Tamar Ilana and Ventanas bring flamenco heat

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      Kick the cold ass of winter with some Mediterranean and East European heat and light at Strathcona’s Russian Hall this Saturday (February 24).

      The evening opens with a flourish from the lightning fingers and dancing elbow of virtuoso Romanian-Canadian fiddler Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble, to welcome warmer days and nights. And singer and flamenco dancer Tamar Ilana and Ventanas will keep the temperature raised with their presentation Migrations—music from the Andalucian, Sephardic, and Roma diasporas, performed with the band’s contemporary Toronto flair.