Mongolian folk/punk ensemble Hanggai blend traditional with modern

The thing about Hanggai, for me, has always been the way that they confound expectations.

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Planet IndigenUS – OKA

OKA is coming to Planet IndigenUS to celebrate the rich and vibrant indigenous cultures of Australia. They exemplify the theme of this years festival, giving traditional aboriginal sounds new life by playing Dub, Electronica, Hip-hop, and Jazz inspired sounds with woodwinds, slide guitar, keyboard and an electrified didgeridoo. Originally buskers, the trio of Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), Chris Lane and …

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Plex and Planet IndigenUS

Edmonton-born, Plex has been a musical trailblazer for aboriginal artists for years. With his conscious and thought provoking lyricism, which he uses to provide insight into Aboriginal issues, Plex has been leading the native community while at the same time carving a place for himself with his music.

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Getting to Planet IndigenUS 2012

Having worked in the media for about 20 years, some of the Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS 2012’s roster names are old friends. Santee Smith, Derek Miller, and Jennifer Podemski were starting their careers when I covered them in  Aboriginal Voices magazine about 15 years ago. I followed their careers as mine moved to Washington D.C. to work as managing editor of …

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How well do you know Robbie Robertson?

Planet IndigenUS, a celebration of contemporary native cultures from Canada and around the world, would not be complete without a tribute to Robbie Robertson. Robertson is a Canadian legend who has been an intrinsic part of some of the greatest rock albums and concerts of all time. He was lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band, backed Bob Dylan on …

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Moko Jumbie!

When you come to Harbourfront Centre for Island Soul this weekend you are going to see strange, tall creatures walking around the grounds. You may think that these are just people on stilts. You are wrong. They are the elusive Moko Jumbies! What is a Moko Jumbie? I’ll let Lord Kitchener tell you first: What’s the origin of these symbols …

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Regenerate in the Architecture Space

Over the next few weeks, an exciting project will unfold in the Architecture Space. Kongats Architects has designed a new installation, Regenerate, as a part of the exhibition BO The Repurposed City. Regenerate attempts to expose and bring awareness to the layers of history in a renovated space.

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Lord Kitchener Tribute featuring Moses Revolution

This year at Island Soul we will be celebrating the life and work of Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) who was one of the world’s most influential calypsonians. You have definitely heard his music. He composed this: Lord Kitchener is an especially important figure to celebrate outside the Carribean because he was so important to the early West Indian expat community. …

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Uncharted Waters Interviews: Eamon Mac Mahon

The Uncharted Waters exhibition opened June 21st and will be at the Harbourfront Centre for a year. During the suitably rainy and wet opening the artists were gracious enough to brave the elements and tell us about their pieces. In today’s interview, Eamon Mac Mahon tells us about his project and what it is like seeing his prints off the …

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Uke players city-wide come together for “The Ukelele Project”

We put out the call and invited uke players/enthusiasts to come down and be a part of the “Ukelele Project”.

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