10 things you need to know about Ballroom culture

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We’re only a few days away from The #artlive Vogue Ball, which is the official launch of our World Stage 2014 season. For those of you 007s that are still in the shade about what the ballroom culture is all about, we’ve compiled a list of ten things you NEED to know.

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Q&A with international comedian Frankie “Trixx” Agyemang


Multi-talented comedian Frankie Agyemang, better known as Trixx, is joining a side splitting all-star comedy line-up during Kuumba Comedy Night: Celebrating our Identity. A regular on Much Music’s Video On Trial, Trixx has built a strong reputation, performing — locally and abroad — alongside acts like Russell Peters and Aries Spears.

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Kuumba: showcasing the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities

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“Kuumba” – the Swahili word for “creativity” – has become synonymous with showcasing the best local, national and international artists of African and Caribbean heritage at Harbourfront Centre during Black History Month. This February, Kuumba returns with an amazing programme of events that range from musical performances, comedy and dance, to a soca jam on ice. There is literally something for everyone.

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Winter is (almost) here


This past weekend’s HarbourKIDS: Thanksgiving festival, unfortunately, marked the end of a long, albeit very exciting, summer season. However, that also means that an exciting winter season is around the corner. Harbourfront Centre is the perfect winter escape, offering up a plethora of diverse programming. We truly have something for everyone as the temperature begins to drop.

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Taiko drumming at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

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Nagata Shachu is a Japanese taiko-drumming band based in Toronto. They use taiko drums, a traditional Japanese instrument, to play new, innovative, and exciting music.

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White Jade: traditional with a twist

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White Jade is a band from China that adds a twist to traditional Chinese music by adding electronic rhythms and pairing it with high-tech visuals to create a live performance that is out of this world. The group has been together for almost two years and has already released their debut self-titled album. It was recorded overseas in England, with …

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From Haiti to Canada: CaRiMi


Carlo Vieux, Richard Cavé, and Mickael Guirand – together, they form CaRiMi, one of Haiti’s most popular bands.

Formed in 2001, they left Haiti to pursue their musical dreams in New York. That summer, their single Ayiti Bang Bang became a hit and they rose to fame. Their accolades include top rankings on Billboard over countries including Haiti, Canada, and parts of Europe.

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Googoosh Music Academy finalist Neda Seyedi closes out the Tirgan Festival


To close out the 2013 Tirgan Festival, Neda Seyedi from the Googoosh Music Academy will be performing live at Harbourfront Centre!

Googoosh is an Iranian pop star and actress. She’s a veteran in the Iranian music industry, having been active for 39 years. Together with musical experts Babak Saidi and Hooman Khalatbari, she has started a singing competition called Googoosh Music Academy; it can be described as the Iranian version of The X-Factor.

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Dive into Ritmo Y Color, a diverse Latin American experience


Ritmo y Color showcases the cultural tapestry and vibrancy of today’s diverse Latin American communities. Now in its ninth edition, the festival features some incredible grooves from the likes of Chilean superstars Chico Trujillo, the Canadian debut of 3Ball MTY and Toronto singer Amanda Martinez among others. among others. To top it off, there’s mouth watering food (think Empanada Throwdown), family activities, tons of awesome Latin dance, workshops and more.

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SoundClash Music Award shortlist announced

Brace yourselves for the third annual Soundclash Music Awards coming to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre July 12, 13, and 14.

The 2013 SoundClash Festival is sure to be a highlight of your summer. This live (local) music competition/festival is hosted annually by Harbourfront Centre to give independent artists’ within the GTA a chance to showcase their unique music to over 45,000 thousand people who stop by over the three-day festival. Applicants began applying on April 1 of this year in hopes of competing for the top spot. Over 200 applications were received and six lucky finalists were chosen to perform.

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