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SoundClash Music Festival
July 12 – 14, 2013
An innovative music festival featuring performances from Born Ruffians, Chairlift, SoundClash Music Award finalists and more!

TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2013) –– Harbourfront Centre’s second annual SoundClash Music Festival (July 12-14) is an innovative music-based celebration that pushes envelopes and challenges perceptions about live music and digital music formats.

SoundClash Music Festival is one of the very few places that give undiscovered and emerging artists a platform to shine. This year’s festival highlights artists that embody Harbourfront Centre’s summer theme “terrain” – where the artists performing are free to explore their roots while redefining the parameters of their genre or discipline.

SoundClash Festival highlights include:
• Performances from Toronto indie rockers Born Ruffians, urban-electro DJ/producer Boundary, American synthpop duo Chairlift, 10-piece groove masters Five Alarm Funk, orchestral dark-pop band The Belle Game and more;
• SoundClash Music Award finalists compete for the $10,000 in cash prizes;
• A DanceClash battle with international dance crews and DJs facing off for $1000;
• Workshops with important Canadian music industry insiders and artists;
• A FashionClash urban fashion show featuring local youth designers from UforChange and Remix project.

The SoundClash Music Festival is also home to the third annual SoundClash Music Award. Created in 2011 (the year prior to the festival’s creation), the SoundClash Music Award gives local, independent musicians from all backgrounds and genres the opportunity to play on Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage, compete for three cash prizes totaling $10,000 and exclusive access to notable influencers in the Canadian music industry! This year's SoundClash Music Award winner also takes home a one-hour vocal consultation from Donna Flynn (, one-hour music career development consultation from Musi Artist Development and a Music Ontario membership.

This year, nearly 350 applications were received from GTA musicians and after weeks of review, a jury comprised of Toronto’s foremost music authorities, created a shortlist from submissions received. Finalists are R&B singer and songwriter Brendan Philip, “Folkpoptronica” artist KASHKA (project of Kat Burns), Balkan and South-African jazz fusion band The Thing Is, Post-punk rockers Program, Folk-jazz trio The Jessica Stuart Few and indie pop band Grounders.

The winner of the SoundClash Music Award will be determined by a combination of jury selections and public votes following their performances on Saturday, July 13. Audiences can vote for their favourite contestant at The winner of the SoundClash Music Award will be announced mid-August and will also perform at Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 2).

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. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

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SoundClash Festival Event Listings


DJ Deep Fried Fridays – SoundClash Special
Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. – Redpath Stage
DJ Denise Benson has a talent for combining the past, present and future of electronic music and to produce soulful sounds known to please the audience. Benson’s party-rocker attitude has allowed her to produce a wide range of events and play at dozens of Toronto’s top venues over the past 20 years. While dancing to Denise Benson’s dynamite selections, grab a “SoundClash Special” - a hot and crispy beavertail pastry topped with a maple glaze and strips of crispy, salty bacon -- the perfect "clash" of salty and sweet.

Friday, July 12 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Montreal’s Ghislain Porier’s new project and vision, titled Boundary, makes its Toronto debut at Harbourfront Centre. Through dark cinematic electronic music, Boundary explores hard-hitting, minimalistic soundscapes and channels the spirit of ambient, techno and classic IDM.

MC Jazz and DJ Cozmic Cat
Friday, July 12 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Up and coming rapper MC Jazz and her producer Cozmic Cat rock the Redpath stage with a set of queer-friendly, party-rocking hip hop.

Friday, July 12 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Over 18 months between the back of an antique store in Brooklyn and the basement of a family home in Streatham, London, Chairlift created their sophomore album, Something. This female-fronted duo from NYC has a celebratory electronic pop sound that recalls the anthemic driving albums of the mid-'90s. Get nostalgic at Harbourfront Centre as they hit up the SoundClash Festival on Friday night!

SoundClash Music Award Nominee Showcase
Saturday, July 13 from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
SoundClash is Harbourfront Centre’s annual live music competition for independent artists from the GTA (including Durham, Halton, Peel and York) who perform diverse, contemporary and cutting-edge music forms. A jury of music industry tastemakers select a shortlist of finalists to perform at Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash Festival. Winners are selected by a combination of jury and public voting and will be awarded $10,000 in cash prizes and more.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: KASHKA
Saturday, July 13 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. – Redpath Stage
KASHKA is the ongoing “folkpoptronica” project of Kat Burns, a musician and songwriter based in Toronto. Originally launched to catch the songs that didn’t fit under the orchestral-folk-pop umbrella of her former band, Forest City Lovers, the project has since grown legs and begun to power walk; with arms up and a determined look across her face.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Program
Saturday, July 13 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Blending post-punk, shoegaze and electronic, Toronto’s Program has just released their first official album in March 2013. Currently, Program is working on their full-length album which has hopes to be released in the fall 2013.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Brendan Philip
Saturday, July 13 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
R&B singer and songwriter Brendan Philip has already honed his live performance skills from opening for Bilal, Shad K and M.I.A. With many releases slated for 2013 on the newly minted Fake Art Records label out of Toronto, Brendan Philip is here.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: The Jessica Stuart Few
Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Folk-jazz power trio, The Jessica Stuart Few, is one of the liveliest groups to emerge from the Toronto eclectic indie folk scene. The Jessica Stuart Few are proud to have released the long-awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 debut, Kid Dream. Two Sides To Every Story was released on March 12, 2013.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: Grounders
Saturday, July 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
After recently releasing their first official recordings, Toronto band Grounders is a group of five friends who combine their talents to create a natural sound. With the production help of Marcel Ramagnano at BoomBox Sound in Toronto, the band has neatly distilled their two years of playing everything from boozy hole-in-the-wall gigs to packed POP! Montreal shows.

SoundClash Music Award Finalist: The Thing Is
Saturday, July 13 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Thing Is plays a true fusion of genres, telling the heart’s stories from a whirling storm of cultures. The release of The Thing Is debut self-titled CD in April 2012 was a TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival Special Project, and has been followed by collaborations, commissions, and plenty of fancy-flights.

Five Alarm Funk
Saturday, July 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
For more than eight years Five Alarm Funk has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States. Don't miss the horn-powered, percussion-fuelled, sonic and visual assault of Five Alarm Funk. Following this performance, catch Five Alarm Funk at 5:30 p.m. for an artist talk in Zone 6.

The Belle Game
Saturday, July 13 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Female-fronted pop/rock ensemble, The Belle Game, from Vancouver via Montreal, make their Harbourfront Centre debut playing cuts from their debut album, “Ritual Tradition Habit.” Catch The Belle Game before the show for an artist talk 4:30 p.m. in the Zone 6.

Born Ruffians
Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Having just released their third album, Toronto’s Born Ruffians take the stage at Harbourfront Centre to show the audience their indie-rock talent. Currently signed to Yep Roc Records in the US and Paper Bag Records in Canada, the band has released three critically acclaimed albums: Red, Yellow & Blue (2008), Say It (2010) and Birthmarks (2013).

Songwriter’s Circle
Performers: Bry Webb, Ian Kamau, Dana Sipos and Jessy Lanza
Sunday, July 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Explore songwriting with four unique and talented songwriters – Bry Webb, Ian Kamau, Dana Sipos and Jessy Lanza – who share their songs and the stories that inspired their music.

The Music Gallery Presents Emergents: Harbourfront Centre
Performer: Petra Glynt & Mas Aya In partnership with The Music Gallery
Sunday, July 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Music Gallery's Emergents series showcases up-and-coming performers and composers in a variety of genres, including Petra Glynt and Mas Aya.


Sunday, July 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. – WestJet Stage
DanceClash brings together some of Toronto's hottest dance crews to square off in an all-styles battle for ultimate street dance supremacy. Hosted and judged by Toronto's top dance judges such as Jon Drops, Piecez, Mariano Abarca and Addy Chan, and featuring DJ Lucie Tic on the wheels of steel! From breakdance and kuduro to footwork and vogue to dancehall and juke, Harbourfront Centre wants to know which style rules today's streets.


FashionClash: UforChange & Remix Project Fashion Showcase
Sunday, July 14 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Ann Tindal Lawn
Local youth arts incubators UforChange and The Remix Project bring their top fashion students to Harbourfront Centre for a FashionClash. From evening gowns to street wear, audiences will be treated to the future of Toronto’s fashion elite.

Family Activities

King/ Queen of your Terrain
Saturday, July 13 from 12 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 12 to 3 p.m. – Zone 4
Kids are invited to think about how terrain shapes fashion by designing a crown or wand based on a specific terrain – the desert, the arctic, the place where they were born or the place they live now. What does a city crown look like, as opposed to a country crown? What does a crown representing their neighborhood look like?

I Live Here! City Mosaic
Saturday, July 13 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 12 to 6 p.m. – Zone 1
Kids (and adults) can draw their home, street, or neighbourhood on a small piece of paper and add it to the map – creating a mosaic of different impressions and ideas from around the city.

Moog Lab
Brought to you by: Moog Audio
Saturday, July 13 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Come play and learn about drum machines, synthesizers and all other toys Moog Audio has to offer. Instructors will be inside the lab all day to answer questions and help craft the next musical masterpiece!

UDJ: DJ Basics for Beginners
Saturday, July 13 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Teaching the basics of DJing on turntables and CDJs.

Propellerhead's Reason
Saturday, July 13 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Learn the ropes of electronic music production using one of the industry's leading pieces of software.

Native Instruments' Maschine
Saturday, July 13 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
Discover the interaction between drum machines, samplers, MIDI controllers and computers.

Ableton Live 9
Saturday, July 13 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Take a walk through electronic music's most popular live performance platform, taught by those that know it best – Ableton Live 9 staff!

Modular Synthesizers for Beginners
Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
Moog Audio staff lead a tour through a three-bank set of modular synthesizers. Twist knobs, slide faders and plug machines into each other to create a terrain of fun noises!

Claim Your Space: Vinyl Record Signs
Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. – Zone 4
Using vinyl records, kids will be encouraged to stake their own territory by creating a personalized sign for their space or bedroom door.


FilmClash: Remix Project and UforChange
Film: Various from Remix Project and UforChange
Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Local youth arts incubators UforChange and the Remix Project bring their top film students to Harbourfront Centre for a FilmClash. From short films to documentaries and music videos, audiences will be treated to a film series that showcases the future superstar video director and filmmakers in Toronto.

We Are Modeselektor
Directors: Romi Agel and Holger Wick
Saturday, July 13 from 8 to 9:15 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Canadian premier! We Are Modeselektor tells the story of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, the duo behind the famous German electronic music group. In 72 minutes, filmmakers Romi Agel and Holger Wick draw a portrait of Modeselektor. It is more than just a biography; it’s a movie about Germany after the wall came down, travel reportage and a story about the duo’s friendship.

FilmClash: MuchFACT
Film: MuchFACT’s Terrain
Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. – Zone 2
MuchFACT is Canada’s primary music video funding agency, and in keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s curatorial aims, they have curated a set of Canadian music videos around the theme of terrain.

Lectures/ Workshops/ Artist Talks

Rhyme Stew Crew
Performer: Claire Caldwell and Addi Stewart
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Zone 5
Dr. Seuss meets Dr. Dre! Rhyme Stew Crew’s workshops encourage kids to write and recite poems by way of hip hop and rap techniques.

Ask Me About My Terroir: SoundClash Finalists
Saturday, July 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Zone 6
Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash Award nominees talk about their music journey to represent places and people who have influenced their music and helped them on their journey to represent Toronto’s sound.

The Toronto Rave Movement: The History & The Legacy
Saturday July 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. – Zone 5
DJ and journalist Denise Benson hosts what is sure to be a lively discussion on the history and legacy of the Toronto Rave Movement from the early 1990s to the present. Topics include legendary clubs and events, politics, competing promoters and of course our world class talent base. Featuring: Alex D (Tribe), Ryan Kruger (WEMF/Live Nation), Mark Oliver, Steve Mealing aka DJ Stretch, Joel Smye (Footwork/Electric Island), Nancy Chen (Mansion/Foundary), Irving Shaw (Promise) and more.

Ask Me About My Terroir: Rich Kidd
Saturday, July 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. – Zone 6
Inspirational artist, world-class producer, and captivating performer Rich Kidd returns to Harbourfront Centre. SoundClash Music Award alumni discusses music, life and how everyday terrain influences his art

Ask Me About My Terroir: Five Alarm Funk
Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6
Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk discusses music, life and how their everyday terrain influences their art. Catch Five Alarm Funk at 3 p.m. on the WestJet Stage right before the artist talk.

Ask Me About My Terroir: The Belle Game
Saturday, July 13 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. – Zone 6
Vancouver’s The Belle Game discusses music, life and how their everyday terrain influences their art. Following this talk, catch The Belle Game live on the WestJet Stage at 8 p.m.

Ask Me About My Terroir: DanceClash Judges
Sunday, July 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Zone 6
A panel of DanceClash judges disscuss how terrain influences various styles of urban dance. What is it about Chicago that created footwork, or Angola to create kuduro? These genres and more are on display, and these themes are discussed with the DanceClash judges: Addy Chan, Piecez and Mariano Abarca, and hosted by Mary Fogarty (York University/Visiting Scholar at New York University's Hip-Hop Education Center)


World Café (Weekends from May – October)
The best cuisine from around the world all day and night, offering unique and fun dining experiences! We're serving up sizzling tastes all summer long!

Lake View Market (Weekends from May – October)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long! Our Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco friendly, fair trade products and more!

Street Stage (Weekends from May – October)
Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site!

Canoe Rides on The Natrel® Pond (Weekends from May – October)
Canoe and paddleboat rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long!

Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays at 7 p.m. & Sundays at 4 p.m. from June – Sept.)
Our wildly popular garden music series returns as the country’s best musicians perform in the magical setting of the Toronto Music Garden. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.
Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays from June 27 – Sept.19)
The shores of Lake Ontario transform into Toronto's most scenic ballroom. Live bands, social dance clubs and instructors highlight dance trends from across the world.

DJ Deep Fried Fridays (Fridays from June 28 – Aug. 30)
Local DJs spin music on the Redpath Stage while vendors at the World Café offer a selection of deep fried treats to compliment their set.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays from July 3 – Aug. 28)
Enjoy a selection of your favourite films – lakeside and under the stars on the WestJet Stage.

The Tale of Harbourfront Centre (Ongoing)
Created by FIXT POINT, The Tale of Harbourfront Centre is a storytelling initiative that will capture and celebrate the 40 year history of this cultural institution through the gathering, mapping and interactive presentation of living memories. A Fresh Ground new works commission.

Summer Camps 2013 (July 2 – Aug. 30)
Time for adventure! Harbourfront Centre offers one of the largest and most diverse day camp programmes in Canada, offering a multitude of exhilarating camps, a convenient downtown location and the best counsellors in the city.

International Festival of Authors Presents (Ongoing)
Weekly readings, interviews, round table discussions and special events continue throughout the summer including IFOA at The Ex on August 22.

Visual Arts Spring & Summer 2013 Exhibitions (Ongoing)
(through June 16)
Six exhibitions in visual arts, craft & design and photography. Many of the exhibitions are part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival presented in conjunction with SNAG 2013 Meta-Mosaic, conference. As well, Toronto-based artist Mark Peckmezian presents new photography in his series Portrait.

(June 22 through Sept. 15)
Seven new exhibitions in visual arts, photography, craft & design and architecture explore the idea of terrain through an artistic lens.

(June 21 through September 15)
The Third Space is a group exhibition curated by Sanaz Mazinani as part of the Tirgan Festival. Artists working in a variety of media explore the idea of cultural transience. Part of Summer 2013 Visual Arts Exhibitions.

Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways (June 21, 2013 through June 2014)
In the new Exhibition Common next to Ontario Square and Canada Square
A breathtaking, large-scale outdoor photographic exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers. Six of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists document the misunderstood environmental and cultural resource that is Toronto’s river system. The exhibition features 72 large-scale photographic images creating the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada. Produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) with generous support from Menkes.


The Power Plant
Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is free.

Sailing & Powerboating
Boating becomes accessible to Toronto residents and visitors from around the world through Harbourfront Centre’s instruction, membership and rental programs.

Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
Enjoy delicious casual dining on the waterfront overlooking The Natrel® Pond.

The Centre Shop
The Centre Shop carries MoMA and Red Dot awarding-winning designs as well as Canadian crafts on the cutting edge.

Craft and Design Studios
Providing an unparalleled opportunity to witness, understand and experience work being created in glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

Canada Square (opening July 1)
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring 40 Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) trees, Canada Square is an inspiring place to gather and celebrate our great country. Officially opening July 1, Canada Square celebrates Canada Day with dynamic programming including family fun and live performances. Canada Square is a joint project of Harbourfront Centre and Waterfront Toronto funded by the Government of Canada.

Ontario Square (opening June 23)
With the Ontario Boreal Forest as its inspiration, Harbourfront Centre's Ontario Square is an open public space for relaxing in the midst of Quaking Aspen trees, taking in a daytime performance, or a enjoying the evening light spectacle provided by James Carpenter’s artwork. Officially opening June 23, Ontario Square celebrates culture and creativity all summer long. Funding for the construction of Ontario Square was provided to Harbourfront Centre by the Government of Ontario.

Exhibition Common (opening June 21)
Located in the same area as Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre’s new Exhibition Common hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more. It officially opens with NINE RIVERS CITY, featuring 72 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto’s incredible river system. Join us for the opening on June 21, along with the openings for York Quay Centre and The Power Plant summer exhibitions.

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