Friday, March 21, 2008



Friday, June 27, 2008, AT 8 PM / MASSEY HALL - TORONTO, ON

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst MEMBERS now; to the Public on Saturday, March 22, at noon

Tickets $69.50 - $49.50 / 416-872-4255 or online at or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. March 20, 2008

Gilberto Gil returns, with his band!

Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil has developed one of the most relevant and renowned careers as a singer, composer and guitarist in both world and pop music. In a career that has spanned 40 years, with over 30 albums released, Gil has six gold records, four platinum singles and five million records sold. He has also served as Brazil’s Minister of Culture for the past five years. Gil fused samba, salsa, and bossa nova with rock and folk music, and is recognized as one of the pioneers in world music. He last appeared solo at Massey Hall in March of 2007.

Gilberto Gil’s Broadband Tour dives headlong into the vertiginous waters of the digital revolution and its accelerated infoways. The theme has coloured the whole of Gil's career: from the time of Tropicália, with Cérebro Eletrônico [Eletronic Brain] and Futurível [Futurable] (1969), to Cibernética (1974), and Parabolicamará (1991), finally bursting out in 1997, in the double album Quanta, where he brought together many of his reflections on art/science and the new technologies. The disc was preceded by the pioneer launch of his website in April 1996, and by the transmission, online, in the same year, of Pela Internet, the first Brazilian music to be officially launched on the Internet.

From then on, his interest not only increased, but his cyberspace contacts multiplied. Digital Inclusion, Creative Commons and Free Software are just a few of the concepts that emerged from the world of ideas to lever the activities and conversations of Gilberto Gil, the public figure.

"Broadband" announces the irreversible and definitive commitment of Gil to the new set-squares and compasses of the Universe of Bits and Bytes, fully embraced with all its risks and challenges. Just the theme has fascinated him for more than 30 years, and now it is a case, for Gil, of delving deep into the practice, continuing a process that started during the previous Eletracústico tour, when he sang at the United Nations to an enthusiastic audience in Plenary Hall. "What I want is to practice politics!" said Gil, loudly and firmly.

The Broadband Tour consists of Arthur Maia: bass; Alex Fonseca: drums; Bem Gil: guitars; Claudio Andrade: pianos; Gustavo de Dalva: percussion; Sergio Chiavazzolli: guitars.

GILBERTO GIL – Broadband Tour
Friday, June 27, 2008, at 8 PM / Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $40.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


Liz Parker, Publicity Manager / Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318 / email:
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2H5


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