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All Over The Map: A Feast of Global Sounds
NEW Harbourfront Centre 2005 summer festival
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17, 2005
Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

All Over The Map: A Feast of Global Sounds (July 15 -17) charts how World music and culture has become a vital global phenomena. At the village and regional level - traditions are strong and locally rooted; while at the same time these traditions organically blend and coalesce with Western music styles and culture.... often exploding onto the international scene! Through multiple Toronto debuts and an wide-ranging exploration of regional dance and cultures Harbourfront Centre takes audiences on a weekend getaway escape All Over The Map. All concerts and events are free admission!

MUSIC: Toronto debuts by Daby Toure (Mauritania/Paris), Tinariwen (Algeria/Mali), Daara J (Senegal) and Victor Gama (Portugal/Angola) combine with rare live performances by Issa Bagayogo (Mali) and Chicago's Funkadesi to create a stellar line up of global music artists breaking boundaries at home and abroad!

Daby Toure
's powerful singing and songwriting traverse and transcend the West African music of his home and the Western influences of Paris - where he now resides. Referred to as an African Nick Drake and in the same style as Baaba Maal- his Real World debut CD Diam in 2004 led to supporting slots for Peter Gabriel and a mainstage appearance at WOMAD.

Tinariwen know how to Rock the Casbah and they definitely have the desert Blues in spirit and in their music. A pioneering band of the Tishoumaren music style since their formation in 1992 - the group sonically represents the exile and struggles of the Tuareg people through raw rocking multiple electric guitars, undulating vocals and hypnotic percussion.

Three member Daara J have been in effect since 1994 representing and creating conscious Senegalese hip-hop. Their amazing beats and superior flow reference American and French Rap, Soul and Reggae, African and Latin rhythms and percussion. Their 2003 album Boomerang featured Malian diva Rokia Traore and spawned the wicked single Esperanza (arranged by Cuba's Sargeant Garcia). The group won best Africa artists at the 2004 BBC World Music Awards.

Victor Gama was born in Angola of Portuguese origin and learned to play the Kissange thumb piano and the Hungo musical bow among others. This initial experience led him to create Pangeia Instrumentos - original contemporary instruments designed and built with traditional materials inspired by the notion that African instruments and music can and do migrate and adapt to new contexts. Experience his contemporary African music played on his completely unique instruments!

Mali's Issa Bagayogo (aka Techno Issa) 2002 Six Degrees release Timbuktu set off an explosion of mixing Electronic with funky Malian rhythms and traditional African music styles. His latest release Tassoumakan finds Bagayogo the musician dominating the technology with gentle vocals and superb kamele n'goni (young man's harp) playing.

Chicago's Funkadesi is a dynamic ensemble of musicians of widely varying backgrounds integrating East Indian music (Hindi film, Folk and Classical) with Reggae Funk and Afro-Caribbean grooves. This bold blend of styles reflects in explosive live performance as heard in the wonderful vocal interplay between Jamaican Valroy Dawkins and Indian Radhika Chimata.

The festival also features Do Right! Music's (run by Toronto DJ John Kong) Ready or Not CD release party - which is a rediscovery of languishing CBC Radio-Canada gems of some of Canada's best past Jazz, Soul and Latin artists producing world class modern Jazz tracks! The release will feature one or more of these artists live and in vinyl spirit!

DANCE: Over two weekend afternoons at the Toronto Star Stage (July 16 & 17) All Over the Map focuses on the seamless fusion of music and movement - how each informs the other and how both are shaped by the geography that they come from. The partnership between dance and music and the concept that artists generate both by connecting to a land base will be explored through performances by Canadian groups like Folklorico Filipino, Jeng Yi, Caribbean Folk Performers, Habeeba Hobeika Egyptian Dance Company and the George Sawa Ensemble and Grupo Chile.

Toronto's Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre performs their work Distances, Consonance and Diversity, From Persia to Turkistan at the Studio Theatre. This Canadian premiere is a blend of ritualistic and traditional dance forms inspired by the mysterious Caucasus Mountains and the desert nomads of Central Asia. The dance styles of Classical Persia, Azerbaijan, Daghistan, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan create a poetic portrait and an eclectic tapestry of diversity in these regions. Founded in 1993 the Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre has toured intensively across Europe and North America.

FOOD: Two afternoons of chef demos and delicious food dominate the Lakeside Terrace Tent (July 16 & 17 - food samples $1). Join host Christian Pritchard from Upstairs at Loblaws at the CedarBrae Market as he brings the excitement of the Feast of Two culinary demos and contest to you! Every audience member has an opportunity to win and will receive a ticket at each culinary demonstration. At the end of the demo a ticket will be drawn and a lucky member of the audience and a guest will win a full Feast for Two meal of the recipe demonstrated! Chefs and dishes include:

Chef David Chung is originally from Taiwan and achieved the rare honour of being accepted as an apprentice in Japan. Several cities and five languages later, Toronto is home to this revered master Sushi maker. During the demo, this gentle master will guide us through the time honoured tradition of making vegetarian sushi.

Chef Florence Kwok is a cooking instructor specializing in authentic oriental cuisine. She teaches at Upstairs at Loblaws, at the LCBO and at the Centre for Education in Mississauga. Florence will demonstate how to make a spicy Szechuan pork stir fry and will offer Kung Po shrimps and mango salad for the lucky Feast for Two winner!

The food demos will also feature a Persian feast with Chef and Restaurateur Aazam Alexanian of Tempus and Darvish and another Feast for Two winner! 

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