Sultans of String


DATE: Saturday July 31st
EVENT: Afternoon Jazz
STAGE: Stratus Vineyards
ADDRESS: 2059 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake


Chris McKhool – bandleader, violin
Kevin Laliberté – guitar
Drew Birston – bass
Chendy Leon – percussion
Lisa Weitz – manager/agent/publicist


An energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick, UK), serving up a genre-hopping passport of Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Middle eastern folk, and Cuban rhythms.


Chris McKhoolbandleader, 6-string violin
McKhool, who has performed with Pavlo and Jesse Cook, is also a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for his work creating community through music. Raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household just bursting with music and diversity, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

Kevin Lalibertéguitar
Kevin’s compositions and styles showcase a meeting of many styles, melding flamenco rhythms, a jazz improvisational approach, and a pop melodic sensibility. In addition to performing his own works, Kevin has toured around the globe with international artists Jesse Cook, the Chieftains, performed on the Tonight Show with Charlotte Church.

Drew Birston
With a total mastery of the funky and the sublime, in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston has a rare gift for groove, swing, lines and melody. He’s toured internationally with various jazz artists including DK Ibomeka, with acclaimed pop artists such as Chantal Kreviazuk, and of course Sultans of String.

Chendy Leonpercussion
Experienced in all styles of Cuban music, Rosendo ‘Chendy’ Leon is one of the most “in demand” Latin musicians in Toronto. In 1999 he came to Canada where he has performed with numerous artists including the Alex Cuba Band, Ron Sexsmith, Amanda Martinez, Alexis Baro, Havana Rumba, and Hilario Duran,


Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.



Will serve up messages of hope and cultural harmony alongside a smorgasbord of riffs, reels and rumbas.

Perform some songs from their new CD, Subcontinental Drift which they’re touring across North America and the UK.


• 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
• 2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner- World Group of the Year
• 2014 IMA Independent Music Award Winner – Instrumental
• 2013 ISC International Songwriting Competition Winner- Instrumental
• 2013 Festivals & Events- Performer of The Year
• 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader Chris McKhool
• 2012 Festivals & Events- Entertainer of The Year
• 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition 2x Finalist- Instrumental & World Music
• 2010 JUNO Award Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
• 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) First Place Winners – Instrumental
• 2008 Festivals & Events Ontario- Best Variety Act


“Musical royalty”
–CBC Fresh Air

“Powerful, edgy and exciting show- Amazing!”
–Scullers Jazz Club, Boston

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“
–Midwest Record, Chicago

“Exciting and very moving!”
–Birdland Jazz, New York

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
–Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)