Al Qahwa Folk Unlocked Showcase

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

9 to 10 p.m.


Al Qahwa will have our own 1 hour showcase at Folk Alliance International Music Conference where you can see little interviews with the core band members (Maryem Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Demetri Petsalakis and Roula Said), as well as our guests from our newest release “African Routes” – Fethi Nadjem, Waleed Abdulhamid and Roula Said.  You will also get to see different live performance excerpts over the last year, and their 2 newest music videos for the 2 singles from the new release “Marrakesh” (edited by Ed Hanley), and “The Rain/Il Matar” (animated by Omneya Tollar.  Maryem and some band members will be there in the chat to interact with you – please come by.

Folk Unlocked includes over 800 hours of performances from established and emerging artists from Feb 22-25. If you want to enjoy Going Global performances and discover many other great artists, get your tickets here (PWYC option available).

Going Global Showcase at Folk Unlocked (Folk Alliance International)

February 22, 2021 - February 23, 2021

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Showcases

Al Qahwa will be showcased at Folk Alliance International Music Conference in the “Going Global at Folk Unlocked” showcase along with Zal Sissokho’s Kora Flamenca, Beny Esguerra and The New Tradition Music, and G.R. Gritt.

Folk Unlocked includes over 800 hours of performances from established and emerging artists from Feb 22-25. If you want to enjoy Going Global performances and discover many other great artists, get your tickets here (PWYC option available).

Thank you to the sponsors of this showcase: Small World Music Centre, International Indigenous Music Summit, Lulaworld, Centre des Musiciens du Monde, and Harbourfront Centre.

SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival

February 6, 2021 - February 7, 2021

7 to 8 p.m.


Al Qahwa will be presented (virtually) at the 2nd annual SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival (February 5 and 6) along with Alisha Brilla, Communism, Desirée Dawson, Emilyn Stan & John David Williams, JV’s Boogaloo Squad, Mama’s broke, Mimi O’Bonsawin, OKAN, Pressgang Mutiny.  This festival is free, but they are accepting donations to go to Black Lives Matter Canada.

For more information, go to:


Uniandes Concert Series Festival de Músicas del Mundo

November 12, 2020 - November 13, 2020

7 to 8 p.m.


Al Qahwa was invited to participate in a concert series of world music hosted by La Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.  We filmed a set of music at Small World Music Centre to be presented at this festival. The concert will be live for 72 hours after the premiere.

Thank you to University de los Andes and to Small World Music, and Global Toronto for having Al Qahwa as part of this series.

Video Premiere of “The Rain – Il Matar” from Al Qahwa’s new album “African Routes”

November 6, 2020 - November 7, 2020

7 p.m.


Please join us for a watch party of the video premiere of Al Qahwa’s 2nd single “The Rain – Il Matar” on November 6, 2020 from their new CD “African Routes” coming out in November 2020. Just click on “more info” and it will take you there.

Video Premiere of “Marrakesh” – the first single from the album “African Routes”

October 16, 2020 - October 17, 2020

7 p.m.

Al Qahwa’s new single “Marrakesh”  is coming out on October 2nd – and the video made by Ed Hanley will be premiered on October 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. The video features the regular members of Al Qahwa – Maryem Tollar on vocals, Ernie Tollar on nay, Demetri Petsalakis on oud and Naghmeh Farahmand on dumbek with guests Fethi Nadjem on gimbri, Waleed Abdulhamid on bass and Roula Said on vocals and adding a beautiful dance element.

Please join us to watch it!

TD Sunfest Presentation for Global Music Month – streamed on Youtube and Facebook

September 16, 2020 - September 17, 2020

8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Facebook and Youtube

Al Qahwa pre-recorded a 45 minute set of music for TD Sunfest as part of Global Music Month, doing some classic songs from Egypt, and some original compositions from their new CD “African Routes” which will be released on all digital platforms on November 6, 2020 through CD Baby.  For actual CDs, e-mail the group at: to order your copy.

Thank you to Sunfest for inviting us to be a part of this series.  To donate to Sunfest, you can go to:

MabelleARTS Open Air Market

August 5, 2020 - August 6, 2020

3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Mabelle Park

Al Qahwa performance at MabelleARTS open air market

Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020 – Traditional Music Showcase

April 4, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

The Pourhouse at The Old Triangle, Charlottetown, PEI

Al Qahwa will be one of the nominated groups showcasing at the Canadian Folk Music Awards on Saturday, April 4th from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  We will be performing at The Pourhouse at The Old Triangle Charlottetown, for the popular #TradMusic Showcase featuring nominees from across Canada, including: Còig, Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, Al Qahwa, #SabinJaques & #RachelAucoin#CONWAY, and Graham Lindsey. Tickets are $20. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Demetrios PetsalakisErnie TollarMaryem Hassan Tollar and Lauren Barnett (who will be subbing in for Naghmeh Farahmand) hope to see you at there!

Cancelled due to Covid 19

Small World Music Centre

March 6, 2020

8 to 10 p.m.

Small World Music Centre - Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

Al Qahwa with guests Waleed Abdulhamid and Fethi Nadjem will explore North African influenced original music, and some traditional North African tunes at the Beautiful Small World Music Centre before we head into the studio to record our next CD. Come and check it out!

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, Waleed Abdulhamid was born in Sudan. He began performing at the age of 6. In Sudan, Waleed was known for bringing traditional rhythms into popular music. When he left Sudan at age 18, he performed, recorded and toured extensively, appearing at major music festivals in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Oslo as well as in Finland and Iceland. He demonstrates his versatility on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, kirin, darabhuka, marimba, congas, djembe, dumbek and tama and has been invited to perform in festivals and conduct workshops (merging music and movement) in Spain, France, the UK and Portugal. Waleed is one of the 12 resident artists at Soulpepper Theatre . He has also played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas, the Motown Legend Band “The Drifters”, Doug Riley, Jackie Richardson, Julie Black, Deborah Cox and Zaki Ibrahim. Waleed is the film director of the awards winning documentary “Let’s Find A Way” and has been music director of a series of shows at the Caliban Arts Theatre (Freedom Live), Inner Stage as well as with various dance companies. He has also composed and produced music for several TV shows as well some main stream movies and is the winner of a “Canada New Pioneer Award” in 2011.Waleed is a Music teacher at Humber College.

Fethi Nadjem was born in 1983 in Algeria where he grew up in a family of musicians. He began playing the guitar and oud at the age of 13, and developed his skills within the Fine Arts Association in Algiers, learning Andalusian music, playing violin and Algerian mandole. At the age of 21, he was one of the founders of a world music fusion band named Djmawi Africa, with which he performed on major world stages for 13 years. During this time, Fethi also learned to play kora (African harp). Shortly after arriving in Toronto, he started playing with several bands and musicians including Jesse Cook, Moskitto Bar, Moneka Arabic Jazz, and leading his own group, as a multi-instrumentalist.