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Swamperella’s spicy Cajun rhythms are a musical feast for families on Sunday, October 15

Toronto, September 29, 2006Music with Bite, Harbourfront Centre’s concert series for families, presents the infectious music of Swamperella, an experience that defies families to stay seated! The old fashioned waltzes drive forward in pulsating rhythm, the plaintive vocal harmonies wrap the audience in a haunting reminiscence, the washboard grooves get everyone moving and those that still won't dance find themselves clapping along and hollering. Swamperella performs on Sunday, October 15, 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

Swamperella is a Toronto based Cajun band in its ninth year of popularity. The band’s music is deeply rooted in Cajun tradition and attests to a profound understanding of and connection to the 'Louisiana sound.' 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.

Swamperella's first recording sold 3000 copies. The second album Black Cat Boogie was released in November 2004 and has won enthusiastic reviews. This band has played a myriad of venues and whether the show is in a barn in Gaspé, Quebec for the 400th anniversary of Acadian history, or at Brock University performing with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Swamperella rocks! And people respond!

Music with Bite, part of Harbourfront Centre’s ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

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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