Africa’s vibrant culture meets Toronto’s pristine waterfront from July 18 to 20, as Harbourfront Centre hosts the inaugural Habari Africa festival. Habari Africa, which means “Hello Africa” in Swahili, will feature a mix of traditional, fusion and emerging music and dance styles performed by musicians based in Canada, as well as international touring groups. Through modern and ancient expressions of stories used across Africa, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to provide Toronto with a truly authentic reflection of modern Africa.
Free, food and films – these are few of the extraordinary features of the much-anticipated China Now festival, Presented by Manulife, in partnership with Can4Culture and China International Culture Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group and supported by the Ministry of Culture and People’s Republic of China.
The inaugural China Now festival, presented by Manulife, asks you to forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. Shanghai Restoration Project — performing free on July 12th — definitely exemplify this mandate, with a body of music both steeped in the past, while providing the soundtrack to the “Chinese” (aka: 21st) Century. The NY-based outfit mixes elements of Chinese culture with electronica and hip hop to create a diverse multi-media performance. We chatted with Emmy-winning creator and producer of the Shanghai Restoration Project Dave Liang (keyboard, vocals).
As part of the South Asia Calling Festival, Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Sanskriti Arts present Toronto’s ultimate Bhangra-Giddha Dance Competition, Chak De Bhangra 2014. The competition will be fierce, and the energy will be electric, so definitely plan to attend this Sunday at 2pm. Wondering what to look forward to? Take a look at the four dance teams that will battling in …
We’ve put together 5 must-see vendors to give you a glimpse of what’s to come at our Lake View Market and World Café! For a bit of retail therapy we have Rays of India, Mystique Jewelry, Bamboo for Life and Bhavna Shah Henna accompanying our Lake View Market, and Kathi Roll Express featured in the World Café with their savoury and exceptional flavours.
The Leslieville Flea celebrated it’s very first flea at Harbourfront Centre with sunshine and smiles to spare. Leslieville Flea regulars, tourists and the Harbourfront community, gazing down from their condos, came out to bask in the glorious sunshine while getting to know all of the fabulous vendors participating in the Leslieville Flea.
JoSH is a contemporary Canadian Indo-Pakistani band that has spent the past decade conquering millions of fans in South Asia with an innovative mix of pop, hip-hop and traditional bhangra beats. They’ve graced many stages, and have worked with industry heavyweights such as Nelly Furtado. New and old fans alike will get the opportunity to experience JoSH’s music live on the WestJet Stage next weekend as part of the South Asia Calling festival — did we mention it’s free?
More often than not, the term “legacy” is associated with words such as “past” and “history,” which leaves many under the impression that a legacy is something stagnant. However, as Harbourfront Centre’s The Big Idea: Legacy has proven, a legacy is compromised of more than what has come before – it’s an amalgamation of knowledge gained from the past, questions asked in the present, and answers that lie in the future.
We interviewed Fresh Ground new works commissioned artist Lisa Myers about her multidisciplinary, three form work entitled Shore Lunch. In her own words, Shore Lunch is a multi-site art venue that takes the form of a camp kitchen. Inspired by stories of her Mother’s fishing skills and her love for pulling up on an island and frying up fish over a fire, Lisa Myers created this project to think more about the layers of history around the Great Lakes from an Indigenous perspective and to camp out for a while to acknowledge the different kinds of sustenance we get from this place.
We’re all taught from a young age to respect our elders. Harbourfront Centre is taking it to the next level and creating a three-day festival to honour ancient gurus and elders from South Asia. Performers will showcase their contemporary twist on musical and dance traditions passed down through the generations. There will also be a special 10-day tribute for the Dalai Lama’s birthday, involving Buddhism’s most artistic tradition: the creation of a Sand Mandala. The festival will also include guru workshops, a curry cook-off and kite making, along with various other events.