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Barbados on the Water
8th Annual Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre

Toronto, May 5, 2004 - Barbados on the Water returns to Harbourfront Centre June 11-13, 2004 with weekend long events filled with spectacular music and dance, perfect for adults and families. Free daytime entertainment includes hands-on craft workshops, a limbo workshop for children and adults, art exhibits, finely tuned rhythms of island music featuring Andy Earle and Calypsonian Structure who won the 2003 Canadian Calypso competition. Barbadian author Austin Clarke will present a reading from his Giller Prize winning book, The Polished Hoe. A Fish Fry, Rum Shop and Chattel House will be open day and night. On Sunday, during the day, there will be kite making workshops for kids and families to enjoy.

An exciting addition to the weekend events will be performances by gospel duo Danah (Dana Ward and David Thomas.) This brilliant duo has pierced the music industry with their light, yet intense spiritual sound. Another new addition to the weekend's events is the comedy group Laff-It-Off. Their satirical look at Barbadian events are sure to delight audiences. Tickets for Laff-It-Off are $10 and are available by calling (416) 973-4000

On Friday and Saturday there are two special ticketed evening shows. Festival guests will dance the night away to hot tunes and exhilarating floorshows performed by the spectacular Dancin’ Africa. Dancin' Africa’s performances feature dancers in exquisitely colourful Caribbean costumes, sensational musicians, dazzling drummers, thrilling stilt walkers and the ever challenging art of limbo. Festival goers will trip the light fantastic all night long to Barbados’ electrifyingly renowned Krosfyah. Their high-energy performances and pulsating rhythms speak a language only the hips can comprehend. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased by calling (416) 973-4000.

On Sunday afternoon, Harbourfront Centre will play host to NEWA; featuring Nicholas Brancker, Eddie Bullen, Wilson Laurencin and Arturo Tappin- a group of Caribbean musicians who are joined together by their love for Jazz. NEWA’s style is an edgier translation of classic smooth jazz. This concert is free admission.

The public can find more information or purchase tickets for Barbados on the Water by calling (416) 973-4000 or by visiting www.harbourfrontcentre.com. Advance tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office, 235 Queens Quay West, Tuesday through Saturday, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Complete entertainment biographies, CD’s and photography available on request. We are currently arranging interviews.

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Media Contact:

Gail Stewart - Stewart Communications - 416-410-7193, gail.stewart@allstream.net
Rebecca Webster - Harbourfront Centre - 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
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