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From Mexican electronica to the joy of clowns and puppetry, this festival celebrates modern Mexico. Over three days we showcase the vibrancy, warmth and humour of the Mexican people. Generously supported by Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto.

 

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

Discipline:

Venue:

Day of the Dead Sculptures of the Linares Family

5:00pm –11:00pm

Visual Arts

Family

The most famous papier-mâché works in Mexico are the work of the renowned Linares family of artists. Come see their revered creations!

SoundClash Shortlisted Artist: Kids & Explosions

7:00pm – 7:30pm

Music

A critically acclaimed sample-based mash-up project by Josh Raskin. His short film, I Met The Walrus, was nominated for an Oscar in 2008.

Sugar Heat

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Music

With a repertoire that includes the hot grooves of the Latin Top 40, Sugar Heat delivers a high-energy performance that will have you dancing from start to finish!

Celso Piña

8:30pm –10:30pm

Music

Celso Piña, also known as "The Accordion Rebel," has risen to be one of the most notable figures in cumbia music, and one of the best musicians from Mexico and Latin America!

Lucha Libre Film Fest featuring El Santo and Blue Demon

9:00pm

Film

Two nights of films featuring the greatest Lucha Libre (Mexican Free Wresting) artists of all time: El Santo and Blue Demon!

Day of the Dead Sculptures of the Linares Family

12:00pm –11:00pm

Visual Arts

Family

The most famous papier-mâché works in Mexico are the work of the renowned Linares family of artists. Come see their revered creations!

Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Dance

Immerse yourself in Mexican culture through folkloric dance!

Mexican Kids Crafts

1:30pm – 7:00pm

Craft

Family

The Mexican Social & Cultural Foundation teach children how to make a variety of Mexican family crafts.

The Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana with Chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Food

Going beyond the clichés of tacos and burritos, chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari introduce and teach you the authentic tastes of Mexico.

Clowntime in Mexico

2:00pm

Family

Theatre

Join Double Double Mime & Clown’s artistic director Oscar Ortiz for an afternoon of clowning around!

Tastes of Mexico: Chef Francisco Alejandri

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Food

Chef Francisco Alejandri teaches you how to make Tinga Mini Tostadas (chicken) with lime and Chia Agua Fresca.

Marionetas de la Esquina

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Family

Theatre

One of Mexico’s leading puppet companies bring joy and imagination to the young and young at heart.

Mexico Today

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Lectures

Go behind the headlines and tourist brochures to discover the complexity of modern Mexico during this enriching lecture.

The Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana with Chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

Going beyond the clichés of tacos and burritos, chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari introduce and teach you the authentic tastes of Mexico.

Clowntime in Mexico

4:00pm

Family

Theatre

Join Double Double Mime & Clown’s artistic director Oscar Ortiz for an afternoon of clowning around!

El Fandanguito (Musical Bingo)

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Family

Learning

Join in on this fun and unique workshop based on the Mexican form of bingo called lotería!

Quique Escamilla

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

A multi-instrumentalist who fuses Latin American beats with flourishes of rock, reggae, pop, and jazz.

Clowntime in Mexico

6:00pm

Family

Theatre

Join Double Double Mime & Clown’s artistic director Oscar Ortiz for an afternoon of clowning around!

Tastes of Mexico: Tequila and Mezcal

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Food

Learning

During this workshop and tasting, experts from Mexico take you through the tastes and history of tequila and mezcal.

Dirty Maria

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Music

A sexy and fun blend of traditional Latin American rhythms with influences of jazz, funk and rock and roll!

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible

9:00pm

Music

Tradition and techno fuse to create the new sound of Tijuana.

Lucha Libre Film Fest featuring El Santo and Blue Demon

9:00pm

Film

Two nights of films featuring the greatest Lucha Libre (Mexican Free Wresting) artists of all time: El Santo and Blue Demon!

Day of the Dead Sculptures of the Linares Family

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Visual Arts

Family

The most famous papier-mâché works in Mexico are the work of the renowned Linares family of artists. Come see their revered creations!

Cecilia Guerrero

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Music

A not-to-miss Mexican Ranchera singer!

Fandango with Café con Pan and Friends

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Dance

Music

Café Con Pan’s son jarocho music and performances are guided by singer Kali´s uplifting voice and her effusive zapateado dancing!

Mexican Kids Crafts

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Craft

Family

The Mexican Social & Cultural Foundation teach children how to make a variety of Mexican family crafts.

The Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana with Chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Food

Going beyond the clichés of tacos and burritos, chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari introduce and teach you the authentic tastes of Mexico.

Amanda Martinez

2:00pm

Music

A distinctive Mexican-Canadian Latin jazz artist who blends flamenco inspired rhythms, Afro-Cuban beats and Mexican folk music.

Clowntime in Mexico

2:30pm

Family

Theatre

Join Double Double Mime & Clown’s artistic director Oscar Ortiz for an afternoon of clowning around!

Marionetas de la Esquina

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Family

Theatre

One of Mexico’s leading puppet companies bring joy and imagination to the young and young at heart.

Mexico Today

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Lectures

Go behind the headlines and tourist brochures to discover the complexity of modern Mexico during this enriching lecture.

The Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana with Chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

Going beyond the clichés of tacos and burritos, chefs Edmundo Escamilla and Yuri de Gortari introduce and teach you the authentic tastes of Mexico.

Clowntime in Mexico

4:00pm

Family

Theatre

Join Double Double Mime & Clown’s artistic director Oscar Ortiz for an afternoon of clowning around!

Mariachi Fashion Dance Fiesta

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Dance

Music

The festival’s grand finale directed by Hilda Panasiuk. Featuring Toronto’s top mariachi bands, Mariachi Mexico Amigo and Viva Mexico Mariachi, with a Mexican fashion show featuring the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company.

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