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Beats, Breaks and Culture - Toronto Electronic Music Festival
presented by NOW Magazine
Harbourfront Centre 2005 summer festival
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10, 2005
Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Beats, Breaks and Culture returns to Harbourfront Centre after a highly successful launch last year. This festival of Canadian and international peformers explores Electronic music and culture in all its forms and variations, as well as its expanding influence in contemporary society. This year the festival exclusively features electronic music acts that perform live and will focus on the cutting-edge convergance of Electro and Rock music styles. All concerts and events are free admission!

Confirmed acts at the include the first Toronto appearance by the Platinum Pied Pipers. This Detroit Hip-hop and Soul act/project is the creation of Waajeed - a founding member of Slum Village and producer to Dwele and Jay Dee. Their self-titled Ubiquity debut drops in May and features appearances from Spacek, Jay-Dee and more! The festival also presents the North American debut of UK Soul Funk Electronic sensation Will Holland's (aka Quantic) live project the Quantic Soul Orchestra! Enigmatic New York based five member outfit Out Hud, which includes members of !!!,  returns to Toronto to perform their acclaimed live mix of Punked and Funked up Electro and Techno. More U.S. and International acts TBA.

Beats, Breaks and Culture also presents some of Canada's most innovative electronic musicians. This year the festival features live performances from genre-hopping artists like Toronto sensation Jake Fairley and Adam Marshall and by emerging groups like Montreal's We Are Wolves, Toronto's Rocket Tits and Holy Fuck. More Canadian acts TBA.

Beats, Breaks and Culture cultural events include; Pop, Lock and Load II - an event bringing together some of Canada's best B-boys and B-girls in competition for $1000 in cash and a feature performance spot at Harbourfront Centre’s Kick Up Your Heels festival. Confirmed breakdancing crews include: Drunken Monks, DDT, Natural Flow, Stylordz, Illmatics, Maximum Efficiency and Ground Illusions. Tribe Magazine presents an exhibition of images gleaned from more than 10 years of dance and club culture in Toronto. Style in Progress presents live artists working in a mixture of graffiti styles. Toronto's Kick Magazine hosts a variety of panels exploring the world of electronic music and culture. Toronto's Mix Motion and Wabi will be creating live visual environments at events throughout the festival.

Beats, Breaks and Cinema
features the Toronto debut screening of Hans Fjellestad’s Moog (a biography the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer) and Josell Ramos’s Maestro - the most realistic motion picture ever made about dance music culture.

Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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