TD Pop-up Performances 2024

TD Pop-up Performances 2024

Date: 2024
Price: Free

The Aga Khan Museum provides a platform for emerging and established award-winning artists to showcase their craft, initiate cross-cultural dialogue, and engage new audiences.


Throughout the season, experience poetry, music and dance that reflects the rich tapestry of diverse world regions, from the Balkans to the Nordic countries, from the Middle East to Asia. Enjoy informal performances of jazz, Latin, Persian, traditional Asian music, and more, by a range of captivating artists in the Museum’s public spaces and galleries.


Pop-up Performances at the Museum are sponsored by TD Bank Group.


Join us every week for a new TD Pop-Up experience

Wednesdays at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm.
Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 3 pm.


May Performances



Maryem Tollar
May 1–5



Maryem Tollar, the acclaimed Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, is known for her diverse world music performances. Notable for her appearances on CBC's "Little Mosque on the Prairie" theme and A.R. Rahman's Bollywood hit "Mayya Mayya," she's also collaborated with renowned groups like Tafelmusik and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Tollar tours internationally and has received prestigious awards like the Johanna Metcalf Prize for Performing Arts in 2019.

Ernie Tollar, an internationally recognized musician and composer, has been a fixture in Toronto's jazz and world music scene since 1980. He's performed at prestigious festivals worldwide and is a member of various Toronto musical groups, showcasing his talent across genres like traditional Arabic, Indian, and Armenian jazz. In 2022, Ernie authored an étude book for woodwind players exploring global music traditions.

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January Performances


Anita Katakkar
January 3–7



Amrita is a duo featuring soprano saxophonist Kayla Milmine and tabla player Anita Katakkar. Their music acts as a canvas where shapes are formed by rhythmic grooves, the colour is spontaneous improvisation, and the texture is an exploration of tone, timbre, and emotion. 


Learn more about Amrita
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Rachana Deshpande and Anita Katakkar
January 10–14



Hindustani vocalist Rachana Deshpande will be accompanied by tabla player Anita Katakkar. Deshpande is an Indian classical vocalist in the Jaipur and Gwalior gharanas. She earned her Master's in Music from the Bharati Vidyapeeth University of the Performing Arts in Pune. Anita Katakkar studies the tabla of Lucknow with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.


Diar دْيَار
January 17–21



Diar ( دْيَار ) is a Syrian band dedicated to reviving and preserving traditional Syrian and Arabic songs by infusing them with a flamenco touch. The term "Diar" ( دْيَار ) refers to the open space of a courtyard in Damascus' traditional houses, also known as "Ard Diar" ( أرض دْيَار ). This term evokes memories of their homeland in Syria and of their musical roots. 


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Marta Solek
January 24–28



Marta Solek is a multi-instrumentalist from Poland. She graduated from the Krakow Academy of Music, specializing in cello and Polish/World knee fiddles. She is the first musician in the world to hold a master's degree in suka from bilgoray and plock fiddle-unique traditional instruments from the XVII Century. She has performed worldwide with classical orchestras, jazz, pop, rock, and world music bands, recorded 14 CDs, and composed music for music for TV shows, games and theatre. 


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February Performances


Shanaya Patel
January 31–February 4




Rising singer-songwriter Shanaya Patel, from Mississauga, Ontario is on a passionate path of bringing her music to a worldwide audience. With lush, deep vocals filled with grit and nuance, Patel's vocals and writing style draw inspiration from artists like Ariana Grande, H.E.R., and Julia Michaels. 


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Roshane Wright
February 23–25

A drummer and percussionist hailing from Portmore, Jamaica, Roshane Wright started playing percussion instruments at the age of six and has gone on to win numerous awards in his divisions. Wright fuses his musical Caribbean roots with jazz to create his own authentic sound. Roshane has been a freelance artist as well as a music educator, composer, arranger and band leader. 


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Ferhan Dogmusoz
February 28–March 3



Born into a musical family, Ferhan Dogmusoz is a jumbush and oud player and composer originally from Türkiye. He has appeared in some of the most popular radio programs and TV shows as an oud player along with various well-known musicians. After graduating as an engineer from Hacettepe University, his adventure led him to Russia. He released several studio albums and performed with many ensembles and musicians from all over the world. With a deep knowledge of the art of improvisation, his musical style combines older traditions with many new innovations.


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March 6–10



Toronto-based band Kazdoura fuzes nostalgia and reinvention in their modern interpretation of Arabic music. Their style is a cross-cultural blend of Eastern and Western music that combines old-world Arabic classics with jazz, funk, electro-pop, and disco. This project was founded in the summer of 2020, quickly finding success online, where their videos have collected more than 3 million views on Tik Tok. In June 2022, Kazdoura released their debut EP "Wain," which received support from the Ontario Arts Council, CBC, Danny Hajjar’s popular Sa'alouni El Nas Substack, and featured on Habibi Funk’s popular Spotify playlist.


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Tiran Bay
March 13–17



Tiran Bay is a first-generation SWANA region Canadian singer-songwriter and electric cellist. Her deeply soulful lyrics, enchanting vocals, and exceptional electric cello performance break the barriers of conventional pop and classical music. It's an art form that many have not even dared to try. Tiran Bay is a genre-bending and genre-fluid artist who creates an Art Pop, Avant-Pop, and Global Pop musical experience with singing and electric cello as the show's highlight. Tiran Bay is boldly creating her own lane and will soon be releasing her debut EP.


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March 20–24




Kahveh brings back the ancient Dotar tradition, blending centuries of Iranian poetry and song. The soothing sound of the Dotar brings calm and joy, while Kahveh's melodic voice uplifts listeners through song and dance.


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Matt Sellick
March 27–31




Matt Sellick is a flamenco guitarist and composer from Thunder Bay, Ontario, now living in Toronto. Matt has produced four original solo guitar music albums and a suite of orchestral arrangements. He tours internationally in the band of Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook, and he has had the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Consortium Aurora Borealis, and the Annex String Quartet.


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April Performances



Simon Williams
April 3–7


Originally from Edmonton, Simon Williams is a Toronto-based composer, producer, synthesist and pianist. Williams grew up studying classical piano before apprenticing under Joel Gray in the Littlebirds program. Since then, he has played in Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria, and Toronto, notably at Massey Hall and Koerner Hall. Most recently, Simon was a fellow in the 2023 Intercultural and Creative Music Fellowship, which culminated in the creation of the band Carmine, and the release of their EP; Something is Awake. Simon is currently a Bachelor of Music student at Humber in Toronto. 

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George Crotty
April 17–20


George Crotty has forged his own exciting vocabulary on the cello, pushing its boundaries as a jazz instrument. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Crotty immersed himself in New York’s jazz and world music scenes, playing with several ensembles, such as the Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Detroit-based National Arab Orchestra. Additionally, he has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with Simon Shaheen, Paquito D’Rivera, Anat Cohen, and Darol Anger.


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April 24–27


DIVKA embodies the spirit of ancient village rebellion through a captivating blend of folklore, traditional singing, and the accumulated fury of generations of provoked girls. It's the brainchild of two passionate ethnomusicologists with a penchant for sharp commentary:
Alina Kuzma – a master at refocusing tradition through her bandura and enchanting vocals.
Zoë Santo – a violin virtuoso skilled in refining chaos into harmonious notes.

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