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Beats, Breaks and Culture - Toronto Electronic Music Festival

(presented by NOW Magazine)
Harbourfront Centre 2005 summer festival at multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
Friday July 8 through Sunday July 10 (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
Public Information: 416-973-4000 or

TORONTO, June 28, 2005-Beats, Breaks and Culture returns to Harbourfront Centre July 8 through July 10! This unique festival explores Electronic music and culture in all its forms, as well as its expanding influence in today's society. This year the festival focusses on Electronic and Urban music acts that perform LIVE. All concerts and events are free admission!

International acts include: The Quantic Soul Orchestra featuring Alice Russel (UK) in their North American debut! Detroit's Platinum Pied Pipers, Paris' Nicolas Repac and New York's Automato in their Toronto debuts! Detroit's Scan 7, New York's Out Hud, Argentina's Federico Aubele and New York's Jean Grae all make rare live appearances!

Beats, Breaks and Culture features some of Canada's best Electronic and Urban musicians and DJs. This year the festival features LIVE sets from Toronto's Jake Fairley, Holy Fuck, Tom Kuo, Dragonette, Rocket Tits, LAL, La Bomba and Adam Marshall and also by Montreal's We Are Wolves and Vancouver's La Connar.

DJ sets by Toronto's
Tim Patrick, Steve Yanko, Starting From Scratch, P-Plus and Jeff Milligan aka Algorithm are complemented by two nights and two days of DJs at the Long & McQuade Lounge (DJs include Sara Scruton, Henner vs Murtagh, Nonpareil, EF-Sharp, Mike Fury, The Rooster Project, Gio, Vince Ailey, Amir, Ludichris, Naw, Fabian Palermo, St. Pete, Aria, Chocolate, Stephane "Teknostep" Vera, Tigerstyle and a live set by DJ Shine).

Toronto's Electronic and Urban music community takes part large and direct with the breakdancing competition
Pop, Lock and Load II, graffiti works by the Style in Progress artists and with parties like Savour and Fascination. Tribe Magazine has gathered its photographs into a relaxed exhibition lounge while Kick Magazine has gathered an amazing group of panelists to discuss Electronic music scene topics. Live visual environments by Mix Motion, Wabi, Willie Knox and Lift
complement festival screenings of acclaimed films like Maestro, Moog and Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.

Beats, Breaks & Culture Concert Line-Up:
Friday July 8 - Automato (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 8 - Platinum Pied Pipers (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 8 - Savour The Flavour party featuring Rocket Tits, La Bomba, DJ Denise Benson (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
July 8 - Jean Grae with Pueblo Unido and DJs Musiklee Inzane (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Saturday July 9 - DJ Tim Patrick (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 9 - Dragonette (2 p..m. - CIBC Stage)
July 9 - DJ Steve Yanko (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 9 - Federico Aubele (3:30 p..m. - CIBC Stage)
July 9 - La Connar (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 9 - Tom Kuo live performance (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 9 - DJ Jeff Milligan aka Algorithm (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 9 - Out Hud (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 9 - The Quantic Soul Orchestra featuring Alice Russel (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 9 - Fascination party featuring Holy Fuck, We Are Wolves and Andrew Allsgood (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
July 9 - Jake Fairley with Adam Marshall (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Sunday July 10 - LAL live performance (2 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 10 - DJ P-Plus (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 10 - Scan 7 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 10 - DJ Starting From Scratch (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 10 - Nicolas Repac (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 10 - Pop, Lock & Load II breakdancing competition finale (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)

Catch these DJs at the Long & McQuade Lounge all weekend!
(Visit Harbourfront Centre website for more artist details)
Friday July 8: Sara Scruton (7 p.m.), Henner vs DJ Murtagh (8 p.m.), Nonpareil (10 p.m.)
Saturday July 9: EF-Sharp (1 p.m.), Mike Fury (2 p.m.), The Rooster Project (3 p.m.), Gio (4 p.m.), Vince Ailey (5 p.m.)
Saturday July 9: Amir (6 p.m.), Ludichris (7 p.m.), Naw (neil wiernik - 8 p.m.), Fabian Palermo (9 p.m.), St. Pete (10 p.m.)
Sunday July 10: Chocolate ( 1p.m.), Aria (2 p.m.), Stephane "Teknostep" Vera (3 p.m.), Tigerstyle (4 p.m.)
Sunday July 10: Finale live set by DJ Shine (5 p.m.)

For complete summer info and festival releases go to

Complete Beats, Breaks and Culture event and artist descriptions below:

Beats, Breaks & Culture Concerts:
All concerts are free admission!

Automato (New York) - Toronto debut
Friday July 8 (CIBC Stage, 8 p.m.)
This Hip-hop group goes beyond the genre with intelligent lyrics and music inspired by Nas, The Pixies and David Axelrod. Automato are often compared to Outkast's Andre 3000, Jay Z and the Talking Heads! (

Platinum Pied Pipers (Detroit) - Toronto debut
Friday July 8 (CIBC Stage - 9:30 p.m.)
This Hip-hop and Soul project is the creation of Waajeed - a founding member of Slum Village and producer to Dwele and Jay Dee. Their international acclaimed self-titled Ubiquity debut features appearances from Spacek, Jay-Dee and more!
Artist info at:

Jean Grae (New York City) with Toronto's Pueblo Unido and DJ Musiklee Inzane
Friday July 8 (11p.m. Brigantine Room)
Late Night NOW (presented by Labatt Blue)
South African born, New York bred hip-hop artist Jean Grae creates passionate music with gritty, no-nonsense lyrics. Both her parents are Jazz musicians (her father Abdullah Ibrahim is one of South Africa's finest players) while her critically acclaimed albums The Bootleg of the Bootleg and This Week have set her up as one of Okay Player's exclusive group of artists (The Roots, Jill Scott). Artist info at: Toronto collective Pueblo Unido was founded by artist SPIN to represent hip-hop inspired spoken word, drumming, b-boying and singing. Members of the collective will be soon be performing in Venezuala and Havana, Cuba. DJ Musiklee Inzane is a founding member of the popular Real Frequency radio show. You can hear Musiklee Inzane between sets at the show and Mondays at 11 p.m. on FLOW 93.5.
SAVOUR featuring DJ Denise Benson
Live sets by Toronto's Rocket Tits and La Bomba
Friday July 8 (Lakeside Terrace - 11 p.m.)
Eternally popular and continually creative Toronto DJ and journalist Denise Benson ( brings her Savour party to the lake with live set by cohorts Rocket Tits (
four ladies who have a new take and take on male driven Rock N' Roll by playing songs by The Damned, The Ramones, The Beastie Boys and more! at Savour also has a performance and CD release preview by La Bomba (Toronto Latina rapper is also a documentary filmmaker).

DJ Tim Patrick (Toronto)
Saturday July 9 (1:30 pm - Toronto Star Stage)
This Toronto's Rave scene leader brings fresh Tech-House tracks to get you moving! Info:

Saturday July 9 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
This four-piece Electro-Pop powerhouse is born of the need to groove and the thirst for Rock N'  Roll. Members are Martina Sorbara (vocalist), Dan Kurtz (bassist), guitarist Simon Craig and drummer Joel Stouffer.

DJ Steve Yanko (Toronto)
Saturday July 9 (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
DJ/Producer Steve Yanko is deeply entrenched in the Toronto club scene as a promoter of and player at hundreds of parties.   Always rooted in the 4/4 but never held back by genre, his diverse DJ repertoire is paralleled by his writing and production. His recently mixed the critically acclaimed Twilight Trax for Chicago house legends Trax Records.

Federico Aubele (Argentina)
Saturday July 9 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Aubele’s lush, Latin-infused dub starts with guitars, then layers samples, synths, bass, shakers and female vocals singers to create a sound reminiscent of Manu Chao. His most recent album Grand Hotel Buenos Aires includes Latin guitar and Spanish lyrics produced by Thievery Corporation. Artist info at

LaConnor (Vancouver)
Saturday July (4 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage)
Clarinet, violin and drums merge with digital samples and ambient noise in a fascinating soundscape. Referencing Folk and Classical Chamber music LaConnor takes a unique Electroacoustical journey. Artist info at

Tom Kuo (Toronto) 
Saturday July 9 (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
A special live performance from one of Toronto's best Techno producers creating a live flow of futuristic abstract sounds.

Jeff Milligan aka Algorithm (Toronto)
Saturday July 9 (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Jeff Milligan was the first DJ in Canada to use three turntables. His legendary style of Techno and House has earned him acclaim as one of the most technically talented DJs in the world. Witness his original live set!

Out Hud (New York City)
Saturday July 9 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
This enigmatic New York based five member outfit includes members of !!! (Chicks Chicks Chicks), returns to Toronto to perform their incredible live mix of Punked and Funked up Electro and Techno. Artist info at

Quantic Soul Orchestra (UK) featuring Alice Russel (Tru Thoughts)
Saturday July 9 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - North American debut!
UK Soul Funk DJ/Producer sensation Will Holland (aka Quantic) wanted to give back something to the Funk and Soul music he loves by recreating it as a live music experience in the Quantic Soul Orchestra. This fantastic band makes its debut after European festival concerts in front of thousands of dancing converts! Artist info at

Fascination - DJ Andrew Allsgood with live guests Holy Fuck (Toronto) and We Are Wolves (Montreal)
Saturday July 9 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Late Night NOW (presented by Labatt Blue)
Holy Fuck is a collection of improvised recordings performed live on two track. The beats and samples are provided by Casio SK’s and other garage sale keyboards while the scratches are done with a 35mm film synchronizer (film editing equipment that has never been used before as a musical instrument). We Are Wolves is a three member band that gets bumped up to four when they add in Rock! Free and honest post-Punk trashy, lo-fi Electro. (
DJ Andrew Allsgood performs bends genres with jazzy Broken Beat and experimental electronic Soul.

Jake Fairley with Adam Marshall (Berlin/Toronto)
Saturday July 9 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Jake Fairley's perfect hybrid of Techno and Rock n' Roll mixes with Adam Marshall’s blend of House and Techno, Jazz and Dub to create a rare live performance of dance genres and styles! (

LAL (Toronto)
Sunday July 10 (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
The outcome of a deep soulful connection between vocalist Rosina Kazi and her flat mate Nick Murray (aka Murr). LAL has become a force with 2005 UK concerts, a cross-Canada tour and an amazing live show! Artist info at

Scan 7
Sunday July 10 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
William Smith is one of the pioneers of the Detroit Techno scene and an internationally sought after Producer. His sharp has led him to expand his production and playing to include keyboards and drum programming. He's worked with Beck and legendary group AUX 88 among many other. Artist info at 7

DJ Starting From Scratch
Sunday July 10 (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
One of Toronto's most in-demand and talent hip-hop DJs mixes sets weekdays on Flow 93.5 FM.
Artist info at

Nicolas Repac (France) - Toronto debut!
Sunday July 10 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Jazz loops combine with a big band sound in beautiful harmony with contemporaries like St. Germain. His new album Swing Swing creates sensual downtempo atmospheres evoking Classic Jazz and House music! Artist info at

Beats, Breaks & Culture Dance!

Pop, Lock and Load II
July 9 (3 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Pop, Lock and Load II Finale! July 10 (5:30 pm - Toronto Star Stage)
Hosted and organized by Benzo from Bag of Tricks with DJ Serious on the decks

Pop, Lock and Load becomes even larger and better this year due to the huge response received last year by breakdancing crews and fans alike. This event provides a hyper competitive showcase for some of Canada's best crews to compete for $1000 in cash and priceless glory! Crews include: Drunken Monks (Toronto), DDT (Toronto), Natural Flow (Toronto), Stylordz (Hamilton), Red Mask (Montreal), Maximum Efficiency (Toronto) and Ground Illusions (Mississauga). The finale takes place outside on the Toronto Star Stage as the closing event for the entire festival. The winners of Pop, Lock and Load II will also be given a feature performance spot at Harbourfront Centre’s Kick Up Your Heels festival (August 26-28, 2005).

Beats, Breaks & Culture Films:

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald - 2000)
July 9 at 6:45 p.m and July 10 at 1:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Mos Def, The Roots, Notorious B.I.G., J-5, Pharoahe Monch, Planet Asia, Lord Finesse and The Last Poets appear in the award-winning and critically acclaimed hip-hop documentary film Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme. This documentary provides an authentic look into the life, music and history of improvisational hip-hop packed with rare and archival footage of some of the most amazing hip-hop MC's ever to bless the mic! Produced by the same filmmakers who made the 2005 Sundance Audience Award Winning documentary film Murderball. More info at

Maestro (Directed by Josell Ramos - 2004)
July 9 at 5 p.m and July 10 at 5 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
This internationally acclaimed feature documentary goes deep into the scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance music culture worldwide. Starring many of the most essential DJs of today combined with rarely seen footage of pivotal dance clubs like the Paradise Garage, The Loft and The Gallery. Trail blazing DJs like Francis Grasso, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso and Nicky Siano tell their tale of friendship and tragedy. The rules of creative freedom set by these individuals paved the groundwork for DJs and Clubs worldwide. More info at

Moog (Directed by Hans Fjellestad - 2004)
July 9 at 3 p.m and July 10 at 3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Produced by Hans Fjellestad & Ryan Page
This acclaimed documentary is about Robert Moog, the legendary inventor of the modern synthesizer. The film explores ideas of creativity, design, interactivity, spirituality and collaboration. More film and Moog info at

Beats, Breaks & Culture Panels:
Presented by Kick Magazine
July 9 and 10 - 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)

Panel One - Saturday July 9 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Living the Music: Techno's Influence on Art and Culture
Electronic music is a rallying beat for those who embrace technology, the future, and perfect symmetry in an imperfect world. This cultural force finds expression equally on the street as it does in high art (or are we waxing lyrical about a hiccup in derivative Pop culture?). Panelists include author/journalist Russell Smith (weekly Virtual Culture column in the Globe and Mail and who's most recent novel, Muriella Pent, was named's Number One Fiction Pick of 2004); Barb Cardoso (freelance stylist with Della Serra Agency whose recent work includes TV campaigns for Eric Clapton's CD release, Showcase Review and Diva); Istvan Kantor (one of Canada's most recognised artists and a recipient of the 2004 Governor General Award in Media and Visual Arts) and Collin Rosati (a clinical hypnotherapist, stage performer, and jazz musician). Moderated by Susan Oh (journalist whose work has appeared on CBC and CNBC and in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, Newsweek International, Eye Weekly and Maclean's)

Panel Two - Saturday July 9 (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Innovations in DJ and Production Technology - Consequences to Art, Commerce and Industry
Spinning CDs/Final Scratch vs Vinyl, Laptops vs Analogue Gear, DJs Producing and Producers Spinning - is progression allowing artists to cash in while casting creativity and originality aside? Panelists include DJ Serious (nationally known hip-hop DJ and producer, radio host and vinyl record shop owner with two acclaimed full length releases, Dim Sum and Cold Tea); Mark Quail (Techno DJ and producer who has played throughout North America and who has also launched Techno/House label Great Lakes Records and Secret Weapon Records - featuring his original productions); Jason Spanu (DJ and producer who has performed throughout Canada and in New York, Texas and Florida and has been featured on Muchmusic's Electric Circus); Proform (a duo of vintage synth gurus, Arthur Oskan and Adam Winick, who have developed a unique approach to live techno. Both have had cult solo Techno tracks like Winick's Chinesefood and Smudge and Oskan's charted releases on Restructured Recordings). Moderator Julia Paonessa is a a graphic designer, events planner, promoter and patron saint of dancefloors everywhere. It is her mission and vision to build and support Toronto's Techno scene with Kick Magazine.

Panel Three - Sunday July 9 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Genre Convergence: A Dialogue on the Musical Dialectic
Exploring the dynamic between genres by discussing the influence and interplay between electronic and non-electronic styles of music. Panelists include Benjamin Boles (Now Magazine club culture and music writer, DJ and Rock musician); Karen Pace (freelance publicist, music industry consultant and tour manager) who currently runs the non-profit Music Managers Forum Canada association of artist managers and books keynote speakers for the annual NXNE music conference; Dave Rout (a former member of Rational Youth who has performed live worldwide and on more than 70 releases in genres like hardcore punk and new wave electro, industrial, ebm, lounge and triphop); Alex Dordevic, also known as AlexD (editor, photographer and disco DJ who is the founder and editor of Tribe Magazine and its accompanying web bulletin boards - an essential source of information for electronic music fans across Canada). Moderator Dorianne Emmerton is a playwright, short story and film writer and a dancer and founding member of the Shameless Dames Burlesque Troupe.

Panel Four - Sunday July 10 (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Representations of Women and Female DJs in Electronic Music
>From female DJ documentaries to popular culture theory, and testimonials from DJs and other women in the entertainment industry - this panel discusses representations of female DJs and how they intersect with larger issues of feminism and subcultural production. Panelists include Malika Shara (DJ with ties to San Francisco based Sister DJs, Female Pressure base (Austria), Sisters of Saraswati (Toronto), and Phoniq (Montreal). Currently she is Director for The Medina Collective: A Women's Mentorship Movement); Jackie Pelle (Film and Mass Communications graduate who joined Panavision Canada and decided to make a documentary, with Jane Walker, centred on female DJs called Spinsters); Jane Walker (filmmaker, editor, script supervisor and researcher who co-directed Spinsters and Two Eleven - which explores corporate logos in art);. Moderator Amanda Connon-Unda is the creator of two original Œzine series, including ŒThe Women of Techno Project, while her journalism work has appeared in Klublife, Exclaim, Lexicon (UK) and Kick. Moderater Sara Scruton is a Toronto-based DJ who relocated to Windsor and Detroit in 1996, holding residencies at room 213 and Eros. She's played with some of Techno's biggest names at events and venues like Chicks Dig It, Pride Parade, System Sound Bar and Roxy Blu.
Beats, Breaks & Culture Visual and Graffiti Arts:

TRIBE Photo Chillout Room
Marilyn Brewer Community Space - Open all Weekend
Alex D. Photographer, Editor & Publisher, TRIBE MAGAZINE
Clubs, Raves & Warehouse Parties 1993-2005

Stimulate your mind while you unwind from the festival fervour by grabbing a seat on an oversized bean bag chair provided by Sumo. Check out thousands of rare photographic images from the archives displayed on monitors around the room, and document the scene - from the beginning in 1993 until the present day. More info at

Graffiti Greats
Co-produced by Style in Progress
July 9 and 10
(1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Ann Tindal Park)
Toronto's Style in Progress develop art exhibits and community development projects that provide an outlet in which the people of all ages and ethnicities may appreciate and better understand urban art forms like graffiti, breakdancing and hip-hop music. Four of Toronto's best aerosol artists (Mes3, Horus, Stage, Water) create original graffiti art works on-site and in full public view all weekend long! More info at

Beats, Breaks & Culture Site Decor:
All weekend at The Brigantine Room, Toronto Star Stage, Natrel Pond, The Lookout and Ann Tindal Park
Notable Toronto visual environment creators and innovators like Mix Motion, Wabi, Willie Knox and Lift (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) will transform the Harbourfront Centre site with live visual environments like windmills, LEDs, sculpture, film montage's and video projections.

For complete 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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