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Harbourfront Centre presents
Classical V: Brass July 26 to 28

How do you blow your horn?

TORONTO, ON (June 26, 2013) – Back for its fifth installment, Harbourfront Centre presents Classical V: Brass from July 26 through 28. This festival explores diverse manifestations of classical music from across the globe and cultural perspectives on the genre, whether it’s African soul, Indian celebratory bands, Chicago funk or traditional brass bands. The festival aims to push boundaries on what people think classical music is and how it is defined through specially programmed workshops, musical performances and films.

Classical V: Brass focuses on brass instruments, where the musician uses only the shape of the instrument, their skill and the breath they produce to create beautiful music.

Highlights of Classical V: Brass include:

• Musical performances by artists such as Genghis Barbie, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Alison Melville, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Viva Mexico Mariachi;
• Activities for the whole family including musical instrument inspired crafts and the hilarious genius of Al Simmons and his tuba;
• Award-winning films including Tubby the Tuba and Brassed Off;
• A Big Boat Blast where patrons are invited to blow their horns with all of the boats in the harbour;
• And much more!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.comor call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay Westin 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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DJ General Eclectic
Friday, July 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
General Eclectic is behind some of Toronto’s most successful and critically acclaimed underground music events. Join him on the Redpath Stage as he digs deep into his dusty crates to uncover some of the finest brass music from around the world. Enjoy General Eclectic’s selections with this week's Deep Fried Friday treat, a side of deep fried risotto, complete with a choice of butternut squash or wild mushroom sauce.

Trillium Brass Quintet
Friday, July 26 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Trillium Brass Quintet is a versatile and professional chamber ensemble, playing classical and contemporary brass music. By commissioning new works as well as transcribing music from many styles and eras, Trillium Brass Quintet unleashes a dynamic and sophisticated stage presence.

Sean Frey and DJ General Eclectic
Friday, July 26 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Join Dora-nominated designer, puppeteer and movie-maker Sean Frey as he creates an evolving landscape of light in shadow with live ink projection, shadow puppetry and found objects in response to DJ General Eclectics grooves.

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Friday, July 26 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. - WestJet Stage and Saturday, July 27 from 12 to 1 p.m. - Site-Wide Parade
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band perform a wild and brilliant mix of music of Rajasthan, with its distinctive Gypsy sound and the popular songs of Bollywood movies together with the sophisticated structures of North Indian classical music. Playing instruments originally introduced by the British Raj army bands together with Indian classical percussion, their sound is truly unique. Making their debut in 1995, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band has quickly established itself internationally, featuring solos and dazzling improvisations.

New Horizons Concert Band
Saturday, July 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Zone 2
New Horizons is a multi-level band-based program that allows mature adults to learn an instrument in a group setting for the first time in their lives or to re-connect with an instrument played years ago. It is an opportunity to have fun making music, new friends and to keep the mind and body active. Don’t miss their mix of classical and traditional concert band fare in Zone 2.

Whitby Brass Band
Saturday, July 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Whitby Brass Band features all types and styles of music, from classical to pop and traditional. Their members range in age from twenty-year-olds to eighty-year-olds, creating a bold sound with a future.

Near East Trio and Friends
“Winds from the cradle of civilization”
Saturday, July 27 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Ernie Tollar brings his flutes and recorders to create music inspired by the silk-road past and present, connecting world cultures across the centuries to the present day. With Ernie Tollar, Ravi Nainpally, Demetrti Petsalakis, Waleed Abdulhammed and Samidha Joglekar.

Alison Melville’s Flute Allsorts
Saturday, July 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Alison Melville, one of North America’s leading performers on the recorder and historical flutes, offers a selection of music from the 12th to 21st centuries. Performing alongside is multi-instrumentalist Debashis Sinha, whose creative output spans a broad range of genres and media. The two bring ancient sounds into the contemporary world with a bang.

Hannaford Youth Band
Saturday, July 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Zone 6
Join members of the Hannaford Youth Band as they perform a short program of classical brass band music. These emerging artists bring brilliance and energy to the classical sound of brass.

My Son The Hurricane
Saturday, July 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. and 9 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
This energetic 14-piece band featuring two trumpets, two trombones, three saxes, a sousaphone, keys, guitar, bass, drums and MC Jacob Bergsma, plays a mixture of brass and hip-hop with a New Orleans twist. My Son The Hurricane bring their big sound to new ears and make any stage look small.

Genghis Barbie
Saturday, July 27 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Genghis Barbie, the leading post post-feminist all-female horn experience, delivers an unadulterated musical adventure. Performing arrangements of pop music from the ’70s to today as seen through the lens of classical performance, they are the most versatile and expansive group on New York City’s alternative music scene.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, July 27 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Eight brothers from Chicago form the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, playing deep-rooted funk with social intent. Through the nineties, they brought their musicianship, their jazz roots and their hip hop sensibility together to the streets of Chicago. Now in New York City, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble composes original music and have performed with Mos Def and Erykah Badu. Funktastic euphoniums.

Flute Moods of India
Sunday, July 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Multi-instrumentalist Karthik Ramalingam from Chennai, India has been a world musician for over 22 years. Join him on the Redpath Stage for a journey and exploration of the differences and similarities between classical South Indian Carnatic and North Indian Hindusthani music by way of flute.

Hannaford Youth Band
Sunday, July 28 from 1 to 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 to 1:50 p.m. – Zone 6
Join members of the Hannaford Youth Band as they perform a short program of classical brass band music. These emerging artists bring their energy to the stage and the classical sound of brass.

Viva Mexico Mariachi
Sunday, July 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Viva Mexico Mariachi, complete with traditional suits, guitar, violin, vocals and of course - trumpets, bring the exuberance of Mexico and the joy of the fiesta to Classical V: Brass.

Burlington Teen Tour Band Parades around our Site!
Sunday, July 28 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. – Site Wide
Canada’s foremost youth marching band and the pride of Burlington bring their large sound, flutes, brass instruments, drums and dancers to celebrate brass in style!

Orono Cornet Band
Sunday, July 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Orono Cornet Band plays the music of early Canada on restored 19th century brass instruments. The songs composed in these years, while often overlooked, reveal the aspirations of a people embracing their new land.

Naadhashram Academy for Musical Excellence: Hinduism Bansuri Concert
Sunday, July 28 from 3:30 to 3:50 p.m. – Zone 6
This concert showcases classical music from North India with Umang Saksena on the Bansuri (North Indian flute) accompanied by Nishanthan Shreekanthan on the tabla.

Naadhashram Academy for Musical Excellence: Markham Bollywood Ensemble
Sunday, July 28 from 4 to 4:20 p.m. – Zone 6
This ensemble performs a select repertoire of popular Bollywood film songs by India’s leading film music composers such as Ilayaraja and AR Rahman.

Naadhashram Academy for Musical Excellence: Naadhashram Jugalbandhi Ensemble
Sunday, July 28 from 4:30 to 4:50 p.m. – Zone 6
This ensemble performs a tasteful and exciting blend of South Indian Carnatic and North Indian Hindusthani music with Vishy Karthik on flute, Abhinav Narayanan on guitar and Harshan on the ghatam.

Hannaford Street Silver Band
Sunday, July 28 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Hannaford Street Silver Band (HSBB) is celebrating their 30th anniversary at Harbourfront Centre with a performance on the WestJet Stage. The HSSB reinvigorates the brass band’s repertoire to critical acclaim by honouring the traditions of the art form while at the same time, placing it into a contemporary context with a unique Canadian point of view.

The Big Boat Blast
Sunday, July 28 from 5:55 to 6 p.m. – Along the harbour
The Hannaford Street Silver Band, along with young community trumpet players, come together on the WestJet Stage to spark the Toronto Fire Services ship’s water display, which cues all boats in the marina to sound their horns - a real blast!


Shiny Heart
Janet Morton, 2012
Saturday, July 27 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 12 to 5 p.m. – York Quay Centre
This 13-minute video features Colin Couch playing variations on Goldberg Variation 25 by J S Bach on his tuba. As he is playing, the shiny brass becomes covered with yarn, muffling the sound of the tuba as the song continues.


Music for Wilderness Lake
Friday, July 26 from 9:30 to 10 p.m. and 10:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 8 to 8:30 p.m. – Zone 2 and Lakeside Terrace
This documentary film traces the development and performance of a piece of “environmental music” written by Canadian composer R. Murray Schaffer. Twelve trombonists station themselves around the lake’s shore and play meditative music across the water from one another, while the natural inhabitants of the surrounding landscapes respond and contribute to the music.

Tubby the Tuba
Saturday, July 27 from 6:30 to 6:40 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Directed by George Pal, 1947
Oscar award-winning animated short film Tubby the Tuba tells the story of a misfit Tuba. With the help of new friends, Tubby is accepted in the orchestra and gets to perform his solo piece.

Brassed Off
Saturday, July 27 from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
This film, featuring music from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, four-time National Brass Band champions, showcases the hard-hitting but ultimately uplifting story about comradeship, the effects of political decisions and music. It shows music as an expression of the human spirit - a bit of sanity in a sometimes harsh world.


“Sounds Crazy: The Science of Music” with Al Simmons
Saturday, July 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m. for a walkabout, and 5 to 6 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Al Simmons presents a musical exploration of junk! He demonstrates, with hilarious results, how the various instruments of a real symphony orchestra make music in his renowned show, “Sounds Crazy.”

The History of the Horn with Scott Wevers and Katie Toksoy
Saturday, July 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Scott Wevers and Katie Toksoy present an intriguing and illuminating survey of the history of the French horn, including examples of music from different time periods right up to modern day. With special guests Ghengis Barbie.

Herb Poole
Sunday, July 28 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Come and meet Herb Poole, the man who builds wooden trumpets, who collects and restores 19th century brass instruments and plays the ophicleide and serpent. Intrigued?

Fanfare Workshop
Sunday, July 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the festival’s finale song to accompany the big boat blast and play along with the Hannaford Street Silver band as the rousing end note to Classical V: Brass. All levels of players are welcome and music will be provided. Featuring trombonist and conductor Simon Capet.

Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 – Site Wide
Watch out for fanfare groups wandering the site to celebrate an event. Dropped your ice cream? Don’t worry, the fanfares will bring a smile to your face and celebrate the melting. Meeting your friends? There’s a fanfare to celebrate them! Just bought a hat from the marketplace? Oh, there is definitely a fanfare to go with that!

Horn Making – to play or wear!
Saturday, July 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. – Zone 4
Make your own trumpet or horn that makes real sound! Visitors can decorate it or wear it as a hat, followed by Toot Your Own Horn on the Redpath Stage at 4:30 p.m.

Toot Your Horn
Saturday, July 27 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
All the young people who have made trumpets and horns on-site are invited to “toot their own horns” on stage along to “The Imperial March” from Star Wars, featuring a very special guest conductor.

Listening Trees
All weekend long – Zone 5
Join in this opportunity to listen to recordings of famous brass symphonies, new recordings or charming brass music based on stories such as Tubby the Tuba (animated short film, screened on Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.)


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 – September)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long! Harbourfront Centre’s 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 22 – October 12)
It’s that time of the year again… when some of Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site! Be sure to catch an act or two while strolling along the beautiful waterfront! When the weather’s right, you’ll be sure to find everything from fire spinning, contact juggling, miming, music, magic, unicycling, b-boying, vaudeville, and portraiture!

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 at the WestJet Stage.

Yoga in Exhibition Common (Thursdays from July 4 – Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 – 26)
Free outdoor yoga classes for all levels in our beautiful new Exhibition Common. Don't forget your mat!

Tai Chi in Exhibition Common (Tuesdays from July 9 – 30 and Aug. 6 – 27)
Free outdoor Taoist Tai Chi classes for all levels. Learn the movements of this ancient Chinese martial art in our new Exhibition Common.

Tots Yoga in Exhibition Common (Tuesdays from Sept. 3 – 24)
Caregivers and toddlers 2 – 4 years of age are welcome in our upbeat and lively Tots Yoga classes in our new Exhibition Common. Don’t forget your mat!

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 diverseday 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)
(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 Spaceis 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 jewelry.

Canada Square(opening July 1)
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring more than 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
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 provided by James Carpenter’s artwork.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
Located adjacent to Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre's new activity area, Exhibition Common, hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more until the next phase is completed. Exhibition Common is home to NINE RIVERS CITY: Toronto's Extraordinary Waterways, featuring 72 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto's incredible river system.

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