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Join us for this annual Mexican festival honouring the dead. Featuring artists from Mexico, traditional music, food, stories and more, our Day of the Dead festival celebrates life while paying tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Featuring Mexican artists Carlomagno Pedro Martinez, Jorge Morenos and others.

Hands-on Clay with Carlomagno Pedro Martinez

12:00pm – 5:30pm

Sit down and try your hand at working with clay while chatting with visiting artist Carlomagno, a renowned artist from Oaxaca.

Learning

Community Ofrendas (altars)

12:00pm – 6:00pm

The ofrendas of various community groups will be on display all weekend, each with a distinct theme related directly to Day of the Dead.

Family

Mexican Market Place

12:00pm – 6:00pm

The Mexican Market Place features a variety of crafts to choose from: Mexican Day of the Dead figures and crafts, textiles, jewellery, chocolate drinks, Day of the Dead bread (pan de muerto) and more!

Shopping

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

1:00pm

The dramatic and lively performance by this much-loved local dance troupe will be specially choreographed to present dances dedicated to the traditions of the Day of the Dead.

Dance

Day of the Dead Children's Face Creations and Crafts

1:00pm – 5:30pm

Makeup artists transform children's faces into traditional-looking Day of the Dead skulls ("calaveras").

Family

Learning

Pedro Montejo and His Guitar

1:30pm – 2:00pm

The soft sounds of the acoustic guitar will set a quiet mood over the Lakeside Terrace between food demos and family dance instruction.

Music

¡Dándole a la tradición! (Giving to the Tradition)

2:00pm – 4:00pm

A collaborative concert bringing together performers, from distinct traditions, who are engaged in a contemporary exploration of Mexican folk music. Featuring Jorge Moreno Salazar, Café con Pan and friends (pictured), and Jorge Lopez.

Music

Food Demo with ChocoSol

2:00pm – 3:00pm

ChocoSol demonstrates the making of chocolate drinks from cacao beans to the finished product.

Food

Pedro Montejo and His Guitar

3:00pm – 4:00pm

The soft sounds of the acoustic guitar will set a quiet mood over the Lakeside Terrace between food demos and family dance instruction.

Music

Folk Dance Workshop with the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Accompanied by guitar music, members of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company will engage families in learning a traditional Mexican circle dance. Everyone join in!

Dance

Learning

Chloë Sayer in conversation with Carlomagno Pedro Martinez

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Mexican popular culture expert Chloë Sayer sits down for a chat with visiting artist Carlomagno Pedro Martinez.

Lectures

Food Demo with Rebozos

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Rebozos demonstrates a traditional dish of pork ribs with chipotle.

Food

El Alma de México (The Soul of Mexico)

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Acclaimed Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes introduces each episode in this documentary TV series on Mexican history.

Film

Viva Mexico Mariachi

5:00pm – 6:00pm

During Harbourfront Centre's Day of the Dead festival, mariachis culminate the day’s events and help restart the cycle of life.

Music

Hands-on Clay with Carlomagno Pedro Martinez

12:00pm – 5:30pm

Sit down and try your hand at working with clay while chatting with visiting artist Carlomagno, a renowned artist from Oaxaca.

Learning

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