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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The cultural legacy of the Caribbean comes to Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul festival – August 1 to 4

(News Release)

Make your summer experience complete by connecting with the Caribbean in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

TORONTO, ON – The wildly popular Island Soul festival returns to Harbourfront Centre August 1 to 4 (2014) for its annual four-day celebration of Caribbean music, dance, film, art, games and more. Visitors are invited to explore island traditions and celebrate the continuance of Caribbean soul from one generation to the next.

Island Soul offers a diverse, multidisciplinary programme informed by the stories that have sustained and inspired generations of communities who call these island nations home.

The festival features diverse artistic expressions, independent voices and thinkers who have created a rich legacy and who continue to influence island culture today. Revelers of all ages can enjoy the rich artistic and cultural offerings of countries and communities of the Caribbean islands, including the widely-anticipated performance by Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah.

Island Soul also features top Canadian and international calypso, reggae and soca musicians including Marcia Griffiths, Joy Lapps, and Calypso Stars. On Sunday August 3, Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario returns to Island Soul, celebrating the diversity of the Creole cultures of the Caribbean; and on Monday August 4 festival patrons celebrate the cultural heritage of Tobago, supported by the Tobago Tourism and Transportation.
“The Caribbean may be one of the most multicultural places on earth. These islands have a culturally rich legacy that informs arts practices in their own backyard as well as globally,” explains Harbourfront Centre guest artistic associate Nadine McNulty. “Island Soul always strives to be a meeting place for communities to express and explore their unique identities. This year, Island Soul features diverse artistic expressions, independent voices and thinkers. We’re looking at those who have influenced the past and present and also to those will no doubt impact the future of Caribbean island culture throughout our programming.”

Island Soul - Highlights at a Glance:


  • Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah - the hottest band in soca today
  • Marcia Griffiths - the best known and most influential woman in the history of reggae
  • Oware Games – learn how to play this “pit and pebbles” game
  • Dance Caribe – an energetic performance of African & Afro-Caribbean dances
  • Jerk Jam Down Competition – find out who has the best jerk chicken in town
  • Boukman Eksperyans - the loudest voices of hope and social reform in Haiti

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com 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. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.


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MEDIA CONTACT
Sanam Samanian
Office: 416-954-4502 | Cell: 416-737-9599
ssamanian@harbourfrontcentre.com



Island Soul Festival Lineup



HIGHLIGHTS:

Oware Games
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Brigantine Tent
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Brigantine Tent
Using a 'pit and pebbles' style of game play, families will be reconnected with a traditional African game that has gone through Caribbean incarnations. The legacy of this game will bring families to the past while creating new legacy for future fun!

Ballet Creole presents “Spirit of Carnaval”
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Ballet Creole, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, presents “Spirit of Carnaval”. This joyful testament, bridging the commonality between cultures; a celebration of Canada's dream of multiculturalism, incorporating Caribbean, Latin American, and African artistic traditions through movement and music! Carnaval is an abstract story drawing from street art - presented in a theatre setting. It is a mélange of music, chant, drama, dance, vibrant costumes, and live musical accompaniment including African drums. Hear the rhythms and experience the movements of Samba (Brazil), Calypso (Trinidad) and Rabodi (Haiti). “Spirit of Carnaval” is a celebration that offers an opportunity for enjoyable, spontaneous, artful cooperation between diverse peoples sharing a common social space!

Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Soca has never been so cool! Combat boots, baggy attire, brightly colored bandanas adorning funky dreads and coloured afros; Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah epitomizes coolness. Combined with infectious melodies, high-energy performances and pulsating rhythms that speak a language only one's hips comprehend, Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah has reinvented soca as we know it.
(* Tickets: $20 through Box Office or $30 at the event)

Marcia Griffiths
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
In a genre traditionally dominated by male artists, Marcia Griffiths is arguably the best-known and most influential woman in the history of reggae. Griffiths first made a name for herself when the music was still evolving from its roots in ska and rocksteady, and she later became an ally of reggae's signature artist, Bob Marley, before embracing the electronic-based sounds of dancehall and funk in the 1980s.

Dance Caribe
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
This suite is a mixture of African & Afro-Caribbean dances, performed in its traditional and contemporary styles. The dance symbolizes the journey from Africa to the Caribbean; a spiritual awakening of many moods and expressions, the life and soul of its people. Capturing the spirit of the people, the dance is a mélange of styles bringing out the energetic and colorful blend of the Afro-Caribbean.



MUSIC:

Ballet Creole presents “Spirit of Carnaval”
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Ballet Creole, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, presents “Spirit of Carnaval”. This joyful testament, bridging the commonality between cultures; a celebration of Canada's dream of multiculturalism, incorporating Caribbean, Latin American, and African artistic traditions through movement and music! Carnaval is an abstract story drawing from street art - presented in a theatre setting. It is a mélange of music, chant, drama, dance, vibrant costumes, and live musical accompaniment including African drums. Hear the rhythms and experience the movements of Samba (Brazil), Calypso (Trinidad) and Rabodi (Haiti). “Spirit of Carnaval” is a celebration that offers an opportunity for enjoyable, spontaneous, artful cooperation between diverse peoples sharing a common social space!

Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Soca has never been so cool! Combat boots, baggy attire, brightly colored bandanas adorning funky dreads and coloured afros; Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah epitomizes coolness. Combined with infectious melodies, high-energy performances and pulsating rhythms that speak a language only one's hips comprehend, Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah has reinvented soca as we know it.
(* Tickets: $20 through Box Office or $30 at the event)

House of David Gang
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
House of David Gang is an uplifting Canadian reggae band that draws on the roots sounds of 1970’s Kingston, Jamaica. The band takes its name from The House of David, an after hours spot on Queen Street West in Toronto that was a Rasta hotspot for reasoning, dancing and reggae music from the late 80s until the mid 90s.

Cultural Guru Steelband
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Panman Pat and his Mates are shipwrecked in the Caribbean. Lots of Island music to pass the time and Captain Morgan’s in the house! Join us for a fun-filled Caribbean Carnival celebration with Panman Pat, master of the steel pan, and his Mates!

Joy Lapps Project
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences with contemporary steel pan!

Mountain Edge Roots and Culture
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The Mountain Edge Roots N Culture Band, winners of the Canadian Reggae Music Awards six consecutive years, from 2007 – 2012, has had the privilege of working with acts such as: Marcia Griffiths, John Holt, Freddy McGregor, The Mighty Diamonds, Queen Ifrica, Rita Marley, Dobby Dobson and many more greats.

Marcia Griffiths
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
In a genre traditionally dominated by male artists, Marcia Griffiths is arguably the best-known and most influential woman in the history of reggae. Griffiths first made a name for herself when the music was still evolving from its roots in ska and rocksteady, and she later became an ally of reggae's signature artist, Bob Marley, before embracing the electronic-based sounds of dancehall and funk in the 1980s.

Jamaican Sounds: LATE NIGHT JAM
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Brigantine Room
Friendly jesting and rivalry between Toronto and Montreal's most venerated "sounds" has existed for years. This year, we celebrate it at Island Soul's Late Night Tribute to Jamaica's Sound in the Brigantine Room with an array of exciting DJs including Ricky Turbo, Moss Man, Johny Black, DJ Chocolate, and Choppa Choppa.
* $5 Cover Charge

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Tamsir Drumming
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Senegalese drummer and dancer Tamsir Seck offers dynamic and explosive rhythms on the Djembé, Tama, Sabar and "Xalam". Originally from Thiès from the centre-west region of Senegal, Tamsir is the descendent of a large family of griots, who pass down their history and traditions through the generations.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Exile One Band
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Exile One is a legendary cadence musical group of the 1970s from Dominica. Gordon Henderson is the leader and founder of the famous musical group Exile One and the one who coined the name Cadence-lypso for a genre of music that revolutionized modern creole music worldwide.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Woodney Pierre
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Toronto's very own Woodney Pierre is a singer/actress/motivational speaker extraordinaire who's been cultivating her classically trained soulful sound for years. Woodney Pierre's classical training has evolved into a love for all genres of music, including gospel, jazz, classical, R&B and zouk, which are only part of her repertoire.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: FONKSYON band
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The modern sound of Haitian Kompa music is brought to Harbourfront Centre’s Redpath Stage courtesy of local band Fonksyon.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Dinh Nguyen aka Vietzoukeur
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dinh Nguyen a.k.a. Vietzoukeur is truly a zouk revelation to his many fans in Haiti, the Caribbean and around the world.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: J-Perry
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Zumba superstar J-Perry brings his original sounds to the WestJet Stage

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: NUZ
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
NUZ’s music can be described as a blend of New Generation Kompa, R&B, a hint of Soul, and a dose of Kompa Direk. They sing effortlessly in Creole, English, and French.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Djakout #1
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
One of Haiti’s most popular Kompas bandbring their upbeat rhythms and lyrics to the WestJet Stage.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Boukman Eksperyans
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Boukman Eksperyans are one of Haiti’s best known bands and have distinguished themselves by their determination to lead a revolution on two fronts: musical and political. A leading exponent of "mizik rasin" (roots music), the group has become one of the loudest voices of hope and social reform in Haiti. Rehabilitating traditional Voodoo rhythms by associating them with pop, reggae, mixed with a good dose of rock and drum & bass, they have established their very own, unique identity.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Late Night Party with DJ Moet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Brigantine Room
Come dance to the sounds of Kuduro, House and Zouk courtesy of DJ Moet.

Gerard Balfour & Ricardo Seales
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Gerard Balfour started his musical conquest at the tender age of eight under the tutelage of his sister Anthea Balfour. The first song he learned on Trinidad & Tobago's national Instrument was "Falling In Love" by UB40. This intrigued him and he committed to learning more about the steelpan and the theoretical aspect of music. Ricardo Seales is currently employed as a music instructor under the Division of Education Youth Affairs and Sports. This year (2014), Gerard teamed up with fellow Tobagon Ricardo Seales to form the band, Cadence. The band's first major gig was at the Tobago Jazz Experience (Youthopia) where they received a standing ovation from the crowd. In partnership with Tobago Day

Tobago Heritage Drummers & Dancers
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The rich history of Tobago comes to life through dance and song as the Tobago Heritage Drummers & Dancers perform on the WestJet stage.

Afro-Pan Steel Orchestra
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
The Afropan Steelband “the people’s band” is Toronto’s oldest and most successful steelband. The pioneers of Afropan, an intimate group of pannists from Trinidad, got together in Toronto as early as 1970. Since 1973 Afropan, under the leadership of Earl La Pierre Sr., has won the Best Playing Steelband Competition at the Caribana Festival a total of 28 times, and has ranked in the top three on all other occassions.

Princess Adana
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Princess Adanna performs her reggae-infused R&B hits as part of Tobago Day at Island Soul!

Calypso Stars presented in partnership with the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA)
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Top Canadian calypso and soca singers are featured along with the Calypso Monarch of the U.K., performing their latest hits in a last-lap concert that also includes steel pan and traditional carnival mas characters.



FOOD:

Jerk Jam Down Competition
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Who has the most mouth-watering Jerk Chicken in town? Jerk is a signature dish in Caribbean cuisine. You be the judge and decide which of the 6 dishes by our eclectic selection of local Chefs will earn the title of Jerk Jam Down!

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Teen Chef Demo with Valérie Rocher
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Chef Valérie Rocher is coming directly from Haiti to teach the teen in your family easy and fun cooking techniques!

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Teen Chef Demo with Valérie Rocher
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Chef Valérie Rocher is coming directly from Haiti to teach the teen in your family easy and fun cooking techniques!

Tastes of Tobago: Dasheen Stuffed Plantain Rolls with Chef Yzanne Williams-Chance
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Hand selected ripe plantain slivers stuffed with savoury dasheen filling and baked to perfection served with sweet & spicy tamarind dip.

Tastes of Tobago: Tobago Coconut Bake and Shark Kebabs with Chef Yzanne Williams-Chance
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Pan fried medallion of shark fillet skewered with freshly baked coconut bake, fresh pineapple chunks and tomatoes served with chadon beni sauce and pineapple chutney.


DANCE:

Caribbean Star Fire and Limbo
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Caribbean Star Fire Breathing, Eating, Dancing, Limbo! This fire limbo dance performance is energetic, acrobatic and entertaining. Learn the art of the limbo in this fun interactive performance.

Cuban Dance Workshop with Caliente Entertainment
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – North Orchard
Caliente Entertainment teaches you the basics of Cuban dance!

Oasis of Rhythms
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Oasis Rhythms is a journey from Africa to Americas and the Caribbean islands. These lands were colonized with a blend of race, language, religion and music. Drumming and Dance being an integral part of every day life in Africa, the Latin music we hear today mostly originated from the rhythms the African slaves brought to the new world.

Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Wob Dwyiet
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Wob Dwyiet, Dominica's national wear, will be showcased during this presentation organized by the Commonwealth of Dominica Association Ontario (CDOA).

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Mapou Ginen
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
MAPOU GINEN dance group takes a starting point from the spiritual virtues of the Tree Crowned; Mapou from her motherland, Guinea. Since 1973, it works to emphasize all the resources of the Haitian culture combining dance, songs, rhythm and literature of African, Haitian and West-Indian background. Throughout the years, the group performed in Quebec, United States and Europe.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Melorize
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Local Zouk-Kompa cultural enthusiasts Melorize bring the flavour of the French Caribbean world to life through a dance performance.

Tobagan Folk Dancing Workshop
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Learn the steps from the experts. Tobago’s beautiful folk dances are shared with you in this fun workshop.



FILM:

Legends of Ska
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Legends Of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago. The film chronologically explores the history of the times and the island’s musical impact worldwide. In the spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club and 20 Feet From Stardom, this documentary focuses primarily on the years 1962-1966 by interspersing vintage and contemporary concert footage, authentic tourist 8mm home movies, photographs, newsreels, artifacts and rare interviews, all of which illuminate the facts and myths surrounding the music. Ska was Jamaica’s first popular musical export, which sprang from the jazz clubs and dancehalls of Kingston to spawn a worldwide dance craze. Without Ska, there is no Reggae.

Tobago 1677 & Nine Feet of Rope (Tobago Day Double Feature)
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Tobago culture come to the big screen as we show two films that feature a cinematic look at Tobago history and daily life.


VISUAL ARTS:

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents : ‘Entre Pinceau et Enclume’ Between Colour and Anvil
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
This exhibit presents pieces by three artists using different styles and mediums yet connected through the root of Haitian creativity that inspires their work. The paintings of Hilomé José and Lafortune Felix will be featured alongside pieces by Serge Jolimeau, a master of the Haitian art of cut metal, in which recycled iron gas cans are meticulously cut into stunning iron sculptures.



FAMILY:

Caribbean Faces
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Brigantine Tent
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Brigantine Tent
Christopher Pinheiro of SwizzleStick Theatre will create face art masterpieces based on Caribbean kids’.

Kids Activities – Games and Crafts
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – HarbourKIDS Tent
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – HarbourKIDS Tent
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – HarbourKIDS Tent

Tambrin Drum Making Workshop
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Come learn the magic behind the special sound behind the Tambrin Band drums.

Large Scaled Games
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – North Orchard
Come down and play chess, checkers and Connect Four but giant sized!


LEARNING & EDUCATION:

Moko Jumbie: Dancing Spirits of Trinidad Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – North Orchard
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – North Orchard
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – North Orchard
The Moko Jumbie is a "diviner" figure, rooted in African heritage and adapted in Trinidad, who wears colourful garb and a carnival mask, watching over his village and able to foresee danger and evil. This hands-on workshop is an elementary introduction to the traditions of Moko Jumbie (stilt-dancing spirit of the forest). Originating as a secret society of village guardians, Moko Jumbies are now featured in carnival and cultural presentations around the world, still inspiring awe and wonder. Using specially designed short training stilts sized for children, two senior instructors will lead a stilt-dancing workshop.

Jamaican Sounds: Panel Discussion
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Our panelists sit and discuss the legacy of Jamaican music coming out of Toronto in the past 40 years. The panelists include David Dacks, Patrick Roots, Ricky Turbo, and DJ Chocolate.



WORKSHOP:

Shakara Natural Tips: Hair Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Today, so many women and men suffer from thinning hair and hair loss. If you are one of them, save the date! Join Yemi as she discusses 100% safe, all natural solutions for thinning hair, responsible hair care regimen building, as well as custom head wraps (using Africa Wax Material). Bring a Camera, Pen and Notepad.

Domino Tournament
Saturday, August 2, 014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Watch and learn the how-to of championship dominos, from the basics to the advanced as the Ontario Domino League hosts a 2-day Domino Tournament and workshop. Bring your best hand, literally!

Kids Steel Pan Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – South Orchard
Joy Lapps known as the ‘Princess of Pan’ leads this interactive workshop for kids on the art, sound and experience of learning to play to Pan.

Shakara Natural Tips: Identifying Hair Types
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Do you need help identifying your curl type? Then this workshop is for you! Yemi will discuss identifying your curl type at a glance and learning how to care for it. She will also cover different basic styling techniques; as well as have LIVE demos of protective styles for short, medium and long kinky natural hair. Bring a Camera, Pen and Notepad.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Dance Workshop with Mapou Ginen
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
MAPOU GINEN dance group takes a starting point from the spiritual virtues of the Tree Crowned; Mapou from her motherland, Guinea. Since 1973, it works to emphasize all the resources of the Haitian culture combining dance, songs, rhythm and literature of African, Haitian and West-Indian background. Throughout the years, the group performed in Quebec, United States and Europe.

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Dance Workshop with Melorize
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Come learn about the rhythmic flavour of the French Caribbean through a dance workshop led by local Zouk-Kompa cultural enthusiasts Melorize.

Tobagan Folk Song and Choir Workshop
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
The rich history of Tobago comes to life through dance and song in this fun and interactive workshop for the whole family.

Limbo Technique Workshop
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
How low can you go? Come learn to limbo with the best of the best at this fun workshop for the whole family.

Tambrin Drum Making Workshop
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Come learn the magic behind the special sound behind the Tambrin Band drums.


SITE ANIMATION:

Moko Jumbie Stilt Dancers
Friday, August 1, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – West Side
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – West Side
Monday, August 4, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – West Side
SwizzleStick Theatre animates the site with Moko Jumbie stilt dancers. The Moko Jumbie is a ‘diviner’ figure, rooted in African heritage and adapted in Trinidad, who wears colourful garb and a carnival mask, watching over his village and able to foresee danger and evil.

Strolling Pan Parade
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Site Animation
Come play mas! Panman Pat and percussionist Jeff Walcott have been thrilling their audiences with a Caribbean callaloo of musical styles. Tonight they’re doing it ”Soul Village style.” Bring your own percussion instruments and join them in an impromptu steel pan parade, right here on the grounds! Now you can get in on the act. Dare to have fun!

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents: Rara Soley
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Lawn
Rara Soley, drawing in ancestral traditions, promotes and preserves traditional Haitian culture, a rich heritage of ancestral rhythms and songs directly from the Voodoo tradition. Its music features rich and unique new sounds where tanbou the vaksin the graj, the tcha-tcha and voices produce music that touches the soul and providing an electric and therapeutic atmosphere of great intensity, where ancestral spirits do not hesitate to come forward!

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