We’re all taught from a young age to respect our elders. Harbourfront Centre is taking it to the next level and creating a three-day festival to honour ancient gurus and elders from South Asia. Performers will showcase their contemporary twist on musical and dance traditions passed down through the generations. There will also be a special 10-day tribute for the Dalai Lama’s birthday, involving Buddhism’s most artistic tradition: the creation of a Sand Mandala. The festival will also include guru workshops, a curry cook-off and kite making, along with various other events.
This weekend, come down to the waterfront and celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday and Harbourfront Centre’s 40th with its diverse and evolving identity! One of the largest Canada Day celebrations, this festival extravaganza celebrates the entire country through music, culinary arts, dance, family activities, storytelling, film and of course fireworks!
The Tale of Harbourfront Centre brings archives, interviews and forgotten tales to centre stage – an ironic play on performance. Theatre and media company FIXT POINT, led by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw, have captured the collective community memory of our site and the millions of people who have experienced it over the last 40 years.
This week we’re launching our Dancing On The Pier season with live bands and dance-styles from around the world that’ll have you on your feet in no time. We are leading off with Dancing on the Pier staple, the Toronto All-Star Big Band, who are paying homage with The Crooners & Songbirds of Yesterday & Today, with a little help from Toronto Swing Dance Society, Canada’s longest-running Swing Dance group.
Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. He managed to survive and emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation. See Emmanuel Jal perform live on the WestJet Stage on July 19.
CANVAS blends dark and playful futuristic synths, danceable grooves, hooky melodies, shimmering guitars and anthemic choruses into a post-synth rock collage. The fusing of old and new caused one listener privy to the early demos to remark that the sound was like “Electro-Springsteen,” a perfect reference point for the songs.
The 40th anniversary of Gordon Lightfoot’s most commercially-successful album Sundown is a great opportunity (we thought) to celebrate the songwriter’s legacy. We look back, to his forging of a new and powerful voice that turned heads the world over, and we look ahead, to the music and musicians that he has influenced, across the musical map. Led by veteran of the Canadian music scene, Tom Wilson, we’re giving you the opportunity to hear the album live, in it’s entirety, during our Canada Day Extravaganza.
Free Flicks, presented by Redbox, our weekly outdoor movie showcase, returns for another season. This year our programmers decided to explore funny girls, whether in the form of comedic directorial debuts or classic comedy acting, embracing and showcasing some of the best female comedic talent. This series will illustrate how entrenched women have been, and are, in comedic filmmaking and how this is not a new phenomena, but an ongoing legacy.
Keita Juma is a Mississauga, ON-based rapper and producer. Born in Bristol, UK, his sound is shaped by early experiences during hip-hop’s golden era. In 2012 he dropped the critically acclaimed LP, Water, featuring the much buzzed about single “Bossed Up.” His latest project, Peephole/Beach, is available on iTunes.
Last night we proudly launched NO FLAT CITY, the second installment of our two year partnership with the TRCA and Menkes Developments. The large-scale outdoor exhibition reveals the true evolution of the City of Toronto by focusing on its many undocumented and unexpected characteristics.
“We’re engaging visual artists to explore the greater Toronto region and focus on the distinctive land formations and landscapes they encounter. People and their stories will be a prime focus throughout each of the theme areas which include Historic Landforms, Reshaping the Land, Living in the Landscape, and People and the Land.”