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The SoundClash Music Award Experience: Jessica Stuart

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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Don’t be sheepish – celebrate the Lunar New Year

Fun fact: Did you know that traditional Lunar New Year celebrations last for fifteen days! To ensure we are a part of this two week long celebration we, in partnership with Asian Canadian Special Events Association, are hosting our annual LunarFest ten days into the fifteen-day tradition, February 28-March 1. This memorable and lunarlicious two-day festival is infused with the …

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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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A January filled with jams at DJ Skate Nights

With 2014 coming to a close, the DJ Skate Nights series is officially in full effect. Kicking the season off this December was New York house music legend Jellybean Benitez and Toronto’s own Groove Institute. They were followed by 1LoveTO’s annual Holiday Skating Party, which saw over 600 of you take to the ice making it a party to remember. …

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Celebrate a legacy of dance music – on the ice

Through the curatorial lens of ‘seven generations’ we look at the DJs and parties that have pioneered dance music. We look to the legendary DJs who have blazed trails as well as the emerging generation of DJs now rocking Toronto’s dance floors. On December 13, NYC’s Jellybean Benitez – a house music legend — will play a set for skaters celebrating 30 years of house …

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Day of the Dead: A Carefully Crafted Celebration for the Entire Family

    Every year, Harbourfront Centre celebrates Latin American tradition with our Day of the Dead festival, presented by Scotiabank. Starting months in advance, the festival is carefully crafted to insure our title as “Toronto’s Most Authentic Day of the Dead Celebration,” remains true. Key to this process is the festival’s lead artistic associate, Umair Jaffar, who shared some of …

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Day of the Dead Arrives at Harbourfront Centre

After months of preparation and anticipation, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to welcome Toronto to our Day of the Dead celebration, presented by Scotiabank. Patrons will be able to explore the annual Mexican tradition of honouring the dead, including ofrendas, music, dance and more. Whether you’ve celebrated in years past or are experiencing the festival for the first time, there is truly …

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A mile a minute with 60×60 Dance Toronto

In this interview with Tova Kardonne, the producer of 60×60 Dance Toronto, she describes the exciting programme as, “a little crazy and chaotic.” Coming to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre on October 16, the show is comprised of 60 one-minute dance works set to to 60 one-minute pieces of music. Ambitious? Certainly. Exciting? Definitely. “There is always something new and interesting going on,” says …

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Let’s say shalom to summer with the largest chagiga in Toronto

 School, reality and regular working hours are looming ahead of us – summer is coming to an end. Before all of this takes place, as Canadians we need to have one last celebration to say farewell to our summer. This Labour Day long weekend check out the 10th biennial Ashkenaz Festival and forget about the fall and what lies ahead. Come with friends, family or yourself and witness the diversity of Jewish culture with over 250 visiting artists from around the world. This is one chagiga(party) you won’t want to miss.

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Ken Hsieh pays tribute to some of the greatest Taiwanese filmmakers of our time

“I couldn’t make this movie without the help of Taiwan” – Ang Lee, during his Oscar acceptance speech  for Life of Pi Ang Lee, the first person of Asian descent to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Director — among other awards — is the brilliant mind behind films like Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Life of Pi. Born …

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