Canada Day 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
5 – 8 pm Timothy’s World Coffee® Pre-Show
Music and dance celebrating Canada's cultural diversity.
5 pm, 6 pm
Together, Saba, Rumbi and Helena form Jaivah Nouvel Exposé and specialize in traditional and contemporary dance from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Southern Africa and Egypt. They're well known for honouring traditions through creative and original choreography in response to fresh African music.
5:30 pm & 7 pm
Members of this dance troupe are young Colombians and youth from different countries across the globe who now live in Montreal. Collectively they are proud to be sharing Colombian cultural expression and folklore traditions.
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5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm
Alec Dempster and Kali Niño perform Jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico, while connecting to other musical traditions from Latin America. Performances feature Kali's uplifting voice and effusive Zapateado dancing blended with Alec's mastery of many traditional instruments.
5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Ijo Vudu refers to the transcendent spirit in dance and Ijo Vudu Dance International brings that spirit alive through African music and dance. With professional dancers and drummers from diverse cultural backgrounds, they have a common goal of entertaining audiences while sharing the journey of African culture.
The Garden Court
5 pm, 7 pm
Developed in Brazil over 400 years ago, capoeira is a unique martial art form that combines self-defence and acrobatics with music. Led by Contra Mestre Bola, Capoiera Camara perform awe-inspiring moves accompanied by traditional instruments including the arabaque (drum), berimbaus (bow-shaped string instrument with a gourd resonator) and pandeiro (tambourine). After each Canada Day performance, stay and learn some basic moves.
6 pm, 7:30 pm
Crystal John is Taino-Cree from Kehewin, Alberta and has a contemporary style that is a collective mix of hoop-dance, grass-dance and hip-hop. These dances speak to young Native people throughout Canada and the United States. John is also one of the founders of the Kehewin Native Dance Theatre, a group whose mission is to educate people about Native culture and history.
5:30 pm, 6:45 pm
Maracatu Mar Aberto is a Toronto-based Afro Brazilian percussion and song troupe that plays lively rhythms from Recife, Brazil. The 20-member group represents a living tradition in a local context, working collectively on the artistry and heritage that is maracatu. Starting in the Garden Court, join the band in a parade that winds through the Square.
Note: Also at Main stage for performance at 7:30 pm
5:20 pm, 6:20 pm, 7:00 pm
Busker Jeff Hill mixes classic magic and classic rock while adding fire-breathing and wicked, back twisting escapes. Hill has taken his street-style act around the globe, including Halifax, Aruba, Singapore and Toronto. Catch him roaming around the Square for a family show with infectious energy.
Main Stage Concert
Rock soul songstress Saidah Baba Talibah is influenced by Toronto’s musical and ethnic enclaves. The daughter of renowned jazz/blues singer Salome Bey, Saidah conveys the history of her family's musical legacy in every performance while discovering new ways to change, re-invent and transmit her unique style. For Canada Day she'll deliver an electrifying performance with songs from her latest albums, Revolution, Place Called Grace and (S)Cream.
Highly sought after JUNO Award-winning producer, Slakah the Beatchild created an alter ego in the studio, The Slakadeliqs. Inspired by classic rock, reggae and pop influences such as Neil Young, The B-52s, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and Lenny Kravitz, the unconventional sound of The Slakadeliqs highlights musical diversity.
Special guest pop vocalist Justin Nozuka joins The Slakadeliqs on stage performing songs from the group's recent album, The Other Side of Tomorrow.
Soundtrack includes music from Sloan, Melanie Fiona, Rush, Drake and Dragonette.