Presented by OLG

Flávia Nascimento

Sun, Jun 23, 2024

The Ottawa Jazz Fest and Axé Worldfest present Evening of São João - Sunday, June 23, 2024

Join us to experience a celebration of Brazilian culture and heritage! Old school Forró Pé de Serra and the best of  Sivuca, Luiz Gonzaga, Gilberto Gil, Alceu Valença, Jackson do Pandeiro and Dominguinhos.

Dress up in São João (San Jean) style – think urban cowboys and modern Farm girls!

7:30pm:  Flavia Nascimento Forró set 

10:30pm:  Nation Beat - Brooklyn

We will welcome Brazilian vendors: 

Expect typical festival food such as Bolo de Milho, pop corn, Macaxeira, Canjica, curau, and much more.

Festa Junina, São João or the June Festival, are a few names of this type of celebration used in Brazil - a Portuguese Catholic tradition that was introduced to Brazil hundreds of years ago. Its events are based on the European Midsummer festivities celebrating the harvest and the saints (Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter). Despite its religious origins, the significance of Festa Junina is that of a large social gathering with dance, drinks, and of course food.

June is also a month to honour rain, the harvest season, and marital union. These celebrations feature typical Brazilian food and participants dress up like farmers, enjoy bonfires and dance the Quadrilha, a typical square dance.

This event has the promotional support of

A non profit in Ottawa dedicated to organize and promote Brazilian culturally diverse events and to support the settlement of Brazilian newcomers in Ottawa.

Flávia Nascimento

Flávia Nascimento began her performing career as an actress and singer touring Brazil in musical theatre productions. Then she met a Quebec volunteer travelling with Cirque du Soleil’s show Cirque to Monde, and moved to Quebec City in 2001. That city has been her base ever since as she traveled throughout Canada for concert performances, block parties, street festivals like the Brazilian festival Uma and benefit shows. She's also been busy leading the bands Péna Rua, Forrossanova and her ‘Smallest Big Band.’ Flávia's favourites styles of music, forró, originated in Northeastern Brazil end MPB ( Música Popular Brasileira). It's roots are in various folk dance styles and beats, and it enjoys widespread popularity all over Brazil.