Global influence and Canadian roots from Sultans of String at Playhouse concert

8372_HNH_Sultans of String_11x17.inddIt’s hard to nail-down the style of music that the Sultans of String offer in their live shows, but with global influence and Canadian roots, the Sultans are ready to offer a a concert that will appeal to all ages at the Village Playhouse on July 18th.

2015 JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create music that has been described as both energetic and exciting. Their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, paired with unstoppable bass and percussion grooves make it hard to sit still during their shows.

But no worries on that front – the team that operate the Bancroft Village Playhouse, the historic theatre operated as a fundraising vehicle for Hospice North Hastings, has no desire to keep concert-goers in their seats.

“Sultans of String play the kind of music that you just have to move to,” says Hospice Director and Playhouse Manager, Heather Brough. “You can wiggle a shoulder, tap your toes or just get up and dance!”

Brough says this whole summer season has been packed with performers that reflect the Hospice philosophy of adding life to days – something she notes, Sultans of Strings certainly do.

“Even their more reflective, meditative numbers will grab your heart,” Brough adds.

Throughout their performance, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 2 JUNOs nominations and 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Bandleader Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), who was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew.

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the UK, US syndicated radio, and their sold-out show at Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall).

Their July 18th show at the Village Playhouse provides intimate access to this whimsical musical group with proceeds supporting the free programs and services that Hospice offers across North Hastings to those facing critical illness. This is a licensed event and the Playhouse is air conditioned – for the pleasure of anyone wishing to show off a few dance moves.

Tickets are $30 and are on sale now at Posie’s, Harvest Moon, Vintage on Hastings and Hospice House. You can buy tickets on-line at or at the door. Bar and doors at 6:30, Sultans hit the stage at 7:30.