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With Rick Lazar as grand referee, Toronto's ubiquitous Samba Squad returns to TD Sunfest, where for much of the past 25 years it has opened the festival with a Brazilian carnaval-style parade around Victoria Park. The musical roots of Afro-Brazil, Afro-Cuba, North and West Africa, as well as elements of Urban Funk and Hip-hop, are dropped into a seething cauldron to produce a dance-till-you-drop tour of global grooves. Stop-on-a-dime precision, playful melodies and beaming smiles are always part of the 35+ group's appeal.

SAMBA SQUAD