Summer Festivals 2019
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.
June 28 – July 1
This four-day festival to celebrate Canada Day 2019 will include four days of outdoor programming on the Concert Stage, Stage in the Round, and other auxiliary programming. The themes will focus largely on music and the Canadian Songbook, with each artist performing at least one cover and original song that relates to the CDN Songbook.
July 12–14 and July 19–21
“We know what we are but not what we may be.” Does your true potential lie somewhere hidden beneath the grind of everyday monotony? Are we ready to take that chance and enter our second act? Politicians who paint, criminals who practice law, comedians who carve canoes. They will inspire us to unearth what we may one day become, no matter what we are today.
Co-produced with Tirgan
Tirgan is the largest Persian Festival in the world. Through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, food and crafts, Tirgan Festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional art and culture of Iran. Tirgan Biennial of 2019 celebrates Unity and the precious state of unity in diversity as the essential ingredient for peace and prosperity among people.
Experience the richness of Caribbean culture, through dance, workshops, family activities and music! Join us for a celebration of the many music genres that represent the Caribbean diaspora, with a spotlight on the renaissance of roots music, led by young emerging artists like Etana and the new generation of conscious reggae musicians who use their voices to address modern issues relevant to today’s Caribbean community.
Habari Africa Festival
Presented by Batuki Music Society
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.
Barbados on the Water
Experience the best of Barbados right here in Toronto! Enjoy free concerts, tasty cuisine, children’s activities and more as the waterfront comes to life during the largest cultural celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada.
TaiwanFest – “Riding the wave with Vietnam”
Co-produced with ACSEA
As a continuation of the Dialogues with Asia series, TaiwanFest will be celebrating diversity through explorations of roles of women in society, interracial and cross cultural marriage, and the concept of an adopted homeland.
Labour Day Weekend
August 30 – September 2
Big Voices, Big Stages: Wrap up summer at Harbourfront Centre with an eclectic array of musicians who bring down the house with their larger than life sound.