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Free family concert looks at the exciting history of the tango in Fiestango on December 7, as part of HarbourKIDS!

TORONTO, Friday, November 14, 2008 — Music with Bite, Harbourfront Centre’s free concert series for families presents Fiestango, an entertaining journey exploring the history of the tango by Québec’s Amélie Lamontagne (violin), Geneviève Bigonnesse (double bass), and Janie Caron (piano). The performance takes place on Sunday, December 7, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

In Fiestango, young audiences hear the story of three mischievous cousins who receive a large trunk in the mail. Inside, they find all kinds of amazing objects, including an old diary belonging to the young and mysterious Mercedes. Just for fun, they decide to act out the story of Mercedes, who spent her life travelling with this trunk in tow, filling it with souvenirs. Immersing themselves in the narrative, the three cousins rediscover and invent their own fantastic adventures that lead them to learn about the history of the tango, a style of music and dance they adore. But a question remains unanswered: Just how did this mysterious trunk make its way into their hands?

Propelled by her musical passion, Amélie Lamontagne (violin) plays with a number of symphony orchestras, including Sherbrooke, Laval, Drummondville and the Francophonie Canadienne. Lamontagne also teaches at the Music School of Verdun, at St.-Maurice College and at the Lanaudière Music Camp. Geneviève Bigonnesse (double-bass) plays with Québec symphonies including Sherbrooke and Longueuil, and has toured with the Orchestra of Francophonie Canadienne. In addition to performing, Bigonnesse teaches at a number of schools and colleges, including Notre-Dame College and at the Lanaudière Music Camp. Janie Caron (piano) is an accompanist at the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts and collaborates regularly with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada.

Music with Bite is a popular, ongoing feature of HarbourKIDS weekends. Fiestango is part of HarbourKIDS: SK8 (December 5-7), the city’s coolest free skating celebration for families—ice skating, skateboarding and roller skating—with performances, films, activities and loads of fun! (Fiestango is also part of Québec Now!, a Toronto-wide celebration of contemporary Québec arts and culture from September through December.)

Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored for the youngest audience members. After the concert, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Concerts take place on select Sundays at 1 p.m. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, which is affiliated with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, who since 1949 has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and Desjardins.

FOCUS: Pause
Harbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? From September to May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, technology, the world. Find time for yourself by taking one of our Courses and Workshops; reflect while you wait for the World Stage curtain to rise; enjoy while you skate on the picturesque Natrel Rink. Harbourfront Centre—time well spent.


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Linda Liontis
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