Day of the Dead comes to life!
Sunday October 30 at Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, October 17, 2005 -- Harbourfront Centre and the Consulate General of Mexico bring the celebration of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) to Harbourfront Centre on Sunday October 30 (noon to 6 p.m.). All events are free and suitable for the whole family. For information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
experience how Mexicans
celebrate their ancestors by
bringing their memories to life through a wide range of family-oriented
spiritual festivities. Harbourfront Centre presents a full day of
music, dance, visual arts, films, traditional food and drink. Norma
Araiza embodies Day of the Dead in solo dance and elegant dress.
Stone performs a tribute to famous Mexican romantic composer
The day also features Mexican sugar artist Gerardo Sanchez Acevedo, who creates sugar skulls (a confection unique to this day) and a number of Mexican community groups creating community ofrendas (altars) for public display.
Mexican culture and
enjoy this festive tribute to
families, Mexican communities and those gone but not forgotten.
unique Halloween alternative, Day of the Dead, takes place at
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West,
is the Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead event highlights:
All events are presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico
COMMUNITY VISUAL ARTS:
Ofrendas (altars) are an important part of Day of the Dead. In Mexican homes families create an altar and decorate it with items that they believe are attractive to the souls of their departed ones. Flowers, food and memorabilia prized by the departed are displayed to entice the souls of the dead to return to take part in the remembrance. Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead features six ofrendas created by different Mexican groups in Toronto such as the Mexican Canadian Association, the Mexican Professionals Group of Canada, EX-A-TEC Canada, Cien Mujeres Mexicanas, the Latin Canadian Cultural Association and En Lace Community Link Inc. of Mexico Abroad.
Brigantine Room – 2 p.m.
Toronto-based and Mexican born singer/songwriter Rosita Stone performs popular Mexican songs, including a special tribute to Armando Manzanero, one of
Room – 3:30 p.m.
Mariachi Mexico Amigo is a Toronto-based seven member band playing famous Mexican tunes past and present.
Artist info at www.jlopezentertainment.com/htmlmexamigo.html
Brigantine Room – 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Room – 3:30 p.m.
Kallpulli Kuahuilama, a dancing group direct from
Hasta los huesos (Down To the Bone) is a 15 minute animated short film by René Castillo.
The film tells an ironic story of the path to the world of deaths.
Por eso en Míxquic hay tantos perros (That is why in Mixquic there are so many dogs)
25 minute short film (in Spanish) by Luis Manuel Serrano
This original story takes place in a small village which conveys that when a person dies - he becomes a dog.
Authentic Mexican food is available from El Jacalito Restaurant, and arts & crafts of Mexico are offered at the marketplace.
Zoom Room – 12 p.m. (noon)
Sugar artist Gerardo Sanchez Acevedo creates sugar skulls and other traditional candies from start to finish for display to the public.
Have a taste of the traditional Mexican candy.
Media Contact: Bruce Hutchinson, 416-973-4677, email@example.com