The Escola de Samba de Toronto, Canada’s premiere Brazilian Bateria ensemble, is a group of drummers, instrumentalists, singers and dancers, who share a passion for Brazilian music, Samba Enredo from Carnaval, above all!
As pioneers of the tradition in Canada, and in residence at the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Centre since 2005, the Escola de Samba de Toronto is widely recognized as one of the more important cultural links between Toronto and Brazil. It is a forum for the study, practice, and performance of one of Brazil's most creative art forms: the Samba Enredo. The Escola has performed at every major summer outdoor festival in the Greater Toronto Area and has performed in Montreal, Kingston, Ottawa, and in 2008 and 2011 toured São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to great critical acclaim.
Their strong cultural connections to Brazil are the subject of filmmaker Avi Lev’s documentary film, We Are Samba, and they have been featured on Sambacana’s CD: Nós.