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A Premiere Summer at Harbourfront Centre!
Over 130 Harbourfront Centre premiere's (with more than 30 Toronto debuts) from more than 20 countries
(Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php)
 
TORONTO, May 20, 2004-To debut or to premiere? That is the question Harbourfront Centre delightfully answers this summer in announcing more than 30 Toronto debuts, and more than 100 Harbourfront Centre premieres, with its summer festival lineup.
 
Over 130 new performances from more than 20 countries - in the disciplines of music, dance, film and theatre - ignite the Harbourfront Centre site from late June through Labour Day at ten festivals (including four new festivals). Audiences will also enjoy improved access to the lakefront as construction on the Harbourfront Centre Water's Edge project pauses for the popular summer season.
 
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com 
 
The depth and breadth of the debuts move from a free concert from Rock icons Los Lobos to rare cabaret performances from Can-Lit icon Tomson Highway. Music highlights also include Grammy Award winning World Jazz legend David Murray going Guadeluepe with The Gwo-Ka Masters, Mexican songstress Lila Downs (of Frida film fame), a new Electronic music festival and much much more!  A solo performance by acclaimed Mexican dancer Serafin Aponte meshes with Wonderful World of Circus, which features former members of the Moscow Circus and Cirque du Soleil. The ever popular Free Flicks (presented by Stella Artois) returns with a line-up of musical flicks and animated films with the final offering of the series including pre-film bingo! Anything is indeed possible this summer - there are plays in the pond and a ferris wheel that has cars instead of seats. Even the literary world gets grooving when New York City's One Ring Zero performs its selection of authored lyrics. 
 
Four new festivals launch at Harbourfront Centre this summer: Beats, Breaks & Culture (July 9-11, presented by NOW Magazine) reroutes the wattage of what Electronic music means by presenting all live Electronic music acts instead of DJs. As audiences dance at a site visually redesigned to complement the music - grafitti artists create a huge art installation, breakdancers compete and DJs remix kung-fu flicks. The Planet IndigenUs festival (August 13-22) is an absolutely Aboriginal affair presenting Indigenous artists from around the globe in all disciplines. Co-presented by the Woodland Cultural Centre, Planet IndigenUs is the largest festival of its kind ever staged in North America, with events also occurring at seven major arts institutions throughout the GTA. Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture (July 23-25) gathers and provides a home for the African-Canadian diaspora through celebration and expression. Ibutsa Rwanda: Commemoration and Celebration (June 25-27) conjures cathARTic release for all those directly and indirectly affected by the horrific 1994 Rwandan genocide through profile panel discussions, music, dance and documentary film
 
Returning festivals are also redeveloped. Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast (July 2-4) incorporates Eastern European arts and performers while Ritmo y Color (July 16-18) partners with the some of Toronto's most innovative Latin arts presenters like the Latin Alternative Music Conference and the AluCine Film and Video Festival. The Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Food Festival moves to a new weekend (July 30 to August 2) with The Island Soul Edition featuring the delicious food and art of Islands worldwide. Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (August 4-8, presented by OMNI Television) expands from three to five days while Gobsmacked: a revel of offbeat expression (ironically derailed last year by that strange blackout) returns to the world of the wild, wacky and wonderful on August 27-29 (presented by NOW Magazine). Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture completes the lineup (September 3-6) with stellar International and Canadian performers.
 
In addition to the summer festivals, there are always a wide range of events occurring at Harbourfront Centre in the summer. The Toronto Music Garden features Classical and World music and dance performances every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon while The Power Plant presents exciting exhibitions (and the ferris wheel) by artist-architect John Kormeling and Janet Cardiff: Forty Part Motet. Every weekend audiences can enjoy shopping at the International Marketplace and casual dining at the World Cafe. Four profile events continue at Harbourfront Centre this summer. Barbados on the Water (June 11-13) is Canada's largest Bajan festival featuring craft and limbo workshops, improvisational comedians, art exhibits, energetic jump-up music and colourful dancing. On June 24, celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day with Franco-fête - a special evening concert featuring dance and Québécois chanson with leading talent direct from 'la belle province'. Ballet by the Water (August 24-26) features The National Ballet of Canada giving fans a rare free admission opportunity to partake in the pleasures of Canada’s leading ballet company in the open air. The Altamira Summer Opera Concerts return August 31 to September 2 and features The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra presenting three free evenings of arias and overtures. 
 
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com 
 
Last, and definitely not least - Harbourfront Centre announces three Pier Party concerts at the CIBC Stage. On June 19, World music vocalist extraordinaire Angélique Kidjo performs on the heels of her new Caribbean flavoured album Oyaya! ($20 advance/ $25 day of). On July 6, one of Africa's most influential performers (and a frequent collaborator with Peter Gabriel) Youssou N'Dour makes a rare Toronto appearance ($25 advance/ $30 day of). On July 27, the first family of New Orleans The Neville Brothers perform in Toronto for the first time in a decade. Consisting of Art, Charles, Cyril, Aaron, and Ivan Neville, the group takes audiences on a tour de force of R&B, Funk and Soul ($30 advance/ $35 day of). For all concerts - doors open at 7 p.m., opening acts perform at 8 p.m. Headline acts play from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 and on-line at www.harbourfrontcentre.com
 
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Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
(Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php)
 
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


A Premiere Summer at Harbourfront Centre! - Complete Event Listings
Over 130 Harbourfront Centre premiere's (with more than 30 Toronto debuts) from more than 20 countries
(Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php)
 
TORONTO, May 20, 2004-To debut or to premiere? That is the question Harbourfront Centre delightfully answers this summer in announcing more than 30 Toronto debuts, and more than 100 Harbourfront Centre premieres, with its summer festival lineup. More than 130 new performances from more than 20 countries - in the disciplines of music, dance, film and theatre - ignite the Harbourfront Centre site from late June through Labour Day at ten festivals (including four new festivals). Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre Summer
2004 - Premiere and Debut Event Listings

Ibutsa Rwanda: Commemoration and Celebration - June 25 to June 27

Toronto premiere:
Film - Date/Time TBA - Condemned to Live
Harbourfront Centre premiere:
Film - Date/Time TBA - Rwanda: In Search of Hope (followed by director Q&A)
Film - Date/Time TBA - Valentina's Story
Film - Date/Time TBA - Why Did They Kill Their Neighbours? 
Film - Date/Time TBA - Kisangani Diary

Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now - July 1
Toronto debut:
Theatre - July 1 (3 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Maya Theatre play reading of Throw Ma From The Plane
Harboufront Centre Debuts: 
Music - July 1 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - The Backstabbers (Toronto)
Film - July 1 (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Planet in Focus presents:
My Bubba (Canada), Woodland Grove Hills (Canada) and Legend of the Spirit Bear  (Canada)
Film - July 1 (6:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Planet in Focus presents Earth to Mouth (Canada), Temagami (Canada)
Music - July 1 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Leroy Brown (Toronto)
Music - July 1 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Rheostatics 25th Anniversary concert (Toronto)
Music - July 1 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Shannon Lyon (Toronto) and DJ Country Stranger (Toronto)

Stella Artois World’s Fare: A Global Feast
- July 2 to July 4
Toronto Debuts:
Music - July 2 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Besh o droM (Budapest, Hungary)
Music - July 2 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Nurse Kaya String Quartet (New York City)
Music - July 3 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters (New York City/Guadeloupe)
Music - July 4 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Warsaw Village Band (Warsaw, Poland)
Harbourfront Centre Debuts:
Dance - July 2 (9 p.m.) and July 3 (2:30 p.m.) - Weeded
Music - July 3 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Tandava (Vancouver)
Dance - July 3 (1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.) Nice Cuppa Tea
Dance - July 3 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Desna Ukrainian Dance Company
Music - July 3 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Celso Machado (Vancouver)
Music - July 3 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali (Pakistan) - presented by Knorr Basmati Rice
Theatre - July 3 (6:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale presents Bethany's Gate
Theatre - July 4 (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale presents Bethany's Gate
Music - July 4 (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Zeellia (Winnipeg)
Dance - July 4 (2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) Tabled Manners
Dance - July 4 (4:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Wonderful World of Circus
Music - July 4 (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)- Vasil Popadiuk (Toronto)
Film - July 2, 3 & 4 - ReelWorld Film Festival presents Cultures Colliding: Proceed with Caution!
July 2 (8 p.m. - Studio Theatre) American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i
July 3 (5 p.m. - Studio Theatre) One of Many and July 4 (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Introspective shorts

Beats, Breaks and Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival - July 9 to July 11
(presented by NOW Magazine)
- July 9 to July 11
Toronto debuts:
Music - July 9 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jaga Jazzist (Norway)
Music - July 11 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Osunlade band (NYC/Puerto Rico)
Harbourfront Centre debuts:
Music - July 9 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Tortured Soul (NYC)
Music - July 9 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Manitoba (Toronto)
Music - July 9 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Moonstarr and Friends Broke 'n' Down
Music - July 9 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Peroxide featuring Will Munro and Les Georges Leningrad (Montreal)
Music - July 10 (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Adam Marshall (Toronto)
Music - July 10 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Buscemi (Belgium)
Music - July 10 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Fertile Ground (Baltimore)
Music - July 10 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Mono featuring Greg Gow, Caspian Rabone and Arthur Oskan (Toronto)
Music - July 10 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Little Brother (North Carolina) with DJ Serious (Toronto)
Music - July 11 (2 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Rustic Hut (Toronto)
Music - July 11 (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Repair (Toronto)

Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival - July 16 to July 18
Toronto debuts:
Dance - July 16 (9 p.m.), July 17 (7:30 p.m.), July 18 (6 p.m.)
Angels of The World (featuring Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza)

Music - July 16 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Yousy Barbara (Cuba/Montreal)
Music - July 17 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Plena Libre (Puerto Rico)
Dance - July 17 & 18 (1:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Inocencio X featuring Serafín Aponte
Music - July 18 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Azúcar Negra (Cuba)
Music - July 18 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Mandinga (Montreal)
Harbourfront Centre debuts:
Music - July 17 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Los Lobos (Los Angeles)
Music - July 16 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela)
Music - July 17 (3:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Maracatu Nunca Antes (Toronto)
Music - July 18 (1:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - New Cuban Generation (Toronto)
Dance -
July 18 (2:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Yoruba Havana featuring Roberto Torres
Film (July 16, 17, 18) - AluCine Film and Video Festival (A Southern Currents Production) presents:
July 16 (7 p.m,) Choropampa, El Precio Del Oro Choropampa (Chorompampa, The Price of Gold - Canada/Peru)                        
July 17 (4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Pass de Mic (USA) - presented with LAMC
July 17 (5 p.m.- Studio Theatre) AluCine Film and Video Festival short film program presents:
L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head) (France); O Arco e A Lira (The Bow and The Lyre) (Brazil); Ricardo against Ricardo (Canada); Ligerita (Light) (Mexico); Tempo de Ira (Wrath Times) (Brazil); Hasta los Huesos/ (Down to the bones) (Mexico); Cycle (Canada/Colombia); Serie Inmoviles (Immobile Series) (Colombia); Cows (Canada/Argentina); A Través de tus Ojos (Through Your Eyes) (Canada/Argentina); Papi (Canada/Venezuela)
July 18 (1 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Resistance: Hip Hop In Colombia (UK/Colombia) - presented with LAMC
July 18 (2 p.m.- Studio Theatre) Piñero (USA)

Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture - July 23 to July 25
Toronto debuts:
Music - July 24 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Terry Callier (Chicago) and Emeline Michel (8 p.m.)
Music - July 25 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Lee Boys (Florida) with Calvin Cooke (Detroit)
Date/Time TBA - Vancouver spoken word aritst Wayde Compton and Home/Word event
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
Music - July 24 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Melanie Durrant (Toronto)
Date/Time TBA - Home/Range film program and Home/Town: video installation

Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Food Festival: The Island Soul Edition - July 30 to August 2
Toronto debuts:
Music - July 30 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Cibelle (Brazil)
Music - August 1 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) -  Daúde (Brazil)
Music - August 1 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) -  Jaojoby (Madagascar)
Music - August 1 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jab Jab (Montreal)
Music - August 2 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Amp Fiddler (Detroit)
Harbourfront Centre debuts:
Music - July 30 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Breakestra (Los Angeles)
Film - July 31 (3 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Big Night  (USA)
Film - July 31 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: What's Cooking (USA/UK)
Film - July 31 (9:30pm - CIBC Stage) TIFF presents Undercover Brother (USA)

Film - August 1 (3 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Mostly Martha  (Italy/Austria/Germany/Switzerland)
Film - August 1 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Woman on Top (USA)
Music - August 2 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Afrodizz (Montreal)
Film - August 2 (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Chocolat (UK/USA)

Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (presented by OMNI Television) - August 4 to August 8
Toronto debuts:

Music -
August 5 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - The Rishi Rich Project (UK)
Music - August 7 (3:30 p.m.- CIBC Stage) - Dya Singh (Australia)
Music (Wednesday August 4 - Brigantine Room) - South Asian Alt-Rock showcase
featuring Controller, Controller, Anjali and Kazak ($5 admission)
Film - Date/Time TBA - Filmi South Asian Film Festival

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival - August 13 to August 22
Toronto debuts:
Music - August 13 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Lila Downs (Mexico)
Music - August 21 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)  - Martha Redbone (New York)
Music - August 21 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Wai (New Zealand)
Harbourfront Centre debuts:
Music/Theatre: August 13 & 14 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Tomson Highway and Friends
Dance - August 20 & 21 (8:30pm - Pond) Agua-Water by Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance Company
Dance - August 21 (6 p.m.) & August 22 (4 p.m.) Angels of the World featuring Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza
Music - August 21 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Leela Gilday (Yellowknife)
Music - August 21 (11 p.m. - Brigantine room) - Kinnie Starr (Vancouver)

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression (presented by NOW Magazine) - August 27 to August 29
Toronto debut:
Music - Date/Time TBA - lit-Rock outfit One Ring Zero (New York)
Harbourfront Centre premiere:
Date/Time TBA - Cabaret Theatre event hosted by Evalyn Parry (Toronto)
Film - Date/Time TBA - On The Fly: "Best of the Fest" 5 year retrospective

Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture
- September 3 to September 6
Toronto debuts
Music - Date/Time TBA - Ot Azoj (Amsterdam), Khupe (Berlin), Manouche (Montreal)
Theatre - Date/Time TBA - It sound better in Amarahic
Film - Date/Time TBA - East and West (Marilyn Lerner live performance of original music to accompany silent film from Austria)

Free Flicks (presented by Stella Artois):
Toons & Tunes - Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the CIBC Stage
Film - July 7 to August 18 - Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 7, Hairspray (USA); July 14, Viva Las Vegas (USA)
July 21, Singin’ In The Rain  (USA): July 28 ,Chicken Run (UK)
August 4, Shrek (USA); Spirited Away (JPN); August 18, Smoke Signals (Canada/USA)

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Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php
 

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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