July 25-31, 2011
Week 30 of Year 2011

Organization of Calypso Artistes - Calypso STARS Showcase

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:30 PM - 10:00PM

A Two-and-a-half hour show hosted by storyteller/author Itah Sadu will feature eight of the most popular and original calypso songs to be chosen from the 2011 Calypso Tents Music Series (CTMS), an event that takes place around Toronto over five weekends in June and early July and presented by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes.

July 27, 2011

Soft-voiced hero

Thursday, July 28, 2011 7:00 PM

Music for string trio and oboe by Mozart, Beethoven and Britten performed by Sharon Lee, Marcin Swoboda, Judith Manger and Caitlin Broms-Jacobs.

July 28, 2011

Plenty Jump-Up Riddims!

Friday, July 29, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:00PM

Panman Pat and Jeff Walcott bring the rhythmic sounds of Caribbean summer to life on their travelling steel pan drums! Come and "jump-up" or bring your own percussion instrument and join in!

July 29, 2011

SoundClash Shortlisted Artist: Saidah Baba Talibah

Friday, July 29, 2011 7:00 PM - 7:30PM

A rock/soul songstress who’s been described as Living Color-meets-Erykah Badu.

July 29, 2011

3canal

Friday, July 29, 2011 9:00 PM - 11:00PM

Renowned Trinidadian rapso/calypso band promote their Music Liberation Front while performing rapso music – an excitingly energetic music of consciousness informed by the spirit of soca, calypso and kaiso fused with “the power of the word in the rhythm of the word.” In partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company Ltd.

July 29, 2011

Kalinda Stick Fight Performance & Workshop

Saturday, July 30, 2011 1:30 PM - 2:30PM

Watch the martial art/dance performance practiced to the accompaniment of drumming call and response, join in singing the lavweys (songs) to cheer on the stick fighters, and learn the basics to compete in your own stick fight at the Island Soul “gayelle” (stick fighting arena), with the drummers and dancers of the Keith Pascall Performing Company.

July 30, 2011

The Tobago Speech Band Workshop

Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00PM

A masquerade consisting of four-to-six players accompanied by a band of musicians playing the fiddle, the tambrin hand drums and a triangle. In partnership with the Tobago House of Assembly, Division of Culture and Community Development.

July 30, 2011

Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steel Pan

Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:30 PM - 3:30PM

This workshop with Joy Lapps of Drum Artz Canada provides children with a hands-on experience with the steel pan, iron instruments and skin drums!

July 30, 2011 14&16

Northbuck & Happy Feet: From the Street to the Stage

Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:30 PM

Canada’s best krumping group, Northbuck, alongside Toronto’s best jerkin’ group, Happy Feet, come together to bring a live interactive dance performance to the stage of Island Soul. Exposing the roots of urban dance they are sure to leave you entertained with their street riddims.

July 30, 2011

Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steel Pan

Saturday, July 30, 2011 4:30 PM - 5:30PM

This workshop with Joy Lapps of Drum Artz Canada provides children with a hands-on experience with the steel pan, iron instruments and skin drums!

July 30, 2011 14&16

Make Your Own Island Soul Riddim Shakers!

Saturday, July 30, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00PM

Want to keep the riddim wit you everywhere you go? Come make some colorful and fun riddim music shakers and make your own riddims to take with you!

July 30 - August 1, 2011

LIVE DJ / Nino Brown

Saturday, July 30, 2011 6:00 PM

Join us for a live DJ set on August long weekend with Nino Brown, founder of Toronto’s biggest queer hip hop/dancehall party, YES YES Y’ALL.

July 30, 2011

Caribbean Island Rhythms

Saturday, July 30, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:00PM

Get intoxicated with the sounds, movements and colours of the Caribbean during this captivating dance performance!

July 30, 2011

Elaine "Lil'Bit" Shepherd

Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:00PM

A fiery, outspoken female voice in a reggae world dominated by men!

July 30, 2011

Treasure Isle Sounds featuring Natty B and Friends

Saturday, July 30, 2011 9:00 PM - 9:30PM

Your one-stop “shop” for the best reggae music!

July 30, 2011

Steele

Saturday, July 30, 2011 9:30 PM - 11:00PM

This dynamic and sensational reggae musician has a versatility and range that defies restriction to any one genre! Hosted by Dwight Drummond of CBC News Toronto.

July 30, 2011

Heart Beats

Sunday, July 31, 2011 1:30 PM

Trinidad-born Muhtadi, founder of Toronto’s popular Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, introduces you to the original drum beats and "riddims" from various regions and countries in this interactive, performance-based workshop.

July 31, 2011 13&17

SUNDAY SCENE / Marie Collier

Sunday, July 31, 2011 2:00 PM

Marie Collier, currently an Animateur at The Power Plant, speaks about the current exhibitions.

July 31, 2011

Dancehall Reggae Dance Class

Sunday, July 31, 2011 4:00 PM - 4:30PM

Enjoy 30 minutes of fun, low-impact dancehall reggae!

July 31, 2011

Soca/Calypso Dance Class

Sunday, July 31, 2011 4:30 PM - 5:00PM

Get your flags and your towel ready, get ready to jump up and wave.

July 31, 2011

Heart Beats

Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:00 PM - 5:30PM

Trinidad-born Muhtadi, founder of Toronto’s popular Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, introduces you to the original drum beats and "riddims" from various regions and countries in this interactive, performance-based workshop.

July 31, 2011 13&17

Socacize Jam Session with DJ Dr. Jay!

Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:00PM

A vigorous and exciting Caribbean workout featuring a soundtrack by DJ Dr. Jay!

July 31, 2011

Sing, Sing, Sing... Some Jamaican Songs!

Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:30 PM - 6:00PM

Sing along with the Heritage Singers! In partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee, a prelude to 2012 – Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

July 31, 2011

Africa Lives in Jamaican Beats!

Sunday, July 31, 2011 6:00 PM - 6:30PM

The African beat is in the songs and dances of Jamaica. Drummer Sam Donkoh of the Heritage Singers will entice you to jump, skip, dance and laugh with the beat and feel it deep in your heart. In partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee, a prelude to 2012 – Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

July 31, 2011

Carnaval Cubano!

Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:00 PM

Drummers, dancers, traditional Cuban carnival characters and audience interact to celebrate a colorful and vibrant parade!

July 31, 2011

Evin Lake

Sunday, July 31, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:00PM

Hailing from a long line of culturally-conscious reggae vocalists, Evin Lake’s Canadian debut may be a new “discovery” for many Caribbean music enthusiasts!

July 31, 2011

Mutabaruka Live (with Hot Thoughts)

Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:30 PM - 11:00PM

World-renowned Jamaican poet Mutabaruka sets his political, social and religious verse to music. The art is commonly referred to as "dub poetry" or "reggae poetry," but Mutabaruka prefers not to limit his work with labels. His words are spoken in Jamaica's popular language, in the venerated tradition of the country's first "people's poet" Louise Bennett.

July 31, 2011

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

For details inquire at the Info Desk or call 416-973-4000.

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