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Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and The Neville Brothers
make rare Toronto appearances at Harbourfront Centre Pier Parties

TORONTO, May 7, 2004-Harbourfront Centre announces three Pier Party concerts at the CIBC Stage by internationally acclaimed artists whose innovative and dynamic approach to modern music has endeared them to legions of fans worldwide. On June 19, World music vocalist extraordinaire Angélique Kidjo performs for the first time in Toronto this century on the heels of her new Caribbean flavoured album Oyaya!. On July 6, one of Africa's most influential performers (and a frequent collaborator with Peter Gabriel among others) Youssou N'Dour makes a rare Toronto appearance with a sixteen member ensemble. On July 27, the first family of New Orleans The Neville Brothers perform in Toronto for the first time in a decade. Joined by Aaron Neville, the group will take audiences on a tour de force of R&B, Funk and Soul.

Pier Party concerts take place at Harbourfront Centre's CIBC Stage at 235 Queen's Quay West in Toronto, Canada. Doors open at 7 p.m. with opening acts performing at 8 p.m. Headline acts play from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Advance tickets are now on sale at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 and are available on-line at www.harbourfrontcentre.com. For public information also call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre Pier Party concert and artist info:

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO - Saturday June 19, 2004
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of
Doors open at 7 p.m. / Opening act TBA
Benin-born and Paris-based vocalist Angélique Kidjo has achieved widespread popular and critical acclaim (including three Grammy nominations) since her debut release in 1988. Her latest release Oyaya! continues her exploration of connecting African musical traditions to a wide array of contemporary music. First with American music styles on the album Oremi (1998) and more recently with Brazilian music on Black Ivory Soul (2002) - which was produced by Bill Laswell and featured performers like Dave Matthews and Daniela Mercury. Oyaya! finds Kidjo connecting musical Islands of Cuban Salsa, Puerto Rican Plena, Jamaican Ska and Trinidadian Calaypso to her original songwriting and high-energy vocalizations in four languages. More info at www.angeliquekidjo.com

YOUSSOU N'DOUR and the Super Etoile de Dakar
Tuesday July 6, 2004 - Tickets $25 advance / $30 day of
Doors open at 7 p.m. / Opening act TBA
For more than twenty years Youssou N'Dour and the Super Etoile de Dakar have transformed the mbalax music of their Senegalese homeland into one of Africa's most recognizable World music styles. Through his ongoing collaborations with Peter Gabriel (most notable on their duet on Gabriel's In Your Eyes) and through his work with Sting, Paul Simon, Neneh Cherry and Wyclef Jean among others - N'Dour has driven Afro-Pop deeply into the Western songbook. Acknowledged as Africa's most popular live band, the group's numerous world tours deliver the highly danceable and percussive mbalax into a continually evolving whirl of African and Western music influences. More info at www.youssou.com

THE NEVILLE BROTHERS - Tuesday July 27, 2004
Tickets $30 advance / $35 day of
Doors open at 7 p.m. / Opening act - Harrison Kennedy
Throughout their long careers as both solo performers and as The Neville Brothers - Art, Charles, Cyril, Aaron, and Ivan all embody the rich textures of Soul, Funk and R&B that is New Orleans. From their first release in 1978, the group has gained a cult following for critically acclaimed recordings and for memorable live concerts. Ongoing collaborations with Daniel Lanois and Linda Rondstadt resulted in their greatest commercial success on albums like Yellow Moon and Brother's Keeper as well as for Aaron Neville's smash hit duet with Linda Rondstadt on the song "Don't Know Much". Aaron, who will also be performing at this concert, has enjoyed much solo success beginning with the 1966 classic "Tell It Like It Is". The evening also features a solo performance from Harrison Kennedy, sole Canadian member of legendary Detroit Soul group The Chairmen of the Board. More info at www.nevilles.com

What is a Pier Party? - While the majority of CIBC Stage concerts are free admission, Pier Party concerts are ticketed events where the area, including the Pier (hence Pier Party), surrounding the CIBC stage is gated into a fully licenced event space.

Harbourfront Centre Pier Parties take place at Harbourfront Centre's CIBC Stage, located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto, Canada. For further information and to purchase tickets call 416-973-4000 or 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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