Vendors to look out for during South Asia Calling Festival


We’ve put together 5 must-see vendors to give you a glimpse of what’s to come at our Lake View Market and World Café! For a bit of retail therapy we have Rays of India, Mystique Jewelry, Bamboo for Life and Bhavna Shah Henna accompanying our Lake View Market, and Kathi Roll Express featured in the World Café with their savoury and exceptional flavours.

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Leslieville Flea returns to Harbourfront Centre this Sunday


The Leslieville Flea celebrated it’s very first flea at Harbourfront Centre with sunshine and smiles to spare. Leslieville Flea regulars, tourists and the Harbourfront community, gazing down from their condos, came out to bask in the glorious sunshine while getting to know all of the fabulous vendors participating in the Leslieville Flea.

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JoSH: giving the music of the gurus a whole new meaning


JoSH is a contemporary Canadian Indo-Pakistani band that has spent the past decade conquering millions of fans in South Asia with an innovative mix of pop, hip-hop and traditional bhangra beats. They’ve graced many stages, and have worked with industry heavyweights such as Nelly Furtado. New and old fans alike will get the opportunity to experience JoSH’s music live on the WestJet Stage next weekend as part of the South Asia Calling festival — did we mention it’s free?

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The evolving legacy of the chinese culture at Harbourfront Centre’s China Now

More often than not, the term “legacy” is associated with words such as “past” and “history,” which leaves many under the impression that a legacy is something stagnant. However, as Harbourfront Centre’s The Big Idea: Legacy has proven, a legacy is compromised of more than what has come before – it’s an amalgamation of knowledge gained from the past, questions asked in the present, and answers that lie in the future.

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Shore Lunch: addressing the layered history of Toronto’s shoreline


We interviewed Fresh Ground new works commissioned artist Lisa Myers about her multidisciplinary, three form work entitled Shore Lunch. In her own words, Shore Lunch is a multi-site art venue that takes the form of a camp kitchen. Inspired by stories of her Mother’s fishing skills and her love for pulling up on an island and frying up fish over a fire, Lisa Myers created this project to think more about the layers of history around the Great Lakes from an Indigenous perspective and to camp out for a while to acknowledge the different kinds of sustenance we get from this place.

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Ancient Gurus: Modern Mastery

South Asia Calling (The Actually South Asian Version)

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.

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Vendors to look out for this Canada Day Weekend


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!

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Join our virtual 40th birthday party! Tune in to The Tale of Harbourfront Centre.


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. 

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Dancing On The Pier kicks off with the Toronto All-Star Big Band

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.

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Emmanuel Jal shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy


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.

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