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What’s On Calendar
August 7–13, 2017

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Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Monday, August 7, 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.

Limbo workshop with Caribbean Star

Monday, August 7, 2017
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Caribbean Star, the famous fire performer, gives a lesson in nimbleness and style while showing you how to limbo.

Limbo Workshop with Caribbean Star

Monday, August 7, 2017
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Caribbean Star teaches the playful challenge of the limbo dance!

Melorize

Monday, August 7, 2017
1:30pm – 2:00pm

Melorize bring the flavour of the French Caribbean world to life through a dance workshop. All are invited to participate!

Unik

Monday, August 7, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Unik, direct from Montreal, brings its uplifting Hatian sounds to the Stage in the Round on a breezy holiday Monday.

Calypso Stars

Monday, August 7, 2017
3:00pm – 6:00pm

A three-hour Caribbean music extravaganza of Toronto's best calypso and soca singers accompanied by a seven-piece house band led by Ossie Gurley.

Cuban Percussion with Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo

Monday, August 7, 2017
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo creates a landscape of percussive sounds in this hands-on percussion workshop.

DJ Tric Key

Monday, August 7, 2017
3:30pm – 6:00pm

DJ Tric Key brings the kompa zouk sound to keep the carnival feeling alive through the evening on the Ann Tindal Lawn.

Melorize

Monday, August 7, 2017
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Melorize bring the flavour of the French Caribbean world to life through a dance workshop. All are invited to participate!

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 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.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 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.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

Thursday, August 10, 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.

Fiddling for the 21st Century – Eh?!

Thursday, August 10, 2017
7:00pm

The three ace fiddlers of Eh?! play the hell out of Canadian and World traditions.

Dancing on the Pier: Afro-Cuban

Thursday, August 10, 2017
7:00pm –10:00pm

Join Organiko Band, Ritmo Caliente and C. U. Dance for a hot night of Latin dancing by the lake!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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!

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!

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

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

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