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Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos
Presented by Scotiabank
Nov. 9 & 10, 2013
Harbourfront Centre celebrates the memory of the departed with a two-day festival


TORONTO, ON (Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013) – Celebrate the lives of the departed at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 9 & 10, 2013). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank and the Consulate General of Mexico, Harbourfront Centre’s two-day festival runs every day from noon to 6 p.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas (altars), concerts, film, family activities and more.

Highlight performances include a Toronto concert debut from Canadian-Mexican singer Mamselle, authentic mariachi music from Mariachi Mexico Amigo, a lecture on famed artist Jose Posada with Chicago-based historian Diane Miliotes and vibrant Latin dances presented by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico.

In addition to the free festivities inside, the public is invited to celebrate the legacy of lost loved ones with a large outdoor ofrenda (altar) in Ontario Square. Traditionally, marigold flowers are placed on ofrenda’s to honour the departed. Throughout the festival, families can make beautiful paper marigolds or leave a message to passed loved ones on a pre-made maple leaf.

Woven throughout Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead programming is “The Big IDEA.” The Big IDEA is a tool that was created to help patrons explore ideas across a broad range of artistic disciplines and cultural programmes. This fall, Harbourfront Centre presents “Curious” and explores programming that fuels curiosity.
Are you curious about the Day of the Dead? Join us and find out what the celebration is about!
Complete Day of the Dead festival listings can be found here
For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com 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. Visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization,

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ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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.

Media Contact:
Althea Linton, 416-973-4428, alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
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Day of the Dead Event Listings:
MUSIC

Mamselle
Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5-6 p.m. – Brigantine Room
Mexican-Canadian songstress, Mamselle, makes her Harbourfront Centre and Toronto debut with her original compositions rooted in Mexican traditional folklore harkening the celebratory nature of Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico. Mamselle recently launched her debut album and opened for Mexican songstress Lila Downs.

Tribute to Agustin Lara, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Chavela Vargas
with Jorge and Yuri Lopez, Mamselle
Sunday, Nov.10 from 5-6 p.m. – Brigantine Room
Local Mexican-Canadian musicians Jorge and Yuri Lopez join Mamselle for a tribute show to famed Mexican songwriters Agustin Lara and Jose Alfredo Jimenez, as well as renowned singer Chavela Vargas. This tribute aims to reunite audiences with the music from these respected singer and songwriters.

Mariachi Salute to Day of the Dead with Mariachi Mexico Amigo
Saturday Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 2-3 p.m. – Brigantine Room
One of Toronto’s oldest Mariachi groups unite to celebrate Day of the Dead with a showcase of traditional Mexican songs that celebrate this special time of reunion.

DANCE

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
With a splash of colour, heaps of fancy footwork and keen attention to detail, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company has been performing a repertoire that embraces the wide cultural diversity of authentic dances, costumes and traditions from diverse regions within the Mexican nation for over two decades, thrilling audiences large and small. The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company presents dance performances and workshops that engage the audience in the Day of the Dead dances from Michoacan, Veracruz and Chiapas and other regions in Mexico.

Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico – Dance for the Dead
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 1-2 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico is a non-profit organization that promotes Mexican culture and works to preserve the rich heritage of traditional regional Mexican dance. Through research and teaching, Puro Mexico is able to reveal Mexico’s cultural diversity through folkloric dance. Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico presents dance performances and workshops that engage the audience in the Day of the Dead dances from Veracruz, Sinaloa and Jalisco.

LECTURE/WORKSHOP

Calaveras, Catrinas and Dandies: José Guadalupe Posada and his legacy with Diane Miliotes
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 3-4 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Art historian, curator and educator Dr. Diane Miliotes takes us on a journey through the works of famed Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada and his iconic Day of the Dead imagery.

FILM

Dia de los Muertos FOR KIDS!
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 12:30-1 p.m. and 1:30-2 p.m.– Studio Theatre
Kids and families can enjoy a series of animated shorts and short films that are related to the Day of the Dead celebration. In partnership with aluCine Latin Film Media Festival.

Calling Home the Dead: Llamar a los Muertos a Casa (2011)
Directed by Jim Hill – 47 Minutes – English/Spanish – Rated G
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from 5-6 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Calling Home the Dead: Dia de los Muertos is a detailed looked at one full Day of the Dead as told through the eyes of the people who celebrate this ancient custom. More tone poem than traditional documentary, Calling Home the Dead transports the viewer in a compelling celebration of the continuity of life and the enduring love of family and friends. Images saturated with colour and life join a magical soundtrack of original and local music, opening a window to another world.

FAMILY

Marigold Making
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-5 p.m. – Miss Lou’s Room
Patrons are invited to help create their own marigold flowers to be offered to our public ofrenda (or to take home). The marigold flower is the traditional flower laid at ofrendas (altars) in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away.

Day of the Dead Mask Making
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-5 p.m. – Miss Lou’s Room
Families are invited to participate in a fun craft activity to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Kids can decorate their own Day of the Dead masks.

Dance for the Dead - Workshop for Kids
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-12:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Tonatouh Children’s Dance Academy founder Luz Adriana Castillo leads a workshop on folkloric Mexican dance from the Oaxaca region designed specifically for children.

Papel Picado Making
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-5 p.m. – Miss Lou’s Room
Little ones are invited to create their own papel picado – a decorative craft made out of paper that’s cut into elaborate designs that are synonymous with Day of the Dead decorations.

Storytelling
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-5 p.m. – Miss Lou’s Room
Tappeques Bookstore shares a bilingual storytelling session featuring Day of the Dead-related stories.

OTHER

Day of the Dead Market
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-6p.m. – York Quay Centre
Harbourfront Centre’s always popular Day of the Dead market features traditional Day of the Dead products such as the pan de muertos, other delectable goodies and handmade crafts.

Public Ofrenda in Ontario Square
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-6 p.m. – Ontario Square
The public is invited to celebrate the legacy of their lost loved ones with a large outdoor ofrenda built and dedicated to friends and family whose spirits reunite with us on the Day of the Dead.

Ofrendas
Saturday, Nov.9 & Sunday, Nov.10 from noon-6p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
All throughout the weekend, patrons will be able to visit the Marilyn Brewer Space and enjoy the many ofrendas (altars to the dead) created by community groups and artists. Ofrendas are the most important element of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and are works of art meant to honour the memory of deceased loved ones. Featured ofrendas include:

Ofrenda to Jose Guadalupe Posada
The Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto dedicate their ofrenda to iconic Day of the Dead visual artist and designer Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose 100-year anniversary of his death is celebrated all throughout Mexico this year. In partnership with The Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto .

Ofrenda to Gilberto Hernandez
Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico dedicates their ofrenda to Gilberto Hernandez, founder of Alianza Mexicana. Hernandez’ influence in the Canadian-Mexican community is still felt as he was one of the founding fathers of the local Mexican cultural community.

Ofrenda to Billy Bryans
Lula Arts dedicates their ofrenda to musician, producer, songwriter and world music pioneer Billy Bryans.

Ofrenda to Arlan Londoño
Audio/video Latino art collective E-Fagia honour their founder and friend, Arlan Londoño, who passed away earlier this year.
Ofrenda to Francisco Gabilondo Soler "Cri-Cri"
EXATEC dedicate an ofrenda to Mexican composer and performer of children's songs, Francisco Gabilondo Soler, also know as ”Cri-Cri.”




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