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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Celebrating five years of the SoundClash Music Awards

This year, Harbourfront Centre presents the fifth edition of the SoundClash Music Awards. To mark the occasion, we’ve given the idea of “letting the city hear your sound” a fresh new take. For this year’s competition, the five finalists will all perform at July’s Party on the Block, a brand-new weekend festival celebrating diverse street cultures from around the world. Hundreds of Toronto-area …

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vox:lumen, a historic experiment in staging sustainability

As World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explains in the video above, vox:lumen began as a casual conversation between herself, colleague Lynanne Sparrow and choreographer William Yong, of Zata Omm Dance Projects. But that conversation turned into something history-making: the first Canadian dance/theatre experiment in staging sustainability at this scale. Yong had been ruminating on the ways dance, technology, energy supplies and the …

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From the Artistic Director: All Our Happy Days Are Stupid

Every bubble needs a bit of air. Welcome to World Stage 2015 and another season of diverse, international and contemporary performance. You’ve seen the line-up, now let World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explain, in-depth, the story and context behind her curatorial choices. First up, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, running February 11 to 14. There are so many angles I could …

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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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Thrice as nice

Triple Bill is a sophisticated mixed program from Toronto Dance Theatre featuring two remounts and one premiere, running November 4–8. The three pieces in this program are a reflection of TDT’s highly collaborative approach to performance. Triple Bill presents mini-challenges to the audience and introduces different approaches to the work that Toronto Dance Theatre does, as well as the responsibility given to the …

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Great vendors to visit during Ashkenaz festival

This weekend marks the return of North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture, the 10th biennial celebration of Ashkenaz! This year there will be over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries showcasing the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion. In our Lakeview Market and World Café, be sure to check out Chokka Jewellery, Designs by Nature, Eli’s Body Shop, Beavertails, Free Times Café and Burgy’s!

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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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Crookie? What’s that?!

Oh the good ol’ Crookie has taken the world by storm. Invented by pastry chef Olivier Jansen-Reynaud for a competition, the Crookie has gone viral on the internet and been dubbed the food of the internet for 2013 by Perez.

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