Havanarte Productions, along with the Benny More Cultural Center, brought the 20 piece show "One Night In Havana" to Ontario, Canada. The show was a recreation of 1950's music, a time when Cuban rhythms such as cha-cha-cha, bolero, mambo and danzon, became known worldwide and Havana started to be what is today...one of the most prolific and important music centers on our continent.
The Famous Las D´aida quartet, founded at that time, brought with them founders Lilita Penalver and Maritza Montero.
Accompanying the quartet was Son Del Tropical band, an orchestra that started in the 1950's and has been traveling many countries as genuine representatives of Cuban traditional music.
The dance ensemble Pinos Nuevos joined these musicians, bringing eight dancers who recreated all the Cuban dance rhythms and showed off typical clothing from the 50's era in Cuba. "One night in Havana" performed in some of the main Ontario theaters: the Rose Theatre, Brampton, Centre for the Arts, Brock University, St. Catherine's, Gryphon Theatre, Barrie and the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and Oakville. All the shows were sold out. Additionally, with the support of the Digital Theater (commonly known as the Royal Theatre), the Cuban Friendship Association and Cuban embassy and consulate, the artists held a fundraising performance at the reopening of the Digital Theatre for Cuban hurricane relief.
Havanarte Productions is a Cuban music and culture promoter in Canada. The company organizes bimonthly events with important figures of Cuban music.
In 2009 Havanarte Productions, PLUS and the Royal Digital Theatre will continue to bring the best music from Cuba to Canada. In May, the all-female Caribe Girls band will visit Toronto for a concert. In June, Buena Fe, one of the most popular Cuban Rock bands, will visit Canada, while in September Bebe Compania, a children's ensemble, will perform and a big PLUS party will be held. In October, we'll have the "Cuban Jazz legends" featuring the best of the best of the Cuban jazz scene in Canada.