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Harbourfront Centre gives Toronto something to sing about with
Classical VI: Voice and Strings (July 25 – 27)

TORONTO, ON (July 7, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre presents Classical VI: Voices and Strings,
from July 25 through 27. The sixth installment of Harbourfront Centre’s Classical festival invites
the audience to travel the globe without leaving the 416 area code, with musical performances by
artists from Spain, Uganda, Morocco and Canada.

To communicate by singing is as old as the hills and as new as the morning dew. The traditions
that have resonated through the ages filter through to today’s voices and are showcased in
Classical VI: Voice and Strings. Visitors will be immersed in all matters of song; from the
‘Moroccan Nightingale’ tenor Emil Zrihan’s repertoire which transcends cultural and political
borders, to choir!choir!choir! who unite Torontonians together in ‘classic’ pop songs, and Obeah
channeling the voice of the African diaspora.

The strings component of this year’s festival will certainly strike a chord with all, from Ugandan
master instrumentalist Kinobe to the humble ukulele. Building on the success of Classical IV:
Strings in 2012, the Ukulele Project 2.0 will attempt Toreador from Bizet’s Carmen – on massed
ukuleles. With the music rearranged for the uke by master ukulele player James Hill, the public
are invited to join one (or all) of the five uke-friendly workshops over the weekend covering
different styles, from calypso to two chord strums, and take part in this unique endeavor.

“There is so much more to ‘classical’ music than meets the eye, and our 2014 lineup beautifully
illustrates the contemporary juxtapositions,” says Caroline Hollway, Harbourfront Centre, Guest
Artistic Director. “The audience can start at a voice workshop with Kyra Millan, encounter a
5-piece barbershop quartet and end the day plucking the strings of on-site tree harps.”

Classical VI: Voice and Strings – Highlights at a Glance

· Voice: Ramneek Singh’s performance includes semi-classical music, interactive
rhythmic introductions and some Pakistani folk tunes which she performed for the film
Midnight’s Children
· Strings: Kinobe, master instrumentalist from Uganda, peace ambassador at heart
· Workshops: five ukulele workshops that end in a mass concert of Toreador from Bizet’s
Carmen
· And much more!

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 at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit
harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

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.

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Office: 416-973-4655 | Cell: 416-523-1240
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CLASSICAL VI: VOICE AND STRINGS – LINEUP
PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:
Kyra Millan
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Kyra Millan (soprano) conducts a brilliant, funny, whirlwind interactive concert full of operatic and
classical favourites. Participants will be involved in a seriously interactive element where everyone
will be able to learn about and try their hand (and voice!) at an operatic aria.

Emil Zrihan
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
With his beautiful vocal range and tone, Emil Zrihan keeps the Judeo-Andalusian and a folk
tradition of his mother country Morocco alive in his heart and brings them to life on the WestJet
Stage.
In collaboration with Ashkenaz

Ukulele Project Version 2.0
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Building on the success of 2012, the Ukulele Project version 2.0 will attempt Toreador from
Bizet’s Carmen – on massed ukuleles! Arranged by master Ukulele player and musician James Hill,
come and join one (or all) of the five uke-friendly workshops over the weekend and take part in this
unique endeavor.

MUSIC:

DJ General Eclectic
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Local DJ extraordinaire General Eclectic pieces together a set of deep and dusty grooves inspired
by the festival’s theme of Voice and Strings, complete with original projections from 9 p.m. –
9:30p.m.

Cool Calm Collective
Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Site Wide
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Five energetic singers from different walks of the vocal life (yes, that is five in a barbershop
quartet… four women and a male bass) led by Meagan Tuck, sing "classic" pop, selecting the
songs that are hot today and will be the "classics" of the future.

choir! choir! choir!
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Formed during a snowpocalpyse in February 2011, choir! choir! choir! is a no-commitment choir
that meets weekly in bars around Toronto to belt out pop classics in three-part harmonies. Created
and led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman, the group has created a lively community around
music and performed with punk legend Patti Smith, appeared on the Juno Awards 2014, and have
been featured on CBC (The National, Q, Sunday Edition), NPR Weekend Edition, The Globe & Mail,
ET Canada, Toronto Star and many other outlets.

Kinobe and the Wamu Spirit
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Master multi-instrumentalist brings the ancient traditions of Uganda to the contemporary world of
Canada for the very first time. Kinobe’s first international performance was at the age of 10. By 21,
he had visited nearly every country in Africa studying and playing with celebrated musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and
Baaba Maal.

JAMsession
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Site Wide
As long time friends, Linda (Tenor), Lesley (Baritone), Christine (Lead) and Sally (Bass) are a
quartet who loves to sing and join in the party. As “JAMsession”, they have been singing 'a
cappela' style for many years enjoying the special magic of close four part harmony. Their
repertoire of classic barbershop numbers includes popular and jazz standards in addition to
Christmas favourites.

Regent Park School of Music
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Young musicians perform The Regent Park Songbook, featuring new works by Canadian composers
written specifically for students at the Regent Park School of Music. Including composers Brian
Current, Dean Burry, Juliet Palmer, Saman Shahi and Jeffrey Ryan.

The Jessica Stuart Few
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
This folk / jazz power trio includes a Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), and sound just as brilliant
as that sentence is intriguing. For the first time in the group’s history, the trio will be joined by
Jessica’s mother, koto master Wendy Stuart, and together they will debut a new piece written for
this occasion.

Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - WestJet Stage
The TWMVC proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the
mountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time it emphasizes a multicultural context in its
broad repertoire which also includes spirituals, operatic arias, Canadian folk songs as well as
Broadway show tunes and contemporary Canadian music.

Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons Band
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – North Orchard
Fun for the over 50’s, with instruments! New Horizons is a multi-level (beginner to advanced)
band-based programme that allows mature adults to learn to play a band instrument in a group
setting for the first time in their lives or to re-connect with an instrument they played years ago.

Cruces
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Join Spaniard and classical flamenco singer Fernando Gallego Torres with local players and
dancers in a wild flamenco ‘jam’. What could be more rousing than the sound of multiple guitars,
swirling skirts and stamping heels – you can almost taste the tapas!

Nazar-i Turkwaz
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
United by long standing friendships and a love of singing, Brenna MacCrimmon, Maryem Tollar,
Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown join forces to celebrate the stories of life through song. Their
curiosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led to explorations of ancient song
traditions from the Middle East and Turkey to Greece and the Balkans.

OBEAH & Other Soulful Musical Medecines
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Envision a cross-section of the traditional folk music of Africa and the Caribbean. Add to this the
popular African-American genres of jazz, blues and soul. Taken as a whole, these can be viewed as
forming a large part of the "Classical" music of the African diasporas. Featuring the irrepressible
Nicole Brooks with Amina Alfred, Alana Bridgewater, Lisa Michelle Cornelius, Angelique Lazarus
and Andrew Craig.

Scratch
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Imagine turntables, a mixer, an SP and the world's greatest record collection; all miniaturized and
contained within the body of one man. That's halfway to recognizing the sheer genius that is
Scratch; beat-boxing impresario, Grammy-award ® Winner and former member of The Roots.

Yonge Guns Quartet
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Site Wide
Yonge Guns Quartet was formed in July of 2013. Made up of high school friends, they are
currently the youngest competing barbershop quartet in Ontario and are going for gold at the
International Collegiate Contest in Las Vegas in July.

Ramneek Singh
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Introduced to Indian Classical Music at the tender age of six, Ramneek Singh is an accomplished
vocal artist with more than thirty years of strict vocal training. Ramneek has given numerous
performances in India and North America, and teaches advanced Vocal Hindustani Music. Today
her concert will include semi-classical music, interactive rhythmic introductions and some
Pakistani folk tunes which she performed for the film Midnight’s Children.

euphonia
Sunday, June 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – WestJet Stage
euphonia make symphonic music accessible and exciting by being daring in their programming
and relaxed in their venues, from the Lula Lounge to the Westjet Stage in one mighty bound.

Seraphim
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Born out of 75 years of choral excellence from the prestigious St. Michael's Choir School,
Seraphim has gathered the finest Alumni voices now seasoned to perfection. This group of 30
doctors, lawyers and real estate agents carry on their passion for choral singing, with a mix of
beautiful traditional classic numbers and the odd leap into Disney territory. Exciting, vibrant and
sweet sounding – perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Definitely the Opera
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Opera stars Robert Gleadow (bass-baritone), Shannon Mercer (soprano) & Lauren Segal (mezzo
soprano) take to the stage with sweetness and swagger! The Canadian Opera Ensemble Studio
alumni will perform classical arias, duets and trios from the operatic cannon, perfect for an
afternoon by the water.

Ukulele Project 2.0 - Performance
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Building on the success of 2012, the Ukulele Project 2.0 will attempt Toreador from Bizet’s
Carmen – on massed ukuleles, led by a quartet of brilliant uke soloists. There are five workshops
over the weekend to polish up your uke skills - so don’t miss taking part in this unique endeavor.

FILM:

The Great Caruso
Saturday, July 25, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – North Orchard
The Great Caruso is a 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring the
brilliant Mario Lanza in the title role. The film is a highly fictionalized biography of the life
of tenor Enrico Caruso, and the glorious music that made up his world.

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Wagner's massive opera cycle Der Ring Des Nibelungen is examined from a fresh perspective in
this documentary from director Jon Else -- from the point of view of the stagehands. The San
Francisco Opera Company is performing the entire 17-hour "Ring" cycle over four nights, and a
group of union stagehands ends up pulling an 85-hour week as they try to keep the show running
smoothly. In between hauling scenery back and forth and making the special effects work, the
crew members play cards, squabble among themselves and try to make sense of the opera's
German-language story (as one member of the tech crew puts it, "Every time the gold changes
hands, somebody ends up dead"). Sing Faster... won honors in its premier showing at the 1999
Sundance Film Festival.

The Mighty Uke Q&A with the Filmmakers
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
The Mighty Uke travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures,
ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past,
and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from
swinging London through Tokyo’s high-rise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s
instrument: the mighty uke. A Q&A with the filmmakers, Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher, will
follow the screening.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

Big Games
Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Brigantine Tent
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Checkers and chess, classic games to challenge the brain.

Kids’ Craft – is that a bird on your head???
Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – HarbourKIDS Tent
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Make a cardboard guitar or ukulele, decorate and strum away the afternoon OR create your own
twittering bird headdress and sing to your hearts content.

Sing La Habanera with Kyra Millan
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Brigantine Room
A lively and immersive workshop with Kyra Millan, vocal teacher extraordinaire. Everyone has a
voice, and if you don’t know where it is, Kyra can find it! Using Bizet’s well known tune La
Habanera, explore singing, acting and libretto writing. It sounds impossible, but it is truly magical.

LECTURES/LEARNING:

Ukulele Workshops
Friday, July 25 – Sunday July 27, 2014 – All at Lakeside Terrace
Leading up to that undertaking there are five FREE different uke workshops - from calypso to
classic 1920’s tunes, lead by some of the best musician/teachers in the city: Heather Katz, Chris
Wilson, Roger Gibbs and Eve Goldberg. Come and join one (or all) of the workshops to learn new
styles, brush up on your technique and prepare for the entrance of the bullfighter during Toreador.

Four Strings and Two Chords
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Classic Calypso Rhythms and Melodies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

'20s Classics of the Uke Repertoire
Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Chord Chemistry and the Circle of Fifths
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Rehearsal for Grand Premiere of Bizet's Toreador
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS:

Installation – Quiet Strings
Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Studio Theatre
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Instruments played as they were built to be heard – in a series of short, intimate acoustic concertii
for 20 people only, by players of diverse unusual stringed instruments.
In partnership with Musideum

Tree Harp
Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – South Orchard Area
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Trees turned into a harp for all to play.

VENDORS:

Lake View Market
Friday July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Lake View Market
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Located at the heart of Harbourfront Centre's festivals, the Lake View Market is a cosmos of the worldliness in Toronto. Visitors can browse and shop a wide range of interesting clothing, housewares, artifacts and products as part of the full Harbourfront Centre experience.

World Café
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
The World Café is an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA – and an important
complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.
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