On Sunday, August 9, FabCollab will launch its first live-streamed festival in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, CBC Toronto and producing partner Small World Centre. Hosted by CBC Toronto Reporter Lisa Xing, the Women in Song Festival features Toronto’s top world music artists in six 30-minute live stream sets throughout the day, all completely free-of-charge.

This event will be live streamed only once and will never be re-broadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at or to catch these once in a lifetime performances. See below for the full schedule and artist details.

“Toronto turns to live music as we strive to make sense of a rapidly changing world,” says organizer and musician, Tamar Ilana. “We live in an international, multicultural city, and the music of the world has the potential to weave disparate communities together and give voice to the marginalized. Now is the time to embrace this potential. One of the unexpected silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has brought the music community closer together. We’re picking up the phone to reach out to artists and friends and making new music, dance, and song, even while physically separated. We’ve joined in solidarity and are more open to collaboration and diversification than ever before. Toronto’s newest live music initiative, FabCollab, is a product of this spirit of collaboration.”

All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas. The award-winning six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians.

FabCollab is Toronto’s newest live music initiative and is committed to amplifying minority and underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC and female-identifying artists. Each set of this inaugural festival will feature an acclaimed Toronto female artist from a different musical background and genre, all backed by Tamar Ilana & Ventanas.

The Women in Song Festival is the first initiative of a new online platform: FabCollab. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on minority voices, at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. This festival kicks things off for FabCollab, but there’s a whole lot more in the works.


Sunday, August 9 – 12:00-10:30pm EST

Live streamed at: or

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Tamar Ilana feat. Lia Grainger (Flamenco/World)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Nastasia Y (Slavic soul)

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Eliana Cuevas (Latin jazz)

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian rhythms)

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Samidha Joglekar (Classical Indian)

10:00 – 10:30 p.m. – Lauren Barnett (Electro acoustic)