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Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004
Free festivals every weekend!


TORONTO, April 29, 2004- Harbourfront Centre Summer launches into a jam-packed festival season introducing audiences to the many communities in Toronto. Distinctly-themed festivals each and every weekend combine multiple artistic disciplines with a gorgeous waterfront setting..

Harbourfront Centre Summer events take place at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto, Canada. All events are free admission and suitable for all ages. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com [Please note our new web address, effective immediately.]

The Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 festival season includes:

Ibutsa Rwanda: Commemoration and Celebration- June 25 to June 27
A celebration of the vibrant Rwandan culture thriving today in Canada and in Africa and a forum to reflect on the meaning of genocide.

Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now- July 1
A celebration of all things Canadian through music, culture, trivia, films and theatre.

Stella Artois World’s Fare: A Global Feast- July 2 to July 4
Enjoy global food and culture through two distinct themes. Dominant cuisines from five continents and an Eastern European experience!

Beats, Breaks and Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival- July 9 to July 11
Exploring electronic music and culture in all of its forms, as well as its expanding influence in contemporary society. Presented by NOW magazine

Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival- July 16 to July 18
A multidisciplinary Latin arts festival. This year’s theme is PAST/FORWARD featuring contemporary and traditional Latin culture.

Omiala: A Festival of New Black culture- July 23 to July 25
Through the theme of home, this festival will illuminate the Black diaspora’s continuing influence on modern culture.

Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Food Festival: The Island Soul Edition-July 30 to August 2
Warm it up! This years festival will have it all: Caribbean vibes, celebrity chefs, sizzling island delicacies and the famous Red Hot Market.

Masala! Mehndi! Masti!- August 4 to August 8
An explosion of contemporary South Asian culture bringing emerging and established performers to showcase hot new innovations and traditional culture.

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival- August 13 to August 22
An international, multi-disciplinary, contemporary arts festival celebrating the innovation,
adaptability and evolution of Indigenous identity.

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression- August 27 to August 29
Showcasing the tremendously unusual, strange, funny and unique ideas and talents coming out of the arts and beyond. Presented by NOW magazine

Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture- September 3 to September 6
Drawing on the wisdom of the past and the creativity of the present, to express a modern-day living, breathing Yiddish culture.

Stella Artois Free Flicks– July 7 to August 18, Wednesday evenings, CIBC Stage
Moviegoers of all ages can enjoy evenings of specially selected films by the lake.

More Harbourfront Centre Summer Special Events:

Barbados on the Water- June 11 to June 13
The rhythms of the island roll-in for a weekend filled with craft and limbo workshops, improvisational comedians, art exhibits, energetic jump-up music and colourful dancing.

Franco-fête: St. Jean Baptiste day- June 24, CIBC Stage
Celebrate Québec’s official national holiday with a special evening concert featuring dance and Québécois chanson with leading talent direct from ‘la belle province.’

Ballet by the Water– August 24 to August 26, CIBC Stage
The National Ballet of Canada give fans a rare opportunity to partake in the pleasures of Canada’s leading ballet company in the open air.

Altamira Summer Opera Concerts – August 31 to September 2, CIBC Stage
The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra to presents three free evenings of arias and overtures.

Throughout all of Harbourfront Centre Summer programming, the idea of cultural collisions is explored. Visitors are encouraged to think about how cultures adapt and meld traditions, languages, spiritual practices, food and music to create new forms of communication and ways of living. For more information on Harbourfront centre events, please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com


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Media Contacts:

Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
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