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All things dance kick up waves 

At Harbourfront Centre


TORONTO, August 9, 2005 — Harbourfront Centre presents the fourth installment of Kick Up Your Heels: Your Chance To Dance! Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28. Events take place at indoor and outdoor venues at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre – 235 Queens Quay West. Festival admission, all classes, concerts and performances are Free! Weekend Performance Schedule/details follows the end of this release.

The Kick Up Your Heels: Your Chance To Dance!  weekend is filled with an array of expressive and exciting Canadian and international dance styles – African, Afro-Cuban, bellydance, Cajun, Capoiera, Colombian comtemporary, Celtic step, Flamenco, Merengue, Movimiento, salsa, samba, swing, Tango and tap/soft-shoe. Each day is themed with festival participants demonstrating both traditional and contemporary dance styles! Running from Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28: Friday is dedicated to Urban Dance, Saturday to African (African-derived) and Latin-American dance, and Sunday to Social dance traditions. 

Whether festival-goers want to listen and watch, or get up and learn through participation, this weekend is designed for them! Experience Eastern Belly Dancing with Roula Said or Hip Hop with Corrie Daniels from renowned group Bag of Trix! Learn Samba dance moves with Guiomar Campbell and the Samba Squad, or experience the film-dance combination presentation He/She. Other highlights include Salsa band Café Cubano, Canadian fiddling sensation Pierre Schryer and Columbia’s 34% Visible in a presentation that combines dancers, choreographers and artists!

DANCE: Skilled dancers offer free workshops throughout the festival. Saturday’s theme of African and Latin-American kicks off with contemporary dance classes instructed by John Hunte, followed by belly-dancing classes by leading Canadian dancer Roula Said. Next up is Afro-Colombian dance styles with 34% Visible and Márcio Méndes with Capoeira, a dance style originating from the streets of Brazil! Tango moves are spotlighted with Sandra Rochas and the Argentinean Los Milogueros! Visitors can round out their knowledge of Latin dancing with Flamenco lessons given by professional dancer Esmerelda Enrique or Brazilian-style Samba Dance classes with Guiomar Campbell and Toronto’s hot Samba Squad. Dancing styles from the Ivory Coast are demonstrated and taught by Groupe des Arts Bassan, and professional dancer Betty Colón teaches Merengue and Salsa.

Sunday learn about the hip and funky urban social dance scene, starting with a backyard ballet class with Santee Smith, followed by Celtic Step dancing with Triple Dynomite and rounded out with Hip Hop lessons from Corrie Daniels, of Toronto’s premiere break-dancing group Bag of Trix. Learn to dance Cajun-style with Toronto’s favourite Louisiana-style dance band Swamperella as they teach two-step, or try out our Tango Dance Patio with Los Milongueros, courtesy of the Argentinean Cultural Association.

Workshops are only part of this dance weekend, as Kick Up Your Heels also presents numerous dance performances throughout the festival, each unique and bound to get you in that dancing mood. Toronto dance company The Honeycats kicks things off on Friday evening with their explosive, contemporary style, followed with Crossroads by Chimera Project. Saturday and Sunday continues with performances by Groupe des Arts Bassan and Hilda Panasuik Mexican Folkloric Dance Company—demonstrating Mexico’s dynamic dancing traditions. Kick Up Your Heels is also hosting the second presentation of HE, a commissioned solo dance series including works by Ronald A Taylor, Learie McNicolls and Barbadian contemporary dance artist John Hunte

MUSIC: Dance to the music as an incredible array of musical artists and styles are featured throughout the weekend. First up is Melanie Durant, who delivers her special voice on stage, performing songs from her newly release CD. Join world-renowned Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall as he performs his high-energy, dancehall-reggae fusion raps and previews tunes from his long-awaited CD “Fire & Glory!” Salsa band Café Cubano heats things up with a live performance of Cuban rhythms and Canadian Pierre Schryer delights audiences with his music that ranges in style from Irish to American Swing. Afterwards join one of Ontario’s favourite big bands, Swing Shift Big Band, as they perform classic, big band favourites by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and others. Toronto’s top choreographers showcase the varied styles of urban dance in Blaze: The Urban Dance Showcase, curated by Blaze Entertainment and featuring the winners of the BBC—Pop, Lock and Load break dance contest! Also enjoy Toronto’s top Latino, reggaeton and urban artists with Reggaeton & Latin Urban showcase, featuring DJs performers playing the best in Latin Urban music!

FILM: The flip side of HE is SHE, a dance and film programme celebrating contemporary ideals and ideas of femininity. She is a combination of dance and film, the film curated by the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video and presented in conjunction with the work of dancer and choreographer Rocío Flores Cia. Each performance is followed by a Q & A session with the artists.

VISUAL ARTS: The dance theme continues with take it to the floor, an exhibit chronicling the magnetism of dance and the feelings associated with it—excitement, fragility and defiance. Beverley Abramson is an award-winning photographer of dance and has several books all based on the theme of motion. Complementing Abramson’s exhibit is work by Che Kothari from his Hold Up—Breakin’ It Down In Toronto series, photography that showcases the wealth of the breakdancing talent in Toronto.

KIDS/ Families: Kids get to show their creativity designing Pre-Columbian Carnivale Masks with artist Liliana De Irisarri.

The World Café includes six of the city’s best caterers and restaurants serving up the best in international cuisine. Fresh fruit is also on site every weekend, all summer long. After patrons have satisfied their culinary cravings they can stroll through the International Marketplace in search of unique merchandise. The rotating selection of vendors offers shoppers clothing, crafts, jewelry and more for unbelievable prices. Both the World Café and the International Marketplace are open from 6 pm - 12 am on Friday, July 26, 12 pm to 12 am on Saturday, July 27 and 12 - 7 pm on Sunday, July28.

 

For more information, the public can go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals or contact the Harbourfront Centre Infomation at 416-973-4000

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Media Contact:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4518, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com

 


KICK UP YOUR HEELS: YOUR CHANCE TO DANCE! MUSIC, WORKSHOPS AND PEFORMANCES SCHEDULE

 

Listed in order are music performance, then classes and workshops followed by performances

 

Free dance performances and music concerts performances (beginning on Friday evening), dance demonstrations, classes and workshops (beginning on Saturday), Che Kotari photography exhibit, dance films, the World Café and International Marketplace make this weekend a uniquely enjoyable, participatory dance-centric weekend for all ages.

 

Dance styles and movement classes covered in this weekend include: African, aerobic/anaerobic, belly dance, South Asian, break and hip hop, contemporary and modern, jazz, meditation, merengue, step, ballet stretch and strength, swing, Tai Chi, tango/Latin, and yoga/pilates. Visitors can check out a whirlwind of dance-inspired movement, ranging from ballet to break dancing to yoga, and everyone is welcome to get involved. The In-Motion Market offers visitors massage and wellness services and a selection of products for purchase.

 

MUSIC:

Kick Up Your Heels: Your Chance to Dance! (August 26 to August 28)
Friday, August 26 – Melanie Durant 8 p.m. CIBC Stage

Friday, August 26 - Kardinal Offishall 9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage
Friday, August 26 - Blaze: Urban Dance Showcase 11 p.m. - Brigantine Room NOW Late Night Lounge

Saturday, August 27 - Café Cubano 8 p.m. – CIBC Stage
Saturday, August 27 - Reggaeton & Latin Urban Explosion with Third World Entertainment 11 p.m. - Brigantine Room NOW Late Night Lounge
Sunday, August 28 - Sonny Best Band 2 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage

Sunday, August 28 - Pierre Schryer Band 3 p.m. - CIBC Stage
Sunday, August 28 - Swing Shift Big Band 4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage
Sunday, August 28 - Swamperella 6 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace

 

DANCE CLASSES & WORKSHOPS:

Contemporary Caribbean Dance Class with John Hunte
Brigantine Room
Saturday August 27th
Noon

This Caribbean contemporary dance class will be based on rhythms and forms of Caribbean origin, and will explore these idioms to create exercises and a movement vocabulary.

Barbados-born and New York-trained dancer, choreographer and teacher John Hunte’s performing career has taken him through the United States, West Africa, Greece and Puerto Rico. His current focus is the development of contemporary dance and dance artists in the Caribbean.

 

Backyard Ballet with Santee Smith MA DANCE
Lakeside Terrace
Sat Aug 27th
2:30 PM

Santee Smith is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand, OntarioSantee works as a choreographer, dancer and pottery designer.  As an artist, she is committed to sharing traditional and contemporary stories of her indigenous culture.  Santee holds a Masters Degree in Dance from York University.  She attended the National Ballet School of Canada from 1982-1988.  Santee expanded her knowledge of human movement by completing an Honours Degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University in 1994.  In 1996, Santee choreographed, SkyWoman and Three Sisters, for The Gift, a National Film Board documentary.  Santee was a part an integral part of the Aboriginal Dance Project, Chinook Winds at the Banff Centre for the Arts 1997-2001.  Santee has been a guest teacher for Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, The Iroquoian Indian Museum, NY, York University, George Washington University, DC, University of Lethbridge and Brock University.

 

Eastern Belly Dancing with Roula Said
Brigantine Room
Saturday August 27th
1:30 pm

One of Canada’s leading lights in the world of belly dance, Roula Said is the co-founder of global music ensemble Maza Meze and sings, plays and dances with the Arabic music group Doula. She can currently be seen in Ruba Nadda’s film Sabah, starring Arsinee Khanjian, for which she also created choreography and lyrics.

 

Dance Styles from the Ivory Coast with Groupe des Arts Bassan
Lakeside Terrace
Saturday August 27th
2:00 pm

Group des Arts Bassan is a dynamic dance troupe from Cote d’Ivoire whose energetic performances have won them wide acclaim. The group’s specialty has been dinner theatre performances that attempt to recreate music, dance and celebration as it might have been in an African village.

 

Samba Dance Class with Guiomar Campbell and Samba Squad
Saturday August 27th
2:30 pm

Singer and percussionist Guiomar Campbell, the leader of the high-energy band Parabolica, is known as the diva of Brazilian music in Toronto. The celebrated Samba Squad, founded in 1999 by Rick Shadrach Lazar, is an innovative batteria band, born out of the Brazilian traditions of Batucada and Escola de Samba.

 

Contemporary Afro-Colombian Dance with choreographer Rafael Palacios of 34% Visible
Brigantine Room
Saturday August 27th
3:30 PM

The tradition of the black ethnic, dance is still the first and most important means of artistic expression in Colombia.  We dance to express feelings, to tell and build history.  Approaching the African dance techniques to find new corporal structures will help us build the dance vocabulary and recuperate ancestral memories.  The creation process then will be based on our own roots allowing us to transmit the truth essence of our people in different geographic and cultural spaces.

 

Flamenco with Esmeralda Enrique
Lakeside Terrace
Saturday August 27th
3:30 pm

Canada’s beloved and charismatic diva of Spanish dance has danced professionally since she was 14. The award-winning Enrique established both the Academy of Spanish Dance and the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company which plays to sold-out audiences whenever it appears.


African-influenced Contemporary dance moves from Colombia.
Capoeira with Márcio Méndes
Brigantine Room
Saturday August 27th
4:30 pm

Co-founder of Muiraquita Capoeira, Márcio Méndes studied with Mestre Bezerra, who established Capoeira in several regions of Brazil. He has given classes in England, France and Portugal, and currently teaches at various Toronto locations, including U of T, York University, the west end YMCA and his own school.

 

Merengue and Salsa with Betty Colón
Lakeside Terrace
Saturday August 27th
5:00 pm

Well-known from her appearances locally as dancer, choreographer and teacher, Betty Colón has performed in Spain, India, Germany, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and New York. Her style combines the influences of dance from Cuba, Brazil and Venezula.

 

Movimiento
and contemporary dance with Rocío Flores Cia
Brigantine Room
Sunday August 28th
12:00 pm

During her professional career as a dancer, Rocío Flores Cia has performed in Mexico and other countries around the world, including Canada, USA, South America and Europe. She has been director and choreographer of several dance groups, including Grupo Juntura and Grupo Ciocala.

 

Celtic Step with Triple Dynamite
Brigantine Room
Sunday August 28th
1:30 pm
Triple Dynamite
, created by Matthew and Sherry Johnson, is a step dancing group which combines both Ottawa Step dancing (Irish/French fusion) and Southwestern Ontario styles (primarily Scottish roots).

 

Tango Dance Patio with Sandra Rochas & Los Milongueros
Lakeside Terrace
Sunday August 28th
2:00 pm

Los Milongueros, the Argentinean Cultural Association, founded in 1995 by Ruben Bustamente, is dedicated to promoting culture and heritage of Argentina in Canada. The group offers performances and workshops dedicated to the tango. With a sound like no other, we would like to introduce this new-age ensemble.  It was founded in 1996 and is composed of dedicated members representing fine Canadian talent.  Based in Toronto, under the direction of Walter Gugliotta, founder and arranger, this quintet dedicates itself to the modern forms of Tango. With its unique blend of instruments including piano, violin, flute, electric guitar and contrabass, this group specializes in the rhythmic, passionate, yet melodious music of Astor Piazzolla, as well as contemporary arrangements of traditional Tango.

T.O. Tango has performed at various venues including the Muskoka Lakes Festival, the annual Dia del Tango, an appearance with Buenos Aires- New York Connection at Toronto Tango Nights and the opening of One World Theatre in Austin, Texas.  At present T.O. Tango is embarking on their newest project, a CD, which will bring this unique music to a wider audience.

 

Swing Dance Class
Brigantine Room
Sun Aug 28th
3:00 PM

 

Hip Hop with Corrie Daniels (from Bag of Trix)
Brigantine Room
Sunday August 28th
4:30 pm

Bag of Trix, Canada's premiere breakdance crew, has been at the forefront of hip-hop since 1989. They have been fighting to show that hip hop isn’t about guns, sex and money; it can present a positive message about art, dedication and the future.



Swamperella
and Two Step Cajun dance
Lakeside Terrace
Sunday August 28th
6:00 pm

Toronto's favourite Louisiana-style dance band offers authentic, toe-tapping, sexy Cajun music that defies listeners to stay seated. The band’s performance is preceded by a Two Step Cajun Dance Class with instructors Tom and Myra Hirschberg.

 

DANCE PERFORMANCES:

The Honeycats
Toronto Star Stage
Friday August 26th
7:00 pm

The HoneyKats are a fast-paced, powerful, energetic all woman Triple Dance Threat Performing Company, all professionally trained in hip hop, jazz, modern, tap and ballet. They may look sweet and might taste like honey, but their smile is better than their bite.

 
Crossroads - The Chimera Project
Toronto Star Stage
Friday August 26
th
7:30 pm

Founded in 1999, The Chimera Project, under artistic director Malgorzata Nowacka is a highly contemporary dance company defined by explosive energy, athletic movement and its engagement with current themes.

 
Edo State Art Council - Nigeria
Toronto Star Stage
Sat Aug 27th
1:00 PM

Edo State Arts Council -
The Edo State Arts Council (E.S.A.C.), formerly the Bini Arts Council was founded in 1976.  The group was created to preserve the Bini cultures and traditions through the art of dance and music, costuming and craft-making.  The Bini (Edo) kingdom has a unique cultural reputation not only in Nigeria, but the continent of Africa.  This is in part what attracted the British and the Europeans to Edo State during the period of colonization.  Yet through the course of history many of the traditions have been lost throughout Nigeria and Africa. E.S.A.C. has been deeply committed to the preservation Edo cultures.  Through dance and music.

 

The Métis Fiddler Quartet accompanied by Triple Dynomite Step Dancers
Toronto Star Stage
Sun Aug 28 at 4:00 and 5:30 PM
Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas and Danton Delbaere-Sawchuk come from a family deeply rooted in the traditions of making music. This young group sticks true to the legacy of the Métis music art-form which takes its influences from all sorts of different sources. From the Austro-Hungarian March of World War One to the harmonious call of the goose, the Métis Fiddler Quartet exists to remain true to the traditional Red River style of fiddling.


Groupe des Arts Bassan
Toronto Star Stage
Saturday August 27th
4:30 pm

Group des Arts Bassan is a dynamic dance troupe from Cote d’Ivoire whose energetic performances have won them wide acclaim. The group’s specialty has been dinner theatre performances that attempt to recreate music, dance and celebration as they might have been in an African village.

 

Hilda Panasuik Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
and Mexico Amigos mariachis
Toronto Star Stage
Saturday August 27th
6:30 pm

Over 20 years old, this company, under its Mexico City-born founder, has thrilled audiences with dynamic performances, authentic Mexican dances and culturally diverse costumes from different regions of Mexico. Panasuik is the recipient of a Millennium Award from the Canadian Government for her contributions to the community and for promoting Mexican culture in Toronto.

 

34% Visible
CIBC Stage
Saturday August 27th
10:00 pm

A collaboration between the Afro-Colombian company 34 % Visible and Colombian choreographer Rafael Palacios, whose training has included traditional African dance in Burkina Faso and Senegal, as well as contemporary dance, ballet and jazz in Paris. Produced by the Culture and Tourism Institute of Bogotá, Colombia, City Hall Office


CONTEMPORARY DANCE and FILMS

Kick Up Your Heels hosts the 2nd presentation of HE, a Harbourfront Centre-commissioned solo dance series originally presented in the 2005 KUUMBA festival. Choreographer/dancers presenting work include Ronald A. Taylor with I an I and Learie McNicolls with He. They will be joined by contemporary dance artist John Hunte from Barbados presenting Beyond Recall.

The flip side of HE is SHE, dance and film celebrating contemporary ideals and ideas of femininity, curated by Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video. Dancer/choreographer Rocio Flores Cia of Mexico presents a solo work Impulso, accompanied by violinist and composer Paulina Yerbez. A “Q & A” session with the artist, hosted by Adriana Sabogal from Dance Umbrella, follows each presentation. Supported by the Barbados Tourism Authority and Consulate, Conaculta and Danza Unam.


He

Studio Theatre
Saturday August 27th
3:30 pm

Written and choreographed by Learie McNicolls. Dancer, choreographer and writer-composer Learie McNicolls has performed to acclaim from Cuba to Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has also nurtured the careers of emerging choreographers and artists through his dance theatre company and his teaching career at the National Ballet of Canada and at Ryerson Studios.

 

Beyond Recall
Studio Theatre
Saturday August 27th, 4:00 pm
Sunday August 28th, 3:00 pm

Barbados-born and New York-trained dancer, choreographer and teacher John Hunte’s performing career has taken him through the United States, West Africa, Greece and Puerto Rico. His current focus is the development of contemporary dance and dance artists in the Caribbean.

 

Impulso
Studio Theatre
Saturday August 27th, 5:30 pm
Sunday August 28th, 4:00 pm

During her professional career as a dancer, Rocío Flores Cia has performed in Mexico and other countries around the world, including Canada, USA, South America and Europe. She has been director and choreographer of several dance groups, including Grupo Juntura and Grupo Ciocala. Rocío is accompanied by composer and violinist Paulina Yerbez.

 

SHE

Studio Theatre
Saturday August 27th, 5:30 pm
Sunday August 28th, 5:00 pm

A collection of short dances for the camera, these works from across Canada and around the world have been selected for the power of their decidedly feminine points of view. The programme ranges from abstract and impressionistic films that reference feminism to works that simply tell the stories that need to be told. Co - Produced with Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video

 
Fold

Directed by Vena Ramphal (UK/Canada) CANADIAN PREMIERE
2005 4 minutes
This short film (part of the 4 X 4 film series) indulges and questions the pleasure of looking at a moving body. It alternates between the bejewelled splendour of the costumed dancing body of bharata Natyam and an unfamiliar and alienating flesh body.

 

Minou

Directed by Magali Charrier (UK)
2002 6.5 minutes
Minou explores the rich and imaginative domestic life of a solitary young woman through her romantic aspirations and quirky relationships with the objects in her flat.

 
Silo
Directed by Laura Taler; performed by the women of URGE (Canada)
1999 5 minutes
In the restrictive confines of a circular room, five beautiful women communicate through sound; cackles, hisses, whispers, giggles and hushes. This film focuses on the women of Urge (Linda Catlin Smith, Fides Krucker, Marie-Josée Chartier, Katherine Duncanson and Anita La Selva) as they use a broad range of movement, gestures and vocal techniques to suggest a slightly sinister lullaby.

 

Elizabeth Langley: Light Years

Directed by Jenn Goodwin (Canada)
2003     8 minutes
Elizabeth Langley is one of Canada’s unsung heroes of dance. On her 70th birthday, she contemplates death, celebrates life and continues to dance like no one is watching.

 Motion Control
Directed by David Anderson; choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss (UK)
2003 8 minutes
Take one glamorous and aging dancer. Trap her in the real world then smash into her private reality. Control her movement, contain her emotion. Well, you can try, but she’s already beaten you to it. With hyper-sound and super smart awareness, submit to this bizarre journey of entrapment.

Three
Directed by Isaac Julian; choreographed by Ralph Lemon and Bebe Miller (USA)
1999 17 minutes
Three juxtaposes scenes of dancing, which appear at times to be ethereal, tender, carnal and aggressive, with symbolically weighted images and scenes of mundane, actual life. Interwoven with the dance scenes are images of falling, reflection, classical theatre and the street; voice-over text spoken by Lemon, Miller and actress Cleo Sylvester, a collage of music. The result is a film densely layered with movement, image and sound that delves into a personal relationship between a man and a woman by exposing the forces beneath obvious physicality, social history and sexual politics.


Moving Pictures
I n I
Studio Theatre
Sunday August 28th
2:00 pm

A solo choreographed and presented by Ronald A Taylor, artistic director and principal choreographer of Camboulay Theatre, one of the finest contemporary Black dance companies in Canada, based on the beliefs of Rastafarians. Most recently at Harbourfront Centre, he performed He Moves in the 2005 Kuumba Festival.


MUSIC:

Melanie Durant
CIBC Stage

Friday August 26th  
8:00 pm
Once signed to the legendary Motown Records, and with hits “Housework” and “Where I’m Goin’” (featuring Common) in the books, this Royal Conservatory of Music-trained soul chanteuse will be exclusively previewing tunes from her forthcoming “Where I’m Goin” debut album on Maxamus Records/Koch Canada.


Kardinal Offishall
CIBC Stage
Friday August 26th
9:30 pm

World-renowned rapper whose Kill Bloodclot Bill CD was voted #1 on Now Magazine's 2004 Top Toronto Discs list, his unique high-energy, dancehall-reggae fusion raps have led to collaborations with Billboard chart-busting producers (The Neptunes, Timbaland) and recording artists (Busta Rhymes, Bounty Killer and Pharoahe Monche). He'll preview tunes from his long-awaited CD Fire & Glory.

 

Blaze: The Urban Dance Showcase
Brigantine Room – NOW Late Night Lounge
Friday August 26th
11:00 pm

Join some of Toronto’s top choreographers as they showcase the varied styles of urban dance from Hip Hop to Tap, Reggae to Break Dance, and everything in between. Also featuring the winners of the B.B.C. – Pop, Lock and Load break dance contest.

 

Sonny Best Band
Toronto Star Stage
Sun. Aug. 28th  
2 pm
The Sonny Best Band is more than your typical country band. They are in the process of redefining Canadian country music. Their debut album Boots, Camera, Action released early '05 through Maple Nation Wide features
timeless melodies, charming duets, warm four part harmonies, classic country guitar solos, and sneaky pedal steelin’. They rouse the hard core rockers whilst winning the hearts of country purists. They make the broken hearted love again. They make you get up and dance when you thought those dancing days were over. Their unique blend of country music sets them aside from all the rest. By means of folk, blue grass, country-rock, the SBB are reshaping country music borders.

 

Café Cubano
CIBC Stage
Saturday August 27th
8:00 pm

The buzz Canadian salsa band du jour, featuring five members from celebrated Cuban group, Valentin Y los del Caribe. Their lively Cuban rhythms, passionate vocals, thunderous percussion, intense trumpets, exceptional bass and keyboards always move audiences to dance and sing along.

 
Reggaeton & Latin Urban Showcase
Brigantine Room - The NOW Late Night Lounge
Saturday August 27th
11:00 pm

Reggaeton, born when Jamaican immigrants brought reggae to Panama, is the music genre of choice for Latin urban music audiences and the Caribbean reggae crowd. This showcase features the hottest Latin-Reggae fusion sounds currently burning up the charts. Third World Entertainment presents Toronto’s top Latino reggaeton and urban artists, with DJ’s spinning the best in Latin urban music.

 
Pierre Schryer
CIBC Stage
Sunday August 28th
3:00 pm

Canadian Open Fiddle Champion and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, Pierre Schryer and his band take delight in playing in a range of styles from Irish, Scottish and French-Canadian to Canadian Old-Time and American swing. This energetic sound is guaranteed to have toes tapping! Accompanied by Triple Dynamite Celtic Step Dancers.


Swing Shift Big Band

Lakeside Terrace
Sunday August 28th

4:30 pm
Swing Shift is comprised of 17 of the top local Big Band Era-influenced musicians and 4 lively dancers. Voted as one of Ontario's favorite big bands with both dancing and listening audiences, the band has won numerous awards performing all of the big band era favorites by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more.

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