The group name Al Qahwa is Arabic for “the coffee house”. It was inspired by the coffee house culture in the Middle East where people would go to hear the latest news, music, poetry and stories. The repertoire began with traditional songs from Syria, Egypt and Iraq. In 2018, the group started adding original repertoire by members of the band.

Al Qahwa’s new recording “Weyn Allah” adds Waleed Abdulhamid (bass, vocals) and Lauren Barnett (sax, b.up vocals) to the core group. It was made with support from The Toronto Arts Council and The Ontario Arts Council. It was released in June 2023 followed by a Canadian tour with the 6 piece ensemble, adding Roula Said (dance, percussion and back up vocals).

Beverly Kreller
Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620

Al Qahwa was nominated at the FMO Music Awards for the 2023 ACTRA RACS Award for Best Recording Artist and is nominated for the 2024 “Oliver Schroer – Pushing The Boundaries” Canadian Folk Music Award.  They will be performing at the award ceremony in St. John’s Newfoundland on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

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To contact the group or for bookings send an email to Marilyn@mgam.com  (MGAM)

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Al Qahwa at The Southern Cross, The Tranzac – Mother’s Day Celebration

May 12, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Southern Cross, The Tranzac
Please join Al Qahwa for a special concert to celebrate our mothers with a mix of traditional music and original music by the bandmembers – Maryem Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Demetri Petsalakis, Naghmeh Farahmand, Waleed Abdulhamid, Lauren Barnett.
Mark your calendars!