The ballroom scene is alive (and voguing) in Toronto. Ballroom, described as a competitive fashion show, is a movement that originates from queer culture in New York City (an in-depth history can be seen in the film Paris is Burning). The scene is organized into houses (led by a house mother or father), who compete against each other in “balls” in which they are judged on dance skills, costume and attitude (among other things). There are currently over a hundred active “houses” in more than 13 cities across North America.
In anticipation of the launch of Harbourfront Centre’s online hub for HATCH 2014, including complete details about this year’s participating artists, it’s a great time to reflect on the experiences of some the past participants.
You can’t know your future until you know your past. This is the musical mantra of Footprints, a three man wrecking crew who happen to host one of mega-city’s longest-running parties. Jason Palma, part owner of the Toronto vinyl mecca Play De Record, rare record junky General Eclectic and DJ Stuart (a.k.a. Basic Soul Unit) are bringing their unique mix of funk, soul, afrobeat, latin, hip hop and everything in between to the Natrel Rink this weekend. Open-minded listeners and music aficionados alike will find out why this party is still going strong after eleven years.
Are you a local artist looking to develop your skills with some of the world’s most innovative and groundbreaking performance leaders? You’ll definitely want to check out the series of labworks World Stage is offering in partnership with Series 8:08.
SLOWED, established in 2010, is Canada’s premiere moombahton (a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton) and mid-tempo global bass party and artist collective. Consisting of all-star talent such as Mission, BC, native DJ Lucie Tic, recently named best DJ in NOW Magazine’s annual Best of Toronto issue, and chart topping production duo Torro Torro. They’ll be on the Natrel Rink this weekend, January 11th, with Lucie Tic spinning below 115 bpm in zero below weather.
Can you imagine if horses never existed? The horse has played a critical role in the development of mankind — Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC — and still symbolizes a driving force that carries our civilization today. As Lunarfest prepares to celebrate the Year of the Horse here at Harbourfront Centre, they wanted to draw inspiration from the contribution of horses to our world, as well as, enjoy many fond memories horses — both real man-made — have brought us in our lifetime.
Dance Ontario, founded in 1976 as the regional arm of Dance In Canada Association (DICA), has an ever-growing long history with Harbourfront Centre. Annually — for the past twenty one years — they’ve been presenting emerging and established dancers/choreographers as part of their three-day DanceWeekend lineup.
If having more fun was on your New Year’s resolution, Harbourfront Centre’s got just what you need. The popular DJ Skate Nights series continues in 2014 with more premier DJs turning the city’s most scenic outdoor rink into a dance party on ice.
On the last Friday of every month at The Piston Bar — 937 Bloor St. W. in Toronto — there’s a little Shindig going down and we’re so excited to bring this party to Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink this Saturday! Shindig is Toronto’s only all-vinyl party dedicated to the sounds of 1950’s and 1960’s R&B, soul and rock n’ roll, and the one and only DJ Misty is going to be joining the Shindig crew with her selection of 45RPM records to make you shake, rattle and skate.
‘Tis the season. As a staple in our DJ Skate Nights series, Bryan Brock, Dean of the Academy of Creative Art for the REMIX project, and Much Music’s Rapcity host, T-Rexxx, are bringing their annual 1 LOVE TO holiday skating party back to the Natrel Rink for the fourth year in a row. Joined by their official DJ, DJ DLUX, as well as DJ Lissa Monet, they promise an evening of hot mixes, hot drinks and holiday cheer.