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Designed with families in mind, Rhythm and Stomp is an exciting Sunday afternoon concert exploring the world of percussion

Toronto, February 1, 2007Rhythm and Stomp, featuring Quebec percussionists Bruno Roy and Janic Gingras, takes families on a magical journey through percussion history. From African and Brazilian music to the hip hop of today, these instruments transcend all culture and time. The performance, part of Harbourfront Centre’s Music with Bite family concert series, takes place on Sunday, February 18, 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 www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Rhythm and Stomp takes families on an incredible journey through the powerful history of percussion; starting in Africa, the land of rhythm, where instruments resonate and music resounds, with intriguing stops along the way in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. In this rhythmic concert, families discover exotic and colourful percussion instruments like the kalungu, djembe, derbouka, tambourine, cymbals and apito.

The multi-talented Bruno Roy performs a wide variety of musical styles ranging from rock to world music. Roy was guest artist at the prestigious 1996 Drums Fest in Montreal, and in 1998 took part in the Montreal Jazz Festival with his jazz-fusion group Urbia.

From the earliest days of his professional career, Janic Gingras has performed at numerous events—as drummer for the promotional tour of the album Fanchon et ses musicians by the author, composer and performer, Fanchon, and as percussionist in the show OK on jam, as part of the Quebec Carnival.

Music with Bite is an interactive concert 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.

After each Music with Bite concert, continue the fun with family-oriented arts activities. From 2 to 5 p.m., visit the ZOOM! Room for the Puppet Theatre, an interactive puppet area where kids stage their own productions on our beautiful, hand-painted puppet stage. Working in partnership with International Readings at Harbourfront Centre, the ZOOM! Room also features the International Readings Children’s Library, a cozy space where kids can read from a great selection of children’s books from around the world. The library features books in their original language.

The entire family can engage in exploring contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines facilitated tours of exhibitions at York Quay Centre followed by hands-on interactive activities. It’s all a family friendly discovery of contemporary art. Families must meet in the ZOOM! Room at 2 p.m. to begin the gallery tour, afterwards they return to the ZOOM! Room for a creative activity that relates to the gallery’s exhibition.

DESIRE: Our Lens. Your View.
Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire. Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong? Through May 2007, Harbourfront Centre invites you to satisfy your cultural cravings. Immerse yourself in the sometimes bitter-sweet nostalgia of memories, kindled by the exhibition Objects of Longing; play the voyeur as love becomes obsession in the dance work…it’s only a rehearsal in Norway’s zero visibility corp.; or plunge into the void between truth and fiction in Hume Baugh’s play, The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone—these are just some of the many facets of desire we are offering in the coming months. DESIRE is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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