interview

Shanghai Restoration Project: crossing cultural and genre boundaries

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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).

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JoSH: giving the music of the gurus a whole new meaning

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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?

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Join our virtual 40th birthday party! Tune in to The Tale of Harbourfront Centre.

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The Tale of Harbourfront Centre brings archives, interviews and forgotten tales to centre stage – an ironic play on performance. Theatre and media company FIXT POINT, led by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw, have captured the collective community memory of our site and the millions of people who have experienced it over the last 40 years. 

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Emmanuel Jal shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. He managed to survive and emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation. See Emmanuel Jal perform live on the WestJet Stage on July 19.

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SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Canvas

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CANVAS blends dark and playful futuristic synths, danceable grooves, hooky melodies, shimmering guitars and anthemic choruses into a post-synth rock collage. The fusing of old and new caused one listener privy to the early demos to remark that the sound was like “Electro-Springsteen,” a perfect reference point for the songs.

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Carefree Highway: Tom Wilson and friends celebrate the legacy of Gordon Lightfoot’s Sundown

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The 40th anniversary of Gordon Lightfoot’s most commercially-successful album Sundown is a great opportunity (we thought) to celebrate the songwriter’s legacy. We look back, to his forging of a new and powerful voice that turned heads the world over, and we look ahead, to the music and musicians that he has influenced, across the musical map. Led by veteran of the Canadian music scene, Tom Wilson, we’re giving you the opportunity to hear the album live, in it’s entirety, during our Canada Day Extravaganza.

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Ian Chodikoff shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Ian is the founding Director of Fora Strategic Planning, a consultancy focused on researching, developing and applying effective solutions for a healthier and more prosperous urban environment. He’s participating in Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: The Reinvention Of A Hospital, which is part of our Architecture Exhibition Winter 2014 — open until June 8th. Here are Ian’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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No Flat City: Victoria Vitasek

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Meet Toronto-born photographer Victoria Vitasek, a photographer who is no stranger to Harbourfront Centre. In 2010 she exhibited The Past, The Present, The Future — a photographic series of contemporary portraits of the leaders and participants of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada (See image below)– as part of Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2010. Chosen by curator Patrick Macaulay to participate in No Flat City, she chose to explore the landscape of northern Toronto through portraiture. In an effort to depict subjects interacting with the diverse land formations of the Oak Ridges Moraine, she began photographing family and friends in various locations in the Moraine, then expanded her scope to include members of the Toronto Region and Conservation (TRCA).

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A new outlook on an ancient Chinese tale

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Little Pear Garden Collective is proud to present Venom of Love, a world premiere making its debut at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre this week as part of the NextSteps dance season. Based/inspired Legend of White Snake, artistic director Emily Cheung takes an unconventional approach to the classic and tells the story from the point of view of the demon.

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Step into the mystifying world of Rob Testa

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Prepare yourself to be amazed by illusionist Rob Testa during HarbourKIDS The Toronto International Circus Festival co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus, May 17-19. Rob, aside from performing at past HarbourKIDS Festivals, has quite the reputation for mystifying crowds both on-stage and on the streets — you can see for yourself on his web series Rob’d Illusions with Rob Testa. “Magic”, Rob states, “is something supernatural/paranormal. I just perform (illusions) with everyday objects”.

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