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Harbourfront Centre hosts a lakeside carnival Extravaganza!

Saturday July 2 & Sunday July 3, 2005

TORONTO, June 21, 2005 - Extravaganza! A Feast for the Senses gathers the unbridled revelry and spontaneous energy of the world's festivals and unleashes them over one glorious July weekend! Expect daily parades, BIG festival bands, floating venues and fire sculptures on the water at one of this summer's brand new festivals at Harbourfront Centre. All events are free admission.

Extravaganza! brings artists from all festive corners of the world and features music from India's Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Portugal's Dona Rosa, Guinea's Ba Cissoko, and Spain's Ojos de Brujo. Elaborate wired and feathered sculptures from Toronto's Kristin Fahrig are displayed on the The Torontonian (in partnership with Mariposa Cruiselines) in the harbour docked beside the CIBC Stage. Expert chefs takes you right to New Orleans, Brazil and the Caribbean with interactive food demos. Hot Latin, Caribbean and South Asian music that will make you dance.... and if you can't dance we'll teach you how - carnival style! Daytime activities for the family. Raunchy late night cabaret for the voyeur at the Decadence Cabaret. (Full schedule and times in listings below.)

PARADES & FESTIVAL SPECTACLES: On July 2 at 1 p.m Extravaganza! kicks off with a world tour of festivals parade featuring Toronto's Afro-Brazilian group Maracatu Nunca Antes, Toronto's Louis Saldenah and his Mas-k Club (celebrating 25 years in Caribana this year) and direct from India, the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band! The carnival continues at the CIBC Stage on July 2 with a Brazilian "Bloco" by Maracatu Nunca Antes at 1:30 p.m. and a "Fora Da Epoca" at 2 p.m. featuring Sambacana and stunning Brazilian dancers in "full" costume (produced by Toronto's Escola De Samba). At 3 p.m. on the CIBC Stage the carnivale "jumps up" towards Trinidad when Louis Saldenah and the Saldenah Mas-k Club take over the stage with incredible Soca rhythms and dancing. On July 3 at 6 p.m. Extravaganza! concludes with a parade coordinated by Red Pepper Spectacle. The Mardi Gras themed parade features Montreal's Fat Tuesday Brass Band, giant puppets, fire artistry, a kid's parade, free umbrellas and beads. At dusk on July 2, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts stages a fire sculpture spectacle and performance in and on the Natrel Pond.

MUSIC: An incredible array of International acts make their first Toronto appearances at Extravaganza! Portugal's Dona Rosa is a blind Fado singer who survived for decades by singing on the tiled streets of Lisbon. In 1999, a Portuguese TV production company cast her as a Fado singer which led to a CD and worldwide acclaim. She performs a rare and emotional performance on the CIBC Stage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday July 2. Saturday evening at 8 p.m., the ten member Jaipur Kawa Brass Band direct from Rajasthan, India, play a raucous blend of British colonial brass infused with danceable Indian rhythms. Guinea's Ba Cissoko quartet transforms the African traditions of the kora and the griot with electrifying effects and fiery musicianship at 9 p.m. On Sunday at 3 p.m., The Fat Tuesday Brass Band from Montreal, kicks it up a notch with their own blend of Mardi Gras funk and jazz. Already an international success, Barcelona Latin World music group Ojos De Brujo round out the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. effortlessly mixing Flamenco with Hip-hop, Funk, Punk and more! Winston “Pappy” Frederick performs Caribbean carnival tunes on melodious steel pans at  5 p.m. on the Toronto Star Stage.

DANCE: Carnival Dance Jam with Danzearte is the Canadian premiere of a Harbourfront Centre commissioned work that explores the history of carnivals through movement, costume and narrative. This show focuses on Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean Carnival and Mas Band traditions. This work is choregraphed and created by Artistic Director Pedro Salazar (July 2 at 6:30 p.m., July 3 at 4 p.m.). A Carnival dance workshop for audiences of all ages and skill levels takes place on  July 2 at 4 p.m. as choreographer/dancer Newton Moraes teaches audiences how to dance Carnival Brazilian style!

THEATRE/Variety: The festival voyeur should peep into Harbourfront Centre late night on July 2 for Decadence Cabaret; featuring performances by drag queen group the Kingsize Kings and Adryan Lee (Canada's foremost Celine Dion impersonator) as well as sketches, songs and comedy by Cabaret Vulgare. Hosted by Grant Peckford. Miss Canadiana's Red White and Beautiful Tour finds audiences meeting and taking photos with Miss Canadiana and visiting her Canadiana Kitsch museum throughout the day on July 2 & 3. The Power Plant presents Los Angeles "showcore" group My Barbarian - who bring their Broadway-bastardized dance numbers, improvised absurdist comedy routines and site-specific spectacles to The Power Plant. On July 2 & 3 My Barbarian presents the Canadian premiere of Gods of Canada, a part-nautical, part-musical tribute to our home and native land presented by Harbourfront Centre and The Drake Hotel.

KIDS/Families: The Canadian premiere of the family play Trans-Canada features Native Earth Performing Arts using the Trickster character to playfully engage audiences into thinking about issues of humanism and the environment (July 2). The Kids Tent features Arts and Crafts workshops throughout the day (coordinated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts of Kensington Market) that encourage families to create masks and beaded creations (a la Mardi Gras). Family activities also feature face painting artist Cecilia Booth with Carnival Extravaganza festive faces ($5 fee applies) at the Lakeside Terrace Tent.

FILM: The Extravaganza! film programme focuses on festivals from around the world. The Canadian premiere of Mardi Gras-Made in China (Official Selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival) reveals the humour and sadness of globalization through the hope and violence of Mardi Gras bead wearing and bead making. Ghandi's Sons is a documentary about the history of the carnival in Bahia seen through the eyes of the biggest carnival group in Salvador. Carnival in Q'eros is a groundbreaking documentary showing the remarkable Carnival celebrations (rarely seen by outsiders) of a remote community of Peruvian Ande Indians. Mas Fever: Inside Trinidad Carnival is an informative and enjoyable documentary that goes behind the scenes to capture the spirit of the celebration of this major festival event. The classic Marcel Camus' film Black Orpheus (1960 Academy Award winner) retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Las máscaras del carnaval de Suabia tells the tale of a German Winter festival in Vilinguet where participants wear masks and loudly walk the streets in order to scare away bad spirits. This celebration has been taking place since 1467. Melbourne Marching Girls Bare All is an engaging behind the scenes look at a diverse group of women at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Some films are not suitable for children

FOOD: Celebratory carnival dishes and chef demos of Brazilian, New Orleans, Caribbean and African cuisine (July 2 & 3).
On July 2 Chef Suzana Saverski of Red Violin Brazilian Steakhouse prepares authentic Brazilian Rodizio of  roasted pineapple and picanha on a traditional Brazilian barbeque while Chef Dwight Boswell from Chalice Catering prepares a Caribbean "Jump Up" dish of coconut shrimps with mango and papaya chutney. On July 3 Chef Ismat Jivani from Big Daddy’s Crabshack and Oyster Bar will prepare a New Orleans style Creole meal filled with delicious Cajun spices! Also on July 3 Chef Celestin Ilelaboye of Nigerian Restaurant prepares pounded Yam with Egonsi sauce. (All Food demo samples $1).   

BOAT EVENTS: The majestic 200 foot white Tall Ship Empire Sandy will be docked at John Quay from July 1 to July 3 and offers free on deck tours from 10 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (in partnership with Nautical Adventures). At 1:45 p.m. come to the CIBC Stage area to view a sail-by with the Empire Sandy. On July 3 (free admission from 3 to 5 p.m.). Toronto visual artist Kristen Fahrig's  carnival costume installations become a floating art exhibition on the decks of the The Torontonian (in partnership with Mariposa Cruiselines). The Mariposa Belle features a touch of Louisiana Swing with audiences invited to dance and listen to the Dixie Demons at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (in partnership with Mariposa Cruiselines).

VISUAL ARTS: Curated  by Olinda Fernandes, Carnival Unmasked unravels the origins of this pre-Lenten festival celebrated with bacchanalian abandon in most Christian countries around the world (July 1-3). The exhibition will include the King & Queen costumes from the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu & the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau in New Orleans (supported by the Louisiana Office of Tourism).

Extravaganza! A Feast for the Senses
Complete Event Listings - Saturday July 2 & Sunday July 3 FREE
NEW Harbourfront Centre 2005 summer festival
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Info: 416-973-4000 or

*Programming marked with an asterisk occurs on board boats docked in the harbour beside the Harbourfront Centre site.

Saturday July 2
OPENING PARADE - (1 p.m. - Ann Tindal Park)

Kids - Red Pepper Spectacle Arts facilitates mardi gras mask making. Artist Cecilia Booth does face painting (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Lakeside  Tent) $5 fee for face painting.
Visual Arts - Carnival Unmasked (1 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Food/Demo- Chef Suzanna Saverski demonstrates Brazilian fare (1:30 p.m. - Brigantine Tent)
Music - Maracatu Nunca Antes (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music - Sambacana led by Toronto's Escola de Samba (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Film - Ghandi's Sons part of the Extravaganza! Film Programme (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Music - Louis Saldenah & the Saldenah Mas-k Club  (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music- Dona Rosa (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Film - Carnival in Q'eros & Mas Gever part of the Extravaganza! Film Programme (4 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Food/Demo - Chef Dwight Boswell leads a Caribbean Food Demo (4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Dance/Workshop - Newton Moraes teaches dancing Brazilian style! (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Theatre - My Barbarian presents Gods of Canada (4:30 p.m. - Power Plant Stage)
Music - Winston "Pappy" Frederick Steel Band (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance -  Carnival Dance Jam with Danzarte (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Theatre - Native Earth Performing Arts presents Trans-Canada (7 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Music - Jaipur Kawa Brass Band (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music - Ba Cissoko (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Film - Black Orpheus part of the Extravaganza! Film Programme (8 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Theatre/Variety- Fire happenings/installations by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts (9 p.m. - Natrel Pond)
Theatre/Music - Decadence Cabaret feat. Adrian Lee, Kingsize Kings & Cabaret Vulgare (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)

Sunday July 3
Kids - Red Pepper Spectacle Arts facilitates mardi gras mask making. Artist Cecilia Booth does face painting (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Lakeside  Tent) $5 fee for face painting.
Visual Arts - Carnival Unmasked (1:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Theatre/Variety - Canadian Extravagant Busker Idol winner performs (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Food/Demo - Chef Ismat Jivani leads a N'awlins Food Demo (2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Music - Fat Tuesday Jazz Band (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music* - Dixie Demons (3:30 p.m. - The Mariposa Belle)
Music - Ojos de Brujo (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music* - Dixie Demons (4:30 p.m. - The Mariposa Belle)
Dance - Carnival Dance Jam with Danzarte (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Food/Demo - Chef Celestine Ilelaboye  (4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Theatre - My Barbarian presents Gods of Canada (4:30 p.m. - Power Plant Stage)

CLOSING PARADE - 6 p.m. - Ann Tindal Park


Media Contacts:
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4518,
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
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