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What’s On Calendar
August 6–12, 2018


Harbourfront Centre is disappointed to announce that serious infrastructure issues have forced the closure of its iconic outdoor waterfront rink this winter.

We are also deeply disappointed that we must cancel our 2020–21 skating season, including our Learn to Skate program, as we were all looking forward to getting outside and skating on one of the most beautiful rinks in the city. Learn more here.

Harbourfront Centre continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. For the health and safety of all our staff and our volunteers, our patrons, supporters and the community, and in line with the advice and guidelines of Toronto Public Health, we will be closed to the public until further notice. Learn more here.

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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.

There's always something happening at Harbourfront Centre!

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

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