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Harbourfront Centre announces newly-expanded
2011 Hot Spot Summer lineup

Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront is the place to be this summer!

TORONTO, ON (April 6, 2011) –– Harbourfront Centre, along with its new lead summer partner – the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), are thrilled to announce preliminary details and dates for Harbourfront Centre’s upcoming Hot Spot Summer festival and event season.

Hot Spot Summer at Harbourfront Centre features hundreds of events, most of which are FREE to the public. From Victoria Day weekend continuing through to Thanksgiving, the newly-expanded outdoor festival and event season celebrates local and international cultural communities through film screenings, art exhibitions, international food, music concerts and more!

This year’s programming also explores The Big IDEA of “Hot Spot” by giving artists a chance to explore regions of conflict, biodiversity, genetic re-combination, geological instability, and high energy through reinvention, innovation and new dimensions. This theme is programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Other new things happening at Harbourfront Centre include the revitalization of our beautiful site with the new location of the World Café (at the Lakeside Terrace Tent) and patio dining area, a new name for our main stage (now the WestJet Stage), and our new weekly programs running all season long that join the popular Free Flicks program: Dancing on the Pier, HarbourKIDS and Hot Friday Picnics. Also new this year is SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award – a new Harbourfront Centre initiative designed to showcase Toronto’s talented, creative and forward-thinking independent musicians.

Full festival programming and additional ticketed events will be announced shortly.


Step right up to experience HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS! Harbourfront Centre in collaboration with Zero Gravity Circus presents an extraordinary three-day circus featuring artists from around the world! This event is programmed as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Cool Kids family programming.

46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes
Daily at 4 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Watch as up to five multi-skilled Australian acrobats from CIRCA battle the clock in an incredible, high-energy performance! Marvel at the astounding ways they bend, fly, juggle and balance!

The NatrelTM Clown Club
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Brigantine Room and Brigantine Tent)
Kids will see themselves transform into bona fide clowns through learning jokes, tricks and physical comedy from professional clowns. The session ends with graduation ceremony where kids will receive a clown diploma and the requisite red nose!

Tumble & Swing Acrobatic Workshops
Daily from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Kids ages five to 14 can try out aerial and acrobatic equipment with circus professionals right inside the Brigantine Room where they will learn to do circus tricks, tumble, twirl in silks and much more.

Media contact for HarbourKIDS: Circus – Rosie Shaw

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: May 28-29, 3-5 p.m.
Co-produced by Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture
Carlos Celdran, an entertaining Philippine-based performer dubbed “The Pied Piper of Manila,” presents his world famous walking tour of Intramuros. If These Walls Could Talk, transforms the Harbourfront Centre grounds into the walled capital of the Philippines built by the Spanish.

Media contact for If These Walls Could Talk– Rosie Shaw

North by Northeast (NXNE): June 11-12
Presenting free outdoor events on the Redpath Stage featuring bands appearing at NXNE (Canada’s top festival for the best new music, film and digital interactive media). Visit

Media contact for NXNE – Rosie Shaw

FRANCO-FÊTE: June 24-26
Co-produced with La Franco-Fête de Toronto
Franco-Fête is one of the most important French-language events in Ontario, being Toronto's premier francophone music, arts and culture festival. This year, Franco-Fête is venturing into the global Hot Spot by celebrating the rich diversity of 75 states and governments that share French as an official language (a rich and constantly evolving system known as "La Francophonie)." Over the weekend, audiences will witness some of the country's hottest francophone bands and artists, and be introduced to some amazing emerging talent. This year, Franco-Fête will include a spotlight on France, the birthplace of the language and culture that is now shared by close to one billion people.

Media contact for Franco-Fête – Rosie Shaw

CANADA DAY: Friday, July 1
Focusing on provinces such as British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre will celebrate all the things that make Canada unique! By reaching deep into Canada’s diverse cultural landscape, we will explore and connect the country through music, arts, food, film and more!

• O Canada
2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
O Canada will showcase the results of an online singing competition using social networking and the Canadian national anthem.

• Fantasy Strawberry Shortcake Competition
3 p.m-5 p.m (Brigantine Room)
Come and witness the Top Canadian Pastry Chefs create their version of their fantasy strawberry shortcake creation in front of Canadian food experts.

Media contact for Canada Day – Rosie Shaw

ON THE PULSE: July 2-3
Come embrace the element of surprise! On The Pulse is a two-day weekend festival of discovery in music, theatre and dance for the whole family! This festival provides the opportunity to witness artists who are pushing the boundaries of creativity, and artists that embrace participation, technology and interconnectivity!
Systema Solar
Saturday, July 2, 9:30-11 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Systema Solar is a musical-visual collective from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The members come together to create, adapt and reinvent different styles of music through improvisation, emphasizing joy and dance.

The Carnegie Hall Show
Saturday, July 2, 8-9 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Four of Toronto’s finest comic and improv minds (Matt Baram, Ron Pederson, Chris Gibbs and Naomi Snieckus) come together with evening dress and mindless optimism to celebrate the ordinary and glamorize the mundane!

HarbourKIDS: The Real Life Where’s Waldo? Game
Sunday, July 3, 3-5 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Various fake Waldos will be placed around Harbourfront Centre. Each fake Waldo will have clues to the whereabouts of the real Waldo, but they won’t just give that information to anyone! Through completing several tasks, kids and audiences will be able to solve the mystery and find the real Waldo! This event is programmed as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Cool Kids family programming.

Media contact for On the Pulse – Althea Linton

Presented by WestJet Vacations
Bringing together the traditional and the modern, the Corazón de México (Heart of Mexico) festival will showcase the sights and sounds of a culture always moving and spreading outward. It is a culture that reflects hard realities and the vibrancy and warmth of its people.
Generously supported by the Mexican Consulate.

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
Saturday, July 9, 9:30-11 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, combining tradition and techno. Bostich & Fussible bring a fusion of electronic dance music from Tijuana to Toronto.

Marionetas de Esquina
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10, 3-4 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
One of Mexico’s leading puppet companies bring joy and imagination to young and old.

The Tastes and Techniques of Mexico World Heritage Cuisine
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10 2-3 p.m., 4-5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Outstanding chefs from Mexico offer up the tastes of diverse regions and the techniques and ingredients of authentic Mexican cuisine from world famous Escuela de Gastronomía Mexicana (School of Mexican Gastronomy).

Media contact for Corazón de México– Rosie Shaw

COLOMBIAN COLOURS – Il Diaspora Festival : July 15-17
COLORES DE COLOMBIA – Il Festival de la Diáspora
This festival will showcase the diversity, infinite cultural expressions and ethnic diversity of Colombian culture by highlighting the work of Colombian diaspora artists.

Bogota MMX - 200 Years After
Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
This art exhibition and corresponding book features photographs of daily situations, people and animals in the capital city of Colombia. This book highlights Bogota the year it celebrated 200 years of independence.

Alfredo de la Fe
Saturday, July 16th, 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Cuban born (and Colombian citizen) musician Alfredo De La Fe transforms salsa and Latin music using the violin. The first solo violinist to perform with a salsa orchestra, De La Fe has toured the World more than 30 times, appearing in concerts and participating in more than 1000 albums by such top-ranked Latin artists like Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Cheo Feliciano, The Fania All Stars and Santana.

Saturday, July 16, 4 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
NVOZ is a remarkable five-member vocal band that draws on various styles of traditional Colombian music, such as cumbia, bullerengue, champeta, merengue, salsa, etc to create a unique orchestra of sound! You won’t believe that the sound you hear come from their voices!

Media contact for Colombian Colours – Althea Linton

Presented by Liberty Development
Is eternity timelessness? Boundlessness? Or an ideal? At the Tirgan Festival, come explore the multi-disciplinary artistic and cultural ideals of the theme, Visions of Eternity. Tirgan will be the Hot Spot this weekend, sizzling with Iranian art, culture, cuisine, activities, entertainment and shopping!

Rastak Ensemble
Thursday, July 21, 8:30-9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Note: This is a ticketed event.
Come see Rastak, a unique flare on Iranian music celebrating a rare harmonious marriage of the old and the new. Deeply routed in tradition, yet adapted beautifully to contemporary views and tastes.

Silk Road Dance Company
PERFORMANCE: Saturday, July 23, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
WORKSHOP: Sunday, July 24, 12:30-1:15 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Silk Road Dance Company will present the Canadian premiere of a repertoire of folkloric dances as well as a workshop in Persian dance.

Golden Puppet Theatre
Sunday, July 24, 3-4 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Vida Ghahremani brings puppets to life on stage with the story of The Fairy King’s Daughter. Vida will also hold a workshop to teach children ages five to 12 how to make puppets and perform a show.

Media contact for Tirgan Iranian Festival – Rosie Shaw

7:30-10 p.m., (WestJet Stage)
An entertainment-packed two and a half hour showcase featuring eight of the most wildly popular and original calypso songs of the 2011 Calypso Tents Music Series (CTMS), presented by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes. This evening of music, dance and carnival features four top Canadian soca artists, virtuoso steelpannist Talib Robinson, D Farmer’s Rhythm Section band, interactive Sailor Dancers from Afro-Caribbean Dance Co. and Moko Jumbie characters from Swizzlestick Theatre. The Calypso All STARS house band for the evening is led by award-winning arranger/producer Ossie Gurley.

Media contact for Calypso Stars showcase – Althea Linton

ISLAND SOUL: July 29-Aug. 1
Island Soul 2011 celebrates Riddim & Resistance with the historical self-transformation of the Caribbean islands from a colonial Hot Spot of cultural conflict into a creative hot spot of carnival culture! The Caribbean is celebrated through music, dance, storytelling and carnival characters at this year’s Island Soul festival!

JOUVAY! An Ole Mas Carnival Parade!
Friday, July 29, 8-9 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Traditional Trinidad and Tobago carnival characters come alive! Starting from the Redpath Stage, and accompanied by steel pan, mask-wearing characters will display Ole Mas Placards, stopping to re-enact them to spectators with satirical parody, spoken word, and dance.

Manifesto JA featuring Protoje
Saturday, July 30, 9:30-11 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Reggae artist Protoje debuted Top 10 in the U.S., Canada and France and is the son of famous singer Lorna Bennett (Breakfast In Bed). Manifesto Jamaica is a non-profit, grassroots organization working to empower Jamaica’s youth through arts & culture.

RITMO: Cuban Clavé and Drum Rhythms Family Event
Sunday, July 31, 3-4 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Spectators old and young are invited to explore the Cuban Clavé as a percussion instrument creating the base rhythms for an hour-long, interactive drumming, dance and song workshop. With Sara Leyva and Yordanis O’Reilly of Iré Omó and Iyá Iré Afro Cuban Drum & Dance Ensembles.

Media contact for Island Soul – Althea Linton

Guest Artistic Director Andrew Burashko of the Art of Time Ensemble with the staff of Harbourfront Centre have programmed a festival that goes well beyond the normal concepts of classical music to create an event that is unlike any other. Exploring influences from popular music and traditions from Western Europe to Latin America, from the Middle East to the Far East, the festival re-defines how we see classical music.

An Evening of Tango Featuring Art of Time Ensemble and Quartango
Friday, Aug. 5, 8-11 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
This performance will explore the points of intersection between European and Latin American music and how it influenced western forms of classical music.

The Story of Babar the Elephant Narrated by Steven Page
Sunday, Aug. 7, 3-4 p.m. Brigantine Room
With Francis Poulenc’s musical adaptation of the story of Babar, narrated by Steven Page, this afternoon of musical family fun supplies a classic story with a new kind of energy!

An Afternoon of Traditional Egyptian Music and Sufi Love Songs
Saturday, August 6 (Redpath Stage)
Experience the musical heritage of Egypt with George Sawa followed by Sufi Love Songs with POULA.

Media contact for What’s Classical? – Rosie Shaw

What’s on the menu as we explore the Hot Spots of Pan-Asian cuisine? Through food, dance and music, this festival will focus on the culinary energy of Asian hot spots and how this energy has rippled out to influence food across the globe.

Silk and Bamboo
Presented by OLG Slots at Woodbine
Saturday, Aug. 13, 8:30-10 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
The Chai Found Music Workshop has been performing contemporary classical music as well as traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music since 1991. They are known as one of the foremost Sizhu (Chinese chamber music) ensembles in the world.

The Artful Knife of Teppanyaki
Friday, Aug. 12, 7-8 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Chef Michael Tan of Benihana at The Fairmont Royal York creates a fast-paced performance of chopping and juggling, creating an exciting teppanyaki-style dining experience for guests of all ages.

• Fortune Cooking Iron Chef Competition
Semi-finals: Saturday, Aug. 13 1:30-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Finals: Sunday, Aug. 14, 2-3:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Skill and creativity combine to make culinary magic as chefs from Toronto’s Hot Spots of contemporary Asian cuisine compete! Hosted by TV personality and chef Christian Pritchard.

Media contact for Fortune Cooking Food Festival – Althea Linton

Canada's favorite South Asian festival returns to Harbourfront Centre, celebrating the rich, dynamic and diverse cultures from all regions of this global Hot Spot!

Devis n’ Divas
(Redpath Stage)
Come out and enjoy the amazing, powerful and soulful production that is Devis n’ Divas, highlighting exceptional South Asian female singers and their works!

(WestJet Stage)
An hour of outstanding dance performances celebrating all the techniques from South Asia, brought to you from both international and local dance groups!

(Studio Theatre)
Watch favourite South Asian films in the company of the actors starring in them! MMMovies provides an intimate and retrospective look at the works of South Asian actors.

Media contact for Masala! Mehndi! Masti! – Rosie Shaw

TELUS TAIWANfest: Taiwan Rising: Aug. 26-28
Co-produced by ACSEA
Celebrating the cultural treasures of Taiwan with performances by artists from the island of Taiwan and from around Canada. A Hot Spot of energy and connectivity, influxes of various cultures have not only impacted the formation of new Taiwanese culture, but have also become the foundation of new expressions in art.

The Techno Prince
Friday, Aug. 26 (Redpath Stage)
One of the most popular programs during the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, The Techno Prince is a contemporary brand of dance which features a funky and dynamic step that everyone can do!

The Guardians of Taiwan by The Chairman Band
Saturday, Aug. 27 (WestJet Stage)
Honoured with the best band award at Taiwan’s 2006 Golden Melody Awards, The Chairman Band’s eighth album focuses on merging Taiwanese folk traditions with their love of Rock n’ Roll.

Where’s the Beef? World’s Best Beef Noodle
Saturday, Aug. 27 (Redpath Stage)
Three-time champion of Taiwan’s Best Beef Noodle Competition, Chef Hung will be demonstrating his winning recipes which elevate this dish to a whole new level. You will be able to find his beef noodles for sale at the World Café throughout TAIWANfest.

Media contact for TELUS TAIWANfest – Althea Linton

Presented by NOW Magazine
Hot & Spicy returns for its 14th edition as one of the premier food events in the city! Packed with a full menu of culinary arts, music, film panels and dance! Hightlighting culinary Hot Spots around the world, the rise of hot culinary neighbourhoods in the GTA and a favorite summer pastime, BBQ. Expect a festival full of fiery performances for all the senses!

John Ellison
Friday, Sept. 2, 7-8 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
A tasty BBQ demonstration and musical performance by legendary Soul Brothers Six singer and songwriter, John Ellison “(She’s) Some Kind of Wonderful,” who also owns the Some Kind of Wonderful Food Company.

Bajan Lime with DJ Niterider
Saturday, Sept. 3, 6-8 p.m. (Redpath Stage
Mychael Clarke, a.k.a. “The Magnificent” DJ Niterider will make you move, spinning sounds of soca, reggae, calypso, old school, classic house, soul, funk, R&B and hip hop. This Bajan Lime will be the ultimate dance party! Special thanks to our partners the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados.

Spotlight on Barbadian Cuisine with Paul Yellin
Saturday Sept. 3, 1-2 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In celebration of the 2011 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, the Barbados Tourism Authority, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, will present a day of Barbadian culinary events featuring Chef Paul Yellin. Special thanks to our partners the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados.

Nomadic Massive
Sunday, Sept 4, 9:30-11 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Montreal’s live hip hop band legends Nomadic Massive are known for their energetic and crowd-moving shows that combine live instrumentation, samples and a wide array of vocal styles.

Hot & Spicy International Iron Chef Competition: Semi-finals
Sunday, Sept 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Experience the high stakes reality of gourmet cooking as internationally renowned chefs compete against each other for the 8th Anniversary Hot & Spicy International Iron Chef title! Who will it be? The event will be hosted by the dynamic TV personality and chef, Christian Pritchard. The chefs will be judged by a high profile panel of judges including American Iron Chef floor reporter and Food Network personality Kevin Brauch.

Media contact for Hot & Spicy Food Festival – Rosie Shaw

The largest of its kind in North America, the annual Vegetarian Food Fair gives you an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.

Media contact for Vegetarian Food Fair – Althea Linton

CARIBBEANTALES 2011: Sept 11-17
Vision Momentum and ACTION! : CaribbeanTales 2011 partners with the Harbourfront Centre to present the unique CaribbeanTales Market Access Program during TIFF, now in its second year. Featuring an intensive three-day market incubator, informative panel discussions, a speed-dating pitch session, a Caribbean-themed party, and a sneak peek at great new films from around the Caribbean diaspora.

Tet Trung Thu, or the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or the Lantern Festival, is celebrated throughout East Asia. It is the second-most important holiday (New Year’s Day being the most important) and occurs around the September equinox. Traditionally, families gather around to celebrate the end of the summer harvest by eating moon cakes, lighting lanterns, and gazing at the moon and stars. It is also a wonderful day for children to stay up late and play together outside at night.

Media contact for Tet Trung Thu – Althea Linton

Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture in Canada! A multidisciplinary arts event that commemorates the legacy of Salvadore Allende, the first democratically elected Socialist President of Chile, through dance, theatre, music, visual art, performance, children’s activities, film and video arts.

Media contact for Allende Arts Festival – Rosie Shaw

HARBOURKIDS: MONSTER MAKERS: Oct. 8-10 (Thanksgiving long weekend)
This October, Halloween isn't the only thing scaring us silly! Face your fears with ghoulish games, monstrous making, fiendish fun and a brand new Fresh Ground new works commission, The Monster Makers. This event is programmed as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Cool Kids family programming.

Media contact for HarbourKIDS: Monster Makers – Rosie Shaw


SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award
Submissions open from April 11-25, 2011
The summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! We’re looking for Toronto’s hottest artists and bands to take centre stage this summer and compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps will create a short list from the submissions received, then each artist and/or band will play the WestJet Stage this July to compete for three cash prizes and a variety of giveaways. The winner will be determined by a combination of jury selections and public votes.

Free Flicks: City Flicks
Tuesdays at dusk, July through August (WestJet Stage)
Join us outdoors by the lake for a screening of six different films, each highlighting the experience of living in a different city! Come explore Toronto, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and vote on the final film selection (Vienna, New Delhi or Cairo).

Hot Friday Picnics
Fridays, July through August, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn)
Buy a sandwich, a snack, or an internationally inspired meal at the World Café and then enjoy it sitting on the Ann Tindal lawn, or pack your cooler with your favorite feast! Live entertainment will vary each week.

Sundays, 3 p.m. (locations vary)
A hot summer series devoted to young people and families, HarbourKIDS presents a hot lineup of artists and activities that will move, shake-up and entertain.

Dancing on the Pier
Thursdays, June 23 to Sept. 1 (Various locations on the waterfront)
Explore culturally hot dance trends and movements from across globe that will heat up the Harbourfront Centre site and its surroundings! The waterfront will be filled with sizzling flavors, movement and sounds from the best choreographers, social dance clubs and DJs to heat up the boardwalk!

World Café
Open weekends, May 21 to Oct. 10 (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
World Café offers a variety of international cuisine prepared by a rotating selection of popular Toronto restaurants and caterers. Come check out our new location and patio seating area!

International Marketplace
Open weekends, May 28 to Oct. 2
Shop for delightful gifts and treasures from around the globe!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel Pond
Daily, May to October
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel Pond all summer long ($4 for a15 minute ride)! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

A series of FREE festivals that run from Victoria Day through to Thanksgiving, Harbourfront Centre’s 2011 festival season explores ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from around the globe. Through the lens of Hot Spot, our festival lineup promises to entertain, stimulate and provoke.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative cultural organization, a registered charity which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront. For more information visit

The Toronto Port Authority owns and operates the Port of Toronto, the Billy Bishop Airport, and the Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. For more information visit


For more information contact:
Althea Linton

Rosie Shaw

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