SUMMER EVENTS

The Island Cafe hosts live music and special events all summer! Check the calendar for live music on Fridays and Wednesdays, our Long Weekend Arts Festival over Labour Day weekend, and games and trivia nights. All Island Cafe concerts are Pay-What-You-Can, so please bring some cash for the bands!

 

Nhapitapi

We are thrilled to have Nhapitapi back for the 5th summer in a row! This is always a truly uplifting experience - a highlight of every Island Cafe summer. 

Dinner starts at 5:30pm, come early to get a table.
Please bring cash for the band - this is a pay-what-you-can show!

Nhapitapi -- a Shona word meaning sweet sounds -- is a dynamic, six-piece ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers, dancers and performers who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African diasporic flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst. 

Nhapitapi's magnetic performances open with the healing serenity of mbira and marimba, both grounding and energizing. Vocals, shakers, hand drum, guitar, bass and drum set are then introduced, producing playful and complex layers of auditory enchantment. Once audiences have fully surrendered to this soaring soundscape, a deft duo of dancers hits the floor with unparalleled vigor and bold flirtation, drawing onlookers in to join the outburst of cathartic joy. 

And so, we invite you with open hearts and arms to join us in song and dance, and you too will feel the breath of the lion on your neck.

RSVP on facebook here.
Watch Nhapitapi in action here.