Tamar Ilana’s music and fierce talent reflect her life growing up in multicultural Toronto; accompanying her ethnomusicologist mother, on village fieldwork expeditions and on stage as a child; living in Ibiza, Barcelona, Paris and Seville and her Jewish-Indigenous background. 

Tamar is a renowned flamenco dancer and multilingual singer, and in 2011 she founded her flamenco/global roots project, Ventanas. Together they have released three albums, been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards, and toured Canada, US and Colombia. They will be embarking on their first European tour in October 2023, and are currently recording their fourth studio album. 

Tamar has also collaborated with such renowned artists as Jesse Cook, Measha Brueggergosman, Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Suba Sankaran, Manu Soto, Anna Colóm, Meesha Shafi, and Margaret Atwood. Tamar has been featured in award-winning international musicals in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, the UK and Germany. 

Tamar is the co-founder and Artistic Director of FabCollab, a performing arts organization based in Toronto, Canada. Under her direction, FabCollab has created numerous programmes and presented over 200 IBPOC womxn and minority artists at iconic Toronto sold out venues, live streaming to audiences of 40,000+ in partnership with the National Arts Centre, Lula Lounge, Koerner Hall, Small World Music, the Aga Khan Museum and the ROM. 

At Contact East, Tamar Ilana will be joined by Ventanas original member and oud player, Demetri Petsalakis.