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Fusion of International Sounds Performed by
Masters of World Music during Luminato

FREE performances at Harbourfront Centre from
June 4 through June 8, 2007

TORONTO, May 11, 2007Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity, and Harbourfront Centre are pleased to present an incredible line-up of outstanding international musical acts in the world’s most multicultural city. Co-produced by Luminato and Harbourfront Centre, Masters of World Music celebrates a fusion of global sounds and features renowned performers from around the world.

Each evening from June 4 – 8, the festival will showcase returning world music “Masters” who have graced Harbourfront Centre’s stages over the past 20 years. Artists include Hawksley Workman, Joe Vasconcellos (Chile), Spanish Harlem Orchestra (NYC), Buckwheat Zydeco, K’Naan and more!

Every performance is FREE to attend! Masters of World Music will take place at the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Masters of World Music Festival Line-Up

About the Artists

Hawksley Workman is a musician at the top of his game. After the success of 2003's Lover/Fighter, Workman now invites the audience to listen with wide-eared wonder at something as simple and earnest as his most recent album, Treeful Of Starling. This, his latest album in a career of far-reaching achievement, is a return to what motivated him as a musical artist in the first place, or as he puts it, ”remembering what it is about music that is important to me.” From this mission statement comes an album of remarkable directness and breathtaking beauty that clings to home truths and heartfelt emotions.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra has quickly established itself as one of the pillars of contemporary Latin music. Using the most accomplished players in the New York Latino community as well as many of the top musicians on the Latin music scene. The release of “Across 110th Street” (featuring four performances by the great Ruben Blades) garnered SHO their first GRAMMY AWARD in 2005 for best Salsa/Merengue record.

Lila Downs was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, and grew up there and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began singing "ranchera" music at an early age, and later sang at the "fiestas" of the towns in her mountain region, la Mixteca. She sang with the band "Los Cadetes de Yodoyuxi" and later with "La Trova Serrana", a group of folk musicians from the Zapotec town of Guelatao, Oaxaca. At that time she met her musical collaborator Paul Cohen and began to create her own musical compositions.

Buckwheat Zydeco is a master of the hybrid genre that blends Afro-Caribbean rhythms with blues, soul, rock, country and the French-rooted Cajun music of the Creoles' white neighbours. As the son of a zydeco accordionist, Buckwheat grew up steeped in this culture and also absorbed Lafayette's prodigious output of blues and Gulf Coast "swamp pop."

For information on additional artists featured at Masters of World Music, visit or

Masters of World Music Schedule, June 4-8
Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage

Monday, June 4
8:00 p.m. Obhijou
9:30 p.m. Hawksley Workman

Tuesday, June 5
8:00 p.m. Funkadesi
9:30 p.m. Emeline Michel

Wednesday, June 6
8:00 p.m. Joe Vasconcellos
9:30 p.m. Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Thursday, June 7
8:00 p.m. K’Naan
9:30 p.m. Lila Downs

Friday, June 8 (also part of Carnivalissima)
8:00 p.m. Buckwheat Zydeco
9:30 p.m. Dirty Dozen Brass Band

All performances are FREE! For more information please call 416-973-4000 or visit

Harbourfront Centre, Canada's leading contemporary cultural centre, operates 10 acres at the heart of Toronto's waterfront. A non-profit, charitable organization, Harbourfront Centre works with more than 350 community groups world-wide to present over 4,000 events annually, attracting in excess of 12 million visits each year.

For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events including dates, locations and schedules visit Tickets for the inaugural Luminato Festival of Arts & Creativity are available through Ticketmaster outlets (

Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of the following individuals, corporations, particularly our new partner in creativity, L’Oréal, and government partners, especially the Government of Ontario:

2007 Festival Corporate Sponsors: L’Oréal, TELUS, CTV, The Globe and Mail, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Scotiabank, National Bank Financial, Aeroplan, Toronto Star, and Toronto Life.

Government Partners: The Government of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Tourism Toronto, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Founding Luminaries: Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Charles and Marilyn Baillie, Avie Bennett, Lionel Conacher and Joan Dea, Jim and Margaret Fleck, Roger and Kevin Garland, Anthony and Helen Graham, Lucille and Urban Joseph, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Chetan and Clara Mathur, Judy and Wil Matthews, Robert and Cheryl McEwen, David Pecaut and Helen Burstyn, Jim and Sandra Pitblado, Jonas and Lynda Prince, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Slaight Family, Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, David and Robin Young.

This list includes funding commitments as of May 1, 2007.

For more information about Luminato contact:

Beth Sulman Sara McLaren
(416) 628-5602 (416) 628-5606

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