Celebrate the past, present and future at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead festival

Toronto’s longest running Day of the Dead celebration returns this year for its twelfth edition. Presented by Scotiabank, this two-day festival includes a diverse range of events that are sure to make for a remarkable experience. From face painting and traditional mariachi music, to dance performances and calavera (sugar skull) decorating, to kids’ crafts, our Day of the Dead festival …

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Thank you for being part of another great Planet IndigenUS festival!

This past August, Planet IndigenUS celebrated the very best of Indigenous arts and culture with the co-production between the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This was the fourth time that the acclaimed multi-disciplinary festival has occurred and over the course of ten years, the festival has grown into the largest Indigenous arts festival on …

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Toronto’s largest Pan Latin festival returns, July 17-19

Get ready for the 10th edition of Ritmo Y Color at Harbourfront Centre, July 17-19. This three-day festival showcases myriad artistic talents including dance, rhythm, craft, film, art, sport and music through the lens of traditional Latin American culture with contemporary aesthetics. Hustle on down to Harbourfront Centre for three days of non-stop exhilarating fun. Not to mention – it’s completely FREE! Some of …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

Denise Fujiwara brings the CanAsian Dance Festival to NextSteps, April 30 to May 2. Recently, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Lucy Rupert sat down with Denise and chatted about the upcoming festival. How is the festival curated? We put out an international Call to Artists and then our Selection Committee views all of the submissions. When we meet to do the …

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Don’t be sheepish – celebrate the Lunar New Year

Fun fact: Did you know that traditional Lunar New Year celebrations last for fifteen days! To ensure we are a part of this two week long celebration we, in partnership with Asian Canadian Special Events Association, are hosting our annual LunarFest ten days into the fifteen-day tradition, February 28-March 1. This memorable and lunarlicious two-day festival is infused with the …

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A trip to Latin America through dance

Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014’s “A View on Latin America” showcase, runs December 5 to 6, and features nine contemporary artists/companies representing different Latin American countries, living in Canada. The company was created by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios in 2010. We asked Norma to share a bit about Vanguardia and what to expect at this year’s showcase. Why are you doing …

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Day of the Dead: A Carefully Crafted Celebration for the Entire Family

    Every year, Harbourfront Centre celebrates Latin American tradition with our Day of the Dead festival, presented by Scotiabank. Starting months in advance, the festival is carefully crafted to insure our title as “Toronto’s Most Authentic Day of the Dead Celebration,” remains true. Key to this process is the festival’s lead artistic associate, Umair Jaffar, who shared some of …

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Let’s say shalom to summer with the largest chagiga in Toronto

 School, reality and regular working hours are looming ahead of us – summer is coming to an end. Before all of this takes place, as Canadians we need to have one last celebration to say farewell to our summer. This Labour Day long weekend check out the 10th biennial Ashkenaz Festival and forget about the fall and what lies ahead. Come with friends, family or yourself and witness the diversity of Jewish culture with over 250 visiting artists from around the world. This is one chagiga(party) you won’t want to miss.

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Vendors to look out for during TAIWANfest

Taiwan is a country built on the legacy of global traditions and cultures that have marked its shores. Join us this weekend at Harbourfront Centre for the return of a wander down the path of music, dance, art and food that invigorates the island nation, at TAIWANfest! TAIWANfest includes everything from pinball, to puppetry, to karaoke and a bubble tea …

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A taste of Kevin Brauch, host of Hot & Spicy Food Festival’s Iron Chef Competition

We had a chance to sit down with food pro Kevin Brauch, host of Iron Chef Americaand our upcoming International Iron Chef Competition. Kevin explains how he became a pro as well shares some hot tips for our chefs.

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