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Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Beats, Breaks & Culture! BBC has evolved into one of the country’s most influential electronic music festivals and a perennial favourite in the World Routes line-up.

 

The festival continues to pursue, dissect, celebrate and showcase some of the best national and international electronic music and culture.

 

Curatorial StatementAcknowledgments

Discipline:

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AMP YOUR GAME National Gaming Tour

6:30pm –12:00am

80 gaming stations, hundreds of the hottest games, a live DJ, surprise celebrity appearances and a national search for the best gamer in Canada!

Long & McQuade Lounge

7:00pm –11:00pm

Music

Showcasing some of the best DJs and electronic artists from Toronto and Canada.

“Once Upon a Time in the East” LADYTRON IN CHINA

7:00pm

Film

With tour stops in Shenzhen, Guangzhou in Guangdong province, Chongqing and Shanghai municipalities, this documentary features press conferences, interviews, live performance footage and more.

Apolonia and Gadfly

7:30pm

Dance

A dance performance celebrating the fifth anniversary of Harbourfront Centre’s Beats Breaks and Culture festival.

Poni Hoax

8:00pm

Music

An iridescent musical flame laced with infectious, nearly fatal melodies.

Beats, Breaks & Vogue!

9:00pm

Dance

Experience the high energy dance of the Vogueing Ninjas.

Ladytron

9:30pm

Music

Four identical figures stand on stage, blasting out edgy pop anthems with Teutonic flair and twisted outlook. This is Ladytron.

MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music

10:00pm

Film

Film charts the meteoric rise of South Asian electronic music in 1990s Britain. Featuring Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, State of Bengal and others.

MIXMOTION

10:30pm

Music

Toronto based VJ crew known for rocking parties with their unique visual performances.

Ladytron After Party featuring DJ Mira

10:30pm

Music

Bonus DJ set from Ladytron’s Mira.

PTR 10 Year Anniversary Party

10:30pm

Music

Public Transit Recordings is an independent record label breaking down sound barriers since 1998. Tonight showcases the label's roster and affiliates in a dynamic exposition of Live Electronic Music!

AMP YOUR GAME National Gaming Tour

12:00pm –12:00am

80 gaming stations, hundreds of the hottest games, a live DJ, surprise celebrity appearances and a national search for the best gamer in Canada!

Long & McQuade Lounge

1:00pm –12:00am

Music

Showcasing some of the best DJs and electronic artists from Toronto and Canada.

Children’s Break Dancing Workshop

1:00pm

Family

Dance

Learning

Come and learn all of the latest b-boy and b-girl moves to get you ready for the freestyle dance off!

DJ Dirty Dale

1:00pm

Music

Spinning deep soulful House music!

Woodhands

2:00pm

Music

Armed with a decidedly unironic keytar, dirty analog synths and complex but danceable beats, Woodhands are hell-bent on connecting with their audience and getting the room bouncing.

BEATS, BREAKS & CUTS

2:00pm

Family

Free Retro Haircuts in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of BBC!

BEATS, BREAKS & GRAFFITI

2:00pm

Visual Arts

Watch the first ever Graffiti competition happening on the four corners of the Lawn.

The Upsetter: The Music and Genius of Lee “Scratch” Perry

2:30pm

Film

Equally a documentation of a musical culture and a fascinating character study, The Upsetter documents Perry’s influence on all reaches of the globe.

Dance Workshop with Jae Blaze

2:30pm

Music

Joyful high school dance-off, to frenetic Roc-the-Caribana jump-up, to tongue-in-cheek cultural satire to predatory lip-licking booty-shaking man-eating hotness!

Family Spray Chalk Mural

3:00pm

Family

Families use non-toxic “spray chalk” to create a mural that celebrates the 5th year of BBC!

Beats, Breaks & Dance DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) Gaming Tournaments hosted by Dork Army

3:00pm

Dance

Energize yourself on the dance floor with DDR!

Tortured Soul

3:30pm

Music

Sultry dance-floor productions with seasoned songwriting talent.

DJ Dirty Dale

3:30pm

Music

Spinning deep soulful House music!

Pop, Lock and Load-Semi Finals

4:30pm – 8:00pm

Dance

Teams from all over the globe will compete for $1500 in a battle of all battles.

MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music

5:00pm

Film

Film charts the meteoric rise of South Asian electronic music in 1990s Britain. Featuring Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, State of Bengal and others.

Thunderheist

8:00pm

Music

Stealing thunder so you move that ass, the duo dubbed Thunderheist unleashes serious electrocrunk boom bap.

Beats, Breaks & Vogue!

9:00pm

Dance

Experience the high energy dance of the Vogueing Ninjas.

Crystal Castles

9:30pm

Music

An uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth.

Rise - The Story of Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie

10:00pm

Film

The Rave scene has spawned stories of wild, wonderful fun alongside stories of depressing self-destruction. And then...there is the story of Disco Donnie!

MIXMOTION

10:30pm

Music

Toronto based VJ crew known for rocking parties with their unique visual performances.

POP, LOCK & JAM

10:30pm – 2:00am

Music

National and international breakers battle it out with DJ’s spinning tunes with an Old School vibe.

7th Heaven featuring resident DJs Will Munro and Jaime Sin

10:30pm

Music

Sensual, luxurious, idiosyncratic, mysterious, and raw ...this is music that will take you from the dazzling neon disco lights and send you across the galaxy.

AMP YOUR GAME National Gaming Tour

12:00pm –12:00am

80 gaming stations, hundreds of the hottest games, a live DJ, surprise celebrity appearances and a national search for the best gamer in Canada!

Long & McQuade Lounge

1:00pm – 8:00pm

Music

Showcasing some of the best DJs and electronic artists from Toronto and Canada.

Children’s Break Dancing Workshop

1:00pm

Family

Dance

Learning

Come and learn all of the latest b-boy and b-girl moves to get you ready for the freestyle dance off!

Event Horizon Dance

1:30pm

Dance

Bringing together modern dance and break dance, mixing a wide variety of rhythmic movements and styles.

BEATS, BREAKS & CUTS

2:00pm

Family

Free Retro Haircuts in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of BBC!

BEATS, BREAKS & GRAFFITI

2:00pm

Visual Arts

Watch the first ever Graffiti competition happening on the four corners of the Lawn.

Hip-Hop Karaoke Toronto

2:00pm

Music

We provide the lyrics, live DJ with original instrumental and a cheering crowd!

Planet B-Boy

2:00pm

Film

How a street dance from New York evolved into an inspiring art form for a new generation around the world.

Family Spray Chalk Mural

3:00pm

Family

Families use non-toxic “spray chalk” to create a mural that celebrates the 5th year of BBC!

Shad

3:00pm

Music

An energetic live personality, unparalleled freestyle skills, and the unique ability to strum the guitar and rap simultaneously.

Beats, Breaks & Dance DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) Gaming Tournaments hosted by Dork Army

3:00pm

Dance

Energize yourself on the dance floor with DDR!

Katie Stelmanis

3:30pm

Music

Armed with a keyboard and backed by a wall of pre-assembled midi madness, Katie Stelmanis' music is endlessly evocative.

Pop, Lock and Load

4:30pm

Dance

Teams from all over the globe will compete for $1500 in a battle of all battles.

newmindspace

4:30pm

Music

Electronic DJ’s - Crash, TouchBoy and Unabomber, spin new sounds in the closing celebration of 5 years of BBC.

The Upsetter: The Music and Genius of Lee “Scratch” Perry

5:00pm

Film

Equally a documentation of a musical culture and a fascinating character study, The Upsetter documents Perry’s influence on all reaches of the globe.