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May 1, 2014 – May 3, 2014

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

NeoIndigenA is Santee Smith’s debut full-length solo performance. It’s a ritualized journey of transformation between Skyworld, Earthworld and Underworld. A mythical soul dance of life/death/rebirth. Transcendent and primordial, Smith boldly moves us through imagined portals and dances the sacred pathways to human connections to the self and the universe. The spellbinding score features elemental voices of Inuit singers Tanya Tagaq and Nelson Tagoona with musical composition by Cris Derksen, Jesse Zubot, Michael Red and Adrian Harjo.

When you watch Santee Smith’s work you see her training with First Nations, contemporary and ballet technique. An incredible and richly produced soundtrack always accompanies the live performance.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: May 1, 2014
End: May 3, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

May 9, 2014

Vladimir Spivakov & Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra

For 35 years, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and its maestro, Vladimir Spivakov, one of the world’s most prominent conductors and violinists, have set the gold standard for chamber music performance. The Washington Post has hailed the Virtuosi as “a dramatically unified ensemble” with “a sound that would put many full orchestras to shame.”

The ensemble – top-ranking soloists from the great orchestras of Russia – has garnered superlatives through both live performances around the world and more than 30 recordings on BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal of standard repertoire, lesser known gems and new creations.

Maestro Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi come to Toronto as part of the world tour celebrating their 35th anniversary. Music lovers here have always welcomed them with the greatest enthusiasm, filling up every seat in the house.

For this special celebration, Moscow Virtuosi are joined by International Classical Music Stars in an exuberant program.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

Date: May 9, 2014
Location: Roy Thomson Hall

May 15, 2014 – May 17, 2014

Little Pear Garden Collective

Inspired by the classic Chinese mystical tale, “Legend of the White Snake,” Emily Cheung uses the story to explore feelings of love, hate, jealousy, abandonment and sacrifice, as they are manifested in a forbidden romance between a human and a demon.

Emily Cheung has a distinct voice, as her traditional Chinese and contemporary dance knowledge brings grace and fluidity to the stage while she gives new life to traditional legends. This is Little Pear Garden Collective’s first NextSteps show.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: May 15, 2014
End: May 17, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

May 22, 2014 – May 24, 2014

Ballet Creole

Ballet Creole celebrates spring with artistic director Patrick Parson’s resurrection of his classical piece, Spring Rites. Mozart, Haydn and Schubert provide the musical score as dancers explore the relationship and interactions with the elements of nature in spring and the freedom and joy this season represents in Canada. Combining jazz, contemporary and Afro-Caribbean dance, Spring Rites is truly a multi-cultural Canadian celebration of our unique climate.

Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino will also provide a bold new choreography pushing the boundaries of movement and evoking the emotions of the dancers and the audience.

In anticipation of Ballet Creole’s 25th anniversary, Spring Rites will demonstrate the longevity and quality of this contemporary Afro-Caribbean dance company and provide an exciting evening of dance which seeks to build upon Ballet Creole’s ground-breaking legacy of providing a unique Canadian/Afro-Centric style that is accessible, entertaining, and thought provoking dance for all to enjoy.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: May 22, 2014
End: May 24, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

May 23, 2014 – May 25, 2014

Carassauga Festival Inc.

May 23 – May 25, 2014. Over 70 countries will be represented at different pavilions throughout Mississauga during the three-day multicultural festival depicting sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of each country.

For more details: www.carassauga.com

Location: Various venues in Mississauga, Ontario

Start: May 23, 2014
End: May 25, 2014
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Location: Carassauga Festival Inc.

September 28, 2013 – June 1, 2014

Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam

September 28, 2013 – June 2014.

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp gallery.

With the passing of senior Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak in 2013, the Canadian cultural landscape has been significantly diminished. Over a long and influential career, Kenojuak produced innovative work that inspired her peers as well as younger generations of artists. Her visionary imagery drew on personal experience and reflected deep connections to family, community and her surroundings. Kenojuak’s lyrical animal forms remain, for many, absolutely central to the Canadian story.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: September 28, 2013
End: June 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

June 5, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company

Award-winning dancer, choreographer Menaka Thakkar (Walter Carsen Prize 2012, Governor General’s Life Achievement Award 2013) presents the world premiere of In Search of the Other Ganesh. Using bharatanatyam, martial arts, and modern dance, Thakkar takes the famous Hindu legend of the young god whose head was cut off and replaced with the head of a baby elephant and extends it through the eyes of a child. The full evening performance includes excerpts from the company’s extensive contemporary and classical repertoire. The performance will be live streamed to remote areas outside of Toronto.

Governor General’s Award-winner Menaka Thakkar is a powerhouse! With a career spanning 50 years, she continues to blend classical and contemporary styles into rhythmic new creations performed by her professional dance company.

For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/performances/

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Start: June 5, 2014
End: June 8, 2014
Location: Harbourfront Centre

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Festival of India

July 12 – July 13, 2014. Festival of India is an annual South-Asian spiritual festival, that kicks off with an upbeat and colourful parade down Yonge Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto, and continues with two days of celebration at Centre Island. Expected to draw close to 40,000 people!

For more information: www.festivalofindia.ca

Locations: Yonge Street and Toronto’s Centre Island

August 3, 2014 – August 4, 2014


August 3 – August 4, 2014. – Action packed from start to finish JAMBANA™ is a one of a kind festival that is fun for the whole family demonstrating the rhythms, tastes and flavors of Canadians of African, Jamaican and Caribbean heritage.

For more information, please see website: www.jambana.com

Location: Markham Fair Grounds — 10801 McCowan Road

Start: August 3, 2014
End: August 4, 2014
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Location: Jambana

August 8, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Pilaros Taste of the Danforth

August 8 – 10, 2014. Greektown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Pilaros is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer – from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children’s games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination. Greektown Taste of The Danforth sponsored by Pilaros Kicks off it’s 20th Year!

Website: www.tasteofthedanforth.com

Location: Danforth Avenue (East of Broadview Avenue)