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

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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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The common language of music: an interview with Joe & Sekou

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“We’ve been raised in very different cultures in so many ways, but we share a lot of the same interests musically.” – Joe Driscoll This weekend, our annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival dips into food and culture rooted in the past and renewed for the future. This concept can definitely be seen – or rather heard – in the music of Joe …

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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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