July 2, 2023

Kalàscima ft. Andrea Ramolo



Apulian folk-electronica band Kalàscima is joined by Andrea Ramolo in a crowd jumping journey across the Mediterranean.


Photo courtesy of the artist


Andrea Ramolo with Kalàscima is an exciting new international collaboration of world music in the Italian language featuring southern Italian electronic/folk band Kalàscima and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and alternative songwriter Andrea Ramolo. This musical endeavour was created with the intention of introducing Canadian audiences to the ancestral and folk music of southern Italy … but with a twist. Kalàscima blends Italian hip hop, folk, traditional, Balkan, and other Mediterranean sounds with electronic music. With Andrea’s soulful voice and connection to the traditional music and dance of southern Italy this project promises to get crowds jumping and dancing in a Mediterranean-style trance.  

About Kalàscima

Kalàscima is where the antique meets the modern with an explosive result. 

Explosive, energetic, and captivating, Kalàscima is one of Italy’s hottest bands. Some friends from Salento (Apulia, Italy), who grew up with the melodies and the hypnotic rhythms of the magical ritual of Taranta, reinvent the tradition with a wild mix of electronics and lysergic beats, original melodies and folk atmospheres. The dialect of Salento, English and Griko create a bridge between the Apulian music and the international scene. 

The live set is powerful and energetic and features many traditional and fascinating instruments (bagpipe, ciaramella, launeddas, tambourine, accordion), a spectacularly vast array of percussions, thrilling vocals, and modern instruments (laptops and synthesizers) to create an original sound. 

The album Psychedelic Trance Tarantella (Ponderosa, 2014) placed 1st in the World CMJ Radio Chart (after two months in top 10) and in April 2015 placed 6th in the World Music Chart Europe. The album is also proud to present the artistic collaboration of Ludovico Einaudi, playing the piano in the song ‘Due mari’.  

About Andrea Ramolo

Andrea Ramolo is a multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and has been recording and touring her music since 2008. Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants, Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress. In 2003 she picked up the guitar, later producing two albums “Thank You For The Ride’ and “The Shadows and the Cracks.” The latter earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year. 

Andrea’s newest work Quarantine Dream produced by Sarah MacDougall was completely scripted and recorded during the pandemic and is truly a reflection of this time in history and the dreams that kept her awake at night or helped her to keep going. The production is predominantly led by women with guest appearances by Juno-award winner Kinnie Starr, Madison Violet, and Kathryn Calder. Coldplay’s Davide Rossi also contributed to the string ar-rangements and recordings. The video she co-directed for Free alongside Kinnie Starr and 8 year old Emilee Ann Pitawanakwat was nominated for a 2021 Canadian Independent Music Video Award and the song itself was a semi-finalist at the 2021 International Songwriting Competition out of Nashville. 

Andrea is also a filmmaker and will release her first documentary THE SOUTH in the summer of 2023. The film is accompanied by a new international collaborative studio album with Italian band Kalàscima by the same name which was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts with the intention of bringing Italian folk music and dance to Canadian audiences in a fresh and accessible way. 

Andrea has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, the Skydiggers, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Madison Violet, Adam Cohen and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and more. She’s been a song-writing mentor for Song Studio at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has led Blues in the Schools workshops for the Ottawa Blues Fest and various other vocal, songwriting, and harmony workshops nationwide. She continues to tour the Canadian festival circuit and overseas in Europe and performs in both English and Italian. 

Access Info

The concert stage is an accessible venue. Raised spots accessible by ramps at the back of the venue providing ample sightlines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dates & Times

July 2
9:30pm – 10:45pm


Concert Stage

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

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