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Esie Mensah embraces the past for the future of dance

She’s not a fortune teller but Esie Mensah, does see the future in traditional African dance. The inspirational choreographer and powerful dancer brings her artistry to the 20th anniversary of Kuumba (#Kuumba20), taking place February 6-8, through performance and dance workshops. Kuumba is part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series. Esie’s unique gift, connecting an audience’s …

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SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Maneli Jamal

Acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal has toured all over the world including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Europe. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with wins at countless music competitions around the world including placing in the top three at Guitar Idol, a worldwide guitar competition held in London, UK.

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BADBADNOTGOOD brings jazz and hip-hop renditions of new songs and old

The trio of Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski originated in Toronto at Humber College’s Music Performance program. They gained fame when they re-arranged songs from Odd Future into a jazz medley and uploaded it on to YouTube. It garnered thousands of views and recognition from Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator himself.

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Ken Hsieh: orchestral conducting at its finest

Start off TELUS TAIWANfest with an evening of music led by award-winning conductor Ken Hsieh on Friday, August 23rd, from 8:45PM – 10:30PM, at the WestJet Stage!

Like many artists, pursuing a career in music wasn’t the first choice for Hsieh. In fact, he entered law school at first. However, he dropped out later to study music at the University of British Columbia where he majored in piano and percussion.

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Celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at Harbourfront Centre!

In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, STREETSIDE presented by CIBC is bringing Pan American music to the sidewalks and boardwalks of Toronto, Markham and Hamilton this month. The show kicked off on August 8th at Ontario Square, at Harbourfront Centre, and runs until Saturday, August 24 with final concerts along Bloor Street and The Beaches boardwalk in Toronto.

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Battle of the divas: Chiqui Pineda vs. Josie de Leon

What better way to finish off the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival than a singing showdown between two of Toronto’s top Filipino voices? Diva to Diva with Josie de Leon and Chiqui Pineda will take place on August 18th from 5PM to 6PM on the Redpath Stage!

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