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August 11–13, 2017

Ydessa Hendeles: The Milliner's Daughter

Friday, August 11, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm

The Power Plant presents Ydessa Hendeles' first retrospective exhibition at a public institution.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Our summer exhibitions include Legacies 150, co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada, a collection of stories from Canadians of all walks of life reflecting on legacy and inheritance through photography.

Lakeview Market

Friday, August 11, 2017
6:00pm –11:00pm

The Lakeview Market features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more.

Food Vendors

Friday, August 11, 2017
6:00pm –11:00pm

Grab some food and take in the view. Our food vendors are an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA, and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.

DJ Moussa featuring dancer Fumu Jahmez

Friday, August 11, 2017
7:15pm – 8:00pm

DJ Moussa delivers an intoxicating mix of different musical genres that includes zouglou, coupe decale, makossa, mbalax, ndombolo, hi-life, naija, zouk, kizomba, salsa, hip hop and R&B. One of Toronto's popular dancers and choreographer Fumu Jahmez, will join DJ Moussa to heat up the stage with his dance moves.

Daniel Nebiat and Tiruedel Zenebe

Friday, August 11, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Eritrean krar player and vocalist Daniel Nebiat, member of the 2017 JUNO award winning group, Okavango African Orchestra performs on the Concert Stage with vocalist Tiruedel Zenebe, a popular performer of traditional and contemporary Ethiopian music.

Rhythm Umurisho

Friday, August 11, 2017
9:00pm – 9:30pm

Burundian drumming group Rhythm Umurisho captivates with their intoxicating rhythms and intricate stick-handling techniques.

Noumoucounda Cissoko

Friday, August 11, 2017
9:30pm –11:00pm

Noumoucounda Cissoko explores the explosive possibilities of the kora, as he cleverly moves between genres, from blues and jazz to hip-hop and rock, fused with his griot traditions, Senegalese pop and mbalax.

Ydessa Hendeles: The Milliner's Daughter

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm

The Power Plant presents Ydessa Hendeles' first retrospective exhibition at a public institution.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017
12:00pm – 6:00pm

Our summer exhibitions include Legacies 150, co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada, a collection of stories from Canadians of all walks of life reflecting on legacy and inheritance through photography.

Food Vendors

Saturday, August 12, 2017
12:00pm –11:00pm

Grab some food and take in the view. Our food vendors are an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA, and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.

Lakeview Market

Saturday, August 12, 2017
12:00pm –11:00pm

The Lakeview Market features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more.

Mandé Foli Kan (Mandingo Music Groove)

Saturday, August 12, 2017
1:00pm – 1:45pm

Mandé Foli Kan brings to life the musical traditions of the ancient Mandingo Empire of West Africa in a rich polyrhythmic conversation between the djembe and balafon in the hands of master drummer and griot Amadou Kienou of Burkina Faso and master balafon player Adama Daou of Mali.

Shekere - African Rhythm Shakers Crafts

Saturday, August 12, 2017
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Join in the fun and learn to make your own African rhythm shekere!

Moko Jumbie Stilt Dancing Workshop

Saturday, August 12, 2017
2:00pm – 5:00pm

An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.

African Blues with “The Professor” Adam Solomon

Saturday, August 12, 2017
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Juno award winner "Professor" Adam Solomon is a master guitarist and composer. He sings in English, Swahili, and Mijikenda (the Nine Tribes from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast). The "Professor" creates a unique sound that combines acoustic African blues and jazz, spiced with traditional coastal East African rhythms.

Sebseb Belu Ethiopian Dance Workshop

Saturday, August 12, 2017
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Rebecca Omer and Samuel Bekele take you on a tour of Ethiopia as they teach you the dances of the Tigray, Amhara, Gurage, Oromo and Wolayta.

Oware Canada Games

Saturday, August 12, 2017
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Join the excitement as Oware, Africa’s most popular board game played in the many Caribbean Islands and around the world, comes to Habari Africa.

Lanaya African Cultural Group

Saturday, August 12, 2017
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Lanaya African Cultural Group presents traditional dances and drumming rhythms from Guinea, West Africa including Doundounba, a traditional “dance of strong men” performed to settle disputes; Macru, a celebratory dance done after the harvest by young men and women; and Djankadi, a popular ceremonial dance from lower Guinea.

Sangele Traditional Head-wrap Workshop

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:00pm – 4:30pm

Learn the creative art and cultural traditions of SANGELE, traditional African head-wraps in this workshop led by Sani Abu Mohammed of ijovudu Dance Company. In the African continent head-wraps have many different styles, materials and tying techniques and are a symbol of beautification for any special occasion.

Ndombolo Dance with Greg H’Side Samba

Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Come discover and learn about Ndombolo, a hip-swinging dance alternating between fast and slow paced movements with dancer/choreorgrapher Greg Samba.

Film: Ghosts of Our Forest

Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

After an indigenous tribe is violently removed from its forest home, the survivors are left to reconcile with the ghosts of their ancestors as they struggle to maintain their cultural identity.

Africanish Style Fashion

Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Designers Diellia Touré and Penda Soumaré from Africanish Style will present the latest trends in African clothing, traditional jewellery, shoes and miscellaneous items created and designed for your style.

Sebseb Belu Cultural Group

Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Sebseb Belu, a group consists of passionate and talented youth, performs dances from around Ethiopia, north, south, east and west.

EMAN the Warrior

Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, EMAN The Warrior is an inspirational singer songwriter based in Ottawa, able to inspire and entertain at the same time.

Na Folike Workshop with master Djembefola Amadou Kienou

Saturday, August 12, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Bring the djembe drum to life with master drummer and griot Amadou Kienou! Learn the origins and role of the drum in Africa. Djembe is a Malinke word meaning “uniting people,” and this West African instrument speaks a universal language that people of all origins can learn.

Balafon Village Workshop with Adama Daou

Saturday, August 12, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone, that UNESCO has named as a masterpiece of intangible heritage.

Two Ways to Heaven

Saturday, August 12, 2017
7:00pm – 9:30pm

A case of two missing youth joins the fates of a group of Ethiopian immigrants, a low-level drug dealer, a corrupt cop and a business tycoon during the most scandalous time of the city and its mayor. Two Ways to Heaven is an Ethiopian-Canadian film production based on true events.

Dieufaite Charles

Saturday, August 12, 2017
7:15pm – 8:00pm

Dieufaite Charles is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and soulful voice whose music reflects a mix of his Haitian roots with African rhythms, which he calls “African Soul” or “Zantray Dafrik” in his Creole language.

Blandine

Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Through her music Blandine pours her heart and soul by fusing various Congolese genres. Her unique and soulful jazzy vocal style appeals not only to those with a broad music knowledge but also those who are great Congolese music fans.

DJ Moussa featuring dancer Fumu Jahmez

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9:00pm – 9:45pm

DJ Moussa delivers an intoxicating mix of different musical genres that includes zouglou, coupe decale, makossa, mbalax, ndombolo, hi-life, naija, zouk, kizomba, salsa, hip hop and R&B. One of Toronto's popular dancers and choreographer Fumu Jahmez, will join DJ Moussa to heat up the stage with his dance moves.

Africa Sings: A Celebration of African Music in Canada

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9:30pm –11:00pm

Don't miss this memorable gathering of artistic excellence that features Cheka Dioubate and JUNO winning musicians Donne Roberts, Madagascar Slim, Kofi Ackah, Tichaona Maredza, Sadio Sissokho and Ebenezer Agyekum.

Late Night featuring Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:30pm – 2:00am

A virtuosic approach to the guitar has made Diblo Dibala one of the top instrumentalists of modern African music. Known as “Machine Gun” for his speed and skill on the guitar, Diblo Dibala was born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). This is music for the dance floor!

Ydessa Hendeles: The Milliner's Daughter

Sunday, August 13, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm

The Power Plant presents Ydessa Hendeles' first retrospective exhibition at a public institution.

Food Vendors

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 7:00pm

Grab some food and take in the view. Our food vendors are an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA, and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.

Lakeview Market

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 7:00pm

The Lakeview Market features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:00pm – 6:00pm

Our summer exhibitions include Legacies 150, co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada, a collection of stories from Canadians of all walks of life reflecting on legacy and inheritance through photography.

Ubuntu Drum and Dance

Sunday, August 13, 2017
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Ubuntu (I Am Because We Are) Drum and Dance Theatre is a grass root children’s group committed to celebrating African culture and history through drumming, dance and theatre.

Let's Drum and Dance for Life! Workshop with Njacko Backo

Sunday, August 13, 2017
1:00pm – 1:45pm

Let's Drum and Dance for Life! brings together people of all ages to learn about percussion, African culture and cooperation

Moko Jumbie Stilt Dancing Workshop

Sunday, August 13, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm

An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.

Shekere - African Rhythm Shakers Crafts

Sunday, August 13, 2017
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Join in the fun and learn to make your own African rhythm shekere!

Haiba: Songs from Western Sudan

Sunday, August 13, 2017
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Abdel Wahab Haiba is an accomplished oud player, singer and composer from El Obeid City in Western Sudan. His ensemble features a line-up of leading Sudanese musicians, with Tarig Shanga on bongos, Hamid Ismail on bass guitar and Misara Gandhi on accordion.

Sunday Scene: Ivana Dizdar

Sunday, August 13, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ivana Dizdar is a Toronto-based artist and curator. She recently presented a solo project at the European Centre for Culture and Debate in Belgrade and received a Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Support Award for her latest curatorial project at 8-11 Gallery, which she co-directed from 2015 to 2017. Dizdar will discuss Ydessa Hendeles’ exhibition The Milliner’s Daughter.

Oware Canada Games

Sunday, August 13, 2017
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Join the excitement as Oware, Africa’s most popular board game played in the many Caribbean Islands and around the world, comes to Habari Africa.

Sangele Traditional Head-wrap Workshop

Sunday, August 13, 2017
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Learn the creative art and cultural traditions of SANGELE, traditional African head-wraps in this workshop led by Sani Abu Mohammed of ijovudu Dance Company. In the African continent head-wraps have many different styles, materials and tying techniques and are a symbol of beautification for any special occasion.

Balafon Village Workshop with Adama Daou

Sunday, August 13, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone, that UNESCO has named as a masterpiece of intangible heritage.

Power Kids: Family Trees

Sunday, August 13, 2017
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Ydessa Hendeles’ The Milliner’s Daughter, includes a photograph of the artist at age six, taken by her father soon after her family immigrated to Canada. Inspired by the artist’s story of migration, this program will reflect your family’s growth. Each participant, working closely with their adult companions, will create a colourful tree structure that will grow and change as they learn about their family members. After choosing what kind of tree your family might resemble, use wire and wood to build the main structure and add small leaves or fruits to represent family members.

Nhapitapi Mbira

Sunday, August 13, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Nhapitapi – a Shona word meaning sweet sounds – is a dynamic ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers and dancers, who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst.

Aruna Narayan and Jasmeet Chana: Ragas in the Garden

Sunday, August 13, 2017
4:00pm

North Indian ragas performed by sarangi virtuosa Aruna Narayan, Jasmeet Chana (tabla), and Anuroop Kalle (tanpura).

Kpanlogo Dance Workshop with Isaac Akrong

Sunday, August 13, 2017
4:00pm – 4:30pm

Learn the steps and rhythms of this fisher-folk dance with dancer, choreographer, instructor and researcher Isaac Akrong. Fun for all ages!

Film: Mali Blues

Sunday, August 13, 2017
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Mali Blues tells the story of four female and male musicians from the West African country, Mali, who espouse with their music a tolerant Islam and a country at peace. Mali Blues is a powerful testament to Mali's music and a tribute to the resilience of its people.

Neema Children’s Choir

Sunday, August 13, 2017
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Neema Children's choir – representing children in Uganda and the rest of Africa who have been orphaned due to the effects of civil war, AIDS and under-developed social systems – raise their voices in songs of love, gratitude and praise, testifying to the hope that brough them through unimaginable challenges.

Afrofusion Dance Workshop with Esie Mensah

Sunday, August 13, 2017
5:30pm – 6:00pm

Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with dance styles such as hip hop, dancehall, soca, contemporary, house and more. Esie Mensah’s Afrofusion Dance Workshop is fun for all ages!

Sadakah featuring ijo vudu Dance International

Sunday, August 13, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sadakah means to give. Inviting our divine deities to give us the energy to spread blessings. Alubarika! Join the ijo vudu Dance International parade to the centre of Habari Africa. Everybody is welcome to join, drum, dance, clap and sing along!

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

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

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