Spence’s Bakery: more than just baked goods


Eglinton West staple, Spence’s Bakery, is bringing its famous jerk chicken to Harbourfront Centre during the Island Soul festival! They’ll be located at Zone 5 in the south orchard tent on Saturday, July 3 from 7:30PM to 11:30PM so make sure to come and try their delicious chicken!

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A disturbance in the force

During this past weekend’s Classical V: Brass Festival, youngsters on-site were invited make their very own trumpets, and then join in a very special performance of The Imperial March on The Redpath Stage. Imagine their surprise when a very special conductor showed up.

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Nine Rivers City: Jade Lee Portelli


When daylight turns to dusk and darkness approaches, our response to our surroundings dramatically changes. This change is related to our ability to see and observe what is around us. For artist Jade Lee Portelli, it is this apex of time that she focuses on for her photographic exploration of some of the city’s rivers. Her images capture the mysterious time when darkness starts to envelope the landscape and nature is by itself, void of human presence except for the glow of distant light. The rivers and landscape she photographed at dusk bring an eeriness and foreboding quality that we can observe at a safe distance within her collection of images.

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Vendors to look out for during the Classical V: Brass Festival


This weekend, come down to Harbourfront Centre to see the fifth installment of our Classical V: Brass music festival. This festival redefines the idea of classical music by exploring traditional and modern brass music from around the world. While you’re listening to the diverse sounds of French horns and Indian wedding bands, be sure to visit the World Cafe for some delectable foods and shop the world at the Lake View Market! Lake View Market vendors African Fashion Centre, Sugarcane, Steve’s Music Store and World Café vendors Casbah Catering and Gourmet on the Go are a must-visit!

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I-Wayne brings roots reggae to Island Soul festival

The popular festival Island Soul returns to Harbourfront Centre again this year, a tradition that has been going on for over a decade. Island Soul is themed around celebrating and sharing with others the unique cultures of the Caribbean.

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Shakara Natural: natural, organic-certified, fair-trade products!

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“If you’re having hair problems I feel bad for you hun’, I got 99 problems but my hair ain’t one…”

…because of Shakara Natural’s natural hair products for men and women! Make sure to come down to Harbourfront Centre during the Island Soul festival to learn more about how you can deal with hair loss!

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: serving up some “Windy City” funk

Classical V: Brass Festival at Harbourfront Centre promises to offer an exciting twist on traditional/classical brass music. Enter Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE), a group comprised of eight extraordinary young jazz musicians (who happen to be brothers) from the south side of Chicago. They’re all sons of jazz legend Phil Cohran, best known for his trumpet contributions in the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago during 1959-1961. Drawing influences that range from jazz/funk to the revolutionary raps of Public Enemy, HBE bring a deep-rooted Chicago funk, with social depth. They will be performing July 27th at 9:30PM on The WestJet Stage.

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What’s your recipe?

Recipe Roots is a new initiative at Harbourfront Centre in partnership with FoodShare that celebrates the histories and recipes that make up Canada’s culinary landscape. All summer long and culminating at Hot & Spicy Food Festival, Recipe Roots explores Harbourfront Centre’s curatorial theme of Terrain and encourages the passing down of recipes from generation to generation.

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Classical V: Brass aims to challenge, delight and astonish.

What comes to mind when you think of ‘classical’ music? Or classical brass music for that matter? Before consulting Google or dismissing the question (and perhaps the genre) altogether, I’d like to challenge you to think outside the ‘classical’ box. Contrary to popular belief, classical brass music is not a one-sound genre. To me, the range in sound and style is as wide as the oceans. So Classical V: Brass aims to push the boundaries on what people might consider to be ‘classical’.

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Googoosh Music Academy finalist Neda Seyedi closes out the Tirgan Festival


To close out the 2013 Tirgan Festival, Neda Seyedi from the Googoosh Music Academy will be performing live at Harbourfront Centre!

Googoosh is an Iranian pop star and actress. She’s a veteran in the Iranian music industry, having been active for 39 years. Together with musical experts Babak Saidi and Hooman Khalatbari, she has started a singing competition called Googoosh Music Academy; it can be described as the Iranian version of The X-Factor.

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