music

Meet the Artist: David Rudder

We had a few questions for one of the most successful calypsonians of all time, David Rudder, who brings his powerful, genre-defying sound to Harbourfront Centre as part of Island Soul‘s stellar lineup on August 6.

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Re-Quickening – Inter-Nation Connections on Turtle Island

By: Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre In March 2016, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Santee Smith and a main collaborator and composer of Re-quickening, Cris Derksen travelled to Mexico City to work with musician and healer Humberto Álvarez, who specializes in Indigenous Mexican instrumentation and vibration healing techniques. Working internationally requires keeping up with busy artistic schedules, …

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“Scribes from the Tribe”

By Malik Al Nasir – A protégé of Gil Scott-Heron and a student of The Last Poets. One of the biggest influences on my life was Gil Scott-Heron. He was an accomplished author, poet, musician and teacher. He encouraged me to become productive and to explore the possibility of academia through poetry. After a traumatic childhood, I travelled away to …

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Celebrate the past, present and future at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead festival

Toronto’s longest running Day of the Dead celebration returns this year for its twelfth edition. Presented by Scotiabank, this two-day festival includes a diverse range of events that are sure to make for a remarkable experience. From face painting and traditional mariachi music, to dance performances and calavera (sugar skull) decorating, to kids’ crafts, our Day of the Dead festival …

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Thank you for being part of another great Planet IndigenUS festival!

This past August, Planet IndigenUS celebrated the very best of Indigenous arts and culture with the co-production between the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This was the fourth time that the acclaimed multi-disciplinary festival has occurred and over the course of ten years, the festival has grown into the largest Indigenous arts festival on …

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Celebrate Urban Fridays at Harbourfront Centre

Friday’s at Harbourfront Centre encompass a combination of three events: Magnetic Beats, DJ Deep Fried Fridays, and WestJet Stage concerts. All of which make an exceptional toast to the beginning of the weekend and end of a work week. These events focus on urban and electronic music, dance and snack-y, deep fried food, all while expanding the urban arts and …

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Habari Africa’s feature film: Timbuktu

By: Alexander Bordokas The upcoming Habari Africa festival (August 14-16) is full of incredible music, dance classes and lots of other fun programming fit for a beautiful Toronto summer. While the incredible live music shows, like Awa Sangho, Rocky Dawuni and Magma Sounds, usually get the most attention, one of the little gems of programming that I personally can’t wait for is …

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Toronto’s largest Pan Latin festival returns, July 17-19

Get ready for the 10th edition of Ritmo Y Color at Harbourfront Centre, July 17-19. This three-day festival showcases myriad artistic talents including dance, rhythm, craft, film, art, sport and music through the lens of traditional Latin American culture with contemporary aesthetics. Hustle on down to Harbourfront Centre for three days of non-stop exhilarating fun. Not to mention – it’s completely FREE! Some of …

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Fire up your Fridays with deep fried treats, DJs, dance crews and more

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with FLOW 93.5, delivers an electrifying start to your weekend every Friday from July 3 – September 4. Each Friday features deep-fried delicacies, DJs, dance crews and big name artists from around the globe on the WestJet Stage. There is nothing this Friday night affair is missing, except a ticket price – it’s free! Your Friday …

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Put your hands together for the top five finalists in the SoundClash Music Awards

The shortlist for the SoundClash Music Awards have been announced and it’s music to our ears. With a range of cutting-edge artists and sounds from across the GTA, their performances on July ­­­11 at the Party on the Block festival will be sure to impress all music enthusiasts from a diversity of genres. Let’s meet our finalists: Above Top Secret …

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