Legendary Cuban salsa giants Los Van Van perform at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm. Celebrate One Year to Go! to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games by dancing to the band’s unique blend of Latin Rhythms !
$15 at the door
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@ May Cafe, 876 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Homegrown Hamilton in Hamilton, Ontario
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