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SoundClash Winner – Above Top Secret

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Congratulations to Above Top Secret – the newly crowned SoundClash Music Awards champions. Their rap electro dub hop sound won the hearts and ears of Torontonians with their performance on July 11. Above Top Secret have been awarded the first place prize of $5000, and a share of industry perks from Moog Audio, MUSI Artist Development, Music Ontario, VocalCoach.ca and …

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Kick Up Your Heels with artistic associate Bridget Love

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At the Kick Up Your Heels festival, July 3-5, we invite you to explore a diverse range of dance forms through interactive performances, workshops and participatory classes! From Latin to hip-hop, line dance to contemporary, discover movement from some of Canada’s leading dance artists paired with live music. We asked Harbourfront Centre artistic associate Bridget Love about the inspiration behind …

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Dance with a Canadian legend, this summer at Camps

Harbourfront Centre Camps is thrilled to present a special Senior Dance intensive with acclaimed dancer, director and choreographer Belinda McGuire. Belinda began her life as a dancer with Toronto’s own Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and later went on to receive a BFA from The Juilliard School. Her work has received critical accolades from across the globe. Harbourfront Centre recently chatted with …

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CCDT returns to the Fleck Dance Theatre — and they’ve brought friends

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The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is back with Space Interrupted, which runs May 29-31 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. It’s a programme of four different, yet connected, pieces.For the first time in many years, Deborah Lundmark, co-founder, artistic director and resident choreographer, will be dancing with the corps. We chatted with Michael de Coninck Smith, CCDT’s co-founder, managing director and tour manager, to …

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Beyond space and time with Sampradaya Dance Creations

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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Sampradaya Dance Creations brings nirantara – beyond space and time to Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps from May 21 to 23.  We spoke with Lata Pada, Sampradaya’s founder and artistic director, to learn more about the upcoming performances and the company’s longevity. Could you describe the performance, nirantara – beyond space and time,that you’re presenting as part of NextSteps? This …

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A Q&A with HarbourKIDS programmer, Allison Cummings

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The Toronto International Circus Festival is coming up soon! On Victoria Day weekend, May 16-18, HarbourKIDS and Zero Gravity Circus will team up to bring a weekend full of family-friendly circus-themed fun to our lakeshore site. We asked HarbourKIDS programmer Allison Cummings what families can expect from the weekend-long celebration of all things fun. Tell us about this year’s HarbourKIDS: …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

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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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The SoundClash Music Award Experience: Jessica Stuart

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Jessica Stuart and her band, The Jessica Stuart Few, were semi-finalists in the 2013 SoundClash Music Awards and placed second overall with their unique jazz-pop fusion. Featuring the sound of the Japanese harp, koto, which Jessica learned as a child in Japan, this band is a great example of the diverse and distinctive sounds showcased by the SoundClash Music Awards. Having …

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The ever-changing costumes of human experience

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The Dietrich Group brings This Is a Costume Drama to Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage, April 29 to May 2.  We spoke with dancer Danielle Baskerville about the inspiration behind the show, which explores the question: what do we reveal by dressing up? What is This is a Costume Drama? The essence of This Is A Costume Drama is the exploration of playing …

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Get to know one of the HATCH residents, Amelia Ehrhardt

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HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This week, dance artist and choreographer Amelia Ehrhardt starts her work at the Studio Theatre. HATCH 11 Curator Evan Webber talked to her about preparation. You’ve been performing a lot as well as teaching – peripatetic, right? I often wonder whether a …

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