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Bud Light Beats, Breaks & Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival
Friday July 7 through Sunday July 9 (presented by NOW Magazine)
Public Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Multiple outdoor and indoor stages at Harbourfront Centre
(235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). All concerts are FREE admission!
Complete Event Schedule Included Below

TORONTO, June 22, 2006: In three short years Harbourfront Centre's Bud Light Beats, Breaks & Culture has emerged as one of North America's top Electronic music and culture festivals. The festival continually plugs into the latest currents in modern musical expression, this year focusing on how world electronic music is developing into a global phenomenom. Enhancing the festival environment is Canada's largest breakdancing competition, concerts by some of Canada's best new hip-hop talents, outdoor live Graffiti art and much more! All events are free and most are for all ages.

Friday July 7 highlights:
The festival kicks off with a performance by The Juan Maclean, a former Six Finger Satellite member now making music entwining Kraftwerkian and early Detroit electronic sounds. The masked Maclean later joins Toronto's MSTRKRFT on the decks. This dynamic Toronto duo (who have done remixes for Bloc Party and Metric) are Death from Above 1979 bassist Jesse F. Keeler and DFA 1979 producer, Al-P kicking out mad Dance Punk beats. The opening night of the festival also features a rare live performance by enigmatic multi-talented producer/artist Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren). Prefuse 73 is the most well known alias of this prolific Barcelona based Altanta-born musician - who is adept at sculpting abstract hip-hop styles along with mimimalist techno beats. This highly personal style has secured indie rock and hip-hop fans worldwide.

Saturday July 8 highlights:
The festival comes out full force all day and night with non-stop performances by International and Canadian talents. The day begins with afternoon offerings by South African group Tumi and the Volume and Toronto disco funk house ensemble King Sunshine and continues into evening with the Toronto debut of internationally acclaimed Congo group Konono Nº1. This incredible Kinhasa group plays a trio of electric likembés (thumb pianos) along with handmade microphones and instruments made from pots, pans and car parts to create a style mixing up African percussion (Bazombo trance music) into a music that sounds like indie rock played along over afro-tech beats. The evening also features the live electro soul funk that is UK's Jamie Lidell. Lidell layers his vocals into a microphone, performing percussion and melody as a sequenced one man band!

Late night performances (19 only) include a rare concert by Toronto expat Chilly Gonzales. His solo piano set showcases yet another side to this talented musician/producer who now lives in Europe - collaborating with other expat Toronto artists like Feist and Peaches. Further late night performances feature some of Canada's best emerging hip-hop talent like Edmonton's Cadence Weapon and London, Ontario's Shad K. A number of profile Toronto vocalists and MCs (Zaki, Citizen Kane, Dub Ill, Mathematik, King Reign) perform live alongside the equally profilic Headnodz DJs/producers Nick Holder and Kaje (as part of the Treehouse Records Party).

Colombian breakdance crew and choreographers Style Force not only perform their Canadian debuts at the festival (July 8 at 3 p.m. and July 9 at 2 p.m. at the Toronto Star Stage- Presented with the assistance of the Cultural Institute of Bogota), but also work as partners in Bogota's Youth Club “Actives,” promoting and educating people in postive hip hop culture.

Sunday July 9 highlights:
UK based half Japanese, half New Zealander Mark de Clive-Lowe has built a worldwide reputation for sophisticated dance music blending world, latin, urban and jazz grooves. His 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 especially when his band includes renowned New York percussionist Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis, Chic) and amazing UK singer Bémbé Ségué! Joining Mark de Clive-Lowe Sunday afternoon is the Toronto debut of Dutch electro jazz group New Cool Collective. This dynamic ensemble's new double album Trippin' features multiple songs with legendary afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

The festival finishes with multiple breakdancing crews intensely battling for glory and $1000 in cash at Pop Lock & Load 3. The third annual staging of this massively popular event features the Guilty Bratz crew, Drunken Monks, MEC, Natural Flow, She Bang, Tripline and Style Lordz competing over two days at the Toronto Star Stage (5:30 pm. on July 8 & 9).

Weekend Events (July 7 through July 9):
Graffiti art will be created live outdoors all weekend long by prominent Toronto artists like Water, Mes3, Ryan Dineen and Tusk - who's works will also be featured at an indoor exhibition. Curated by Style in Progress. In demand Toronto visual artists Mix Motion provide visuals throughout the weekend in the Brigantine Room. Late night visuals accompany live music while an interactive daytime video installation Re-Flex Boogie takes over from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 8 and July 9.

On July 8 (4:30 p.m.) and July 9 (2 p.m.) the Studio Theatre gets funked up at screenings of Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under the Groove followed by a Q&A with film critic Cameron Bailey and Oscar nominated director Yvonne Smith.

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.

For further public festival and artist information go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/festivals/bbc.php

For more summer media information and festival releases go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php

Bud Light Beats, Breaks & Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival
presented by NOW Magazine
Event Schedule - July 7 through July 9
ALL performances are FREE admission!
Multiple venues at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Friday July 7
Music – Arthur Oskan live (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Toronto producer/DJ
Music – The Juan Maclean (8 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
New Hampsire based, former Six Finger Satellite member punks up Detroit style electronica.
Music – Prefuse 73 (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Atlanta/Barcelona producer provides a rare live performance of his hip-hop rock techno.
Music – MSTRKRFT and DJ Juan Maclean (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room -- Late Night Now – Presented by Brahma) Death From Above 1979 members mix dance punk beats. Includes mixMotion live video mixing.
Music – Kick Magazine showcase featruing DJ Tom Kuo and DJ Derrick Ramirez (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Visual Art – Style in Progress graffiti exhibit and outdoor art featuring multiple Toronto artists.
(6 p.m. - Marilyn Brewer Community Space & Ann Tindal Park)

Saturday July 8
Visual Arts – Style in Progress graffiti exhibit and outdoor art featuring multiple Toronto artists
(noon to 8 p.m. Marilyn Brewer Community Space & Ann Tindal Lawn)
Visual Arts – mixMotion Reflex Boogie video installation (1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Brigantine Room)
Kids – Children's arts and crafts activities (1 p.m. - Kidzone Tent)
Music – King Sunshine (2 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage) - Toronto disco house ensemble.
Breakdancing – Colombia's Style Force (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music - Jamie Kidd (3:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – Tumi and the Volume (3:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
South African urban, hip hop and spoken word group.
Film – Parliament Funkadelic-One Nation Under A Groove – Screening and Q&A (4:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Breakdancing – Pop, Lock and Load 3, semi-finals (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – Jamie Lidell (8 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
UK based one-man-band layers soulful vocals with funky rhythms.
Music – Konono Nº1 (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Congo group mashes up African Tribal percussion with techno sounds.
Music – Cadence Weapon and Shad K (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room - Late Night Now - Presented by Brahma)
Two of Canada’s best new hip-hop artists. mixMotion live video mixing.
Music – The Treehouse Records party featuring Citizen Kane and Headnodz (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Toronto DJs/producers Headnodz (Nick Holder and Kaje) on the decks with performances by profile Toronto collaborators like Zaki, Citizen Kane, Dub Ill, Mathematik and King Reign.
Music – Chilly Gonzales (11 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Rare live concert solo piano set from acclaimed Toronto musician/producer living in Europe.

Sunday July 9
Visual Arts – Style in Progress graffiti exhibit and outdoor art featuring multiple Toronto artists
(noon to 6 p.m. Marilyn Brewer Community Space & Ann Tindal Lawn)
Visual Arts – mixMotion Reflex Boogie video installation (1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Brigantine Room)
Kids – Children's arts and crafts activities (1 p.m. - Kidzone Tent)
Film – Parliament Funkadelic-One Nation Under A Groove – Screening and Q&A (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Breakdancing – Colombia's Style Force (2 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – New Cool Collective (3 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage) Dutch Electro Jazz.
Music – InsideAmind (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Toronto two man scratch band.
Music – Mark de Clive-Lowe featuring Bémbé Ségué and Sammy Figueroa (4:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage - part of the Pepsi Concert Series) Internationally acclaimed musician and producer.
Breakdancing – Pop, Lock and Load 3, Final Battle (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)

DJs in the Lakeside Terrace Tent - July 7 through July 9 (co-presented with Long & McQuade)
Mike Fury with J-Lambert and Yadevinder Mutta, Henner and Murtag (Fri. 9 p.m.); Greg Goldsack (Fri. 10 p.m.); DJ Efsharp (Sat. 2 p.m.); DJ Get Right (Sat. 4 p.m.); DJ Gio (Sat. 5 p.m.); DJ Teknostep (Sat. 6 p.m.); DJ Gerald Belanger (Sat. 7 p.m.); Kinder Atom (Sat. 8 p.m.); Fabio Palermo (Sat. 9 p.m.); DJ St. Pete (Sat. 10 p.m.); DJ Joe Romano (Sun. 2 p.m.); DJ Farrago (Sun. 3 p.m.); ARIA, Dan Driscol (Sun. 4 p.m.); Amir Ebrahimnia with Simon Rojas (Sun. 5 p.m.); Eric Downer (Sun. 6 p.m.); and DJ Shine (7 p.m.).

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Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518, wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com
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