The Summer season is looking delicious at Harbourfront Centre

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It’s time again for the Toronto International Circus Festival! This Victoria Day weekend, dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious buskers and more take over our site. HarbourKIDS is Harbourfront Centre’s family programme designed to inspire imagination and creativity in kids under 12, by exploring contemporary arts and culture from a kid-centric point of view. While visiting, make sure to enjoy some of the unique and delicious foods, located in our World Café and Lake View Market.

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Ame Henderson/Public Recordings rehearse what we are saying on Toronto island

Ame Henderson/Public Recordings are bringing the innovative what we are saying to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as part of the 2013 World Stage season. Last week we joined Katie McMillan on a mid-day trip to Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts to catch a rehearsal of the piece. This world premiere runs May 22-25 and shouldn’t be missed. Looking for more info on the performance? Check …

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Juggling, tumbling, stilt walking, and clowning– all the fixings of guaranteed fun

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A school designed to teach kids and adults alike the art of circus performance! The Circus Academy in Toronto is just the place if you ever wanted to be part of the circus. They teach a magnitude of different performances and will bring amazement and joy to everyone who comes to watch. The Circus Academy is the official training school of Zero Gravity Circus, co-producers of the HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival. They’re a circus production house and creative entertainment agency, who have performed around the world.

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Morro & Jasp: Go Bake Yourself

Join Morro and Jasp, sister clowns, for their family friendly cooking show, Go Bake Yourself. What to expect? Morro insists it’s going to be a competition but Jasp completely disagrees as she hopes to earn a man’s heart through cooking.

Jasp and Morro are the 2012 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble and Lauren Gillett from Theatromania insists this show will be “a guaranteed recipe for fun”.

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Sneaking a peek: Katie McMillan on Public Recordings’ latest world premiere


Last week I had the opportunity to catch a sneak-peek of the upcoming Public Recordings premiere of what we are saying. The work is complex and speaks to a number of relevant conversations regarding performance and social relationships in the here and now. What follows is just a few (of many) issues that this creation brings into focus.

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World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen discusses Hotel Modern’s KAMP

Hotel Modern’s theatrical re-imagining of the horrifying events that unfolded in Auschwitz mixes theatre, music, video, sculpture and puppetry into a performance that features thousands of eight-centimetre-tall handmade figurines within an enormous scale model of the camp. A small camera is used to film and project the story onto a screen, which is like “watching a grainy newsreel, an animated …

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Kaeja d’Dance: hyper-physical, sensual and raw


Kaeja d’Dance is one of Canada’s longest standing contemporary dance companies, founded by husband and wife duo, Allen and Karen Kaeja. They are involved in film, stage, education, and outreach programs that explore and promote dance with audiences internationally. They have won numerous awards around the world for their work and most recently was awarded Canada’s inaugural national 2012 Canadian Dance Assembly ‘I Love Dance’ Community Award.

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World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen discusses Ame Henderson/Public Recordings’ what we are saying

Ame Henderson is no stranger to World Stage. In 2010, her company, Public Recordings, premiered relay, a performance that blurred the often hard-and-fast line between audience and performer.

Pushing off from relay, what we are saying expands Public Recordings’ experimental repertoire using language and movement to explore the possibility of a leaderless togetherness. A huge room filled with chairs is the obstacle necessitating a unified strategy from the performers and the audience. How we do it is everyone’s guess.

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Ziya Azazi: Playing with fire on the WestJet Stage

Ziya Azazi, winner of the “2011 He Blew Me Out of the Water” by the Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron, returned to the CanAsian Dance Festival, part of the 2013 NextSteps season, for his second time this past weekend with his latest performance Ember: Trapped in Fire. The piece, representative of the pain that individuals feel knowing that death is unavoidable, has been performed around the world, including the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony, International Ethno Art Festival in Bulgaria, and Vienna’s ImPulsTanz Festival.

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Five reasons to take your kids to Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord


After witnessing last year’s world premiere of Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord, my youngest daughter auditioned for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. This year she’s in the chorus, on stage with 200 kids, dancing and belting out the story of Canada’s iconic heroine. This is definitely not your average kids’ school concert. The Canadian Children’s Opera Company is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada. In the months leading up to the show, kids rehearse at least three days a week and take voice lessons.

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