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August 2018

Nagata Shachu: Kakki (Spirit)

Thursday, August 2, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Inspired performances on thunderous Japanese taiko drums, bamboo flutes, and shamisen by Toronto's Nagata Shachu. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Latin Fusion

Thursday, August 2, 2018
7:00pm –10:00pm

Celebrate the rhythms of Latin America with twelve-piece Cuban group Changui Havana and dance instructor Meagan Hesham! Part of Dancing on the Pier.

Black Reaction

Friday, August 3, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Black Reaction is an award winning soundcrew from Toronto known for their original speeches and on-point mixing.

Nana McLean

Friday, August 3, 2018
8:00pm – 9:00pm

With such hits as “Nana’s Medley,” “Let Me Cover You” and “I Will Follow You,” JUNO Award-winning artist Nana McLean is Canada’s Queen of Reggae.

Black Reaction

Friday, August 3, 2018
9:00pm – 9:30pm

Black Reaction is an award winning soundcrew from Toronto known for their original speeches and on-point mixing.

Gyptian & Friends

Friday, August 3, 2018
9:30pm –11:00pm

This event has been cancelled.

Willi Williams

Friday, August 3, 2018
9:30pm –11:00pm

Enjoy a high-impact, international flavour performance featuring music from an original foundation member of the reggae genre!

Afiwi Groove Presents WE ARE with Sanaaj Mirrie

Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Come groove, with live drumming and dance as you affirm and express yourself through West African movements.

The Recipee Band

Saturday, August 4, 2018
3:00pm – 4:30pm

With more than 20 years of professional experience among them, The Recipee Band continues to wow audiences with the “perfect recipee” of rock, soul, funk, country, jazz, reggae and blues sounds.

Afiwi Groove Presents WE ARE with Sanaaj Mirrie

Saturday, August 4, 2018
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Come groove, with live drumming and dance as you affirm and express yourself through West African movements.

Kirk Diamond

Saturday, August 4, 2018
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Kirk Diamond, winner of Reggae Recording of the Year for Greater at the 2018 JUNO Awards, performs on the Concert Stage.

Island Soul Late Night

Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:00pm – 2:00am

“Tun up” at the city's hottest roots-reggae after-party with the DJ talents of Noble Works Entertainment! 19+ licensed event.

Pan Fantasy

Sunday, August 5, 2018
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Enjoy family steel pan workshops from one of the leading pan bands in the country, and stay until their last set for a special performance!

Afiwi Groove Presents I AM with Sanaaj Mirrie

Sunday, August 5, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Come groove, affirm and express yourself through west African dance movements.

Calypso Stars

Sunday, August 5, 2018
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Calypso Stars, a community collaboration between Harbourfront Centre and the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA), is the premiere stage for original and innovative Canadian calypso and soca.

Pan Fantasy

Sunday, August 5, 2018
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Enjoy family steel pan workshops from one of the leading pan bands in the country, and stay until their last set for a special performance!

Pan Fantasy

Sunday, August 5, 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Enjoy family steel pan workshops from one of the leading pan bands in the country, and stay until their last set for a special performance!

The Recipee Band

Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:00pm – 8:30pm

With more than 20 years of professional experience among them, The Recipee Band continues to wow audiences with the “perfect recipee” of rock, soul, funk, country, jazz, reggae and blues sounds.

DJ Tasha Rozez

Sunday, August 5, 2018
9:00pm –10:30pm

Get ready to rocksteady as DJ Tasha Rozez gets you into the Island Soul weekend vibe!

Gospel Explosion

Monday, August 6, 2018
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Experience music that is life changing, with a variety of dynamic artists that will take you to the heavens and back.

Bageshree Vaze, Vineet Vyas and Rajib Karmakar: Satyam (Truth)

Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The story of Savitri, a young woman who fights the Lord of Death to save her beloved, is brought to life in this original piece featuring Bageshree Vaze, Vineet Vyas and Rajib Karmakar. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

The Rat Pack

Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00pm –10:00pm

Inspired by the 60s Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford – Toronto All-Star Big Band revives rhythmic jazz and bossa nova beats, while Swing Toronto teaches the accompanying moves. Part of Dancing on the Pier.

DJ Marvin B

Friday, August 10, 2018
7:15pm – 8:00pm

DJ Marvin B spins an intoxicating mix of sounds from across the African continent.

Songs of the Azmari

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Azmaris (Ethiopian singer-musicians) Abebe Fikade and Mimi Zenebe share their talents and the musical traditions of Ethiopia.

Fatoumata Kouyate & Mabinty Sylla – Guinè

Friday, August 10, 2018
9:00pm

This talented balafonist, singer, percussionist, and founder of Groupe Djéliguinet et ses Enfants is descended from a live of griots, and member of the National Theatre Troupe of Guinea and Amazones Women Drummers.

Sona Jobarteh

Friday, August 10, 2018
9:30pm

The first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African Griot family breaks away from tradition as a modern-day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition.

Afro Dance MozAfro Dance Workshop

Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:30pm – 2:00pm

Pulga Muchochoma will share his unique Mozafro (Mozambique-Afro) style of movement, which combines traditional dance with Afro-Fusion styles and popular dances of Nigeria, Ghana and Angola.

Indian Ocean Roots

Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:30pm – 2:00pm

Indian Ocean Roots is a group of women who have come together to represent regions of Africa, including the Comoros Islands, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Slimflex

Saturday, August 11, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Born Felix Appiah Korang, Ghanaian singer/songwriter Slimflex is one of Toronto's most promising urban artists.

Siraba: Djembe Workshop with Master Drummer Amadou Kienou

Saturday, August 11, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join master drummer and griot Amadou Kienou at the Siraba ("the meeting place on the road" in Malinke) as he shares the universal language of the djembe drum.

South Sudan Acholi Cultural Dance Group

Saturday, August 11, 2018
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Enjoy exciting performances of traditional dances like the Larakaraka, Bwola and Dingi-Dingi, which have been passed down through generations.

Balafon Village with Adama Daou

Saturday, August 11, 2018
4:30pm – 6:00pm

With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone.

Haiba & Hassan el Hadi

Saturday, August 11, 2018
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Two oud masters bring to life the desert sounds of North Africa, crossing cultural borders from Marrakech to El Obeid and weaving a tapestry of sounds that celebrate their rich musical heritages.

DJ Moussa with Fumu Jahmez

Saturday, August 11, 2018
6:00pm – 6:30pm

DJ Moussa delivers an intoxicating mix of different musical genres as dancer and choreographer Fumu Jahmez performs.

Barnes/Woldemichael Ethio-jazz Quartet

Saturday, August 11, 2018
6:30pm – 7:15pm

Canadian Drummer Daniel Barnes and Ethiopian saxophonist Girma Woldemichael perform original music of diverse cultural origins alongside Ethio-jazz classics.

Africa All-Stars

Saturday, August 11, 2018
8:00pm

This star-studded collective unites the talents of JUNO award-winning musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together promising to keep attendees dancing non-stop.

The Black Stars

Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:00pm

The Black Stars is a coalition of afro-influenced dancers, combing styles such as Azonto, Kuduro and Ndom, under the visionary direction of Esie Mensah, one of the top dancers and choreographers in Canada.

The Ace of Africa

Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:40pm –11:00pm

The Ace of Africa features a talented line-up of musicians that deliver an exhilarating mix of Congolese and popular dance music. Singer/songwriter Blandine joins the group for this special performance.

Alpha Yaya Diallo

Sunday, August 12, 2018
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Triple JUNO Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo has earned a matchless reputation internationally for musical excellence and the excitement of his live shows, whether playing solo or with his band, Bafing.

Afrohouse Dance with Albena de Assis

Sunday, August 12, 2018
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Learn some of the basic steps for Afrohouse, a dance style popular in a number of African countries!

Neema Children's Choir

Sunday, August 12, 2018
2:30pm

This choir of children from across Africa, who have been orphaned due to civil war, AIDS and under-developed social systems, raises their voices in songs of love, gratitude and praise.

Sebseb Belu Ethiopian Dance Workshop

Sunday, August 12, 2018
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Rebecca Omer and Samuel Bekele will be giving you a tour around Ethiopia as they teach you the dances of the Tigray, Amhara, Gurage, Oromo and Wolayta.

Balafon Village with Adama Daou

Sunday, August 12, 2018
3:30pm – 5:00pm

With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone.

Élage Mbaye

Sunday, August 12, 2018
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Senegalese master drummer Élage is a descendant of a griot family, and music, dance and percussion are all part of his life.

The Bombadils: Fiddles and Banjos and Guitars, Oh My!

Sunday, August 12, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Bombadils bring their irresistible mix of Celtic and Appalachian music and original songwriting. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Tich Maredza Band with Ruth Mathiang & Elvis Bokosha

Sunday, August 12, 2018
4:30pm – 5:30pm

JUNO Award-winner Tich Maredza creates music that is an acoustic guitar-based fusion of Zimbabwean rhythms with Afrojazz, powered by messages of hope, inspiration, love and awareness on issues affecting mankind.

AfroFusion Dance Workshop with Esie Mensah

Sunday, August 12, 2018
5:00pm – 5:45pm

AfroFusion is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with hip hop, dancehall, soca, contemporary, house and more.

West African Dance workshop with Mabinty Sylla & Fatoumata Kouyaté

Sunday, August 12, 2018
5:30pm – 6:00pm

Join dancer Mabinty Sylla and musician Fatoumata Kouyaté for a fun and challenging workshop on West African dance!

Sadakah featuring ijo vudu Dance Company

Sunday, August 12, 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the ijo vudu Dance International parade to the centre of Habari Africa Festival! Everybody is welcome to join, drum, dance, clap and sing along.

Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka: Faces of the Violin

Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka perform classical and traditional music on violin, mandolin and the 9-string hardanger fiddle. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Ladies of Swing

Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:00pm –10:00pm

Swing and sway to live music with views of the waterfront! Toronto All-Star Big Band and Niagara Lindy Hop celebrate the legendary lady swing singers from the 1920s to the 1950s. Part of Dancing on the Pier.

Daraa Tribes (Morocco)

Friday, August 17, 2018
8:00pm – 9:00pm

With each member originating from a different tribe, Daraa Tribes presents a fusion of ancestral tribal music, Saharan blues and the voices of a desert oasis in their Toronto debut.

Vieux Farka Touré (Mali)

Friday, August 17, 2018
9:30pm –10:45pm

Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré captivates with his dazzling speed and dexterity, and a unique sound rooted in Malian blues, rock and reggae.

Panel Conversation: WOMAD 30

Saturday, August 18, 2018
1:00pm

Gain insight into the climate that launched a community-based international festival and changed the perception of music in Toronto. Participants include Denise Donlon (Moderator), Ann MacKeigan, Lillian Allen, Rob Bowman and Derek Andrews.

Sahba Motallebi and Naghmeh Farahmand

Saturday, August 18, 2018
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Two remarkable rising stars of Persian classical music, among the few women performing it, modern tar and setar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi and renowned percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand. Get your tickets today!

Mexico, Cielito Lindo Fest 2018 presents Folkloric Ballet of Universidad Veracruzana in Para Bailar La Bamba, roots of Veracruz

Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:00pm

The Folkloric Ballet of Universidad Veracruzana is a Mexican dance company that has achieved worldwide fame with the unique style they have been developing over four decades. Now you can enjoy this show in Toronto for the first time!

Kalàscima (Italy)

Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:00pm – 9:00pm

One of Italy's hottest bands, Kalàscima is rocking the ancient trance rhythms of tarantella squarely into the 21st century.

La Dame Blanche (Cuba, France)

Saturday, August 18, 2018
9:30pm –10:45pm

With her explosive mix of hip-hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, Cuban artist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez delivers a powerful and compelling sound during her Toronto debut.

Cénacle: Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Sunday, August 19, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Delightful arrangements of scenes and arias from Mozart's operas, performed on historical clarinet, viola and violone by Cénacle. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Las Cafeteras (USA)

Sunday, August 19, 2018
5:30pm

Pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms with an LA-alternative edge and political message close out this year’s Small World Music Festival. Travel to the past and listen to the future of the Americas in one show!

InTabula: Elas mon Cuer

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Montreal duo InTabula performs intimate, intricate instrumental versions of late medieval love songs. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Music of the Latin Caribbean Islands

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00pm –10:00pm

Journey through Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic with music by Victor Yanqui y Orquesta Fantasia, and learn new moves with “Salsa Guru” Frank Bishun on our open-air dance floor. Part of Dancing on the Pier.

“Fête with the Philippines” – Concert by Maestro Ken Hsieh

Friday, August 24, 2018
8:00pm –10:00pm

Maestro Ken Hsieh returns with the Toronto TAIWANfest Orchestra in a feast for the eyes and ears, featuring Auba Children’s Choir and the talented 13-year-old cellist Jamie Chan. Presented by Mandarin Restaurants

Auba Children’s Choir

Saturday, August 25, 2018
12:30pm – 9:00pm

From Taiwan’s mountains and plains come the Indigenous Rukai tribe’s Auba Children’s Choir. Discover the art of the Rukai as these elementary students share song, dance, art and crafts!

Auba Children’s Choir

Sunday, August 26, 2018
12:30pm – 6:00pm

From Taiwan’s mountains and plains come the Indigenous Rukai tribe’s Auba Children’s Choir. Discover the art of the Rukai as these elementary students share song, dance, art and crafts!

Confluence: Baroque Dance

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Confluence presents a delightful program of chamber music and dance from the French Baroque, featuring Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière and soprano Emma Hannan. Part of Summer Music in the Garden.

Electro Swing

Thursday, August 30, 2018
7:00pm –10:00pm

Feel the beat as Toronto All-Star Big Band blends traditional swing jazz with house, hip-hop and EDM music for an electrifying new sound, as dancers from Ritmo Caliente teach accompanying moves. Part of Dancing on the Pier.

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

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

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