Get dancing! Get moving! NextSteps tickets on-sale now!

Temperatures might be cooling down, but we’re firing up another colourful season of dance starting this September! It’s been a long summer of fun in the sun down here at Harbourfront Centre, but we’re just about ready to strap on our dancing shoes and hit the barre – dance pun intended. So, if you’d like to come dance with us, be sure to chassé your way to NextSteps this season!

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Battle of the divas: Chiqui Pineda vs. Josie de Leon


What better way to finish off the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival than a singing showdown between two of Toronto’s top Filipino voices? Diva to Diva with Josie de Leon and Chiqui Pineda will take place on August 18th from 5PM to 6PM on the Redpath Stage!

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DJ Mensa: killing the decks

DJ Mensa always brings his A-game. From the warm-up to cooldown, and everything in between, he keeps it hot with mix-ups of hip hop and R&B. Having already made guest appearances on MuchVibeRap CityMTV Select and CBC, the word has spread about DJ Mensa. His Coolout series of mixes have gained notoriety both locally and overseas, and a slew of side projects and shows have him occupied indefinitely – including this upcoming weekend when he performs alongside Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica David at the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival.

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There ain’t no party like a tea party

With over 10 different combinations of tea vendors and workshops, Fortune Cooking – a festival highlighting the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance and artists from East Asian to Southeast/South Asia – is sure to satisfy all tea lovers. Events vary from tea-dying, tea dances and even the myths, legends and untruths about tea.

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Island Soul and Calypso STARS Festival Recap


Toronto’s Caribbean vacation is officially over. This past weekend, Harbourfront Centre hosted its every-popular Island Soul  and Calypso STARS Festival from Aug. 2-5. The civic long-weekend celebrated all things Caribbean with music, dance, film and of course food!!

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Taiko drumming at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

nagata shachu

Nagata Shachu is a Japanese taiko-drumming band based in Toronto. They use taiko drums, a traditional Japanese instrument, to play new, innovative, and exciting music.

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White Jade: traditional with a twist

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White Jade is a band from China that adds a twist to traditional Chinese music by adding electronic rhythms and pairing it with high-tech visuals to create a live performance that is out of this world. The group has been together for almost two years and has already released their debut self-titled album. It was recorded overseas in England, with …

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Vendors to look out for this long weekend


Harbourfront Centre presents Island Soul this long weekend, one of our most popular festivals celebrating the rich and innovative artists of the Caribbean. Island Soul is packed with diverse dance traditions, emerging art forms, and music in multiple languages! Be sure to visit the World Cafe for a variety of colorful aromatic taste sensations, and shop the world at the Lake View Market. Lake View Market vendors Jack in the Socks, Branching Out Artistree, and World Café vendor Manje Kreyol and snack vendor Kaffeehaus Bakery are a must-visit this weekend!

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A So We Dance at Island Soul

Kay-Ann Ward – choreographer, fitness and dance instructor, artistic director and founder of Bold Movement Production Company – will be coming to Harbourfront Centre for Island Soul this weekend to perform A So We Dance, giving festival goers an opportunity to experience dancehall music like never before.

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Classical V: Brass – Weekend Recap


From Fanfares to French horns, Rajasthani brass bands to Chicago funk, Classical V: Brass delivered an extraordinary line-up of brass music programming from around the world – a summer festival weekend certainly worth blowing your horn for! Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, festival patrons didn’t shy away from exploring the diverse world of classical brass music through the various live concerts, on-site activities and ‘kick-brass’ films playing at Harbourfront Centre this past weekend.

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