Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Multiple outdoor and indoor stages at Harbourfront Centre
(235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). All July concerts are FREE admission except Salif Keita.
Celebrate Canada Day all day and all night with fun, festive and family-friendly events inspired by the theme of Power of Place. Concerts feature artists from across the country including the acclaimed Indie Rock of Montreal's The Dears (performing several new songs), Toronto Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett, funkloric World music from Les Batinses (Quebec), brooding Indie Rock from Mother (Vancouver) and Blues Jazz Folk singer Ndidi Onukwulu (Toronto). On the performing arts front, the artistic visions of Spain's Senza Tempo perform El Bosque de Marcela- a piece that walks the line between theatre, dance, poetry and surrealism through July 3.
A place is a physical location, a place is a state of mind. This festival combines both kinds of places to entice all of the senses. International music artists converge onto a festival environment that includes dance, film and family activities.
Artist highlights include the first Toronto performance of The Refugee All Stars. This amazing group of refugees from war-torn Sierra Leone (who form a band and use African World music flavoured with Rap and Reggae to tell their harrowing personal stories) have been inspiring audiences worldwide live and as a film circuit documentary favourite. Also making their first Toronto appearance is the Malian powerhouse Amadou & Mariam. This blind, middle-aged couple have performed as a duo since 1980. Their 2005 record, Dimanche A Bamako (produced by Manu Chao) reached the top of the French pop charts and won the French equivalent of a Grammy. Ska Cubano is a unique Cuba/UK musical and artist collaboration that blends the two past musical styles into a new musical force sure to impress North America audiences this summer. Brazil's CéU is an internationally acclaimed young female vocalist with Samba Roots branching into Soul, Afrobeat and Electro Jazz. Renowned dancer and choreographer Santee Smith returns this summer in Power of Place - Kawahii Dance Theatre with Here to Earth.
(July 7 to July 9 - Presented by NOW Magazine)
One of North America's top Electronic music and culture festivals plugs into the latest currents of modern musical expression, this year focusing on how World Music is developing into a global electronic phenomena. Canada's largest breakdancing competition and live Graffiti art creation are some of many events enriching the festival environment.
Artist highlights include the first Toronto appearance by Congo's Konono N°1. This Kinhasa group have floored critics and audiences worldwide with their Congotronics sound and 2005 album. Their handmade instruments take traditional Bazombo trance music into the realm of electronica and experimental Rock. UK based Super_Collider cofounder Jamie Lidell takes the concept of solo show next level with a largely improvised set of Soulful vocals and instrumentation echoing past Prince and Stax/Volt sessions. His extraordinary live shows careens from glitzy Funkadelic extravaganza to pulsating electronica. Half Japanese, half New Zealander Mark de Clive-Lowe has built a worldwide reputation for exciting music blending World, Latin, Urban and Jazz grooves. His list of quality collaborations (4Hero, Spinna, Jill Scott, Joe Clausell) and seven solo albums make this artist's rare live band appearance an event not to be missed! One of Columbia's leading breakdancing crews, Style Force, comes to Canada for the first time to be part of Beats, Breaks & Culture's popular breakdance competition - which features top crews from across the country and huge audiences for the finale.
A look at the roots of popular music and culture and how the traditional branches into today's multiple culture mix. International and Canadian dance and music artists combine with a festival themed film series to frame the cultural change as it occurs.
Artist highlights include the Canadian debut of East Harlem’s best known Afro-Filipino Joe Bataan, widely credited as the creator of Latin Soul (and cofounder of the Salsoul label). His legendary releases helped defined the Fania label and the New York Latin Funk sound of the 1970s with his releases now sampled by DJs worldwide. Many of Toronto's finest expatriate Jamaican Ska, Soul, Funk, Blue Beat and Reggae musicians used to play together regularly on Yonge Street over 30 years ago. Jamaica to Toronto: Soul, Funk and Reggae 1967-1974 is a one time reunion concert and CD launch featuring Jo Jo Bennett (Sattalites), Everton Paul (Wayne McGhie), The Mighty Pope, Lloyd Delpratt of Studio One fame (Bob Marley and Jackie Mittoo) and many more. Congolese supergroup Kekele bring back Rumba Congolaise - an irresistible mix of Cuban Rumba and African rhythms blending enchanting vocals and spellbinding guitar.
The festival also features a number of international dance performers including Rotterdam's Conny Janssen Danst. The is presented in partnership with July's World Dance Alliance Global Assembly 2006. Le-La-La Dancers are an intriguing Haida First Nation group (North Vancouver Island) presented in partnership with the Living Ritual Aboriginal Dance Festival.
The latest edition of this long running Latin American festival (since 1988) threads the vibrant cultural arts scene of Mexico with Latin artists from abroad and from across Canada performing current and traditional music, dance and much more.
Artist highlights include a unique concert by the innovative leaders of Mex-Tronica, Nortec Collective with Mexican Institute of Sound. Acclaimed worldwide, the Nortec Collective make electronic music mixed with traditional Northern Mexican music. Mexican Institute of Sound is Camilo Lara (also Vice President of EMI Mexico). He has collaborated on remixes for Quantic Soul Orchestra and Le Hammond Inferno. Other musical highlights include legendary Cuban son pioneers Sierra Maestra and one of Chile's most popular musicians, Joe Vasconcellos. His music is a vital infusion of Latin and Brazilian rhythms also incorporating the music of Chile's native Mapuches alongside Blues, Pop and Reggae. Argentina's contemporary Tango group Surdance Ensemble makes its first Canadian appearance. Founded by Jorge Amarante most Surdance members are also dancers of the internationally known Ballet Company at Teatro Colon. One of Mexico's leading contemporary dance ensembles, Contempodanza will take part in the weekend festival.
The isolation and climate of Winnipeg has created a strange and wonderful cultural community lauded worldwide for its unique artistic perspective. This festival shows some of the best music, theatre, dance, visual and performance art From the Peg!
Artist highlights include an incredible free show by Indie Rock icons Weakerthans that just might become the biggest Winnipeg social ever in Toronto! One of Winnipeg's hottest exports this year, The Duhks, presented at From the Peg! by Alexander Keith's , just accepted a 2006 Juno Award for their self-titled album and have established themselves as a force in the U.S. Their new record is scheduled to be released this August in Canada, so their live show is sure to feature a few of their new tracks. Since 1997 the performance art of the Lesbian Park Rangers saw Lorri Milan and Shawna Dempsey in full uniform patrolling parklands throughout Canada and internationally - challenging the public’s ideas of tourism, recreation, and the “natural” environment. Equipped with informative brochures they will be on site all weekend as well as presenting a risque slide show. Curator Matthew Etches and assisted by Gabriel Schroedter (Winnipeg Film Group & Video Pool) present their unique vision of Winnipeg film and video artists which has won awards at festivals worldwide. One of Canada’s leading-edge, Aboriginal arts galleries, Winnipeg's Urban ShamanGallery presents Contemporary Aboriginal art throughout the festival weekend.
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2006 ticketed music concert:
Reminder for June: Harbourfront Centre and TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival presentation of
Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world? Power of Place is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre, June through December 2006.
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or email@example.com