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Harbourfront Centre invites Torontonians to get down and boogie at the waterfront as Dancing on the Pier swings into summer – Thursdays, June 26 – September 4


Toronto, ON (May 29, 2014) - Harbourfront Centre is encouraging all Torontonians to grab friends, family or come single to dance on the shores of Lake Ontario. Join us as the music begins to play on June 26 for the fourth edition of Dancing on the Pier. A weekly series that offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the diverse world of music with the universal language of dance, Dancing on the Pier will bring rhythm and movement to the waterfront every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., until September 4.

As the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor dance floor, patrons will discover different dance styles each week to the beat of live music performed by local musicians. The season kicks off with an all-time favourite, Toronto All-Star Big Band, famous for their rhythm, spirit and style channeled from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Joining Dancing on the Pier for the very first time are Sean Bellaviti and Luis Obegoso, leading figures in Toronto’s sizzling Latin American music scene. Performing with them will be a host of renowned musicians.

The 2014 Dancing on the Pier lineup also includes collaborations with dance organizations from across the city: Toronto Swing Dance Society, Swingin’ OUT, SalsaTO, Caliente Entertainment, Swing Toronto and C.U. Dance Productions. Combining forces, these great groups are sure to get everyone moving in no time.

“Dancing on the Pier has grown so much each summer, so we’re very excited to see the turnout in its fourth year,” says Harbourfront Centre assistant artistic associate, Bridget Love. “The combination of the dance floor’s waterfront setting, and the featured steps and styles from around the globe, makes this weekly series a highlight for summer evenings in the city – the response so far has been fantastic.”

Dancing on the Pier is a free event and is open to everyone, from curious novices to ballroom pros. For a swingin’ good time, come and join the live band, dance experts and hundreds of Torontonians on the Pier from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., every Thursday at Harbourfront Centre’s Boulevard Tent. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at the Lakeside Local Patio each week to help make this unique event the perfect night out.

For additional information the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

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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MEDIA CONTACT
Spencer Emmerson
Phone: 647-881-6941
semmerson@harbourfrontcentre.com


FULL LISTING OF DANCING ON THE PIER EVENTS:

Crooners and Songbird of Yesterday & Today
June 26 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Join the Toronto All-Star Big Band and explore the legacy of jazz; we will honor the crooners of yesterday, like Frank Sinatra, while celebrating the songbirds of today including Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall and more. Toronto Swing Dance Society, Canada’s longest-running Swing Dance group, will help us kick off the opening night of our season!

Jump, Jive an' Wail with Toronto All-Star Big Band
July 3 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Come down to the shores of Lake Ontario for a swinging good time with Toronto All-Star Big Band and Swingin’OUT. Get ready to jump, jive an’ wail the night away!

Sambito: An evening of Afro-Peruvian music
July 10 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to shake a tail feather with Sean Bellaviti as he presents Sambito: an evening of Afro-Peruvian music. The night will be sizzling with Mike and Sharon from SalsaTO, Toronto’s Salsa Zine, bringing the heat.

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
July 17 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930s, 40s and 50s - the Old, New, Borrowed & Blue. Shy? Toronto All-Star Band will have you on your feet in no time!

Cuban Roots: An exploration of Cuban dance music from son to chachacha and much more
July 24 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Sean Bellaviti presents Cuban Roots: An exploration of Cuban dance music from son to chachacha and much more. Come spend your Thursday night on the Pier and get your groove thing moving. The dancers at Caliente Entertainment will be bringing the heat and making the dance floor sizzle all night long.

Swingin' Through the Ages--the Last 40 Years of Big Band Hits
July 31 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Swing through the ages with Toronto All-Star Big Band. Come cool down on the pier and help dance Harbourfront Centre into its 4th decade with Big Band Hits from the last 40 years. Teachers and dancers from Swing Toronto will be twisting and shouting the night away.

Hard-core salsa of New York from the 70 & 80’s with Moda Eterna
August 7 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Luis Obegoso’s Moda Eterna is inspired by the hard-core salsa of New York from the 70 & 80’s. This smaller version of his 12-piece band will present snap shots of the salsa history as created by some of the greatest composers and performers including Ray Barreto, Roberto Roena and Eddie Palmieri. Join the teachers and students from C.U. Dance Productions on the Pier, take a step back in time and dance to the songs of salsa’s legends.

Afro Colombian Jazz, Blending the sounds of Afro Colombian Folklore with Jazz
August 14 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Escape with us for the night--come get lost as Luis Orbegoso, one of the most in-demand percussionists in Toronto, presents Afro Colombian Jazz, blending the sounds of Afro Colombian Folklore with Jazz. Lose your inhibitions and dance on the Pier at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

The Art of the Descarga: Revisiting the roots of Latin jazz
August 21 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Sean Bellaviti is revisiting the roots of Latin jazz as he presents the Art of Descarga. This is your last chance to dance to the music of Sean Bellaviti, a leading figure in Toronto’s exciting Latin American music scene. Need a vacation? Lose yourself with us for the night at Dancing on the Pier in the exciting music of a distant oasis.

Shall We Swing? Sounds of the Famous Big Bands
August 28 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Shall We Swing? Toronto All-Star Big Band presents Sounds of the Famous Big Bands. One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Get on your feet, feel the beat and join the students and teachers of Swing Toronto for the last swing night in the Dancing on the Pier season.

Spoken word with Dance: blending rhythms of Hiphop, Salsa, Reggaeton and some Colombian Folklore with a touch of Spoken word
September 4 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boulevard Tent
Luis Orbegoso presents Spoken word with Dance: blending rhythms of Hiphop, Salsa, Reggaeton and some Colombian Folklore with a touch of Spoken word. Join us on the waterfront for the final Dancing on the Pier event and help us end the season with a bang!

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