NextSteps’ Guest Blog: Getting to know with a trace creators Kate Franklin and Kate Holden

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Once upon a time, there were three Kates… Kate Holden, Kate Franklin and Kate Cornell. We asked DanceWorks’ Education and Community Outreach Manager, Kate Cornell, to sit down and interview with a trace dance artists, Kate Franklin and Kate Holden, to uncover the story behind firstthingsfirstproductions.

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Boogat: The future of Latin music

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Meet Daniel Russo-Garrido, a.k.a. Boogat, a versatile French-Canadian Spanish hip hop vocalist from Montreal. He’s a seasoned performer, who’s played international festivals such as Montreal International Jazz Festival, Toronto Small World Music Festival and Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Critics have called him “the future of Latin music,” as he blurs the lines between traditional Latin grooves and a more urban/EDM (Electronic Dance Music) sound.

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Caribbean Tales: Interview with filmmaker Mary Wells

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In an industry dominated by men, I was thrilled and impressed to learn that Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells had written, produced and directed her own movie, “Kingston Paradise.” Curiosity piqued, so I sought her out while she was in Toronto attending the CaribbeanTales Film Festival to learn more about her vision and process.

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NextSteps launches with a mixed program featuring a world premiere

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Our NextSteps season kicks off next week with DanceWorks DW202 – firstthingsfirst productions with the mixed program with a trace. The program, with choreography by Peggy Baker (acclaimed as one of the most outstanding contemporary dancers of her generation), Valerie Calam and Mélanie Demers (who is presenting a world premiere), includes two solos and a duet. It explores the nature of personal history and relationships, and how we constantly redefine our identity through our interactions and experiences.

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Music, mechanics, mayhem and a medic

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Are you passionate about music? Does your heart go out to victims of bullying? What about an emotional adoption story or a Teacher’s mission for educational change? Maybe a hilarious BFF comedy is more your cup of tea? Well, we have all that and more as the 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Film Showcase continues this week at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

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Maricel Presilla brings Latin “sabor” to Harbourfront Centre

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Chef and historian Maricel Presilla is the first Latin American woman invited as a guest chef at the White House. It’s not surprising. Maricel, who holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history from New York University, is widely regarded as the “Queen of Latin Cooking.”

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Hot & Spicy Food Festival Re-Cap

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The 16th Annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival held over the Labour Day long weekend marked the end of summer holidays for Torontonians. There is no use crying about it. We can’t deny that fall and winter are around the corner, but at least Harbourfront Centre still has a few more festivals/events lined up before we officially say goodbye to summer 2013.

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Vendors to look our for during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival

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Come down to Harbourfront’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival to taste spicy sensations from all over the world. This weekend, we are over-run with the best and brightest culinary talents at the World Café, Lake View Market and this weekend-only, the Red Hot Market!  A much-anticipated event, The Red Hot Market is our signature hot sauce market featuring 21 of the spiciest vendors from around the city. We’ve got something for everyone this weekend, so have a look out for Pi-Tom’s Thai Cuisine at the World Café, Lake View Market vendor Mixtura Latina, multiple snack vendors in the new Hot & Spicy Snack Tents, as well as our very own Farmer’s Market!

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Taco and donut competitions to spice up your weekend!

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At this year’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival, we’ll be hosting not one, but two food competitions! Returning for its second year, Taco Takedown will take place on Saturday, August 31st, while Donut Holed-Up will follow the day after. Both events take place in Zone 5 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.

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BADBADNOTGOOD brings jazz and hip-hop renditions of new songs and old

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The trio of Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski originated in Toronto at Humber College’s Music Performance program. They gained fame when they re-arranged songs from Odd Future into a jazz medley and uploaded it on to YouTube. It garnered thousands of views and recognition from Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator himself.

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