TORONTO, August 3, 2005 – Harbourfront
Centre celebrates Atlantic Canada’s unique music, art and culture
on its international influences from August
19 to 21. Alexander Keith's East Coast Rhythms: An
East Coast Culture showcases some of the region's top
have won ECMA awards) - each influenced by the rich veins of
and each fusing those traditions together with current cultural forms.
Harbourfront Centre summer festival celebrates the immense talent and
energy of the East Coast cultural scene! All events are free
admission! More information is available at www.harbourfrontcentre.com
or by calling 416-973-4000.
The East Coast's incredibly rich range of traditional and current music is fully represented! Friday explodes with the high-powered Rock waves of Matt Mays & El Torpedo from
MUSIC: A thrilling line up of artists from traditional Celtic to cutting edge Rock - all weekend!
August 19: Former lead singer of platinum-recording artists I
Earth, Brian Byrne showcases his
early influences of rock, country and folk, demonstrating that you can
boy out of
At 8 p.m.
2003 NXNE Fan choice award winners In-Flight
Matt Mays & El
Saturday August 20: Blends French, Irish and Scottish influences with fiery fiddling and powerful step dancing when performers Vishten, go front and centre on the CIBC Stage at 3 p.m. Vishten is a five piece New Brunswick acoustic powerhouse for all step dance lovers.
Join Five-time 2005 ECMA award-winner Gordie Sampson on the CIBC Stage at 8 p.m., his rootsy pop songs are filled with I-wish-I'd-thought-of-that lines. Sampson has written hit songs for artists like Ashley MacIsaac, Faith Hill, Natalie MacMaster and others. At 9:30 p.m. Joel Plaskett Emergency create original rock riffs and melodies that are heart-felt, intelligent and original.
The African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) presents a diverse showcase of music (11 p.m., Brigantine Room) with Halifax hip-hop pioneers Universal Soul, celebrated Canadian Idol finalist Gary Beals and others performing at 11 p.m. ANSMA blends Jazz, Soul, Rap and traditional African into an exciting set of live performances. Partners in this showcase include the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC), a not-for-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to building the domestic and international profile of Canadian urban music, and Toronto's urban radio station, FLOW 93.5.
August 21: Join force of nature Matt
Known for their sweet blend of roots,
blues, and their mix of acoustic and electric sounds,
Keith's East Coast Rhythms: An Exploration of Atlantic
Friday August 19
August 19 – Brian Byrne (6:30 p.m. -
August 19 –In-Flight Safety (8:00 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 19 - Matt Mays & El Torpedo (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Saturday August 20
August 20 - Vishten (3:00 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
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)
Sunday August 21
August 21 - Matt Andersen (1 p.m. -
August 21 - Hot Toddy (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
August 21 - The Cottars (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
CULTURAL: Saturday & Sunday a musical and artistic collaboration erupts between the Celtic and African-Canadian communities at 2 p.m. on the Toronto Star Stage, appropriately titled the Afro-Celtic
festival also includes provocative East Coast contemporary dance at Dance
Down featuring Tammy Forsythe
of Tusket Dance, Louise Moyes, Susan Lee, George Stamos, and Mocean
Dance at 6 p.m. Tammy Forsythe’s
unique dance movements bypass the legion of
recognizable dance techniques, instead drawing physically, musically
aesthetically on an urban post-punk subculture. Louise
Moyes received a prize-winning entry for her performance in
"The Backtrack," at the Festival Internationale de La Nouvelle Danse
in 2001 in
FILM: The Atlantic Film Series takes place at the Studio Theatre all weekend long. The Atlantic Film Festival curated a film series highlighting great diverse works from the region.
Saturday August 20 (12:00 p.m.)
In a small
Saturday August 20 (2:30 p.m.)
(Directed & Written by Thom Fitzgerald, 1997,
Starring Shris Leavins, Peter MacNeill, Kerry Fox, Joel S Keller, Sarah Polley
Thom Fitzgerald's award-winning debut film tells the elliptical tale of a 25-year-old gay man, Sweet William, who returns to his family in
Sunday August 21 (12:30 p.m.)
(Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, Written by Edward
2001, 99 mins,
Starring William Hurt, Andy Jones, Molly Parker, Vicky Hynes, Greg Malone, Michael Chaisson. Set in
Margaret's Museum (14A)
Sunday August 21 (3:30 p.m.)
(Directed by Mort Ransen, Written by Sheldon
Gerald Wexler, 1995, 114 mins, Nova Scotia). A dark
drama about a girl living in
Get ready for an ocean feast of aphrodisiacs on August 20. Michael Lancashire, from Rodney’s Oyster House prepares delicious string cultured fresh
Join Adam Colquhoun from Oyster Boy at 2:00 p.m. as he discusses the history of the oyster and demonstrates the East Coast tradition of oyster shucking!
Check out the oyster opening challenge at the Toronto Star Stage at 5 p.m. between this year’s Canadian oyster opening champion Jason Woodside and professional oyster shucker Adam Colquhoun, from Oyster Boy.
Atlantic Salmon Demonstration by Oyster Boy will take place at the Lakeside Terrace at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday August 21. Chef Martha Arima from Oyster Boy prepares a fresh and savory dish of honey glazed Atlantic salmon.
KIDS ACTIVITIES: Entertainment for the kiddies too! Events take place at the HarbourKids Tent on (Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21 from noon- 5 p.m.)
VISUAL ART: Places
and Faces takes place at the Marilyn
Brewer Community Space on
Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21. Curated by Veronica Yang. Immerse yourself in East Coast culture by watching contemporary videos, paintings and photography. Featuring artists Katherine Mulherin, Andrea Cooper, and Sara MacCulloch.
Intimate and Hyperactive
Saturday August 20 (4:30 p.m.)
Anne-Marie Woods, accomplished actress, poet, producer, singer, dancer, and entrepreneur from
The Road Less
Gravelled by Wanda Carroll
Saturday August 20 (6:00 p.m.)
Written and performed by Wanda Carroll. Directed by Victoria Dawe. The Road Less Gravelled debuted to a packed house at The Drake Hotel in August 2004. The show is a collection of funny stories about Wanda's life growing up in
For more summer info and festival releases go to http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/media.php