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Beats, Breaks & Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival
Harbourfront Centre -
July 9 to July 11, 2004

TORONTO, June 24, 2004-Harbourfront Centre's Beats, Breaks & Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival (presented by NOW Magazine) is Toronto's largest ever sampling of the worldwide evolution of Electronic and DJ music into the realm of live performance. Groups from around the globe perform LIVE in a huge variety of configurations and styles from House to Hip-Hop to Breaks, Techno, Broken Beats and Ambient as well as delicious Pop flavours. They are supported by some of Toronto's best regarded and most innovative DJs and Producers. All concerts and events are free admission.

In addition to great music Beats, Breaks & Culture presents a great sampling of Electronic music culture. From the weekend long creation of a large outdoor graffiti mural (featuring internationally acclaimed graffiti artists Heavyweight) to films like Hop-Fu (with live mixing by two DJs) to the Toronto breakdancing competition Pop, Lock and Load to an exhibit looking back at Toronto flyer graphic design - Beats, Breaks & Culture events will transform the Harbourfront Centre site.

All Beats, Breaks & Culture 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

Beats, Breaks & Culture music highlights:

Jaga Jazzist launches the festival with their Toronto debut and has emerged as an international force since winning over their Norwegian homeland a decade ago. The 13 member group has been compared to Tortoise, Radiohead and Miles Davis.

Internationally known producer/DJ, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Vikter Duplaix was born in Philadelphia and epitomizes that city's unique blend of Soul, House and R&B music styles. As a producer he has worked with artists from Erykah Badu and Musiq to King Britt and DJ Jazzy Jeff. His versatility as a producer, vocalist and musician is on full display with the Toronto debut of his live group Vikter Duplaix and the Critical Point Band.

Illinois born multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Peven Everett skillfully straddles the worlds of Jazz, House and Soul. He began his career performing with artists like Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis, and than began collaborating with Chicago House music legend Roy Davis Jr. In addition to releasing successful Soul albums he released one of the most beloved House singles of 2002 (I Can't Believe I Loved Her). This dynamic talent continues to work with a range of artists from Terry Callier and Osunlade to Derrick Carter and Beth Orton. He debuts his live band in Toronto.

Producer and guitarist John Arnold continues to innovate in the fine tradition of Detroit performers. His latest Ubiquity release Neighbourhood Science features fellow Detroit players like Amp Fiddler and Malik Alstin while his sound incorporates Soul, Funk and Broken Beats  He and fellow vocalist and instrumentalist Aryo pair up for their debut Toronto live performance.

New York City's Tortured Soul ensemble uplifts live House with Soul and Jazz. Founded by Christian Ulrich (of the NYC band Cooly's Hot Box), Tortured Soul members have also toured worldwide by opening for James Brown and Maceo Parker.

Belgian live band Buscemi electrify the dancefloor with a mix of French style House, Latin percussion and Funky breaks while Baltimore group Fertile Ground raise soulful deep House to new levels with accomplished Jazz musicianship. North Carolina Hip-Hop group Little Brother combine conscious rhymes with exceptional live performance in the tradition of The Roots.

A dynamic selection of Canadian performers are making their first Harbourfront Centre appearances.  Internationally regarded as one of Canada's most innovative DJs/producers; Manitoba (aka Dan Snaith) moves from lap top to full band with a performance that includes two drum kits, keyboards, guitars and glockenspiel. Another Canadian DJ/producer making waves internationally, Moonstarr (Kevin Moon) constructs a commissioned live performance called Broke 'n' Down. This musical showcase melds Hip-Hop and Techno and features live electronic performances by Moonstarr and Archetype (21/22 Corp, NYC). Comprised of live beat constructions with samplers, computers, synthesizers and drum machines, Broke 'n' Down also presents vocals and rhymes by Voice (Featherperm Records, LA), beatbox by Toronto's Jugular, live cuts by Professor Fingers (Toronto), rhymes by MC Vandal (Urban Camper Ent, Toronto) along with Toronto DJ Dialect. Toronto trio Repair layer Techno and minimal House with lush vocals. Internationally acclaimed Toronto DJ/Producer Adam Marshall also performs.

Two acclaimed Toronto electronic music events are also part of
Beats, Breaks & Culture. One of Toronto's original House DJs and Techno scene innovator Greg Gow (Phyrl events and Restructured recordings) presents his respected Mono night with Toronto's Arthur Oskan and Caspian Rabone. DJ Will Munroe brings his Peroxide event to Harbourfront Centre which features a live performance by Montreal lo-fi, electronoise-punk petrochemical rockers Les Georges Leningrad.

Additional acts performing at
Beats, Breaks & Culture include groups King Sunshine and the Junior Boys as well as some of Toronto's best DJs: Nick Holder, Dino & Terry, Kenny Glasgow, Denise Benson, Fase, Dee Jay Nav, Serious

Beats, Breaks & Culture concert listings:
Friday July 9 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jaga Jazzist (Norway)
*July 9 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - DJ Denise Benson (Toronto)
July 9 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Manitoba (Toronto)
July 9 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Moonstarr and Friends
Broke 'n' Down featuring performances by:
Archetype (NYC), Voice (Los Angeles ) and Toronto's Jugular, Professor Fingers, MC Vandal and DJ Dialect.
July 9 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Peroxide featuring Will Munro and Les Georges Leningrad (Montreal)
*Saurday July 10 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - King Sunshine (Toronto)
*July 10 (2 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Frankie Gunns (Toronto)
*July 10 (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - DJ Fase (Toronto)
*July 10 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage ) - Vikter Duplaix and the Critical Point Band (Philadelphia)
July 10 (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Adam Marshall (Toronto)
*July 10 (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - John Arnold & Aryo (Detroit)
July 10 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Buscemi (Belgium)
*July 10 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - DJ Nick Holder (Toronto)
July 10 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Fertile Ground (Baltimore)
July 10 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Mono featuring Greg Gow, Arthur Oskan and Caspian Rabone (Toronto)
July 10 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Little Brother (North Carolina) with DJ Serious (Toronto)
* Sunday July 11 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Peven Everett (Illinois)
*July 11 (4 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Dee Jay Nav (Toronto)
**July 11 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Tortured Soul (NYC)
*July 11 (2 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Junior Boys (Toronto)
July 11 (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Repair (Toronto)
*July 11 (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - DJs Dino & Terry (Toronto)
*July 11 (4:15 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - DJ Kenny Glasgow (Toronto)
* Previously unannounced acts / ** New performance time

Beats, Breaks & Culture cultural events:
    Films - StudioTheatre - Saturday July 10
5 p.m. - Nobody Knows My Name
Director Rachel Raimist focusses on six women who have joined the hip-hop world. Medusa, T.Love, Masia One, and DJ Symphony speak frankly about their experiences and dedication to hip-hop's four elements (DJ, MC, breakdance, graffiti)
7 p.m. - The Freshest Kids
The Freshest Kids traces the art of breakdancing from Bronx house parties to the mass craze of the 80's to the current underground resurgence. Featuring Crazy Legs, Ken Swift, Mr. Wiggles, Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc.
    Films - Studio Theatre - Sunday July 11
2 p.m. - Battle Sounds (featuring a post-film Q&A with director John Carluccio)
Battle Sounds documents the artists and techniques that have raised the art of the turntable to the level of a musical instrument.
4 p.m. - Hop Fu (with a live DJ scoring of Kung Fu film)
DJs IXL and Excess of the Kolabz crew conduct a LIVE score of the Kung Fu cinema masterpiece “The Prodigal Son”. Complete with kicks and punches that are synchronized with scratching and mixing.
    Dance - Workshop and performance by Toronto's internationally acclaimed Bag of Trix crew
July 10 - Bag of Trix dance performance (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 10 - Bag of Trix workshop (4 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
    Dance - Brigantine Room - July 11 (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Bag of Trix organize some of Toronto's best crews and judge the breakdancing competition Pop, Lock and Load
    Visual Arts -  Ann Tindal Park - July 10 & 11 (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Some of Toronto's top graffiti artists collaboratively create
The Great Wall of Graffiti mural all weekend long. Internationally
acclaimed artist Heavyweight will also contribute as well
painting to a musical performance (July 11 at 2 p.m.-  CIBC Stage)
    Visual Arts -  Marilyn Brewer Community Space - On display July 9-11
Dance:Design (an exhibit of Toronto flyers and electronic graphic design, curated by Stuart Li)                     
    Panels - Lakeside Terrace - Saturday July 10
2 p.m. -  Pen To Pad (moderated by Arcee of Real Frequency)
Local and international artists (Phonte and Big Pooh
of Little Brother) examine the history and creation of Rap as an art form.
4 p.m. -  Producing the Perfect Beat (moderated at Jason Palma)
Local producers Moonstarr, Nick Holder, and 9th Wonder of Little Brother
explore the one's & two's of production.
    Panels - Lakeside Terrace - Sunday July 11
2 p.m. - Outside the Club (moderated by Alok Sharma)
International electronic festival organizers including Derrick Ortencio (DEMF) and Alain Monqeau from Montreal's Mutek discuss how festivals are a key element to fostering the electronic scene and the future of electronic Music.
4 p.m. - From Graphics to Graffiti (moderated by Stuart Li)
Artists from the exhibit “Dance:Design” as well as aerosol artists Anika Qureshi. Jabari Elliot and Heavyweight explore the influences of electronic music, hip hop, beats and breaks on both graphic design and graffiti arts .

All 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 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
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Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397,
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428,  
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