– RAXTU RAXTI – is a musical ensemble, well known in Latvija and many parts of the world, for their creative contemporary music, embracing the heart and soul of Latvian traditions with today’s modern music technology in an energy-filled professional stage production.
Raxtu Raxti have released 4 CD’s and each year perform a special concert on November 18th, celebrating Latvija’s independence. Their most recent major event is the dance spectacle “Vēstījums rakstos”, featuring the drum and bagpipe ensemble Auli and over 1000 dancers.
Raxtu Raxti principal members are:
Kristīne Kārkle (vocals, violin, kokle)
Marts Kristiāns Kalniņš (vocals, harmonium, keyboards, oboe)
Kārlis Auzāns (cello, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki)
Edgars Kārklis (vocals, bagpipes, accordion, pipe)
Armands Treilihs (bass)
You can experience Raxtu Raxti at two evening galas: “Sveiki Toronto!” Welcome Party on July 4th in the Hilton and the Festival Ball on July 6th, also at the Hilton.
And for a grand finale, Raxtu Raxti will perform at the Folk Dance Spectacle July 7th in historic Maple Leaf Gardens (today known as the Mattamy Athletic Centre), with over 1200 dancers from around the world.
Artis Orubs (percussion)
– PENZIONARI – live in Toronto but travel across Canada and the US, playing their unique combination of North American rock and roll and Latvian pop and folk songs. Since 2011 they have been livening up Latvian events, inspiring people to get on the dance floor with their music and energy. They can’t wait to celebrate with you next summer in Toronto! Penzionari are playing July 6th in the Hilton.
–TESTOSTERTONES – The TestosterTones has an ever-changing line-up of Toronto musicians with backgrounds in country, rock, bluegrass, and rap. They come together every so often to play some toe tapping tunes. The Latvian Song Festival lineup includes Ingrida, Andris, Allan, Monte, Ivars and special guests.
–LETTS – Letts is a Latvian folk rock ensemble made up of Andrejs Kulnieks, Viktors Kulnieks, Martins Mateus and Mike Morrow. The youthful band members have been honing their skills over a number of years, folk-rocking to a wide range of danceable modern and classic genres. They have also written and recorded a significant and impressive repertoire of original material. They are often joined onstage and in the studio by various talented musicians they have crossed paths with over the years. LETTS are playing July 4th at the Welcome Dance.