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Feliz Navidad: A Holiday Show! features the irresistible rhythms of Maderaz on Sunday, December 10

Toronto, November 29, 2006—Families are invited to experience the contagious energy created when Maderaz takes centre stage to present Feliz Navidad: A Holiday Show! Feliz Navidad highlights the varied musical traditions that take place around December in Latin America and Caribbean cultures. Native traditional music and African based rhythms set the beat to celebrate the winter solstice. Maderaz compares the different wintertime celebrations throughout countries of the southern hemisphere and connections are made to similar celebrations around the world. The performance, part of Harbourfront Centre’s Music with Bite family concert series, takes place on Sunday, December 10, 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

Based in Toronto, MaderazPaula Andrea Lopez Gonzales (vocals), Edgardo Moreno (guitar), Miguel Vasquez (flute and percussion) and Vladimir Sitnikov (bass guitar)—creates a distinct, vibrant, musical expression. It’s virtually impossible to resist dancing to the salsa and samba rhythms of Central and South America. 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.

Maderaz perform on many distinctive instruments, creating a variety of beautiful sounds. The evocative kena and sikus are combined with vocals, guitar, bass and an assortment of Afro-Latin American percussion instruments, such as the congas, the cajon (Peruvian wooden box) and some Brazilian drums (timba, repinique, surdo and cuica). The universal appeal of this contagious music transcends borders and has everyone up and dancing to the irresistible rhythms.

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.


Media Contact:
Linda Liontis

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