August 3, 2023


Aline Morales

Canada, Brazil

Traditional Brazilian | A fivepiece band will deliver a taste of old school Forró, a well-known and beloved genre now danced to all over the globe!


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Forró is a musical genre, a rhythm and dance and an important part of the culture of the Northeastern Region of Brazil. It encompasses various dance types as well as several different musical genres. Forró has become increasingly popular worldwide, with a well-established Forró everywhere! Aline Morales will perform classic Forró tunes and unique compositions from her band members. Forró is an uplifting music style that will allow the audience to enjoy as a listener and try some dance moves!

About Aline Morales

JUNO-nominated Aline Morales is a leading force in Canada’s Brazilian music scene, delivering a personal and intimate perspective on contemporary Brazilian pop, incorporating global folkloric and jazz elements with vintage Tropicalia and MPB.  

Also a highly regarded percussionist, Morales has changed the face of Brazilian music in Canada through a wide range of projects, showcasing her strength and versatility as a bandleader and instrumentalist.  

In Brazil, Morales received her musical training performing in various traditional and modern bands, including one of Brazil’s best-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, led by her mentor Mestre Walter de Franca. Since immigrating from her native Belo Horizonte in 2003, Morales has greatly impacted Canada’s Brazilian and global music scenes. As a teacher and co-leader of Toronto’s first maracatu drumming ensemble, Maracatu Nunca Antes, then as leader of her own 30-member strong percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, she has been a tireless promoter and teacher of the traditional maracatu rhythms of north-eastern Brazil. She is a member of Kuné, a project spearheaded by The Royal Conservatory of Music in 2017 and continues to tour and record with the ensemble and to contribute to popular Toronto projects.  

While she has done much to advance the profile of Brazilian percussive arts in Canada, Morales first gained national attention after her debut album Flores, Tambores e Amores, earning widespread critical acclaim in 2011 with a JUNO nomination and reached first place on Canada’s folk/world radio charts. Morales’ sophomore new work Toadas do Norte launched in 2021 on the Lulaworld Records label and continues exploring Brazil’s musical legacy as it intersects with contemporary forms and other folkloric traditions, pushing beyond common stereotypes of Brazilian music. 

Morales has brought her solo project to the stages for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge, Lulaworld at Dundas West Fest, Luminato, The National Arts Centre, MixTO, PANAMANIA, Harbourfront Centre and Mundial Montreal. Notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with Rommel Ribero, Claudio Rabeca and OKAN. 

Access Info

The Toronto Music Garden is a wheelchair accessible park. Summer Music In The Garden concerts include 8 reserved spots for accessible seating on a first come, first served basis. As these performances take place in a park, they are inherently relaxed performances by nature.

Dates & Times

August 3
60 mins


Toronto Music Garden

479 Queens Quay West,
Toronto, ON

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