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Island Soul - August 1-4

The cultural legacy of the Caribbean comes to Toronto's waterfront for four days of music, dance, food, film and more.

Curatorial Statement

Island Soul strives to be a meeting place for communities to express and explore their identities through a vibrant celebration of music, dance, language, food, film, workshops and more, as the cultural legacy of the Caribbean comes to Toronto’s waterfront for four days.

Island Soul offers up a diverse multi-arts programme informed by the stories that have sustained and inspired the generations of communities that call these island nations home. We explore these themes by bringing together established artists who have left their mark on the culture alongside emerging artists who pay homage to this artistic heritage as they blaze their own paths.

Island Soul will feature diverse artistic expressions, independent voices and thinkers who have influenced the past, present and future of island culture and are actively adding to the already rich island legacy.

— Nadine McNulty, Guest Artistic Associate
— Sergio Elmir, Artistic Associate

Festival Kompa Zouk Toronto showcases the cultures and values from here and abroad. This year at Harbourfront Centre, as part of the Island Soul festival, we will be the meeting place between the memory of the Creole culture and the input of the new generation.

— Jennyne Mayard, Artistic Director, Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario
— Howard Benjamin, Artistic Associate

Top Canadian calypso and soca singers are featured along with the 2013 Calypso Monarch of the U.K., performing their latest hits in a last-lap concert that also includes steel pan and traditional carnival mas characters.

— Roger Gibbs, Artistic Director, Organization of Calypso Performing Artists


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Nadine McNulty

Artistic Associate, Lead

Sergio Elmir

Artistic Associate

Mary Luz Mejia

Guest Artistic Associate

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Natalie Buckley

Administrative Assistant, Events

Nasseem Hakimian

Administrative Assistant, Events

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Shanlee Jackson

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

Special Thanks to Organization of Calypso Performing Artists

Roger Gibbs

Artistic Director

Special Thanks to Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario

Marie-Jennyne Mayard


Howard Benjamin

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Malicka Soraya Mayard

Head of Administration

Manoushka Dumé

Artistic Associate, Lead

Sari Jean-Francois

Production Coordinator

Jenna Valaydon

Administrative Coordinator

Claude Jérome

Production Logistics

Manousheka Leonne

Artistic Associate

Emilio François

Vendor Coordinator

Geraldine Dumé

Volunteer Coordinator

Adolphe Fougère

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
* Some exceptions apply
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