‘Tis the season. As a staple in our DJ Skate Nights series, Bryan Brock, Dean of the Academy of Creative Art for the REMIX project, and Much Music’s Rapcity host, T-Rexxx, are bringing their annual 1 LOVE TO holiday skating party back to the Natrel Rink for the fourth year in a row. Joined by their official DJ, DJ DLUX, as well as DJ Lissa Monet, they promise an evening of hot mixes, hot drinks and holiday cheer.
It’s that time of year again, and everyone is hitting the rink. Our HFC TV host, Althea Linton, chats with Kim, one of Harbourfront Centre’s senior skating instructors, who explains the fine art of — safely — stopping on the ice. Want to see some more quick-tip videos? Check out our skating videos on posture, falling and how to properly tie your skates.
DJ Skate Nights launches this week with one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs, and respected producers, Skratch Bastid. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia — home to notable hip-hop figures like Classified, Buck 65 and Ghettosocks — Skratch, Paul Murphy, started DJing in the nineties and was competing in major competitions not long after. He was also the first Canadian DJ ever to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year in 2008.
Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Janak Khendry, has been devoted to dance for more than forty five years. With an extensive background in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri styles — studied under the most important teachers of the twentieth century –he strives to further human understanding through dance, music, art and culture. This is all done under the umbrella of Janak Khendry Dance Company.
Our annual DJ Skate Nights series on the Natrel Rink, featuring Toronto’s hottest DJs – spinning their coldest mixes — is back for another season. We have an exciting line-up for you this year which includes names like Lucie Tic, who recently won best DJ in NOW Magazine’s Readers Poll, three-time Scribble Jam winner, and Juno nominated producer, Skratch Bastid and of course the world famous Starting From Scratch.
Lacing up a pair of skates and gliding across a freshly re-surfaced ice rink is a Canadian rite of passage. The distinct sound of blades carving into the ice, the flurry of toques, scarves and mitts, the rich aroma of hot chocolate wafting through the air – the essence of winter. It would be a shame to miss out.
Next week Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah returns for it’s thirteenth season. Choreographed by Trinidadian-born artistic director, Patrick Parson, Soulful Messiah was originally conceived to add to the holiday celebration within the city of Toronto, alongside other shows such as The Nutcracker. It was based upon a CD, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, which Parson first listened to over 15 years ago.
DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest presenter of independent dance, is bringing Vancouver’s own 605 Collective to our NextSteps season with DanceWorks DW203, New Animal, which runs today (November 15th) and tomorrow (November 16th). We were lucky enough to chat with three of the company’s five dancers about the piece.