Meet the Artist: David Rudder

We had a few questions for one of the most successful calypsonians of all time, David Rudder, who brings his powerful, genre-defying sound to Harbourfront Centre as part of Island Soul‘s stellar lineup on August 6.

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The World’s Greatest Flea Circus Impresario talks fleas, training and dry cleaning bills

Step right up, Toronto! The world’s greatest flea circus impresario is back in town and ready to astound and amaze you with his menagerie of mite sized mini-marvels. We caught up with Buster Canfield before his performance in the Studio Theatre this weekend to tell us more about the greatest trained fleas to ever hop the Earth and what audiences …

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Risky Business: A Journey into the Artistic Unknown

By: Jackie Houghton There is a very negative connotation surrounding the word ‘risk’, but does there have to be? Any journey into unknown territory involves some element of risk. During Circus Sessions, artists come face-to-face with a variety of challenges that present new territory for exploration and growth, and of course, risk-taking. “​A couple years ago I did a workshop and …

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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company takes audiences on an Iconic Journey, May 5–7

Just over 35 years ago, a young woman from Texas came to Canada after spending 13 years in Spain perfecting her artistry as a flamenco dancer. In 1982, she founded the award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC) as well as the Academy of Spanish Dance, and thus began her journey of cementing her reputation as Canada’s premier flamenco artist. Since …

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NYC’s Jennifer Archibald talks painting movement with CCDT

By Natasha Poon Woo This spring, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents Serious Games, a diverse program of contemporary works by esteemed choreographers from Canada and abroad. From the show’s titular Serious Games (David Earle), to 2013’s August (Colin Connor), to an exciting 2017 commission by New York City’s Jennifer Archibald, the program showcases works spanning 20 years of spectacular diversity …

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Martial Arts + Comics for Shay Kuebler’s New Work

Photo: David Cooper DanceWorks presents Radical System Art’s Glory, April 28–29, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, as part of NextSteps. In Glory, artistic director Shay Kuebler explores the glorification of violence in media culture. The piece includes a versatile performance language of martial arts, street dance, and contemporary choreography, while integrating film clips, gaming battles, and even lighting tricks. We …

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Award-winning Lumio book light hits the Harbourfront Centre Shop shelves

Lumio Lamp, walnut or maple. $275. Mini Lumio+, yellow\navy or red\grey $225. New to The Shop is the award-winning Lumio book light. Lumio was born from San Francisco-based designer Max Gunawan’s fascination with the functional potential of origami and his desire to create a flexible lighting solution that adapts to the user’s needs. Lumio is a dynamic, multi-functional lamp that …

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Toronto Storytelling Festival director outlines how local yarnspinners are preparing for the festival

Spring has officially arrived, which means we’re just days away from the Toronto Storytelling Festival. Join us Sunday, April 2 for a day of family fun featuring multilingual performances, an African riddle contest, a Teddy Bear picnic and more. But first, Toronto Storytelling Festival director Dan Yashinsky outlines how local yarnspinners are preparing for the big day. I was once rehearsing the Princess and the Pea.  …

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inDance AD talks South Asian dance, cultural appropriation, collaboration, and Big Macs

DanceWorks presents inDANCE’s Holy Cow(s)!, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Next Steps Series on March 23–25, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. In this interview, Hari Krishnan, Artistic Director of inDANCE, talks South Asian dance, cultural appropriation, collaboration, and Big Macs. DANCEWORKS: The title of the show is Holy Cow(s)! Can you tell us more about this compelling title? HARI: …

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Toronto Storytelling Festival director outlines what’s in store for 2017

Get excited, storytelling fans! The Toronto Storytelling Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre Sunday, April 2 with storytellers from Haida Gwaii, Quebec, Japan, Ethiopia, Iran, Newfoundland, Haiti, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and even outer space. Keep reading below as Toronto Storytelling Festival director, Dan Yashinsky, outlines what you can expect to hear this year.   There’s a Jewish saying that asks: “Why did God invent human beings?” To which …

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