In Conversation with Sylvain Émard


On February 28 Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, in partnership with DanceWorks, is proud to present Sylvain Émard Danse’s critically acclaimed production, Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world). The Quebec-based company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Sylvain Émard gave us some insight into this milestone, as well as the piece being presented …

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Questions: On Kleist and Heti


HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This year, artists participating in the HATCH residency are sharing insight on their projects in relation to the other work playing here at Harbourfront Centre – thinking through and sharing ideas across our performing arts programming.

In this post, curator Evan Webber asks Ted Witzel and Lauren Gillis, also known as the red light district to share their thoughts on the World Stage co-production of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid written by Sheila Heti.

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FILM @ KUUMBA: Four free Canadian premieres

Four films make their Canadian debut this year at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, Kuumba. The festival’s opening night will be celebrated with the Canadian launch of Curators of Hip-Hop, a tour through the lives of five “dreamers” looking to make their mark on the music industry. This just in: After the screening don’t miss out on an …

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Meet a Creative Genius: Shane McNutt

Shane McNutt is a Toronto-based ceramic artist, and an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. You might have seen Shane’s work if you’ve ever strolled by the windows outside of the Craft & Design Studio, or walked through the warm, open-air space inside where the public can watch artists do their thing. Shane is inspired by some pretty iconic motifs drawn from …

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Interview with adelheid dancers Brendan Wyatt and Luke Garwood

NextSteps starts a new season with the premiere of the much-anticipated DanceWorks DW 207: adelheid elsewhere. Five years in the making, elsewhere choreographer Heidi Strauss has teamed up with five vibrant dancers to visually portray the effects of our decisions and the impact on our bodies, gestures and the space between. We took a moment to sit down with two of the dancers, …

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Getting in touch with Heidi Strauss, choreographer of DanceWorks DW 207: adhelheid

NextSteps 2014/2015 season kicks off with Danceworks DW 207: adelheid – elsewhere, September 25 to 27. Heidi Strauss, an award-winning choreographer, founded adhelheid in 2008, transforming the dance world with her performances and workshops. She is no stranger to Harbourfront Centre; she was commissioned by Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre in 2013 for the World Stage premiere of Everyday …

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


“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


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


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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