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Harbourfront Centre and TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival present Seu Jorge Acclaimed Brazilian Samba Soul artist performs at Harbourfront Centre Friday June 30, 2006

TORONTO, May 5, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre and the TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival present a ticketed concert at the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage by acclaimed Brazilian Samba Soul singer and guitarist Seu Jorge on Friday June 30, 2006. Tickets are $21.50 in advance and $25 on the day of performance. For more information the public can also call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office by calling 416-973-4000 and online through Ticketmaster.ca (416-870-8000). Concerts take place at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances begin at 8 p.m., ending at 11 p.m.

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival takes over the city for 10 days this summer from June 23 - July 2, 2006. The festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with more than 1500 musicians performing over 350 concerts at more than 40 locations across the city. Please visit www.torontojazz.com for more information.

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Seu Jorge - This Brazilian Samba Soul singer-songwriter and musician has achieved international acclaim for his captivating voice and guitar-playing, writing and arranging skills. Lauded by fans worldwide (and by Brazilian music icons like Carolina Joao Nogueira and Jorge Ben) for renewing the Samba Pop style, critics have also praised both his debut Carolina (Brazil’s 1999 Album of the Year) and 2005’s Cru (which translates as Raw). The title of this most recent work focuses attention on his voice and accompanying guitar and percussion, with bare production allowing the Soul to shine through. Cru also includes a cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Chatterton” and an interpretation of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t”.

Once a homeless street child in a favela outside of Rio de Janeiro, Jorge still has street attitude. In Fernando Meirelles’ brilliant film City of God (2002), he provided a stellar performance as bus driver Knockout Ned. Impressed by Jorge’s acting talent, director Wes Anderson recruited him for his 2004 picture The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou – a film in which Jorge took on the part of guitar-strumming shipmate Pelé dos Santos. Jorge innovatively contributed to the movie’s soundtrack by covering several David Bowie tracks such as “Rebel Rebel” and “Starman” in Portuguese.

Media Contacts:
For Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
For Toronto Downtown Jazz - Anna Tom, 416.928.2033, ext. 21, publicity@tojazz.com

Harbourfront Centre Focus - The Power Of Place (June through December 2006)
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.
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