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TORONTO, June 26 – Harbourfront Centre presents a weekend festival peering into the cultural mirrors, reflecting and exploring the old-school and new school styles of arts and culture through a clever incarnation entitled Roots: Remix. This weekend’s theme presents a three-day excursion through time and place, presenting some of the planet’s unique artistic works in music, dance, film and food. Roots:Remix is a live exploration, showcasing how the creative endeavours of the past influence and manifest themselves in the creative cultural arena of the present. Friday night through Sunday these waves of time converge to entertain and fascinate visitors with a creative cultural swirl of yesterday and today. In conjunction with the Centre’s overall seasonal theme of Power of Place, Roots:Remix is the perfect festival where both young and old alike can share and discover the passion of arts and culture together. Admission is – as so often is the case at Harbourfront Centre – Free! Public Information is available by calling 416-973-4000 or online at www.harboufrontcentre.com .


Through Roots:Remix, the relationship between arts’ roots and its contemporary form are presented daily, though not exclusively, via place, as Friday’s music gives play to the Filipino connection, Saturday looks to Jamaica and Sunday focuses on an African perspective. Evolutionary sounds are served up as living legends of yesterday play into the young creative stars of today. In music, dance, film and food, Roots:Remix provides rare examples as to how the past plays a necessary role as a continuum to the future. Watch film presentations including Bob Dylan-No Direction Home, PBS’s American Roots Music, Celtic Spirits, Oliver Jones in Africa and get a sneak peek of the much-anticipated documentary-in progress – Legends of Ska. Taste how roots get remixed through the recipes cooked-up in our four, on-site, food demos and through the exotic meals offered by sevenWorld Café vendors. Experience the movement of global cultures through nine incredible and very different choreographed dance performances. See attached for complete list of artists performances and event times and locations. Multiple outdoor and indoor stages at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

MUSICAL DIRECTIONS:

Friday’s musical connections feature the oft-times referred-to inventor of Latin Soul, Afro-Filipino Joe Bataan, while later that night, new school busts though with the music of Matalino, featuring turntablists DJ Dopey and D-Scratch. Saturday sees 15-year-old blues prodigy, Jimmy Bowskill let loose his remarkable guitar-playing abilities followed by renowned blues master Carlos del Junco showcasing the mastery of his years. Exclusive to Canada and on the heels of the just-released CD, already catching fire on the international scene, is the highly-anticipated world premiere and one-time only concert of the Jamaica to Toronto:1967-1974 gathering presented by Tilley’s. Prolific ‘60s-‘70s soul, reggae, rocksteady stars come together for a world premiere concert, followed by the new school Version Xcursion featuring Dubmatix & System Echo who create new soundscapes rooted in reggae and dub. Sunday afternoon sees Congolese supergroup Kékélé, featuring renowned singers, Bumba Massa and Loko Massengo, and lead guitarist Papa Noel as the roots set-up to the performance by Belizean Aurelio Martinez, a virtuoso of Punta Rock.

DANCE CONNECTIONS:

The Roots:Remix weekend includes a number of Canadian and international dance performers including contemporary choreography of Rotterdam's Conny Janssen Danst presented in partnership with World Dance Alliance Global Assembly 2006, Le-La-La Dancers, an intriguing Haida First Nation group (North Vancouver Island) presented in partnership with the Living Ritual Aboriginal Dance Festival, and Capoeira Workshop with Marinaldo DaSilva. It all kicks off on Friday evening at 7:30with The World’s Biggest Circle Dance (title) on-site on the Ann Tindal Park lawn at York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre.

On Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 5 p.m. kids can construct make and shake tambourines with artist Shiva Shoeybi in the Zoom: Kids Tent.

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 more summer media information and festival releases go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php.
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Media Contacts:
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518, wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com



Roots: Remix July 14 - 16, 2006 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Events subject to change. Scheduled by date, event time and location.

World Cafe: July 14 - 16
Vendors include: La Fiesta; Can Caribbean; Fajita's Masters; Makkah; Thai Bankok/Sh; Darvish Rest; Jerk It Up

Friday, July 14, 2006
Dance – The World's Biggest Circle Dance - supported by the World Dance Global Assembly
(7:30 p.m. - Ann Tindal Park)
Music – Bombolessé - Montréal - (8:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Film – Calle 54 (8:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Dance – Unreal Eth-x Crew - (9 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – Joe Bataan - New York - (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage) - Creator of “Latin Soul”—the merging of Latin music with R&B and funk tunes in the late ‘60s
Music – Matalino featuring DJ Dopey and D-Scratch - Toronto – Late Night Now presented by Brahma (11 p.m. Brigantine Room)

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Kids – Make and Shake Tambourines with artist Shiva Shoeybi (1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - ZOOM: Kids Tent
Dance – Capoeira Workshop and Demo with Marinaldo DaSilva (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Food/Demo – Chef Ismat Jivani cooks up Voodoo Surf 'n Turf Mammoth BBQ Beef Ribs (1:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Music – Jimmy Bowskill Band - Toronto - (2 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Film – PBS Series "American Roots Music" (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Dance – Remix: Step 2 Step with choreographer Diana Webley (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – "Un Deux Trois" Program 1: Please Dad, Lost and The Naming- supported by World Dance Global Assembly and Living Ritual: World Indigenous Dance Festival and Consulate General of the Netherlands (3:30 p.m. Studio Theatre)
Music – Carlos del Junco - Toronto - (3:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Food/Demo – Chef Marcia Marquez cooks Callaloo Fritz - Caribbean (3:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace
Dance – "Pulse" performed by Troy Twigg and Terrill MacGuire - supported by World Dance Global Assembly
(6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – "Un Deux Trois" Program 2: " supported by World Dance Global Assembly and Living Ritual: World Indigenous Dance Festival and Consulate General of the Netherlands
(6 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Music – The Hootenanny (7 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – Seckou Keita Quartet (8 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Film – Celtic Spirits (8 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Film – Bob Dylan - No Direction Home: Part 1 (9 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Music – Jamaica to Toronto: 1967-1974 - Toronto – Presented by Tilley's (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage) The group features: The Mighty Pope, Everton Pablo Paul, Jay Douglas, Lloyd Delpratt, Jo-Jo Bennett, Noel Ellis, Val Bent, Terry Lewis and Bob and Wisdom
Music – Version Xcursion featuring Dubmatix & SystemEcho – Late Night Now pPresented by Brahma (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room)

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Kids – Make and Shake Tambourines with artist Shiva Shoeybi (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - ZOOM: Kids Tent
Film – Oliver Jones inAfrica
Panel discussion. - Brigantine room at 2:00p.m. Oliver Jones In Africa - Panel Discussion following the film Engaging and provocative discussion piece about Jazz music's history, present and future, and its connection to continental African music and culture. Moderated by CKLN fm’s Norman “Otis” Richmond featuring celebrated trumpeter Nick “Brownman” Ali, and revered veteran bassist Dave Young (who's one of the subjects in the film).
Dance – Ijo Vudu African Dance (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – "Un Deux Trois" Program 2: "In the Letters of my Name" and "Suite para barrotes" - supported by World Dance Global Assembly and Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo Bogota (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Food/Demo – Ikeila Wright hosts a children's cooking workshop making Roots: Remix Chips (2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Dance – Le-La-La Dancers - supported by Living Ritual: World Indigenous Dance Festival
(2:30 and 6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – Aurelio Martinez - Belize - (3 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Nadjiwan (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – "Un Deux Trois" Program 1: Please Dad, Lost and The Naming (4 p.m. Studio Theatre)
Film – Marron, La Piste Créole en Amérique (4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Food/Demo – Executive Chef Jordan C. Slade (4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Music – Kékélé - Congo – part of the Pepsi Concert Series (4:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Film – Bob Dylan - No Direction Home: Part 2 (5:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre)

Events Subject to Change
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