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Culture Shock—

Voices of an Emerging Generation

Toronto, September 1, 2005--Harbourfront Centre
and the Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY) co-present Culture Shock: Voices of an Emerging Generation, a progressive arts festival taking place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, September 30—October 2, 2005. The Culture Shock festival and its preceding symposium event – Arts on the Radar, National Youth Arts Symposium, September 28 & 29 at Harbourfront Centre—focus on the role of the arts in the well-being of children and youth and the idea of youth as creators. They are a national, multi-disciplinary showcase and symposium for young artists, youth organizational leaders, workers and educators. Arts on the Radar feature speakers include the Keynote address by David Clayton Thomas, former Blood Sweat and Tears singer, People for Education leader Anne Kidder, UNESCO’s Max Wyman, Jennifer Mosop from Ontario Ministry of Culture and many other relevant, high-profile speakers whose details can be found on the website: . The weekend Culture Shock festival includes concerts, films and documentaries, visual arts exhibitions, performance art, a youth culture marketplace, panel discussions and workshops. Featured musical performances so far include, Black Violin, Cuff the Duke, Far Away From Home, Gentleman Reg, Magneta Lane, No Dynamics, Shawn Hewitt and the National Strike, Sage Sundiata, Zaki Ibrahim and Tumi & The Volume.

The symposium and festival follows three themes: Resistance and Celebration: Youth Power and Empowering Youth, Globalization and Identity (the politics of identity). Culture Shock aims to embrace young artists, connect them to each other and demonstrate the importance and talent of young people’s art and creativeness. Encompassing all different artistic disciplines, from music to film, visual arts to photography, Culture Shock’s comprehensive schedule promises a provocative and enlightening festival showcasing today’s issues. At the same time it provides a platform to demonstrate how youth, through arts and culture, can play an important role in society.  For future updates go to

Culture Shock is led by an advisory team that is an equal split between youth and adult members. Harbourfront Centre would like to thank the founding sponsors: Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life for their support in this important initiative and Canada Council for the Arts.

Music Performances

Magneta Lane
Friday, September 30

Shawn Hewitt & The National Strike
Friday, September 30

No Dynamics

Friday, September 30

Black Violin

Saturday, October 1

Tumi & The Volume

Saturday, October 1

The Breakout
w/ Sage Sundiata and Zaki Ibrahim

Saturday, October 1

Gentleman Reg

Sunday, October 2

Cuff the Duke

Sunday, October 2

  • Performance

World Urban Café

Saturday, October 1

An exciting partnership with UN: Habitat and the organizing committee of the upcoming World Urban Forum in Vancouver 2006. A unique mix of talk and shop with young performers speaking about issues of urbanization and performing in a café atmosphere featuring Shauntay Grant.


·       Workshops

Black Violin Workshop and Drunken Monkz


Umoja - The Spirit of Togetherness

Saturday, October 1

A pulsating celebration of South African song, dance and music.


·       Workshops & Conversations

“If revolution had a movie, I’d be theme music”

Friday, September 30

A short history on the music of rebellion

Picture Perfect

Saturday, October 1

Photography: passionate eye vs. sensationalism


Getting That Paper

Saturday, October 1

Funding resources for young and emerging


Acting Out

Saturday, October 1

Modern film and its effect on culture, and also resources for young


Artists in Times of War

Saturday, October 1

The responsibility of the artist in war times with K’Naan.



The history of the b-boy/b-girl with Frost.

Sunday, October 2


Workshop with LOVE

Saturday, October 1

A session with Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE), a leading Canadian youth violence prevention organization.


“The finer things in life”

Sunday, October 2

Fine arts vs. street art - who defines what is what and when does one cross the line?


You are what you wear???

Sunday, October 2

The art of fashion and wardrobe styling with Shane Stirling


·       Film

 Invisible Children

Brigantine Room

Sunday, October 2

1 pm

The Canadian premiere public screening of a film dedicated to exposing the amazing, tragic story of Ugandan children kidnapped from their homes and forced to become child soldiers. Copies of the film will be made available for home screenings to raise money and awareness to end these atrocities.

Website: htpp://


Short Film Programme

Brigantine Room

Sunday, October 2

3 pm

Short films submitted from across Canada and from the world, from Los Angeles to Cameroon in Western Africa. Screening will include the world premiere of the “Project Fast Forward” initiative taking place over the course of the Arts on The Radar symposium and the Culture Shock Festival.


4Real Films

Brigantine Room

Sunday, October 2


4REAL takes celebrity guests on adventures around the world to expose REAL stories of REAL heroes creating REAL change on REAL issues. This series of documentaries highlights leaders around the world, who under extreme circumstances are doing innovative and inspirational work.

Q & A with host Sol Guy following the screening


·       Panels

Canadian Youth on the World Stage

Sunday, October 2

A roundtable discussion on “Canadian youth on the world stage: our roles and responsibilities in coming from a country of privilege.” Speakers include Chris Kang (Schools Without Borders), Erin Barton (Zan Milari), Sol Guy (Direct Current Media). Hosted by Schools Without Borders.


·       Visual Art



Marilyn Brewer Community Space

Wednesday to Sunday

An installation of writing and photography from Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver from  Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE), a leading Canadian youth violence prevention organization. At-risk youth who have lived with violence - as perpetrators, victims or witnesses - learn to reject violence in their lives. Through education and support, at-risk youth begin to understand the destructive impact of violence in their own lives and society as a whole.



October 1 & 2

Artists from the THEM.CA collective will create a on-site graffiti installation based on the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals to educate and entertain.


·       Marketplace


Youth Arts Organizations

Sculpture Court

September 30 through October 2

Learn what services and opportunities are available throughout the GTA.


NACTAC & AGO Teens Behind the Scenes                

ZOOM! Room

September 30 through October 2


International Marketplace

October 1 & 2

The interactive marketplace will be taken over by individual artists and arts organizations who will give away their expertise and experiences instead of hard goods. Participants include:


  • Hip Hop Museum with DJ Nana and DJ L’oqenz 
  • GNN Newsroom
  • The My Story Mural Project with Javid Alibhai
  • Behind the Mic with Garvia Bailey and Tori Allen
  • The Rhyming Chef
  • Carver
  • Customization Station
  • Photography
  • Theatre


Info: 416-973-4000 or


Media Contact: William Bobek,

Harbourfront Centre Media Relations


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