Behind the scenes with Erin Brubacher, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid

Erin Brubacher, co-artistic producer of Suburban Beast and co-director of the highly anticipated All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, gave us a raw, behind the scenes look into one of the first rehearsals with the company. The production, set to launch the World Stage season next week, features eight original songs by indie rock musician Dan Bejar, (Destroyer and The …

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Esie Mensah embraces the past for the future of dance

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She’s not a fortune teller but Esie Mensah, does see the future in traditional African dance. The inspirational choreographer and powerful dancer brings her artistry to the 20th anniversary of Kuumba (#Kuumba20), taking place February 6-8, through performance and dance workshops. Kuumba is part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series. Esie’s unique gift, connecting an audience’s …

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Becoming Circus

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Circus Sessions is produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT. It is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank for 15 Canadian and international contemporary circus artists. Fred Deb, an aerial circus artist from France, will mentor and guide the artists through the creative process. This initiative spans the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and …

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Vincent Mantsoe’s Journey

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“A ferocious and authentic talent.” — Vancouver Sun The NextSteps 2015 season is well under way. Appearing on-stage this week is renowned dancer and choreographer Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe presented by DanceWorks DW 208 NTU/Skwatta. This must-see show expresses the limitless spirituality and realities of his South African homeland. Born in 1971 in the township of Soweto, Mantsoe used dance to deal with …

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FILM @ KUUMBA: Four free Canadian premieres

Four films make their Canadian debut this year at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, Kuumba. The festival’s opening night will be celebrated with the Canadian launch of Curators of Hip-Hop, a tour through the lives of five “dreamers” looking to make their mark on the music industry. This just in: After the screening don’t miss out on an …

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A weekend’s worth of art

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Come down to Harbourfront Centre for a weekend of art openings, parties and creative shopping. The Centre Shop Newly renovated, our on-site gift and craft shop re-opens this Friday. Browse beautifully-designed and innovative artisan crafts made by local artists in our Craft & Design Studios, plus pieces by many Canadian artists and international designers. …

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Laugh out loud with Kuumba’s Aisha Alfa

Awarding-winning comedian Alisha Alfa is one of the four side-splitting headliners taking the stage on February 7 for Kenny Robinson’s Nubians on the Waterfront Comedy Show. This event is part of Kuumba, Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Aisha took some time to sit down for an interview to talk about the show …

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Listen, there’s something in the air…

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Another season of World Stage is around the corner. World Stage is Harbourfront Centre’s signature series of contemporary and international performance, and this year we’ve programmed 10 dimensional and exciting events and performances that capture the spirit — and cultural dialogue — of today. Before you visit the theatre, dig a little deeper into the stories behind each performance with this …

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Let your creativity light up the Great Wall of Lanterns

This Lunar New Year, Harbourfront Centre and the Asian Canadian Special Events Association will be constructing the first ever Great Wall of Lanterns at LunarFest, which runs February 28-March 1, and we need your help! This kid-friendly craft offers everyone the chance to create and design their own unique lantern. Construction of the wall begins on February 28. Bring your …

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Ontario: Yours To Discover — through dance!

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Artists, dancers and choreographers from all over Ontario will be represented at Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend 2015, taking place January 16-18. This annual showcase, which will feature 28 globally-inspired professional dance companies, is about inspiring our local dance and arts communities by highlighting the exciting work that’s being created on home turf. We asked Dance Ontario programmer Rosslyn Jacob Edwards to tell …

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