Island Soul Festival (Aug. 3-6, 2012)
Presented by CIBC
Reggae rhythms, calypso melodies, Caribbean dance and Jouvay parades
come together at Harbourfront Centre’s exhibition of Caribbean culture!
TORONTO, ON (July 5, 2012) –Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival, presented by CIBC
(Aug. 3-6), is a three-day cultural explosion of Caribbean arts and revelry that highlights the
contributions of local and international Caribbean artists.
This year, Island Soul delivers a world-class celebration of Caribbean culture with special events
to commemorate Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and to
showcase the kaleidoscope of cultural and artistic traditions found throughout the island nations.
Island Soul Festival highlights include:
· A Jamaican 50th concert featuring current Wailers’ frontman and rising Jamaican reggae
star Duane Stephenson; a Tribute to the Grandmaster Calpypsonian Lord Kitchener, one
of Trinidad’s foremost calypso musicians; and a bashment party with Jamaican dancehall
deejay Admiral Bailey;
· A Jump for Jamaica Dance choreographed by Kevin A. Ormsby to celebrate the milestone
of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence;
· Traditional dance, music and drama from Caribbean Folk Performers and Afro-Caribbean
Drum and Dance Theatre
· A colourful ‘Ole Mas’ Jouvay Parade along the waterfront featuring traditional carnival
costume characters with Theatre Archipelago;
· …And more!
"Island Soul festival has been a cornerstone of Harbourfront Centre's summer season for many
years. It strives to capture the best artistic forms from across the Caribbean, North America and
beyond and makes the connections back to its African roots,” says Melanie Fernandez,
Harbourfront Centre’s Director of Community and Educational Programmes. “Over many years the
best global artists have graced our stages during this event, so we are proud to have CIBC as a
partner in supporting this legacy.”
“CIBC is proud to partner with the Harbourfront Centre – one of Toronto’s foremost community,
arts and cultural gathering places – to present Island Soul this summer,” says Veni Iozzo, Senior
Vice-President, CIBC Marketing and Strategy. “CIBC has a strong commitment to diversity and
we are thrilled to be part of this weekend celebration of all things Caribbean.”
For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit
harbourfrontcentre.com/summer 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.
ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER FESTIVALS
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 harbourfrontcentre.com/summer
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and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate
donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2011, CIBC contributed more
than $35 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional
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Island Soul Event Listings:
Strolling Steel Pan Parade
Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.
Bring your own percussion instrument and join Panman Pat and percussionist Jeff Walcott as
they play a variety of Caribbean music styles.
Tribute to the Grandmaster Calpypsonian Lord Kitchener
Friday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.
The Grandmaster Lord Kitchener, Aldwyn Roberts, is one of Trinidad's best-loved Calypsonians.
With a career spanning more than 60 years, he left an enormous legacy of recordings and original
compositions. Before Kitchener died on February 11, 2000 he recorded more than 40 albums
and hundreds of songs. He won Trinidad's annual Carnival Road March 10 times, and his songs
were immensely popular with steel bands due to the catchy melodies and harmonic complexity of
his compositions. His songs continue to provide Carnival soundtracks the world over.
Saturday, Aug. 4 at TBC
Afrafranto, which means “butterfly” in the Akan language of Ghana, West Africa, perform
authentic acoustic palmwine music. Palmwine is a West African music genre that evolved among
the Kru people from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Portuguese guitars were introduced by sailors to
these regions and the locals combined their melodies with Trinidadian calypso and created palm
wine music. Trinidadian calypso music had a profound effect on local music, and is still
identifiable in palmwine music.
Sunday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.
Born Glendon Bailey in Kingston, Jamaica, Admiral Bailey has been described as "the hottest
dancehall star of the late 1980s." Bailey had worked on U-Roy's King Sturgav Hi-Fi sound system
and was taken to King Jammy's studio in Waterhouse by Josey Wales. The release of his tune
“Punany” shot Admiral Bailey into major-league dancehall celebrity, despite being banned from
radio due to offensive lyrics, and paved the way for the bashment-style reggae that was to
dominate the dancehalls and sound systems worldwide. In the wake of that hit, his subsequent
singles climbed the charts, establishing a reputation as one of the top worldwide reggae artists of
the 80's. He remains an incredible performer and master DJ, an artist who has made a universal
impact and is respected and appreciated to this day.
Sunday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 p.m.
Duane Stephenson encapsulates the celebration of 50 years of Jamaican music. In looking back,
we celebrate his role in fronting the biggest-selling reggae band of all time, The Wailers, as well
as his reputation as one of Jamaica’s rising new stars of today. Though fronting The Wailers is no
small feat, the bulk of Stephenson’s acclaim comes from his solo work. His 2008 debut received
critical accolades from sources as wide as Billboard and Pitchfork.com; his follow-up reached
the top of the Jamaica Music Countdown chart and was nominated for the 2010 Album of the
Year at the national Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards.
Joy Lapps Project
Sunday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
Joy Lapps, also known as the Princess of Pan, performs with her jazz trio featuring Andrew
Stewart (electric bass) and Larnell Lewis (drums). At Island Soul, the Joy Lapps Project come
together to perform a selection of songs from her three albums.
Jouvay Parade with Theatre Archipelago
Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.
Jouvay or Jouvert, signals the start of the Trinidad’s infamous Caribbean carnival. Theatre
Archipelago launches the Island Soul Festival with Jouvay, an ‘ole mas’ spectacle featuring
traditional carnival characters, from the Redpath Stage, around the grounds of Harbourfront
Centre and along the waterfront.
Afro-Caribbean Drum and Dance Theatre
Saturday, August 4 at TBC
The Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drumming Theatre specialize in African and Caribbean
drumming, rhythms and dance and serves as role models for youth in the arts. The Afro-
Caribbean dance repertoire includes Bella Dance (Real and Congo), The Calypso (The Android from video game characters), The Shango (Ogun and Shatbana), The Manjani (West African
Dance) as well as the Fire Dance.
Jump for Jamaica Dance
Saturday, August 4 at 9 p.m.
To celebrate the milestone of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the Jump Crew
will perform and teach audience participants the official Jump for Jamaica Dance choreographed
by Kevin A. Ormsby. The dance is married to the Jump for Jamaica song written by Canadian-
Jamaican chart-topping deejay Mr.Lexx and sung by musicians from Canada, Jamaica and the
US. Jump for Jamaica is a year-long calendar of celebratory events under the umbrella of the
Jamaica 50 celebration organizing committee in Toronto.
Monday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Dancer/choreographer Tamala Matthews leads an aerobic type format that employs
reggae/dancehall and calypso/soca music to fuel stretching, cardio and toning. This class is
intended for persons who are not traditionally very active and who can benefit from music and
company that will get them moving.
Caribbean Folk Performers
Monday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m.
Caribbean Folk Performers is an Afro-Caribbean Performing Arts company based in Toronto.
Founded in 1988, the company is committed to preserving and promoting traditional African and
Indigenous Caribbean Culture through dance, music and drama. Incorporating diverse styles,
cultures and costumes, CFP will regale you with bold colors, breathtaking moves and uplifting
drumming while engaging in story telling!
Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre
Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto
Port Authority (June 21, 2012-June 2013)
An outdoor, large-scale photo exhibition of the harbour’s people, places, industries, vessels and
ecosystems which uncovers the true value of Canada’s largest inland port.
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 and garden tours 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, approx 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 Wilner.
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
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 and Paddle Boats on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct.)
Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. Cost: Canoe rides are $4
per person, paddle boats are $5 per person, including life jacket rental and a 15-minute ride.