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Harbourfront Centre celebrates Ritmo y Color 2006, focus Mexico!


Ritmo y Color : Focus Mexico free events at multiple venues
Friday July 21 – Sunday July 23, 2006 (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
Public Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

TORONTO, June 28, 2006- Harbourfront Centre continues the World Routes series of summer weekend festivals with the Ritmo y Color : Focus Mexico. July 21,through July 23, 2006! This year marks the 7th edition of Canada’s largest and longest running Latin American festival.

For our 2006 festivities, Ritmo y Color : Focus Mexico shines a spotlight on the vibrant cultural arts scene of Mexico, the Mexican Diaspora and other international Latin artists showcasing current and traditional music, dance and more. Supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto, Mexican Council for Culture and the Arts and Mexicana de Aviación, all concerts and events are free admission!

MUSIC- International acts making their Toronto debut will be legendary Mexican diva Regina Orozco, who performs her cabaret show; Mexico’s first lady of son jarochos Dona Graciana Silva, “La Negra”, the live band debut of Mexico City’s Nortec Collective with the Mexican Institute of Sound; legendary Cuban son pioneers Sierra Maestra; popular singer-songwriter Joe Vasconcellos (Chile); and Bronx based Latin pop/rock band Candela Soul.

Following the Power of Place theme which is visited in Harbourfront Centre’s programming through until December 2006, a stellar lineup of diverse Mexican and Latin performers from across Canada include Toronto’s Ricky Franco & P Crew Orchestra, Montreal’s Paulo Ramos, Alex Cuba Band (2005 Juno award winner); fresh from her win at the Latin Billboard Awards, vocalist Rosita Stone; the rousing sounds of Carlos Bastidas & Mapalé; classical Mexican music from Jorge Lopez and Friends and Bomba with Amazónica Sound Force, a multitalented showcase of current Latin street sounds.

DANCE- This weekend features the first ever shows in Toronto for Contempodanza (Mexico City), Surdance Ensemble (Buenos Aires) and Danza Abend (Costa Rica). As well, watch for performances by Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, accompanied by musical group Mexico Amigo, and Living Roots Foundation, who will share their dance and theatre combination, YETINA. There will be Canadian contributions from Los Danzaq del Peru, Grupo Chile and dance workshops featuring Brazil Nativa Dance Company and CeciliaLugo (Mexico).

LITERARY ARTS - Ritmo y Color: Focus Mexico will also offer a Literary Short Series. Each session will be moderated by Maria Angelica Enriquez and include some of the top names in Mexican and Latin literature such as Emma Beltran (Mexico), writer in residence at the University of Windsor; award winning Argentinean writer Claudio Andres Kuczer; from the University of Guelph, Rosario Gomez; and from York University’s Faculty of Arts department, Nicaraguan scholar Pastor Valle Garay.


VISUAL ARTS- Harbourfront Centre presents a visual rendering of the impact of Mexican and Latin culture globally. Un/l, an exhibition of works from Latin-Canadian and Latin-American artists is curated by the SalvadorAllende Arts Festival for Peace; Juego y Color, Valerie Greenfield and Hunter Thompson’s collection of popular Mexican art; Water to Live: Exhibition of Paint, Photography and Video; and Mexico City/Toronto’s El Faro de Oriente, a pioneering communitarian project in Mexico City promoting youth artists.

FILM- Front and centre during Ritmo y Color: Focus Mexico will be a taste of the best in Mexican Cinema from vintage black & white features, wrestling films, documentaries, and award winning shorts. All films will be subtitled and shown inside the Studio Theatre.

Ritmo y Color: Focus Mexico July 21 - 23, 2006: Complete Event Listing Below

Friday, July 21, 2006
Music – Ricky Franco & P Crew Orchestra - Toronto/Mexico - (8 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Jorge Lopez and Friends - Mexico/Canada - (8 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Music – Sierra Maestra - Cuba - (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Alex Cuba Band - Toronto/Cuba – Late Night Now - presented by Brahma (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Music – Regina Orozco - Mexico - (11 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Dance – Contempodanza - Mexico - (7:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Visual Art – Un/l – a visual arts exhibition curated by the Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace - Latin America/Canada - (8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Visual Art – Juego y Color- Mexico - (6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – North Breezeway)
Visual Art – Water to Live: Exhibition of Paint, Photography and Video - South America - (6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – The Loft)

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Music – Carlos Bastidas & Mapalé - Toronto/Columbia - (2 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Candela Soul - New York - (3:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Joe Vasconcellos - Chile/Brazil - (8 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Nortec Collective with Mexican Institute of Sound - Mexico City -
(9:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – La Calle featuring Amazonica Sound Force - Pan Latin American –
Late Night Now - presented by Brahma - (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Dance – Surdance Ensemble - Argentina - (1 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Los Danzaq del Peru - Peru - (2:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Contempodanza and Surdance Ensemble- Mexico/Argentina –
(3 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Dance – Grupo Chile - Toronto - (4:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Living Roots Foundation - Ticuna/Bogota - (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Living Roots Foundation: message of Life Water Ritual -
Ticuna/Bogota – (7:45 - Natrel Pond)
Dance/Workshop – Cecilia Lugo - Mexico (1 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Dance/Workshop – Ronit Jinich - Toronto/Mexico - (4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Literary – Literary Short Series: Reader #1: Claudio Andres Kuczer - Argentina/Toronto -
moderated by Maria Angelica Enriquez (1 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Literary – Literary Short Series: Reader #2: Emma Beltran - Mexico -
moderated by Maria Angelica Enriquez (1 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Literary – Literary Short Series: Reader #3: Pastor Valle Garay - Nicaragua -
moderated by Maria Angelica Enriquez (1 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Literary – Literary Short Series: Reader #4: Rosario Gomez -Mexico -
moderated by Maria Angelica Enriquez (1 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Kids – Spring of Life Painting Workshop (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Harbourfront Kidz Tent)
Visual Art –Un/l – a visual arts exhibition curated by the Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace -
Latin America/Canada - (12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Visual Art – Juego y Color- Mexico - (12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – North Breezeway)
Visual Art – Water to Live: Exhibition of Paint, Photography and Video -
South America - (12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – The Loft)
Visual Art –Viva Mexico: The Art of the Fiesta lecture by Chloe Sayer – U.K. - (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre)

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Music – Paulo Ramos - Brazil/Montreal - (3 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Dona “La Negra” Graciana - Mexico – part of the Pepsi Concert Series
4:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Rosita Stone - Mexico/Toronto - (6 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Living Roots Foundation - Ticuna/Bogota - (1:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Brazil Nativa Dance Company (2:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Ollin Ayacaxtli - Canada- (4:00 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Danza Abend (4 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Dance/Workshop – Melissa Castro –Costa Rica- (4:00 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Dance/Workshop – Brazil Nativa Dance Company -Canada- (4:00 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Kids – Spring of Life Painting Workshop (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Harbourfront Kidz Tent)
Visual Art – Un/l – a visual arts exhibition curated by the Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace - Latin America/Canada - (12 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Visual Art – Juego y Color- Mexico - (12 p.m. – 5 p.m. – North Breezeway)
Visual Art – Water to Live: Exhibition of Paint, Photography, Video and Native Crafts - South America - (12 p.m. – 5 p.m. – The Loft)

Artist Talk – “Festival Talk” with The Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace recounts their past achievements and talk about its upcoming projects (3 p.m. – Studio Theatre)


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

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 neighborhood 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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Media Contact:
For Harbourfront Centre:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518, wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com

For the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto:
Alejandro Monsiváis, 416-368-2875, amonsivais@consulmex.com






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