Join us for a special concert as part of the Festival of Arabic Music & Arts (FAMA), featuring concert soloist Waed Bouhassoun (Syria).

This is a benefit event, with all proceeds going to The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) New Canadians Kitchen, an intiative created by the ACCT and Roncesvalles United Church.

The New Canadians Kitchen provides newcomer women with opportunities to learn English, cook together and supplement their income by catering delicious, traditional Middle Eastern meals. Sample snacks will be available.

Doors Open at 7:00pm


Waed Bouhassoun is a young lute player and singer from Syria. From the time of her first audition in Aleppo, the specialists (Sammaïn) immediately recognised her talent and encouraged her to start her career.

In 2008, Bouhassoun was the star at the inaugural concert, along with Curro and Carlos Piñana, of “Damascus, the cultural capital of the Arab World” in the Ambassadors’ Hall of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. She interprets the poems of Wallada and Ibn Zaydoun in her music. The concert was broadcast by several televisions of the Arab world.

In March 2008, Bouhassoun performed at the Auditorium of the Opéra Bastille in the world premiere in Paris, in the framework of the “Imaginaire” Festival where she sang poems of the great mystic Rabi’a al ‘Adawiya, accompanied by the player of nay Kudsi Erguner, a muezzin of Istanbul, a kanoun player and a percussionist.


Festival of Arabic Music & Arts is brought to you by The Canadian Arabic Orchestra in partnership with the Festival Du Monde Arabe De Montréal. The first of its kind in Ontario, the festival will feature a series of concerts and performances in Toronto, Mississauga & Brampton, hosting well known Arab and non-Arab artists, both local artists, and artists from abroad.


Admission to the event is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $20.

If you cannot attend this event and like to support this cause, click on Reserve or Donate.