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Summer Festivals 2020

For vendors who are new to Harbourfront Centre, we are renowned as Canada’s foremost facility for contemporary culture. During the summer, we present a schedule of music and cultural weekends across our ten-acre site, some of which are themed around specific cultural communities.

Please note that all programming is subject to change.

Canada Day

July 1 and July 3–5

This celebration of Canada Day 2020 will include outdoor programming on the Concert Stage, the Stage in the Round, and other auxiliary programming from well-known and emerging Canadian artists in a variety of musical genres.


July 10–12 and July 17–19

BRAVE will highlight senior artists who jump out of the groove, avoid the rut and continue without faltering to create in a contemporary milieu. Gone is the fear of failing or disappointing. Removed are the filters we use when we were younger. This multi-disciplinary festival will challenge the status quo and make sure we never discount seniors again.

Island Soul

July 31 – August 3

Island Soul’s focus will be around the theme of Family Reunion. The ideas that we will explore will look at unity, togetherness, and reflecting on everyone gathering this weekend to celebrate just like family. No matter what Caribbean/Afro-Latino/French background or genres displayed, we want to communicate that we are unified by the love of music. In honour of Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday, we will be paying homage in form of a tribute concert during the weekend. We will be celebrating the weekend through music, dance, film, comedy, craft, V.A and family activations that may also include storytelling and workshops.

Habari Africa Festival
Co-produced with Batuki Music Society

August 7–9

Habari Africa festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that displays the rich and diverse cultures of Africa. It is an exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of the continent. The festival displays an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, arts and culture.


September 5–7

North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns to Harbourfront Centre. With over 200 artists and 80 events from more than a dozen countries, Ashkenaz showcases the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.

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