so exited to share this with you – we made a movie! A real movie!
NOW PLAYING! – Nov 20 TORONTO/ Dec 8 HAMILTON!
Please check out our brand new trailer here!
TORONTO: Sunday November 20
Doors at 6 pm, Film at 7 pm sharp.
Tranzac Club Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7
All admission proceeds of Toronto show after hall rental cost are donated to the UNHCR Canada, the UN Refugee Agency for their life-saving programming. Sultans of String have raised more than $10,000 so far!
HAMILTON: Thursday December 8
Doors at 6 pm, Film at 7 pm sharp.
Westdale Theatre, 1014 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1L4
The film is 95 minutes long and screenings will be followed by a chat! The film includes songs from Refuge and Sanctuary, which are up for four Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne!
Our Feature Length Film “Sultans of String: The Refuge Project – Visual Album” – our pandemic project that just won at the Cannes World Film Festival, Best Istanbul Film Festival, and selected for the Vancouver Independent, Montreal Independent, Scarab, and Folk in Film Festivals … Come join our Cast and Crew parties, and celebrate our recent wins with a film screening, as well as another birthday “year around the sun” for bandleader/producer Chris McKhool, all while raising donations for a good cause!
Mixed in full Dolby Atmos, this ambitious, diverse, inclusive, and passionately political film puts NY Times and Billboard-charting world music supergroup Sultans of String face-to-face with a VIP roster of global ‘ambassadors,’ some of whom are recent immigrants and refugees to Canada and the U.S., as well as essential Indigenous voices. All are masters of world music that communicate with each other through the global language of music.
Addressing the struggles of life on Mother Earth has always inspired Sultans of String. In The Refuge Project – Visual Album, they bring their unique brand of musical synergy and collaboration to bear on discussion and songs that speak to the challenges facing the world’s displaced peoples—their stories, their songs, their persistence and their humanity.
Joined by an international cast, this three-time JUNO nominated band immerses themselves in the plight of the international refugee, and the humanitarian response that should greet everyone in search of a home.
The Refuge Project features stellar performances by Ahmed Moneka and Imad Al Taha, refugees from Iraq, Syrian refugee Leen Hamo, Donné Roberts from Madagascar with partner Yukiko Tsutsui from Japan, Algeria’s Fethi Nadjem, Colombian refugee Juan Carlos Medrano, Iran’s Padideh Ahrarnejad, Romani Nyckelharpa player Saskia Tomkins, tabla player Ravi Naimpally from India,sitar player Anwar Khurshid from Pakistan, string ensemble Gundem Yayli Grubu from Istanbul, and many, many more, including an orchestral version of “The Power of the Land” featuring Indigenous performers Duke Redbird and Twin Flames.
“The true inspiration behind this album is the incredible artists we get to collaborate with,” says McKhool. “We learn so much from these diverse voices, and each one of them is so personally inspiring. As Ahmed Moneka, an artist and refugee from Iraq says, ‘Love is the main reason for a great future,” and we are so privileged to be able to collaborate with so many incredible voices on this project.”
Many thanks to Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) #FACTORfunded, MASC, Prologue Performing Arts – Prologue arts de la scène, Hamilton Arts Council, Hamilton Musicians’ Guild _ Local 293, AFM, Arts & Culture Council of Burlington