A January filled with jams at DJ Skate Nights

With 2014 coming to a close, the DJ Skate Nights series is officially in full effect. Kicking the season off this December was New York house music legend Jellybean Benitez and Toronto’s own Groove Institute. They were followed by 1LoveTO’s annual Holiday Skating Party, which saw over 600 of you take to the ice making it a party to remember. …

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LunarFest call for submissions

2015 is the Year of the Sheep and we are looking for artists to bring their unique perspective to the design and decoration of a ceramic sheep, to be exhibited in the outdoor art installation at LunarFest, co-produced by the Asian Canadian Special Events Association. Details and online application

Tension and Trepidation: The Thrill of Aerial Arts

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Circus Sessions is produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT. It is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank for 15 Canadian and international contemporary circus artists. Fred Deb, an aerial circus artist from France, will mentor and guide the artists through the creative process. This initiative spans the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and …

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Contemporary Circus can be _______.

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Circus Sessions is produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT. It is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank for 20 Canadian and international contemporary circus artists. Fred Deb, an aerial circus artist from France, will mentor and guide the artists through the creative process. This initiative spans the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and …

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Celebrate the solstice at WinterSong

This year’s Winter Solstice takes place on December 21. The Winter Solstice is an annually occurring natural phenomenon that marks the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. This is the opposite of the Summer Solstice, which marks the year’s longest day. Many world traditions acknowledge the solstice, going back to prehistoric times. Since the Winter Solstice marks the (slow!) return …

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Celebrate a legacy of dance music – on the ice

Through the curatorial lens of ‘seven generations’ we look at the DJs and parties that have pioneered dance music. We look to the legendary DJs who have blazed trails as well as the emerging generation of DJs now rocking Toronto’s dance floors. On December 13, NYC’s Jellybean Benitez – a house music legend — will play a set for skaters celebrating 30 years of house …

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A trip to Latin America through dance

Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014’s “A View on Latin America” showcase, runs December 5 to 6, and features nine contemporary artists/companies representing different Latin American countries, living in Canada. The company was created by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios in 2010. We asked Norma to share a bit about Vanguardia and what to expect at this year’s showcase. Why are you doing …

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DJ Skate Nights 2014/15 season is officially here

Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights will once again drop the beat on the winter blahs for 11 straight weeks, inviting a stellar lineup of local party-starters and legendary international DJs to ramp up the scene on the Natrel Rink. No cover charge. No line-ups. Just beats, blades and good times from December 13–February 21 at Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights. …

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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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