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Barbados on the Water tenth anniversary festival!
June 16 to June 18, 2006 at Harbourfront Centre
(Complete event listings, dates and times to follow at bottom of this release)

TORONTO, May 23, 2006 - Canada's largest celebration of Barbados and Barbadian culture gets even bigger this year with free and ticketed concerts beginning Friday June 16 though Sunday June 18. The Barbados on the Water festival at Harbourfront Centre also celebrates its tenth anniversary! Ticketed events present some of the Island's top talent while free culinary, cricket and golf demonstrations, dance, music, comedy, children’s activities and more can be expected throughout the weekend. For tickets and information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Ticketed Events:

Legendary Calypso stars The Mighty Gabby (Barbados’ Cultural Envoy/Ambassador), along with Red Plastic Bag and Adrian Clarke perform with the spectacular Plantation Band Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 in the Brigantine Room. (Doors open at 10:30 p.m. / Performances from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Tickets $25 advance and $30 at the door both nights).

Comedy troupe Pampalam engage in Barbadian satirical humour in the Brigantine Room Friday night June 16 and Saturday June 17 (Doors at 6:30 p.m. / Performances from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. both nights / Tickets $12 advance & $15 at the door).

Free Events:

Crowds will be delighted by the unique performances of Israel Lovell Foundation's amazing dance and music (direct from Barbados) on the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

FOOD - Barbados brings it's ever popular A Taste of Barbados Fish Fry to Harbourfront Centre starting Friday June 16 at 6 p.m. and available throughout the weekend (with rum tastings on Saturday and Sunday), along with free cooking demonstrations by Bajan Chefs Peter Edey of the Dining Club in Barbados and Chris Straker, executive chef at Toronto’s popular Eggplant restaurant. (Cooking demonstrations will be held Saturday June 17 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday June 18 at 1 p.m. in the Lakeside Terrace Tent).

CHILDREN - Events include storytelling by Gregory Fitt and Itah Sadu, popular kite making activities and for the first time a “Crop Over” costume making class (Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

VISUAL ARTS - Toronto visual artist and exhibitor Michael Chambers curates The Place is the Power - an photography exhibition featuring Toronto artists Angela Haynes, Xania, Nicole Roswell Anderson and Sean Harrison. (Friday June 16 through Sunday June 18 in the Marilyn Brewer Community Gallery) while Carol-Anne Brancker and Jennifer Weetch delight crowds with floral arranging demonstrations and workshop (workshop June 18, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace). Carol-Anne Brancker and Jennifer Weetch were part of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s winning Gold Medal Team at London's Chelsea Flower Show.

MUSIC - On weekend afternoons, the festival has Toronto Caribbean-Jazz group NEWA (featuring Tamara Marshall and comprised of Nicolas Brancker, Eddie Bullen, Wilson Laurencin and Arturo Tappin). Quincy Bullen and Omar Gittens (two young boys with Caribbean roots) have been thrilling Jazz and Latin music enthusiasts across Canada and the Caribbean. The Everyting Irie Jazz Ensemble led by ‘Smasher’ Cadogan provides a dazzling fusion of Jazz with Caribbean rhythms.

LITERARY - Readings include Austin Clarke reading from his Giller Prize winning novel The Polished Hoe, followed by Obsidian Theatre’s workshop reading (currently in production for a launch in Toronto this winter) of its’ The Polished Hoe adaptation (Studio Theatre - June 16 & June 17, 7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m, - advance tickets $12 / $15 at the door both nights).

Cecil Foster, one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of citizenship, culture, race, ethnicity and immigration will read from some of his outstanding fiction titles such as A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada (Studio Theatre - June 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Advance tickets are available by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or by visiting www.harbourfrontcentre.com

The 10th annual Barbados on the Water festival is presented by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Barbados Tourism Authority, the Consulate General of Barbados and the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.

Barbados on the Water - Complete Event Listings – June 16 to June 18, 2006
Advance tickets can be purchase by calling 416-973-4000 or visiting www.harbourfrontcentre.com
All events are free admission unless otherwise indicated

Friday June 16

Comedy – Pampalam (Doors at 6:30 p.m. / 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. / Tickets $12 advance/$15 at the door).

Culinary – BOCC - Bajan Delite: A Taste of Barbados Fish Fry - BOCC (6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. - Brigantine Tent).

Literary – Austin Clarke reading from The Polished Hoe (7:30 p.m.) and Obsidian Theatre workshop reading of play The Polished Hoe (Tickets $12 in advance/$15 - 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. - ticket includes both events at the Studio Theatre).

Music – Calypso Monarchs: The Mighty Gabby, Red Plastic Bag and Adrian Clarke backed by the Plantation Band
(Doors open at 10:30 p.m. / Performances from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Tickets $25 advance and $30 at the door both nights)

Visual Arts – The Place is the Power exhibition features Toronto artists Angela Haynes, Xania, Nicole Roswell Anderson and Sean Harrison. Photographs celebrating culture, pride and memory. Curated by Michael Chambers.
(6 p.m. to 11 p.m.- Marilyn Brewer Community Gallery).

Floral Exhibit by Carol-Ann Brancker and Jennifer Weetch (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.- Lakeside Terrace).

Saturday June 17th

Children’s Activities – Crop Over Costume Making (noon to 4 p.m. - Kid’s Zone Tent)
and Children's Board Games (noon to 4 p.m.).

Comedy – Pampalam (Doors at 6:30 p.m. / 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. / Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door).

Culinary – BOCC - Bajan Delite: A Taste of Barbados Fish Fry – Bimshire Delectables, Pauline’s Bajan Cuisine, Cockspur Rum Tasting (noon to 10 p.m. - World Cafe), BOCC- Bajan Delite (noon to 1:30 a.m. - Brigantine Tent).

Culinary Demos – Chris Straker and Peter Edey (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.to 5 p.m.- Lakeside Terrace Tent).

Dance – Israel Lovell Foundation (5:30 p.m. to 6 :30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)

Literary – Austin Clarke reading from The Polished Hoe (7:30 p.m.) and Obsidian Theatre workshop reading of play The Polished Hoe (Tickets $12 in advance/$15 - 7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. - ticket includes both events at the Studio Theatre).
Music – NEWA with Tamara Marshall (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)

Music – Plantation Band (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), Quincy Bullen & Omar Gittens (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Andy Earle Band (5 p.m. to -5:30 p.m.) - All concerts are free at the Toronto Star Stage.

Music – Calypso Monarchs: The Mighty Gabby, Red Plastic Bag and Adrian Clarke backed by the Plantation Band
(Doors open at 10:30 p.m. / Performances from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Tickets $25 advance and $30 at the door both nights)
Storytelling – Gregory Fitt and Itah Sadu (Zoom Room 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Visual Arts – The Place is the Power exhibition features Toronto artists Angela Haynes, Xania, Nicole Roswell Anderson and Sean Harrison. Photographs celebrating culture, pride and memory. Curated by Michael Chambers (noon to 11 p.m.). Floral Exhibit by Carol-Ann Brancker and Jennifer Weetch (noon to 10 p.m., Lakeside Terrace.).

Sunday June 18

Children’s Activities – Crop Over Costume Making (noon to 3 p.m. - Sculpture Court
Kitemaking with Walter Broomes (noon to 4 p.m. - Kid’s Zone Tent) and Children’s Board Games (noon to 4 p.m.)
Cricket Demo – Desmond Haynes and Joel Garner (3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage)

Culinary – BOCC - Bajan Delite: A Taste of Barbados Fish Fry – Bimshire Delectables, Pauline’s Bajan Cuisine, Cockspur Rum Tasting (noon to 6:30 p.m. - World Cafe), BOCC (noon to 6:30 p.m. - Brigantine Tent).

Culinary Demo – Peter Edey (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace Tent)

Dance – Israel Lovell Foundation (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Dance Workshop – Israel Lovell Foundation (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)

Floral Arrangement Workshop – Carol-Ann Brancker & Jennifer Weetch
(3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace – space limited, first come basis)

Golf Demo – Kevin Weekes (Noon to 12:45 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)

Literary – Cecil Foster (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Studio Theatre)

Music - Andy Earle Band (1p.m. to 2 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage), Everyting Irie Jazz Ensemble (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage), Quincy Bullen and Omar Gittens (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage)

Storytelling – Gregory Fitt (1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.- Zoom Room)

Visual Arts – The Place is the Power exhibition features Toronto artists Angela Haynes, Xania, Nicole Roswell Anderson and Sean Harrison. Photographs celebrating culture, pride and memory. Curated by Michael Chambers (noon to 6:30 p.m.). Floral Exhibit by Carol-Ann Brancker and Jennifer Weetch (noon to 6 p.m., Lakeside Terrace).

Harbourfront Centre Focus - The Power Of Place
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.

Access all of the summer 2006 press releases and photos at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php

All Harbourfront Centre events take place at York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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Media Contacts:
Gail Stewart – Stewart Communications – 416-410-7193, gail.stewart@allstream.net
Shane Gerard – Harbourfront Centre – 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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