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Island Soul, August 4–7, 2017

Curatorial Statement

Canada’s Caribbean currents go back for over a century. For many denizens, the sounds of reggae, soca and calypso are an integral part of the Canadian music scene. This year’s Island Soul looks at the long history of Caribbean contributions to the Canadian cultural landscape.

Using the key themes of acoustically speaking, musically speaking, oral histories, and visually ours, Island Soul explores different themes in Caribbean culture that reflects the diversity and rich legacy of the Canadian Caribbean identity, one that goes beyond the stereotypes and fosters a nuanced understanding of the different ways Caribbean cultures manifest in the past, present and the future.

We take a look at the long time players as well the trending movements in the Canadian Caribbean music legacy. Welcome to the waterfront for a little bit of Island Soul.

Island Soul Festival’s Advisory Committee includes extraordinary leaders in the Caribbean Canadian community. Comprised of Danae Peart, Eddie Bullen, Jenynne Mayard, Nation Cheong, Kevin Ormsby and Tasha Thomas, all committee members have a lifetime of working within the arts and Caribbean culture. We thank them immensely for their counsel and support. Special thanks as well to our partners CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, as well as Noble Works Entertainment and DJ Chocolate, who brought so much to our programme this year.

A program of the complexity and size of Harbourfront Centre’s 2017 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for more than 38 years, have worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.

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