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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

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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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