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Surprise yourself at this two-day exploration of experiential, boundary-pushing and unpredictable performance. This festival features artists who push "hot" buttons, challenge creativity, and embrace new frontiers of performance through comedy, music, dance and more.

 

Part of Hot Spot Summer 2011, a series of festivals and cultural events that run from Victoria Day weekend through to Thanksgiving!

Discipline:

Venue:

Arts & Animals of Colombia

1:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft

Family

Have fun while discovering the richness and vitality of Colombian culture through fun activities for kids led by Tridha Arts Association.

Cumbia with Me Dance Workshop

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Dance

Learning

Caliente Drum & Danz, under artistic director Martin Samuels, will teach you the steps from cumbia’s folkoric roots in Colombia to its evolution across South America and beyond.

Canadian Improv Games: Intro to Improv

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Family

Theatre

Learning

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spontaneous creation!

ˇA Cumbiar! with DJ El Machetero

2:00pm

Dance

Music

Dance along to DJ El Machetero as he explores the far reaches of cumbia‘s influence all day long.

The Second City’s Absolutely Positively Completely Made-Up Show

3:00pm

Family

Theatre

This side-splitting performance will tickle the funny bone of young and old alike with an hour of interactive improvisation and theatre games for the whole family.

SoundClash Shortlisted Artist: Young Empires

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Music

An electronic/world beat trio named by Entertainment Tonight Canada as “one of the most anticipated acts for 2011.” Part of SoundClash presented by NOW, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award.

Global Grilling Host: Catherine Jheon

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

A virtual United Nations of barbeque, the Global Grilling food series looks to highlight the hot spots of grilling around the world. Hosted by Catherine Jheon.

Global Grilling: Colombian-inspired BBQ by Top Chef Canada Competitor Chef Steve Gonzalez

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

Join Top Chef Canada competitor Chef Steve Gonzalez as he grills up some mouth-watering Colombian-inspired BBQ!

Canadian Improv Games: Intro to Improv

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Family

Theatre

Learning

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spontaneous creation!

The National Theatre of the World presents the Carnegie Hall Show

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Theatre

Grab a tux, a tie, a frock, or a boa and join us at the Harbourfront Centre debut of the Carnegie Hall Show!

ˇA Cumbiar! with DJ El Machetero

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Dance

Music

Dance along to DJ El Machetero as he explores the far reaches of cumbia‘s influence all day long.

Global Grilling: Argentinean Parrillada (BBQ) by Sky Ranch Restaurant

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Food

Join Sky Ranch Restaurant chef Favio Barenbaum as he grills up some simmering Argentinean Parrillada (BBQ)!

Global Grilling Host: Catherine Jheon

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Food

A virtual United Nations of barbeque, the Global Grilling food series looks to highlight the hot spots of grilling around the world. Hosted by Catherine Jheon.

Canadian Improv Games: Intro to Improv

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Family

Theatre

Learning

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spontaneous creation!

ˇA Cumbiar! with DJ El Machetero

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Dance

Music

Dance along to DJ El Machetero as he explores the far reaches of cumbia‘s influence all day long.

Scratch (from The Roots)

7:30pm

Music

Probably best known as a member of Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, Scratch is an emcee and one of the best beatboxers and vocal percussionists in the world.

Isis Salam

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Music

Setting off solo from her electro-rap project Thunderheist, Isis Salam continues to add her unique style and flair to everything she touches!

Tropical Bass Party with DJ eLman

9:00pm –10:00pm

Dance

Music

DJ eLman breaks down all preconceived notions of what Latin music should sound like with his distinct mix of tropical bass sounds from around the world.

Systema Solar

9:30pm –11:00pm

Music

Afro-Caribbean and Colombian folkloric music fused with hip hop, house, techno, breakbeat, breakdance, turntablism and live video performance.

Maori with Attitude! Workshop with Moana & the Tribe

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Music

Learning

Family

Join Moana & the Tribe at an exciting and informative workshop exploring the traditional Maori music and performance elements of haka and poi.

Arts & Animals of Colombia

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Craft

Family

Have fun while discovering the richness and vitality of Colombian culture through fun activities for kids led by Tridha Arts Association.

Pemetawe (Come & Play): Games of the Plains Cree

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Family

Theatre

Come learn the exciting Messekuche Kunek (The Handgame) and Wolf and Deer Game led by Kehewin Native Dance Theatre.

Hot Thoughts: Moana & the Tribe

2:00pm

Lectures

Music

Enter the collective mind of New Zealand-based roots-rockers Moana & the Tribe during this intimate and informative artist talk hosted by Denise Bolduc.

Global Grilling Host: Catherine Jheon

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Food

A virtual United Nations of barbeque, the Global Grilling food series looks to highlight the hot spots of grilling around the world. Hosted by Catherine Jheon.

Global Grilling: Brazilian-inspired BBQ by Caju Restaurant

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Food

Join Cajú Restaurant's chef and owner Mario Cassini as he grills up some Brazillian-inspired BBQ!

The Real Life Where’s Waldo? Game

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Family

Fake Waldos roam the Harbourfront Centre site. Audiences of all ages will get clues to the whereabouts of the real Waldo.

Hoop Dance Workshop with

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Dance

Learning

"Beany" John performs and leads a hoop dance workshop for audiences to learn about this rich form of storytelling dance.

Moana & the Tribe

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Music

This New Zealand-based outfit takes an eclectic brand of soul, reggae and funk and mixes it up with traditional Maori chants, haka and instruments.

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