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Harbourfront Centre announces the anticipated return of World Routes 2007 presented by RBC – Summer Festival dates and themes June 4 to September 3, 2007

TORONTO, April 17, 2007 - Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the dates for the 2007 Summer Festival season, as well as the dates for the festivals collectively known as World Routes 2007 presented by RBC. From June through September, Harbourfront Centre will be presenting top Canadian and International artists comprising all creative disciplines including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, readings and film each weekend. Visitors will also enjoy our 10-acre site once again for enriching family activities at multiple waterfront venues. All Summer Festivals are FREE admission.

Visitors to Harbourfront Centre can also experience the rich cultural diversity of each weekend's theme while enjoying rotating shopping and food selections at the International Marketplace and The World Café nestled alongside an expanded boardwalk.

A brief description of all Summer Festivals below. Full Festival programming and additional Summer Ticketed Events will be announced shortly.

* All festival events are FREE admission *

Masters of World Music
Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 7
A series of free concerts to celebrate the world cultures that make Toronto their home, this festival will showcase four evenings of returning world music “Masters” who have graced Harbourfront Centre’s stages over the past 20 years. Produced in conjunction with Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity.

Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10
A celebration of the diversity and creativity of Toronto through the theme of carnivals, Harbourfront Centre brings together the most vibrant elements and artists of festivals from all over the world – the Caribbean, South America, Europe plus local favourites – and joins them in one location for a weekend long celebration. Never before have all of the world’s festivals been combined in a celebration of this magnitude. Produced in conjunction with Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity.

For information on all Luminato Festival events please visit

Barbados on the Water
Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17
Canada's most authentic celebration of the beautiful island of Barbados. Barbadian culture will be celebrated through succulent cuisine, multi-disciplinary artistic and cultural offerings as well as live calypso, jazz and soul music. Presented by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Barbados Tourism Authority, the Consulate General of Barbados and the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.

Saturday, June 23
The 25th Anniversary of Franco-Fête in Toronto celebrates St. Jean Baptiste Day. This one day celebration of French Canadian culture features artists from Québec, Ontario and Africa.

WORLD ROUTES 2007 presented by RBC
* All World Routes events are FREE admission *

Generations: Canada Day
Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2
In the spirit of history and family, this long weekend festival celebrates all that Canada has to offer. See how Generations of arts and culture have been passed on across the ages. Features live music, film, visual arts and family activities all weekend.

Beats, Breaks & Culture presented by NOW
Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9
Now in it’s 4th year, this is one of North America's leading electronic music and culture festivals that plugs into the latest currents of modern musical expression. Features performances from electronic music all-stars from the past and present, and more.

World Rhythms
Friday July 13 to Sunday, July 15
Harbourfront Centre unites the four corners of the globe together with the musical showcase of World Rhythms. Instruments and icons from around the world will be on hand to demonstrate and display how music is the universal language; also features food, dance and visual arts from around the world.

Dim Sum Chinese Festival
Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22
A sampling of all that Chinese culture has to offer. This multi-disciplinary festival serves up a variety of traditional and contemporary Chinese art and culture. Chinese-Canadian artists will offer dance, food demos, theatre performances and visual art. Also marks the 10 year anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China.

Global Hip Hop: The Four Elements presented by NOW
Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29
This festival will focus on the global impact of Hip Hop culture: the music, art, politics and lifestyle. Hip Hop’s influence fuels much of today’s youth culture and crosses a diverse range of social and economic factors. This festival will focus on the mass global appeal of Hip Hop while examining the culture with workshops and discussions, the developing Canadian rap scene and the importance contributions of positive urban development. Live performances all weekend.

Island Soul
Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6
The finest of all things Caribbean at Harbourfront Centre. A representation of the broad spectrum and history from the Pan-Caribbean Diaspora with food demonstrations, music performances from renowned ska, reggae, soca, calypso and zouk artists.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12
The 10th Anniversary edition of the annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Local, international and celebrity chefs dish up spicy cuisine, and workshops, panel discussions and tutored tastings will educate visitors about all things food. Also features live music, dance and the highly anticipated Iron Chef Competition.

Filipinos Making Waves
Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19
An exploration of the vibrant and colourful creativity of the Philippines through food, dance, music and traditional crafts. Features Filipino film premieres and theatrical presentations. Co-produced with the Philippine Arts and Cultural Experience (PACE).

Taiwan: Ilha Formosa
Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26
Portuguese explorers called Taiwan “Ilha Formosa” (beautiful island) when they first laid eyes on it centuries ago. Features elaborate digital and visual art presentations, puppet shows, music and the International Noodle Fair.

Ukrainian Zabava
Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3
This unique festival features an actual traditional Ukrainian wedding complete with cultural rituals, music and dance. Separate live music performances, food, arts and crafts will also be featured during this Labour Day weekend festival.


For information on all Harbourfront Centre programming, please call Info/Box Office at 416-973-4000 or visit
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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