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Grammy nominated Dan Zanes from New York City performs a rocking concert on March 6

Toronto, February 24, 2005 – Dan Zanes from New York City, the former lead singer and songwriter for the legendary rock and roll band The Del Fuegos, and his band perform exuberant, handmade music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. “The band’s frequent live shows create the happiest concert vibe since Woodstock,” says New York Magazine. The concert, part of Harbourfront Centre’s ZOOM! family Sundays programming, takes place on Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m., at 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four tickets. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

During the first part of every performance, the audience is invited to “sing along with gusto” before things heat up and ultimately dissolve into an all-ages dance party. Dan Zanes sings and plays the mandolin, banjo, harmonica, autoharp and electric guitar. Joining him on stage are Barbara Brousal, guitar, mandolin and vocals; Colin Brooks, drums; Josh Goldman, upright bass; Cynthia Hopkins, accordion, saw and vocals; and Rankin Don a.k.a. Father Goose, vocals.

Once the lead singer of celebrated roots rock band The Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes has found his calling, creating truly age-desegregated folk music. “I’m excited by a sound that has the raw spontaneity of early rock and roll, the handmade traditions of American folk and the breezy soulfulness of certain West Indian music,” says Zanes. “Mostly, though, Zanes kids’ music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music–music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even,” writes The New York Times Magazine.

Since Dan Zanes founded Festival Five Records in 1999, the label has released highly acclaimed recordings. The first was his groundbreaking Rocket Ship Beach (2000), followed by Family Dance (2001), Night Time! (2002) and Grammy nominated House Party (2003). The albums feature a broad range of collaborations–from Sheryl Crow to Lou Reed, Deborah Harry to Angelique Kidjo, Aimee Mann to Sandra Bernhard–and rank among the top-selling family music CDs.

After the concert, families are invited to visit Harbourfront Centre’s ZOOM! Room for a variety of fun, hands-on activities. ZOOM! family Sundays run from 1 to 5 p.m., every Sunday, until April 17.

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Media Contact: Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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