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Island Soul (July 29- Aug. 1)
Celebrate the diversity of Caribbean life and culture at the heart of Toronto’s waterfrontTORONTO, ON (June 23, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner, the Toronto Port Authority, is excited to announce the return of the Caribbean-flavoured Island Soul festival. From July 29 to Aug. 1, Island Soul turns up the heat with a focus on Riddim & Resistance by celebrating the transformation of the Caribbean islands from hot spots of colonial conflict into creative hot spots for carnival and culture! This year features local and international musicians, dancers, storytellers, dub poets, and carnival characters whose works embody a spirit of resistance that ignites social consciousness. From Jamaica comes world-renowned reggae poet Mutabaruka who sets his political, social and religious verse to music in an art form commonly referred to as “dub” or “reggae poetry.” From Trinidad and Tobago come the nine-member rapso band 3canal with an excitingly energetic conscious music informed by the spirit of soca, calypso and kaiso (commonly described as “the power of the word in the rhythm of the word”). 3canal is co-presented with the Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company Ltd. Family-friendly festivities happening all weekend long include JOUVAY! An Ole Mas Carnival Parade! Accompanied by steelpan rhythms, drums and costumed carnival characters (Midnight Robber, Blue Devils, Pierrot Grenade, Paper Doll and more), this group of carnival revelers parade around the Harbourfront Centre site performing their traditional spoken rhythm satires, displaying ole mas placards, and stopping to re-enact them to spectators with jesting parody, spoken word and dance. Joining them are two members of the traditional Tobago Speech Band delivering parodies of daily news in witty comic rhyme.Even more invigorating is a Kalinda Stick Fighting Performance & Workshop with the Keith Pascall Performing Company. Pascall will teach participants the basics of stick fighting, folk drum riddims, nimble martial art movements, and lavweys chants (the origins of Calypso music). Join us as we bring Kalinda to Toronto and transform the Redpath Stage and surrounding area into an Island Soul gayelle (arena) where stick fighters can compete! Island Soul brings the infectious rhythms of resistance, the irresistible dances of freedom and the interactively playful stories of tricksters, firing up social passion and inspiring Toronto – the largest hot spot for Caribbean carnival outside of the islands.Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend 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! Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer 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.
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MUSIC:• Plenty Jump-Up Riddims! : Panman Pat and Jeff Walcott Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park) Come and enjoy our weekly Longo’s Friday Picnic as Panman Pat and Jeff Walcott bring the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean to life on their traveling steelpan drums! Bring your own percussion instrument and join in.• 3canal Friday, July 29, 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)3canal are recording artists from Trinidad & Tobago who perform rapso music. Rapso is conscious music that is more of a philosophy and stance rather than an identifiable musical signature. It has been termed “the power of the word in the rhythm of the word,” “the poetry of calypso” and “the consciousness of soca.”• Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steelpan Saturday, July 30, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steelpan is a popular workshop with Joy Lapps of Drum Artz Canada that provides children with a hands-on experience of the steelpan, iron instruments and skin drums. Participants discover first-hand the amazing sounds of each of these instruments and learn a brief history of the musical evolution from skin to steel.• Elaine Lil’ Bit Shepherd Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)Elaine Lil’ Bit Shepherd is a strong, young female voice in a reggae world dominated by men. Shepard’s song “Likkle But Mi Tallawah” is the 2011 JUNO Award winner for Reggae Recording of the Year.• Treasure Isle Sounds featuring Natty B and Friends Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.bn (Redpath Stage) Treasure Isle located in Toronto's "Little Jamaica" neighborhood is the city's one-stop shop for the best reggae music of our times. Natty B’s hugely influential Zion Train show with Bigga (on CHRY 105.5 FM) sits on the pulse of the reggae music scene and the Rastafarian community. Each weekly program features the freshest selections of reggae music interspersed with vital commentary from the community.• Steele Saturday, July 30, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage) Jamaica-born, Canada-based reggae musician Steele’s first taste of success came with his recording of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” and then “Silhouette,” his cover of the late Dennis Brown’s anthem (Steele’s breakthrough song). Former lead singer of the band Tatix, Steele has been described as dynamic and sensational, with the versatility and range that defies restriction to any one genre.• Evin Lake Sunday, July 31, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage) Evin Lake (Kevin Clarke) comes from a long line of culturally-conscious reggae vocalists and ventured into the world of music from a very early age. The Port Antonio, Jamaica native grew up with an affinity for R&B and lover’s rock reggae being drawn primarily to the sounds of Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Dennis Brown and Sanchez. This performance is Evin Lake’s Canadian debut.• MUTABARUKA Sunday July 31, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)Mutabaruka has established himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad, and is arguably one of Jamaica’s most respected wordsmiths, dub poets and broadcasters. His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing, and stinging, Mutabaruka's words are as potent on paper as they are on CD and live on stage. • Calypso Buds on the Maple Tree Monday, August 1, 2 p.m. (Redpath Stage)Calypso Buds on the Maple Tree is a children’s showcase that features Canadian youngsters dedicated to promoting Caribbean calypso traditions.• Panatics Steelband Network Monday, August 1, 4 p.m. (WestJet Stage) The Panatics Steelband Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of pan music in Ontario. There is a distinctive family orientation to this steelband, with a large portion of its membership consisting of parents and their children.
DANCE & THEATRE:• JOUVAY! An Ole Mas Carnival Parade! Friday, July 29, 8-9 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Traditional Trinidad and Tobago carnival characters come alive at Island Soul. Starting from the Redpath Stage, this parade features steelpan and drums, midnight robber characters, a Tobago speech band, paper doll characters and blue devils performing their traditional spoken word satires and displaying ole mas placards. This carnival parade will entertain spectators with satirical parody, spoken word and dance.• Northbuck & Happy Feet: From the Street to the Stage Saturday, July 30, 3:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Canada’s best krumping group, Northbuck, alongside Toronto’s best jerkin’ group, Happy Feet, come together to bring a live interactive dance performance to the stage of Island Soul. Exposing the roots of urban dance they are sure to leave you entertained. Northbuck is an organization of like minded krumpers from all regions of Toronto, and different backgrounds of life whose purpose is to inspire others to embrace their gifts and pursue personal excellence. • Caribbean Island Rhythms Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage) This hour-long captivating performance will showcase how contemporary riddims of resistance in dancehall, reggae and soca create an enduring culture through the power and the beauty of Caribbean dance moves. Choreographed, directed and produced by Kay-Ann Ward.• Limbo Dance Workshop Sunday, July 31, 2:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)Limbo Dance is a popular form of contra dancing that originated on the island of Trinidad. This dance workshop is choreographed by limbo expert Ayanna Lee-Rivears to deliver maximum entertainment, showing masculine and feminine prowess in competition, as well as athleticism, flexibility and suspenseful drama.• RITMO: Cuban Clavé and Drum Rhythms Family Event! Sunday, July 31, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Families are invited to explore the Cuban clavé (a percussion instrument) at an hour-long, interactive drumming, dance and song workshop exploring the roots of African riddims in Cuban music. This workshop is open to all skill levels and is taught by Cuban dancers and drummers Sara Leyva and Yordanis O’Reilly of Iré Omó and Iyá Iré Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble.• Dancehall Reggae Dance Class Sunday, July 31, 4 p.m. (South Orchard Tent) In this 30-minute workshop, participants learn low-impact dancehall reggae with a routine that is sexy and fun taught by choreographer Kay-Ann Ward.• Soca/Calypso Dance Class Sunday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent) Get your flags and your towel, and get ready to jump up and wave! Learn a fun, low-impact soca dance routine taught by Kay-Ann Ward.• Socacize Jam Session with Live DJ: Dr. Jay! Sunday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent)Dr. Jay spins the latest soca tunes, as choreographer and fitness instructor Ayanna Lee-Rivears teaches the Island Soul Socacize Jam Session — a vigorous and exciting Caribbean workout that can whip anyone into shape without pain. • Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workout Monday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage)Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workout is an exciting, energetic and body-sculpting workout that uses Caribbean and urban dance moves to tone and shape. Created and taught by professional dancer, choreographer and Can-Fit Pro Fitness Instructor, Kay-Ann Ward.• Socacize Jam Session with Live DJ: DJ DOC! Monday, Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m. (South Orchard Tent) Toronto's hottest export, DJ DOC, plays the perfect blend of urban, rock, electronic and island rhythms to keep the crowd moving at the Island Soul Socacize Jam Session. Led by choreographer and fitness instructor Ayanna Lee-Rivears, this vigorous and exciting Caribbean workout that can whip anyone into shape without pain.
FAMILY:• Play Ludi by the Water! Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. (Boulevard Tent), Saturday, July 30, 1 p.m. (Sculpture Court), Sunday, July 31, 12 p.m. (Boulevard Tent) & Monday, Aug. 1, 12 p.m. (Boulevard Tent) Originating in India and carried to the West Indies and the Caribbean by traveling Brits, Ludi is a board game similar to the popular games Sorry and Trouble. This game is played with up to four people and will keep participants busy for hours. Play the original Ludi game with family and friends in the breezy shade by the water on our custom-made game boards.• Moko Jumbie: SwizzleStick Theatre Friday, July 29, 8 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 6 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. & Monday, August 1, 2:30p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)SwizzleStick Theatre presents the captivating performance of the ancient ritual art of stilt-dancing with a traditional Carribean Moko Jumbie (a divine figure rooted in African heritage who wears colorful attire and a carnival mask). The Moko Jumbie’s role is to watch over his village protecting them from danger and evil. The idea of the Moko Jumbie survived by living in the hearts of African descendants during slavery and colonial life to eventually walk the streets in a celebration of freedom that is now brought to the streets of Toronto.• The Tobago Speech Band Workshop, Presented in partnership with the Tobago House of Assembly, Division of Community Development and Culture Saturday July 30, 2 p.m. (South Orchard Tent) The Tobago Speech Band is a spoken word tradition from the pantheon of Tobago Carnival traditional characters. This masquerade consists of four to six players accompanied by a band of musicians playing the fiddle, the tambrin (hand drums) and a triangle. From Tobago, special guest expert Dr. Verlene Bob- Lewis and Tobago Speech Band performer Keisha Stewart, present an informative history of this masquerade, its costumes and musical instruments, and demonstrate the rudiments of writing and performing your own Tobago Speech Band speech. • Pan Rootz: From Skin to Steelpan Saturday, July 30, 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)Joy Lapps from Drum Artz Canada teaches an interactive steelpan, iron instrument and skin drum workshop for kids. Participants can discover the amazing sounds of each of these instruments and learn a brief history of their musical evolution from skin to steel.• Make Your Own Island Soul Riddim Shakers! Saturday, July 30, 6 p.m. & Aug. 1, 1 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent) Kids can make fun and colourful riddim music shakers to take home!• Island Soul Braidz n’Beadz Sunday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDSZone Tent) Island Soul festival-goers can visit the Braidz n’Beadz tent to get their hair braided and get into the Caribbean theme!• Ring Ding! Jamaica Family Day Event! Presented in partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committtee Anansi Children’s Crafts Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room & HarbourKIDS Zone Tent) Kids can create Jamaican arts and crafts including Anansi figures (one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore), short stories and colourful drawings.• Ring Ding! Jamaica Family Day Event! Presented in partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee Anansi Poems and Colouring Sunday July 31, 3 p.m. (HarbourKIDSZone Tent) Kids can create Jamaican arts and crafts including colouring Anansi (one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore) pictures and write Anansi poems. • Ring Ding! Jamaica Family Day Event! Presented in partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee Stories of Anansi the Survivor: Raise yu hands and sing along! Sunday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room) Storyteller Phyllis Walker, Keeper of the Anansi Flame, combines Anansi spider stories with children’s songs and finger games.• RITMO: Cuban Clavé and Drum Rhythms Family Event! Sunday, July 31, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Families are invited to explore the Cuban clavé (a percussion instrument) at an hour-long, interactive drumming, dance and song workshop exploring the roots of African riddims in Cuban music. This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels. It is taught by Cuban dancers and drummers Sara Leyva and Yordanis O’Reilly of Iré Omó and Iyá Iré Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Ensembles.• Sing, Sing, Sing – Some Jamaican Songs! Presented in partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee Sunday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent) The Heritage Singers were formed 34 years ago by Grace Carter-Henry Lyon who trained in Jamaica under Olive Lewin, Director of the Jamaican Folk Singers. Their rich and varied repertoire ranges from English to Creole, French Patois and hybrid Spanish. Their songs are performed both a cappella or accompanied by guitar and drums as well as staged with related dance steps.• Africa Lives in Jamaican Beats! Presented in partnership with the Jamaica 50th Committee Sunday, July 31, 6 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent) The African beat is in the songs and dances of Jamaica. Drummer Sam Donkoh entices you to jump, skip, dance and laugh with the beat and feel it deep in your heart.• Carnaval Cubano! Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Drummers, dancers and traditional Cuban carnival characters celebrate Cuban culture with a colourful and vibrant parade. The parade ends in a participatory public conga-line grand finale. Sara Leyva and YordanisO’Reilly of Iré Omó and Iyá Iré Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Ensembles lead the parade.
WORKSHOPS:• Heart Beats Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. (Redpath Stage) Trinidad-born Muhtadi, founder of Toronto’s popular Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, provides an interactive workshop that explores Caribbean rhythms and their lineage from around the world.• Go Domino, By the Lake!: Ontario Domino League Island Soul Festival Tournament 2011Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m. (Public Workshops 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & all day, if interested (Boulevard Tent) Festival-goers can watch and learn how to play dominos. The Ontario Domino League hosts a one-day Domino Tournament with workshops open to the public! • Master of Metaphor and Baron of Bombast. The Midnight Robber Speech Workshop: Rhoma SpencerSunday July 30, 5 p.m. (South Orchard Tent) The Midnight Robber is one of the most beloved colourful traditional carnival characters of Trinidadian culture. Participants get to write their own midnight robber speech and perform it with Theatre Archipelago’s Artistic Director, Rhoma Spencer. • Kalinda Stickfighting Performance & Workshop Saturday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage) The kalinda (stickfight), like capoeira, is an African martial art, a folk music of drum riddims, and a dance of nimble foot movements. Watch the performance, join in singing the lavweys (songs) to cheer on the stickfighters, and learn the basics to compete in your own stickfight at the Island Soul gayelle (kalinda arena), with drummers and dancers from the Keith Pascall Performing Company.
SEASON-LONG EVENTS:SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music AwardThe summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! Toronto’s hottest artists and bands take centre stage to compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps selected the following five artists out of 250 submissions: Young Empires, Kids & Explosions, Miles Jones, The Worst Pop Band Ever and Saidah Baba Talibah. 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.harbourfrontcentre.com/soundclashLongo’s Free FlicksTuesdays at dusk, July 5 through Aug. 9 (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, New Delhi and Toyko and vote on the final film selection (Venice, Toronto or Cairo). Hot off the Grill Come and enjoy the flavour of the season as our festivals put a spotlight on grilled foods from around the globe. Whether you prefer your grill from the Deep South or the Far East, a whole summer’s worth of food demonstrations is waiting for you!Longo’s Hot Friday Picnics Fridays, July through August, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park) Buy a sandwich, a snack, or an internationally inspired meal at the World Café and then enjoy it sitting on the Ann Tindal Park, or pack your cooler with your favorite feast! Live entertainment will vary each week. HarbourKIDSSundays, 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 PierThursdays, June 23 to Sept. 1 (Various locations on the waterfront)Explore culturally hot dance trends and movements from across the 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 CaféOpen weekends, July 1 to Oct.10 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 MarketplaceOpen weekends, May 28 to Oct. 2Shop for delightful gifts and treasures from around the globe!Canoe Rides on the Natrel® PondDaily, May to October ($4 for 15 minutes)Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a funfloat beside our picturesque boardwalk. ABOUT HOT SPOT SUMMER 2011Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot? ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization 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 harbourfrontcentre.com. ABOUT TORONTO PORT AUTHORITYThe Toronto Port Authority, Harbourfront Centre’s lead summer partner, 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 torontoport.com.
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