Brazilian Carnaval in Calgary



Doors open – First ones to arrive will get a Carnaval Mask or Carnaval Tie Complimentary

Cash Bar with drinks including "caipirinha"

Brazilian Typical by Gaucho Brazilian BBQ Restaurant

Food & Drinks are not included in Tickets Prices


Dance Show: Opening by Samba Brasil Heritage Dance Group

7:35pmDance Show: Maracatu by Axé Capoeira Calgary Dance Group

7:45pmZumba Carnavalesca by Maria Pedrosa

7:55pm Dance Show: Samba Brasil Heritage Dance Group

8:00pm Band Music: Salviano Pessoa (singer & guitar player) Maninho (percussionist) Rubim de Toledo (Bassist) Matt Doherty (Drummer)

9:30pm Capoeira Show by Axé Capoeira Calgary Group

9:40pm Costume Contest9:50pmDance Show: Axé Capoeira Dance Group

9:55pm Dance Show: Samba Brasil Heritage Dance Group

10:00pm Band Music: Dandara Backen (singer) Salviano Pessoa (singer & guitar player) Maninho (percussionist) Rubim de Toledo (Bassist) Matt Doherty (Drummer) Guilherme Rizzoto (Saxphone player) and Arthur Volato (Keyboard player)


Come in a Costume and you can win a Prize!

2 Gifts Certificates of $50 each for Gaucho Brazilian BBQ

2 Gifts Certificates of $50 each for Minas Brazilian Steakhouse

2 round trip Calgary – Edmonton of RedArrow

Gift Basket of Brazilian Products from Conexão Brasil Calgary

Costumes used in professional performances will not be entered in the contest.





Dandara’s exceptional voice and her contagious way of moving dancing and jumping on the stage has led her to be called the "Brazilian Tina Turner.” She is originally from Salvador but has been a resident of San Francisco for the past years. However she still travels all over Brazil singing on top of "Trio Elétricos" during Carnaval and in concert halls from São Paulo to Rio. She was the featured vocalist for "Banda Relógio" with whom she recorded two cds as well as to many other bands. Inspired by the richness and sensuous swing of Bahia’s rhythms no one can stand still during her performance.

_______________________________________________________SALVIANO PESSOA

Band Lead Singer Guitar player

Originally from Bahia Salviano is a Brazilan artist with a poet’s heart. He paints his love and soul in his chords and melodies he tunes his body and mind to put his feelings across through his music. Love is his expression and he uses it to touch people’s hearts.Salviano made a name for himself on Toronto’s Brazilian music scene. Playing Axé music from Salvador Brazil Salviano’s sound is similar to that of the great Carlinhos Brown. A complete musician this singer/songwriter also plays guitar and does his own choreography. His dynamic stage presence has already earned him many fans in Canada.



Percussionist back vocals

Maninho Costa is the leader of the Toronto famous group Batucada Carioca. A sambista Maninho (a term of endearment meaning “little bro”) started playing in the “baterias” of Rio de Janeiro in his early youth. His uncle Mestre Odilon Costa is one of the most recognized masters of the big Rio samba schools. Among 100 hand-picked musicians Maninho was chosen to record the solo repinique (lead instrument in the “batucada” rhythm) parts on the Sergio Mendez record Brasileiro for the song Fanfarra. He has played and is recognized in all the major samba school “baterias”. He ended up in Toronto in the early 2000s after being invited to play for the annual Brazilian Ball. In Canada he has played with many musicians including Jesse Cook. And so it goes — he has been here ever since punctuated by the yearly trips to the homeland Rio de Janeiro.



BassistRubim de Toledo is a bassist based out of Calgary AB Canada. He specializes in Jazz Brazilian and Cuban musical styles. Rubim has released 4 solos CDs with his latest the Bridge released in 2014. Rubim de Toledo brings an upbeat mix of Brazilian-Jazz and Bossa Nova music to the stage featuring an all-star band of local jazz musicians. Utilizing his Brazilian heritage Rubim de Toledo creates a refreshing blend of Brazilian sounds inspired by the music of Brazilian Jazz legends Hermento Pascoal and Eberto Gismonti and Bossa Nova fathers Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto. This blend of Bossa Nova Choro Samba and Jazz is sure to please Canadian and Brazilian audiences alike!



Saxphone player (alto)

Guilherme has been studying music for 9 years. He started his studies with flute switching to saxophone afterwards. He is originally from Brazil and had played in a Brazilian Bossa Nova Band called Cordas Acordes e Sons as well as in the União Democratas Musical Society. At the later institution he had successfully volunteered as the saxophone instructor. Guilherme has been in Calgary for about a year to complete the last year of his undergraduate program. At last he enjoys the city and wants to have a great time playing with Dandara and the band at the Brazilian Carnival!



Keyboard player

Arthur started his music studies at home at 12 years of age and has always taken music as a hobby recently started playing professionally. Came to Calgary to continue his degree in Computer Science and will be back to Brazil in September. About six months away from the keyboards he is very excited to play in the band for Dandara and other excellent musicians.

_______________________________________________________Matt Doherty

DrummerMatt Doherty is a performing drummer based out of Calgary Alberta. After receiving instruction in Jazz performance at Mount Royal University he has continued to perform in countless original local acts across Canada The USA and Europe. Most notably Matt performs with local hero’s The Dudes HighKicks Raleigh Am Static Jose Neto and Samantha Savage Smith. His experience in Jazz Latin Rock folk and Hip Hop music has allowed him to play in a variety of musical situations and you can watch him play live numerous times a week in Calgary’s original music scene.

Picture taken at the Dudes show in Vancouver The Vogue Theatre in 2013.