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2018 Toronto Salsa & Bachata Festival + Canada Kizomba Congress


March 29th to April 1st our CEO & Founder of Mario Knezevic alias Dj Knez was attending this event and here is a short description and our review of this event.

Traveling and Arrangements 

I was overjoyed to hear that organization would like to have me in the lineup, especially since I have been knowing the Gary Geronimo form facebook and I have been following his work and progress of festival developing and growing. From standpoint of the artist, I have to say Gary was one of the most polite and nicest people that I had the honor to meet in person. He was more than professional in order taking care of the airfare and travel schedule, and I had 0 problems with all of it in total, the flight was a direct flight and I even arrived the day before so I had time to rest and knowing the venue and all essential information like schedule and the event timeline.

Accommodation and Venue of the event

Sheraton Centre Toronto**** was the location of the event and me personally I would give it pure 5***** stars cuz staff was more than polite and professional.


Instructors Lineup

I would personally like to congrats to the organization team that did an amazing job putting such great artists with so much of variety into the same event. Besides the high level of knowledge, Instructors performed as expected and what is more important after the workshops and show, at the social Instructors didn’t have the ego or did make a selection with who they dance, they did an outstanding job socialize with the people who came because of them.


DJ’s Lineup

The Dj’s was on point and collaboration one to another was simply without any difficulties, what at the end resulted in the smooth event flow.  I would like to add the exceptional performance of DJ Nilson, Dj Gury Gury, Dj Timber in order to personally thank them for sharing they amazing vinyl collection with attendees of the event (for other vinyl collectors I didn’t had a chance to hear you play). Additional performance by Dj Lonyx, Dj Kafe, Dj Angel, Dj Sam Haddad & Dj Myster Youss for being more than professional by showing up earlier of they djing and collaborate with each other.


Additional notice of things that I have seen was an extra effort from organization team to provide daily meals for Artists and I have to say it is a really nice of them to do it because we know that sometimes artists have really hard time.

There were 4 different party rooms #SalsaRoom #BachataRoom #KizombaRoom and #LatinTop40Room and they all have been going well, with exception of Latin Top 40 Room that had few issues with speakers, but I can’t blame the organization for it cuz it was a technical matter.

Shows have run smooth, and there was some really cool show variations from Bachata, Salsa to Kizomba and Ballroom.

All in all, I am giving this even a 5***** star review, I did found few minor things that can improve this event or bring it to next level, but it was hard cuz they did an amazing job, and I am really looking forward to coming back next year. For the end, I would like to mention Oxana the stage manager and say that she did an amazing job and really hard work and besides that, I would like to mention that volunteers at this even can match any other team not in this planet but in the Universe.


Personal pictures from my phone can be found at the link:

Mihail Hadzhiyski (DJ Dimen5ions)

Starting his music career from the age of 15, DJ Dimen5ions learned his skills by witnessing first hand (in the booth), how the top DJs in his area flawlessly mixed song after song, keeping the dancefloor moving until sunrise. A few months later, he began landing residencies of his own, whilst also starting to produce his own tracks. At one point, he was introduced to the Latin music business and shortly after he found his love for it, he signed a contract with the world-renowned DJ/Producer crew of, led by the number 1 bachata remixer in the world, DJ Soltrix. He has released several hit remixes which are played across the world, supported by Team Bachata (DJ Soltrix, DJ Tiguere, and DJ Emerzive) as well as DJ York and many others from around the globe. Peak hour sets are his favorite; his nights are always highly energetic from the moment he begins playing. The next step for him is to achieve a large international fanbase, and to tour the world, sharing his talents.





Dj Knez Top 10 Bachata’s 2018 (Q1)

Here is my top 10 Bachata’s for 2018 (Q1) Enjoy and keep dancing.


I was Born 18th of may.1981 in Zagreb the capital city of Republic of Croatia. I Found my passion for music and dancing in late 1996, by being part of subcultural hip-hop scene as a b-boy (breakdancer). As part of hip-hop scene, I have been introduced to ”the art of turntablism” and I have to say that it was a love at first sight, the power to control the people by selecting the songs and the art of mixing oh my god from that moment I knew that this is something for me.

I didn’t start as latin DJ at the beginnings, I was learning more about hip-hop, funk and soul music at that time, because to be honest there was nobody to teach me about latin music. Later on, when I was traveling I heard term ”Salsa” and I don’t know why but it was planted in my brain, and I start hearing that word more and more, so as some story would start ”once upon a time” I end up go to a salsa party and I expected to be another latin and ballroom dance but I was so wrong.

I was amazed by the freedom of dancing, completely free with pure love and passion like there is nothing else between dancing couples nothing but the moment that they share right here and right now, in front of my eyes I witness something amazing, a dancing that is free driven by creativity of partner to lead the way and girl to follow with endless possibility of adding your own style and moves into it.
”So we can say I have become a fan”.

I was so happy that in one night I have discovered: salsa, bachata, and merengue so my journey has started. I start learning about it and collecting the music anything I could get my hands on, most of the time when I was traveling because latin music as you can assume is not very popular in my country. So as salsa music and dancing was spreading the world as an unstoppable virus that simply gets everyone to become an instant fan, I have discovered more about great names of latin music like Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Benny Moré and much more great names. I also have to learn about Guaguancó, Cuban Rumba, Mambo, and Guaracha so more I have learned I was fascinated and I wanted to know more and more about it.
As time was passing there was a bachata wave coming to hit the Europe with the first commercial hit in early 2000’s the one and only Judy Santons and Grupo Aventura with big hit ”Obsesion” even I knew some old school bachata artists I did follow the wave and learn all about it.

Last but not least there was an explosion of kizomba that is still on fire, and I have to say at beginning I was not a big fan, but once I have sneak deeper into the history and discovered semba and hearing the kizomba all the time I guess I have used to it, and later on even fall in love with the music and dancing.

There is numerous salsa styles, bachata styles, kizomba styles and above all we have a lot of festivals and congresses look like it has become a good business model. With that being said I am happy to be part of some of those events and I am truly grateful for my knowledge about the music and culture, that helped me to be invited to some of the major events and opportunity to meet new and great people.
Today I am a founder of website that helps artists, musician, festivals, dance schools and much more to promote themselves. In same time helping people to find great venues and review them in order to make the scene even better.

History of Kizomba

What is Kizomba?

Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola. It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue, and sung generally in Portuguese. It is music with a romantic flow. It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894. The kizomba dancing style is also known to be very sensual. (more…)