Celebrate the holidays with soul

Quincy Jones’ Messiah is a Grammy Award-winning gospel album released in 1992 and performed by an all-star chorus. A reinterpretation of Handel’s 1741 oratorio, Jones’ Messiah was widely praised for the way it wove African-American musical traditions, like spirituals, blues, R&B, hip-hop and ragtime, into faithful recreations of a classical masterpiece. This year, Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah returns for a 13th season, November 28 to …

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Benches named to honour key Caribbean and Afro-Canadian leaders

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Two Toronto artists and long-time partners of Harbourfront Centre led a community fund-raising campaign to dedicate benches in Ontario Square. Itah Sadu and Miguel San Vicente of A Different Booklist wanted to honour Caribbean and African-Canadian community members, cultural workers, activists and senior artists in Toronto. They felt it was important to be recognized at an arts hub that had hosted and …

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Day of the Dead: A Carefully Crafted Celebration for the Entire Family

    Every year, Harbourfront Centre celebrates Latin American tradition with our Day of the Dead festival, presented by Scotiabank. Starting months in advance, the festival is carefully crafted to insure our title as “Toronto’s Most Authentic Day of the Dead Celebration,” remains true. Key to this process is the festival’s lead artistic associate, Umair Jaffar, who shared some of …

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Day of the Dead Arrives at Harbourfront Centre

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After months of preparation and anticipation, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to welcome Toronto to our Day of the Dead celebration, presented by Scotiabank. Patrons will be able to explore the annual Mexican tradition of honouring the dead, including ofrendas, music, dance and more. Whether you’ve celebrated in years past or are experiencing the festival for the first time, there is truly …

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Thrice as nice

Triple Bill is a sophisticated mixed program from Toronto Dance Theatre featuring two remounts and one premiere, running November 4–8. The three pieces in this program are a reflection of TDT’s highly collaborative approach to performance. Triple Bill presents mini-challenges to the audience and introduces different approaches to the work that Toronto Dance Theatre does, as well as the responsibility given to the …

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World Stage 2015 is here

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A fabulous opening party, a puppet show without puppets, an ensemble comedy written by a Canadian indie lit hero, multiple global perspectives and lots and lots of opportunities to talk about it all – this is World Stage 2015. Browse the full performance line-up, and buy your tickets starting October 25 or become a Harbourfront Centre donor today for advanced access to …

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Uncovering genius with BoucharDanse / Théâtre la Tangente

This week at NextSteps, Toronto company BourcharDanse and Théâtre la Tangente find inspiration in the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin. Well, actually choreographer Sylvie Bouchard looks past the French artist to his student, lover and muse, Camille Claudel. L’Implorante examines the opposing ideas of movement and immobility through the fluidity of dance versus the rootedness of sculpture, the freedom of men versus the …

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Sixty perspectives on contemporary dance with 60×60

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The return of 60×60 Dance Toronto is just a day away. The collaborative performance, which features 60 ‘mini-performances’ that are one-minute in length, has been staged in seven cities around the world and for its third season in Toronto, 60×60 is coming to Harbourfront Centre for the first time on October 16. To give you a sense of how fast-paced and …

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A mile a minute with 60×60 Dance Toronto

In this interview with Tova Kardonne, the producer of 60×60 Dance Toronto, she describes the exciting programme as, “a little crazy and chaotic.” Coming to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre on October 16, the show is comprised of 60 one-minute dance works set to to 60 one-minute pieces of music. Ambitious? Certainly. Exciting? Definitely. “There is always something new and interesting going on,” says …

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The 509 streetcar is coming back soon

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It’s been more than two years since the 509 streetcar glided past our site. The light rail vehicles that run between Union Station and the Exhibition were replaced by buses in July 2012 as construction began on and around Queens Quay West. This was part of a revitalization project for Toronto’s waterfront. The good news is that we’ve just caught …

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