Trinidadian violinist Andre’ J. Donawa debuts in Toronto

Toronto’s music scene is about to be electrified as Trinidadian violinist Andre’ J. Donawa makes his debut performance in the city. With a repertoire that spans genres from pop and reggae to classical and calypso, Donawa is set to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Andre’ J. Donawa

Donawa’s musical journey has taken him to stages around the world, including the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, the Nikki Festival in Barbados, and performances in Washington DC. He also shared the stage with Machel Montano, one of Trinidad’s most celebrated artists. Now, he’s ready to captivate Toronto with his unique blend of melodies.

The show, scheduled for Saturday, promises to be a two-hour extravaganza featuring around 16 songs. Donawa won’t be alone on stage; he’ll be joined by a talented lineup of performers. R&B singer Mandy Woods will lend her vocals, while Tamla Matthews will mesmerize with her dance moves. Adding to the Caribbean flair, steel panist Thadel Wilson will showcase his skills, ensuring an interesting evening’s entertainment.

Donawa’s music is deeply rooted in calypso, the rhythm of his homeland. “Calypso is the roots,” he says, highlighting its significance in his repertoire. His performances are not just about entertainment; they’re a celebration of culture and heritage.

Andre’ J. Donawa

One of his most notable performances in Trinidad was opening for Tony Award winner Heather Headley, a testament to his rising prominence in the music world. Donawa’s experiences, like performing for the King of Ghana during a royal visit to Trinidad, have added to his rich tapestry of musical memories.

Collaborating with Ossie Gurley & the Truth for his Toronto debut, Donawa is confident in delivering a top-notch performance. Gurley, known for his professionalism and hit songs, will be a perfect complement to Donawa’s violin. The audience can expect to hear some of Gurley’s originals, including “Only One,” as well as Donawa’s compositions, “Sweet Tooth Symphony” and “No Strings Attached,” a collaboration with Private Ryan which marked the first time a violin was featured on a Soca rhythm.

With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Donawa’s passion for music started at a young age. “I started really young,” he recalls, expressing a lifelong love for his craft.

Limited tickets will be available at the door. However, to ensure a spot, call 647-262-6594 and book tickets in advance.