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Music with Bite kicks off Harbourfront Centre’s family Sundays on September 24 with A Brass Odyssey

Toronto, September 14, 2006Music with Bite launches ZOOM! Family Sundays, Harbourfront Centre’s fabulous family programme, with an eclectic season of concerts. Embark upon magical musical journeys with the Trillium Brass Quintet’s A Brass Odyssey, the infectious Cajun rhythms of Swamperella, Acclarion, Canada’s premiere accordion and clarinet ensemble, the irresistible Latin rhythms of Maderaz, the exotic and colourful percussion instruments in Rhythm and Stomp(Bruno Roy and Janic Gingras),Ken Whiteley, one of Canada’s finest award-winning musicians, Mozart’s ever-popular opera, The Magic Flute (in a shortened family friendly version) and the Khac Chi Ensemble, featuring two of Vietnam's premiere musicians.

Music with Bite, a part of ZOOM! Family Sundays (Harbourfront Centre’s fabulous family programme) is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive performance tailored for our youngest audience members. After the concert, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Concerts take place on select Sundays at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre to give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programs. Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario is affiliated with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, who since 1949 has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

September 24
A Brass Odyssey with the Trillium Brass Quintet
Heralded by trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindeman as “…one of the most exciting ensembles to come along in many years,” Toronto’s Trillium Brass Quintet—Philip Séguin (trumpet), Scott Harrison (trumpet), Christine Passmore (horn), Cathy Stone (trombone) and Karen Bulmer (tuba)—combines the energy and exuberance of brass with the nuance and intensity of classical chamber music. The Trillium Brass Quintet presents a bright and energetic look at music through the vehicle of the classic brass quintet—two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. In an exciting introduction to the visually and aurally captivating instruments of the brass family, and a basic but fun demonstration of their characteristics, they perform a wide variety of short musical selections; everything from Renaissance madrigals to modern popular music, illustrating shared musical elements such as use of melody, approaches to harmonization, and rhythmic variation.

October 15
The Swamperella experience defies listeners to stay seated! Swamperella's music is deeply rooted in Cajun tradition and attests to a profound understanding of and connection to the 'Louisiana sound.' The music is infectious! The old fashioned waltzes drive forward in pulsating rhythm, the plaintive vocal harmonies wrap the listener in a haunting reminiscence, the washboard grooves get everyone moving and those that still won't dance find themselves clapping along and hollering. Swamperella is a five piece band made up of: lead fiddler, vocalist and washboard player Soozi Schlanger, on button accordion, fiddle and vocals is Peter Jellard, guitarist Conny Nowe, bassist Rachel Melas and percussionist Dave Pontello.

November 12
Since 2003, Acclarion, Canada’s premiere accordion and clarinet ensemble has made it their mission to expose audiences to their ear tickling performances of popular classics and original composition, in a concert format that is anything but conventional. With virtuoso flare and casual, entertaining banter, David Carovillano (accordion) and Becky Sajo (clarinet) are making classical music fun and accessible to audiences of all ages.

December 10
Maderaz presents Feliz Navidad
Maderaz presents a high-energy holiday show guaranteed to have everybody up and dancing to their irresistible rhythms. Based in Toronto, Maderaz—Miguel Vasquez (flute and percussion), Edgardo Moreno (guitar), Mario Melo (percussion), Vladimir Sitnikov (bass guitar) and Nidia Moya (lead vocals)—creates a distinct, vibrant, musical expression. The group is dedicated to celebrating and keeping alive the rich musical heritage of Latin America, while adding a playful blend of urban overtones. Their repertoire includes Afro-influenced rhythms from Columbia, Cuba, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela.

February 18
Rhythm and Stomp with Bruno Roy and Janic Gingras
Families are invited to discover exotic and colourful percussion instruments like the kalungu, djembe, derbouka, tambourine, cymbals and apito, in this rhythmic concert experience. This powerful history of percussion starts in Africa, the land of rhythm, where instruments resonate and music resounds. This animated concert takes families on a magical journey through percussion history, with stops along the way in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. From African and Brazilian music to the hip hop of today, these instruments transcend all culture and time.

March 11
Ken Whiteley
Ken Whiteley has been called a "playing encyclopedia," for his vast repertoire, command of a wide variety of styles including swing, blues and gospel and his prodigious ability on over a dozen instruments. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and produced such artists as Tom Paxton, John Hammond, Raffi, and everything from British ballads to R&B. Whiteley has received Juno nominations, a United Way Communications Gold Award and his walls are adorned with numerous gold and multiple platinum albums for past productions. His live appearances extend to most major folk festivals in North America, as well as club and concert dates, both as a soloist, leading his own ensembles, with his brother Chris or performing with some of the blues legends of our time.

April 1
The Magic Flute
Families are invited to enjoy The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s greatest masterpieces of all time. This ever-popular opera is performed by young singers from the Laurentian Music Center. The story is a fairytale about the endless quest for love, truth and compassion, an enchanting journey from darkness to light. Our hero Prince Tamino, along with Papageno (the bird catcher), embark upon a journey to find true love in a magical kingdom. Along the way, they must use all of their wisdom and courage to pass magical tests, deal with a wizard, an evil fairy and three vivacious sprites people. In the end, they find that love conquers all.

April 15
Khac Chi Ensemble presents Sounds of Vietnam
The Khac Chi Ensemble features two of Vietnam's premiere musicians, performing exquisite music on rare and unique instruments native to Vietnam. These virtuoso artists offer an intriguing glimpse into the rich musical tradition of Vietnam and its 4000-year history. Chi Khac Ho is the world’s premiere virtuoso on the DanBau (one string zither) and Bic Hoang is an exceptional vocalist, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Famous for their musical skills innovation throughout Vietnam, the ensemble takes families on an adventure in sound. Extremely versatile, their concert will include Vietnamese traditional music, Vietnamese folk music, contemporary music and world music. Their rare talents and superb musicianship have won them numerous awards for excellence, as well as many invitations for international appearances.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Visitors are invited to walk in the shoes of the creators we are bringing to our spaces and experience intimate journeys that consider the powerful and formative connections to "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, September through December 2006.


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Linda Liontis

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