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Alexander Keith's East Coast Rhythms: An Exploration of Atlantic Canada's Culture
NEW summer festival at Harbourfront Centre
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, 2005
Info: 416-973-0000 or

Atlantic Canada’s unique music, art and culture exerts great influence on Canada while also building its own international audience. Alexander Keith's East Coast Rhythms: An Exploration of East Coast Culture showcases some of the region's top performers (many have won ECMA awards) - each influenced by the rich veins of Roots and Traditional music/dance and each fusing those traditions together with current cultural forms. This new Harbourfront Centre summer festival celebrates the immense talent and vibrant energy of the East Coast cultural scene! All events are free admission!

MUSIC: The East Coast's incredibly rich range of traditional and current music is fully represented! The Acadian Folk fusions of Vishten and the Celtic and Folk music of world renowned Cape Breton teen prodigies The Cottars combines with the distinct Halifax Rock styles of Matt Mays & El Torpedo and Joel Plaskett Emergency. New Brunswick's nationally acclaimed Roots and Blues performers Hot Toddy and Matt Andersen complement five-time 2005 ECMA award winner singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson - who performs with a full band in Toronto for the first time!

In addition, the festival presents an ANSMA (African Nova Scotia Music Association) showcase - which will blend diverse genres of music like Jazz, Soul, Rap and traditional African into exciting live performances featuring artists like Canadian Idol finalist Gary Beals, Halifax Hip-hop pioneers Universal Soul and  much more! More festival acts TBA.

DANCE: Halifax's Mocean Dance received national recognition last year with the airing of a documentary on the group which aired on Bravo! and CBC-TV Atlantic. Mocean Dance was founded in 2001 by Halifax dancers Carolle Crooks, Sara Harrigan, Alicia Orr, Lisa Phinny and Sarah Rozee Di Quinzio. As dancers working across North America, the members dreamed of pursuing careers in the Atlantic region and started that company to make their vision a reality. The festival also includes provocative East Coast contemporary dance at Dance Down - featuring Tammy Forsythe and others!

COMEDY: Canada always seems to look East for premier comic talent. Boys From the Shore is an East Coast comedy night featuring nationally known Nova Scotia comics Jay Malone and Mark Bennett along with Darryl Purvis.

CULTURAL: The organic blend of music and dance is definitely a feature of East Coast culture. Events like the Afro-Celtic jam will combine multi-disciplinary performers in spontaneous Altantic Canada style! More info TBA.

Alexander Keith's East Coast Rhythms: An Exploration of Atlantic Canada's Culture
August 19 - Matt Mays & El Torpedo (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 19 - Boys From the Shore comedy (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
August 20 - Vishten (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 20 - Dance Down (6 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
August 20 - Gordie Sampson (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 20 - Joel Plaskett Emergency (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 20 - ANSMA showcase featuring Gary Beals (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
August 21 - Matt Andersen (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
August 21 - Hot Toddy (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 21 - The Cottars (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)

For more summer info and festival releases go to

Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4518,
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428,  
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