South-North Griots Summit comes to Harbourfront Centre, May 29-31

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Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to present a jam-packed series of weekend festivals in the coming months. Among the dozens of events planned, South-North Griots Summit, co-produced with Northern Griots Network, is surely one to look forward to. Encouraged by the diversity of spoken word, South-North Griots Summit presents artists from around the globe featuring music, movement, rhythm, voice, screenings, panel discussions …

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CCDT returns to the Fleck Dance Theatre — and they’ve brought friends

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The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is back with Space Interrupted, which runs May 29-31 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. It’s a programme of four different, yet connected, pieces.For the first time in many years, Deborah Lundmark, co-founder, artistic director and resident choreographer, will be dancing with the corps. We chatted with Michael de Coninck Smith, CCDT’s co-founder, managing director and tour manager, to …

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Young Jean Lee: Thinking like a man

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By Dylan Schoenmakers The latest play by the unstoppable Young Jean Lee, concluding the World Stage 2015 season from June 3-6, announces itself as brashly as its subject might: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN. In an age where ‘privilege’ seems to be a prevalent cultural concern, what three words could be more synonymous with the group who most profit by and disregard …

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Beyond space and time with Sampradaya Dance Creations

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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Sampradaya Dance Creations brings nirantara – beyond space and time to Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps from May 21 to 23.  We spoke with Lata Pada, Sampradaya’s founder and artistic director, to learn more about the upcoming performances and the company’s longevity. Could you describe the performance, nirantara – beyond space and time,that you’re presenting as part of NextSteps? This …

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Clowning Around: The Art of the Clown

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Circus Sessions is a weeklong workshop produced by Femmes du Feu and CCAFT that takes place at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada will have the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned mentor to explore and experiment, culminating in two nights of performances for the public.   By Jackie Houghton The word …

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A Q&A with HarbourKIDS programmer, Allison Cummings

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The Toronto International Circus Festival is coming up soon! On Victoria Day weekend, May 16-18, HarbourKIDS and Zero Gravity Circus will team up to bring a weekend full of family-friendly circus-themed fun to our lakeshore site. We asked HarbourKIDS programmer Allison Cummings what families can expect from the weekend-long celebration of all things fun. Tell us about this year’s HarbourKIDS: …

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Dalisa Pigram shares the story behind Gudirr Gudirr

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Gudirr Gudirr runs May 6 to 9 as part of World Stage. Here, the co-artistic director of Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram, writes about the impetus behind this piece exploring the legacy and future of Australia’s indigenous and immigrant population. When someone looks at me or at anyone, that person begins to make a story. My story is influenced by many things. …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

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Denise Fujiwara brings the CanAsian Dance Festival to NextSteps, April 30 to May 2. Recently, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Lucy Rupert sat down with Denise and chatted about the upcoming festival. How is the festival curated? We put out an international Call to Artists and then our Selection Committee views all of the submissions. When we meet to do the …

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The SoundClash Music Award Experience: Jessica Stuart

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Jessica Stuart and her band, The Jessica Stuart Few, were semi-finalists in the 2013 SoundClash Music Awards and placed second overall with their unique jazz-pop fusion. Featuring the sound of the Japanese harp, koto, which Jessica learned as a child in Japan, this band is a great example of the diverse and distinctive sounds showcased by the SoundClash Music Awards. Having …

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Happy International Dance Day!

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Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to celebrate a day devoted to the love of dance. We are proud to host so many dance shows and events year-round that allow people in Toronto and beyond to experience groundbreaking performance. To introduce International Dance Day is Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli, who stresses the importance of dance as an inclusive art form. Read on, and we …

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