Summer of wonder


From May to October, Harbourfront Centre presents its exciting summer lineup of arts and cultural programming from around the world, featuring artists from South Asia to Africa, China to Brazil, Israel to the Caribbean and more. With returning staples such as Canada Day and Hot & Spicy Food Festival alongside new — soon to be favourite — festivals such as Habari Africa Festival and China Now, we definitely have something for everyone to get excited about.

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Happy International Dance Day


Santee Smith, choreographer, dancer, and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre — who are presenting NeoIndigenA this weekend as part of the NextSteps season  — offers her call to action, on behalf of the Canadian Dance Assembly in celebration of International Dance Day 2014.

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We look good for 40, wouldn’t you say?


Harbourfront Centre has been Canada’s home for cutting edge contemporary cultural programming for the past 40 years. We’ve hosted countless unforgettable concerts (including Celine Dion, Joni Mitchell and Quincy Jones, to name a few), engaging lectures, breathtaking exhibits and unforgettable performances from the likes of Jim Carrey to Cirque Du Soleil.

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BroadFish: examining our obsession with Fairy Tales, magic and weddings


Award winning actor writer and producer Melissa D’Agostino is in the Studio Theatre this week preparing for the public presentation of her new work BroadFish this Saturday April 19th at 8pm as part of HATCH 2014. BroadFish is a live theatre experiment that integrates folktales, music, improvisation and motion pictures to explore the thin line between reality and fantasy, relationships and romance, and the power of myth in our everyday lives.

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A world premiere from an award-winning dance company


The award winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, founded in 1982 under the artistic direction of Esmeralda Enrique, are bringing their latest piece De Idas Y Vueltas a celebration of the Latin American songs that have been integrated into flamenco — to Harbourfront Centre April 24-27 as part of NextSteps. A world premiere, the piece explores how things come and go in our lives. This piece marks Esmeralda Enrique’s second appearance in this year’s season (she was also apart of the first inaugural Body Percussion Festival).

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HATCH 2014 launches with #legacy


The first HATCH company of the 2014 season loaded in to the Studio Theatre today. Rob Kempson and the team behind #legacy will be in residence this week, working on an exciting project that explores the idea of legacy as seen through the eyes of 3 women over the age of 65 and Twitter. How are our representations of self defined by this particular online media and what is ultimately left behind? Join them for presentations at 2:00pm and 8:00pm this Saturday April 12th to be a part of this touching performance experiment.

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We opened our new Craft & Design Studio with a smash – literally

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Surrounded by 4 decades of Artists-in-Residence and friends, we officially opened our newly expanded and revitalized Craft & Design Studio with a reception and “ribbon smashing” on Saturday. A contemporary take on tradition, our current Glass Artists-in-Residence Andrea Kott, Nick Chase, Jesse Bromm, and Silvia Taylor collaborated on a glass ribbon to propel us into the next 40 years of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre with a smash.

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Arabesque re-emerges with a world debut


After a long year of what the company describes as “inward exploration”, Arabesque Dance Company is back with Sawah — an arabic name meaning a “traveller” or “wanderer” — an epic presentation featuring 20 musicians and 20 dancers. This new work is a brave mash-up of Arab and Western cultures, combining a sense of tradition with a modern flare. Known for always delivering high energy performances, Arabesque, formed in 1992, definitely has a reputation for leaving fans wanting more. With Bravo TV describing them as having “taken Bellydance to another level “, it’s easy to understand why you should grab tickets for this show while you can.

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dance Immersion returns with Expressions…Now

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dance Immersion, who presented Celebrating Our Men in Dance (Canada’s finest male choreographers) earlier this year, are returning April 4-5 with Expressions…Now, a showcase —  curated by artistic director Vivine Scarlett — featuring two breathtaking companies presenting a myriad dance expressions informed by their own personal evolvement in dance.

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The 2014 HATCH season is almost underway


We are just a couple of weeks away from the first presentation of the 2014 HATCH season. Under the guidance of Guest Curators, Michael Wheeler and Aislinn Rose of Praxis Theatre, this season’s focus is on the meeting of performance and online technology.

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