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Canada Day: Going Global presented by CIBC at Harbourfront Centre
FREE festival celebrates Canadian and international trailblazers

TORONTO, ON (*May 30, 2012) – It’s Canada’s 145th birthday, and Harbourfront Centre is celebrating our nation’s big day with a FREE four-day festival of world-wide proportions. Join us over the holiday weekend, Friday, June 29-Monday, July 2, for Canada Day: Going Global presented by CIBC.

Canada is a place where cultures collide, producing a constant and rich output of creativity and innovation that seems disproportionate to our population. Whether it’s a group like Airplane Boys, who have been turning international hip-hop heads, or the humble poutine and its rise through the international gourmet scene alongside local chefs who are reinventing it, the world is paying attention to what we have to offer.

This Canada Day, Harbourfront Centre highlights and celebrates the achievements of trailblazers and influential art forms that have left their mark on both the Canadian and international cultural landscape with a variety of music, dance, literary, culinary, family and other performances and activities.

Highlights of Canada Day: Going Global include:
Music from hip hop crew Airplane Boys, soul-and-more from Zaki Ibrahim, a reunion of Toronto funk band Crack of Dawn, the return of Hidden Cameras, legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg, Rasta-bluesman Corey Harris and more;
Iron Chef: Poutine Edition with Micah Kennedy (Jamie Kennedy Kitchens), David Neinstein (Barque Smokehouse) and Stephen Pynn (Bannock);
• International dance-crew throwdown The Call Out;
• A Poetry Slam hosted by the Toronto Poetry Project;
• …And much more!

Listings information is below. For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place. For more information visit

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DJ Manifest (Fri, June 29 at 7 p.m., Sat, June 30 at 7 & 9 p.m., Sun, July 1 at 7:30 & 9 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Moving flawlessly from House to Top40, Hip Hop to Rock, Reggae to Soca DJ Manifest is a gifted professional at his craft and easily one of Canada's more experienced and highly regarded radio and club personalities.

Airplane Boys (Fri, June 29 at 10 p.m.)
Toronto’s Airplane Boys are set to take off in their hometown as they already have outside of Canada: One of a handful of Canadian acts at Coachella, the group has toured the world alongside Snoop Dogg and is pushing musical boundaries, sending synth-infused mixtapes and striking videos into the hearts, minds and booties of the international hip hop masses. The band’s governing body, the Beau Monde Collective, is a multi-disciplinary art collective that transform their live sets into a multi-media experience.

Corey Harris (Sat, June 30 at 2 p.m.)
Corey Harris is a master of connecting seemingly disparate genres into a mesmerizing whole, whether creating a “Rasta Blues” sound or joining Mississippi to Mali with the legendary Ali Farka Toure. Harris was featured on The Blues, Martin Scorsese’s 2003 mini-series, appeared on Johnny’s Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, collaborated with Billy Bragg and Wilco on Mermaid Avenue, and, in 2007, was named a MacArthur Fellow, receiving what is commonly known as the “genius grant” of half a million dollars.

Spectrum: Global Bollywood Music (Sat, June 30 at 4 p.m.)
Part of the Spectrum initiative (see Dance event listings) Global Bollywood highlights the genius of celebrated music directors through live music and interactive dance.

Toronto All-Star Big Band (Sat, June 30 at 7 p.m., Sun, July 1 at 6:30 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 5:30 p.m.)
An exciting young orchestra delivering a smart musical production steeped in nostalgia, made new with fresh exuberance and startling talent. Offering one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada, the group engages top young artists in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and master classes offering rare opportunities for the next generation.

Johnny Clegg (Sat, June 30 at 9:30 p.m.)
An influential South African musician who helped bridge racial and cultural divisions in South Africa and abroad, Clegg is also known as the “White Zulu” for his combination of Western pop with Zulu rhythms. Clegg formed Savuka, the first inter-racial band of note in South Africa, and has sold over five million copies over his three decades of work.

Crack of Dawn (Sun, July 1 at 2 p.m.)
By being the first Canadian black band to sign with a major label, Crack of Dawn made it possible for other black, local and indie acts to cross over into the mainstream. Formed in Toronto in 1974, their funk-RnB-disco blend quickly developed a large following on the local club scene and eventually attracted Columbia Records, who signed the band in 1975. The band performed through the 70s and into the 80s, reuniting in the latter half of the decade before its members went on to various mainly music-related, careers. This show is a reunion more than 25 years in the making. A Meet & Greet with the band follows the show, at 3:30 p.m.

“O Canada” Singing Competition (Sun, July 1 at 4 p.m.)
Put your own spin on our national anthem by submitting your version of “O Canada” to our Facebook O Canada page. A short list of winners will be determined by a panel of judges, and the finalists will sing off on Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre. For more info, visit and

Zaki Ibrahim (Sun, July 1 at 8 p.m.)
Canadian-born South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim’s music spans the urban musical spectrum, incorporating a diverse collection of influences from soul to house and hip hop and beyond. She’s shared stages with the Roots, Mos Def, Bedouin Soundclash, Erykah Badu, DJ Fresh, Saul Williams, K’Naan, Tumi and the Volume and more. In 2009, Zaki was named NOW ’s artist of the year and received a Juno nomination for the song “Money.” Her highly-anticipated third release, Every Opposite, is set for a June 2012 release.

Hidden Cameras (Sun, July 1 at 9:30 p.m.)
After several years’ absence from Canadian stages, Toronto’s favourite “gay church folk” group treks home from Berlin, bringing their special brand of indie pop music. Their collaborative approach to music has included members of Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy and more, helping to create the conditions for the recent Toronto musical explosion and attracting international attention to their music and hometown. The band’s recorded output (7 albums, 9 singles) has been released on Toronto’s Arts and Crafts and UK outfit Rough Trade, while their elaborate live shows feature go-go dancers, choirs and string sections.

SING! Toronto Vocal Art Festival Tent (Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Canada Day: Going Global festival partners with SING! Toronto Vocal Art Festival to bring a preview to all things a capella under the SING! Umbrella. Come by and visit the tent to listen to the sounds of a range of vocal artists.

Iron Chef: Poutine Edition (Sun, July 1 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)
Experience the high stakes of gourmet cooking as chefs compete over the iconic Canadian food that is poutine, incorporating the always-entertaining and challenging secret ingredient. Featuring Micha Kennedy of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, David Neinstein of Barque Smokehouse and Stephen Pynn of Oliver & Bonacini’s Bannock. The judges: writer, researcher and Gemini-nominated Food TV producer/director Mary Luz Meija; Karon Liu, resident food writer at The Grid; David Dupuy, the Agrifood attaché at the Bureau du Quebec in Toronto; and celebrated author, owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen and host of The Cookworks, Donna Dooher. The event is hosted by chef, emcee, food consultant, caterer, food entertainer and co-host of Daytime (Rogers Television), Christian Pritchard.

Taste Canada in Season
At Taste Canada in Season we highlight fresh Canadian-grown and -harvested food currently in season.

Pizoccheri Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto (Sun, July 1 at 4 p.m.)
In partnership with Toronto Garlic Festival, Executive Chef Anne Sorrenti leads an inspiring cooking demo of a family-friendly recipe that highlights Canadian produce currently in season. Fresh Ontario garlic scapes – which come from the top part of the garlic plant and have a mild garlic taste – are the key to this dish, which will show kids and parents how easy it is to make your own pasta.

Lake Erie Pickerel with Sautéed Wild Leeks and Double Smoked Bacon (Sun, July 1 at 5 p.m.)
In partnership with Slow Food Toronto, chef Kristin Donovan, proprietor of fish supplier Hooked, demonstrates this recipe for Lake Erie pickerel.

The Call Out (Fri, June 29 at 7:30p.m., Sat, June 30 at 5 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 3 p.m.)
The Call Out is reaching out to all BBoy/BGirl crews across the globe to meet in one destination to create an urban cultural collision amongst the dance community. Hosted by Benzo from Bag of Trix. Visit to get in on the action.

Come Dance With Me, Canada
Come learn new dance styles with family-friendly dancing lessons. All weekend long, we encourage interaction with audiences through our theme, the power of the collective.

Dance Xpression (Fri, June 29 at 7 & 9:30 p.m., Sat, June 30 at 2:30 & 7 p.m., Sun, July 1 at 5, 7:30 & 9 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 1 & 3:30 p.m.)
Alongside DJ Manifest, the founders of Dance Xpression providing all-ages workshops, performances and interactive dance freezes. From Sizzling Caribbean Moves to Hip-Hop Boot Camp, Dance Vixen, Jazz Funk and much more, there’s something to get everyone moving.

Iroquois Social Dances with Gadaihongwas (Sun, July 1 at 3 p.m.)
The history and culture of the Iroquois is entwined with the traditional social songs and dances that are still carried out. Gadaihongwas will lead audiences through a workshop of various Iroquois dances and the associated values and etiquette.

Spectrum is an exciting new initiative in programming created by Pratibha Arts highlighting the global influences of Toronto’s dance and musical landscape and featuring local musicians collaborating to showcase the underlying commonalities and intersections between cultural styles.

Spectrum: Global Bollywood Dance (Sat, June 30 at 2 p.m.)
This workshop showcases the global influences of India’s film music through live music and interactive dance.

Games from around the World (Sat, June 30 at 1 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Learn about – and, of course, play – the games kids play around the world. Some were made popular by immigrants to Canada, others are homegrown creations.

Family Breakdance Worshop (Sat, June 30 at 3 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Canada’s own world-renowned b-boy Corrie Daniels (aka Benzo) leads a workshop to teach the whole family all you’ll need to know about breakin’.

Interactive Dance Activities (Sat, June 30 at 1 p.m., Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
All-ages interactive activities to get the whole family moving and grooving.

Canada Day Crafts (Sat and Sun, June 30 and July 1 at noon, Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Canada Day is all about celebrating our nation, and what could be more fun than taking a little piece of our country home with you? Come to the HarbourKIDS Tent and learn how to make a craft that will give you shade and help you show your Canadian pride: maple leaf sun glasses!

Giant Chess & Checkers (Sat, June 30 at 1 p.m., Sat, July 1 at noon, Mon, July 2 at 1 p.m.)
Throughout the weekend, we explore Canadian and global sports and games throughout the site. Test your mettle on a larger scale with our super-size version of chess and checkers. Enjoy a game throughout the day!

Intro to Lacrosse with Cam Bomberry (Sun, July 1 at 1 p.m.)
This Canada Day, we celebrate the achievements of trailblazers and influential culture and forms, as well as artists and groups looking to redefine history and blaze a new trail. As Canada’s national sport, lacrosse has forever cemented its place in Canadian identity. Come learn the basics of lacrosse with coach and four-time member of Iroquois’ National team, Cam Bomberry.

Awesome Toronto Central (Sun, July 1 at 1 & 6 p.m.)
The Toronto Awesome Foundation is part of an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Each month Toronto Awesome gives a brown paper bag containing $1000 to a project, no strings attached. Previous Awesome projects include a night of making cardboard forts, an online romantic map of kisses and much more. Stop by to view past winners, learn how to vote on current submissions and pitch your ‘awesome’ project to Awesome Toronto Trustees. At 6 p.m., the best pitches will go head-to-head on the Redpath Stage, and the audience will help choose one winner go home with special prizing.

Canada Day Poetry Slam (Fri, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun, July 1 at 3 p.m.)
In partnership with the Toronto Poetry Project, Harbourfront Centre brings you the Canada Day Poetry Slam, held over two separate days and showcasing some of the top spoken word talent in the city and beyond. Expect verbal fireworks and heart-wrenching honesty as 8 poets – 2 of which will be chosen from the audience – will perform in a 2-round slam on Friday and the top 4 move on to the Finals on Sunday. Friday's guest poet is C.R. Avery, a British Columbia-based poet-musician-beatboxer; Sunday's guest poet is Dwayne Morgan, the godfather of spoken word in Toronto. Hosted by Dave Silverberg of Toronto Poetry Slam.

Canada Day Shorts: Inuit Film Spotlight (Sun, July 1 at 9 p.m.)
A family friendly film series that explores our festival theme of Crossroads and places a spotlight on Inuit artists and culture.

Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts Dir: Jonathan Wright, 2010
In this charming and humorous re-imagining of first contact between Inuit and European, a colonial explorer emerges from a sailing ship and plants a flag on the Arctic ice, as a bemused Inuit hunter looks on.

Nunavut Animation Lab: I Am But a Little Woman Dir: Gyu Oh, 2010
Inspired by an Inuit poem, this short film evokes the beauty and power of nature, and the bond between mother and daughter. In it, a girl watches her mother create a wall hanging that starts to blurs the boundary between reality and art.

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik Dir: Ame Papatsie, 2010
This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help his family, is seized by the monster, and his father goes to great lengths to bring him home.

Islet Dir: Nicolas Brault, 2003
Combining figurative abstraction with magic realism, this cautionary tale, reminiscent of the stark simplicity of Inuit art, reminds us of the interconnectedness of all things and that the Arctic’s fate is ours as well.

Northern Games Dir: Ken Buck, 1981
This short documentary depicts the traditional games of the Inuit as youth from communities across the North compete.

Film Series: Global Dance Shorts (Fri, June 29 and Sat, June 30 at 9:30 p.m.)
The shorts in this series take an international perspective on various forms of dance, featuring dancers, directors, and choreographers from around the world.

Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends, hosted by Martin Samuels.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, approximately 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars, hosted by Norm Wilkenson.

International Marketplace (Weekends June 2-Sept 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends May 19-Sept 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage (weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct)
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

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