Harbourfront Centre draws upon World Routes to celebrate the Power of Place! Power of Place free events at multiple venues Sunday July 2 and Monday July 3 (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)Public Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.comTORONTO, June 19, 2006- Harbourfront Centre showcases the Power of Place on July 2 and 3, 2006! With music, food, visual art and more, the Power of Place calls upon the sights and sounds of communities throughout Canada while crossing international borders in search of culture. Launching with a weekend of top international talent making Toronto debuts - and performances by some of Canada’s most acclaimed and varied artists, other events representing Power of Place take place at Harbourfront Centre for the entire summer. All concerts and events are free admission!MUSIC- International acts making their Toronto debut on Sunday include Brazilian soul/ electro-pop sensation CeU,The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone; whose live show is accompanied by the acclaimed film documenting their incredible journey; followed by the highly anticipated performance by Malian duo, Amadou & Mariam. On Monday, UK/Cuban group Ska Cubano will share their unique blend of Ska, Cuban and African sounds.Power of Place also features some of Canada’s most spectacular and diverse musical acts including local Latin sensation, Son Ache; Vancouver born, award-winning Aboriginal blues rocker Wayne Lavallee; and the jubilance of Toronto’s Rhema Sanctuary Choir, lead by Pastor Richard J. Brown. Rising jazz star Elizabeth Shepherd Trio will be joined by the Movement DJ collective. DANCE- Spanish dance company, Senza Tempo, bring inspiring dance/theatre performances to the stage for their Toronto debut this weekend. Additional performances include Kaha:wi featuring Santee Smith, as dance is used to explore the connection between earth and sacred organism; jazz and hip hop fusion from the ever popular HoneyKats and, Black Ice, one of Canada's premiere step dancing troupes put the finishing touch on the weekend’s dance offerings.FILM-To accompany Sunday’s performance by The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone is a special screening of the celebrated festival circuit documentary about them followed by a Q&A session. Another international film presention will be City of God, featuring Seu Jorge. Capturing Canada on film throughout the weekend will be various works by celebrated Aboriginal director/producer Grey Coyes, in addition to screenings of I can make art … like Andrew Qappik and I can make art … like Emily Carr.KIDS ZONE-At the Natrel Pond, families can take part in Make & Take Boats activities all weekend long.VISUAL ARTS- Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present a visual rendering of Power of Place all weekend with The Power of Nature Exhibit by Simon Frank and Paul Walde inside the Marilyn Brewer Community Space.Power of Place Line-Up: Sunday, July 2, 2006 Music – Wayne Lavallee (2 p.m. – Concert Stage) Music – CéU (3:30 p.m. – Concert Stage) Music – Frederick Aragon (4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace) Music – The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone (8 p.m. – Concert Stage) Music – Amadou & Mariam (9:30 p.m. – Concert Stage) Music – Elizabeth Shepherd Trio w/ Movement Collective (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room)Dance – HoneyKats – (1:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Shaimak Indo Jazz Dance (5 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Louis Laberge Cote & Nova B. ( 6p.m. Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Brian Solomon (6:10 p.m. – Natrel Pond) Dance – Senza Tempo (7 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (9 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)Kids – Chocolate Making (1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace) Kids – Children’s Make & Take Boats (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – ZOOM! Kids Tent) Film – The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone and Q & A with Band Leader Reuben Koroma (3 p.m. – Studio Theatre)Film – Rivers & Tides (6 p.m. – Studio Theatre) Craft and Food– International Market/World Café (12 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Ann Tindal Park) Craft and Food– The Power of Nature Exhibit by Simon Frank and Paul Walde Exhibit (9 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space) Craft and Food– Carlos Barela (10:30 a.m. – Orchard) Power of Place Line-Up Monday, July 3, 2006 Music – Rhema Sanctuary Choir (1 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Music – Son Ache (3 p.m.– Concert Stage) Music – Ska Cubano (4:30 p.m. – Concert Stage)Dance – Louis Laberge Cote & Nova B. (2:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Brian Solomon (2:40 p.m. – Natrel Pond) Dance – Senza Tempo (4 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage) Dance – Black Ice (5:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)Kids – Children’s Make & Take Boats (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – ZOOM! Kids Tent)Film – Rivers & Tides (3 p.m. – Studio Theatre) Film – City of God (5 p.m. – Studio Theatre)Craft and Food– International Market/World Café (12 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Ann Tindal Park) Craft and Food– The Power of Nature Exhibit by Simon Frank and Paul Walde Exhibit (9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space) Attention Media: For more summer information and festival releases go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.phpHarbourfront 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.
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