Carnival Characters Creations

Carnival Character Creations

Let’s get into the spirit of Caribbean Carnival with visual artist Karen Bell-Higgins, who takes you on a journey to create your carnival-themed clothespin character. Take a break from the heat and join Karen in the Main Loft as she shows you how to use both traditional and recyclable materials to make something unique to […]

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Stories at dusk

Stories At Dusk

Enjoy this cathartic watch in our boutique-style cinema. This shows two complementary and contrasting feature-length films examining cultural influences and social implications of multiple aspects of Caribbean life at home and abroad. The two films featured are Zarico, a 1984 film directed by Andre Gladu, and Ninth Floor, a 2015 film directed by Mina Shum. 

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Living in colour

Living In Colour

Living in Colour is a 40-minute documentary that discusses and analyzes the Black community’s past, present and potential future across Canada. It features conversations regarding Caribbean and African cultures in the GTA, the growth and source of Black pop culture and the presence of Black identity in North America. Olivia Hutchinson, Marcus Walkes, Atiya Williams […]

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Calypso Stars

Calypso Stars

Calypso Stars is the premiere stage for original and innovative Canadian calypso and Soca. Don’t miss out on the annual celebration of this peculiar genre in a three-hour concert that also forms a community collaboration between Harbourfront Centre and the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) and a staple for Island Soul. We will be […]

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Kirk Diamond

Kirk Diamond

Join us on our Concert Stage as we listen to recent and multi-JUNO Award Winner Kirk Diamond, joined by his band, The Movement of Ahryel, as they serenade us with a fusion of roots, rock and reggae. A spectacular show of conscious, feel-good music for all walks of life, giving an ode to what is […]

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Shorts night

Shorts Night

Sit with us, take a breather. We are delighted to welcome you to a spot of quiet away from the bustle, screening an array of short independent films telling tales and highlighting noteworthy stories hailing from the Caribbean. The short independent films include Joe by Jill Haras, Mind Me Good Now! By Chris Cormier and […]

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Carnival Collage Creatioins

Carnival Collage Creations

Celebrate Caribbean culture with VIBE artist Jasmine Vanstone! Join Jasmine for two unique art-making workshops open to participants of all ages and artistic abilities. On Saturday, August 5th and Monday August 7th it’s Island Soul Collage Day! Build your own lush Carribean island landscape using shells, sand, glitter and more! On Sunday, August 6th it’s […]

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When morning comes

When Morning Comes

When Morning Comes is a 95-minute dramatic narrative film focused on 10-year-old Jamal Sutherland, who lives in rural Jamaica, and the domino effects of his actions after he overhears that he is being sent to live with his grandmother in Toronto. We follow Jamal as he grapples with growth and the idea of leaving behind […]

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Freetown collective

Freetown Collective

The 6-piece genre-bending outfit from Trinidad will transform Habourfront Centre into a space to rekindle love and heal old wounds, and for all hearts to let down their walls and beat as freely as they were made to. Ready yourself for a spiritual experience, an expression of your truest, deepest emotions. 

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Daniel Bellegarde

Daniel Bellegarde

Back on stage, percussionist, composer, arranger and archivist Daniel Bellegarde presents Pastourelle, the second album in his trilogy of Haitian roots with Celtic and Brazilian musical influences. This recording is a tribute to the quadrille, the contra dance and troubadour style. It is also a chapter of history linked to his own Haitian and Canadian […]

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Lores by Yolanda

Lores By Yolanda

Step into the vibrant world of Lores by Yolanda at Island Soul! Award-winning author Yolanda T. Marshall invites you to a captivating story time. Join her for a reading of C is for Carnival, an educational and rhyming alphabet book that follows children in colourful costumes as they “play mas.” The celebration continues by reading […]

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French Caribbean Percussion

French Caribbean Percussion

Experience the vibrant rhythms of the Caribbean at this French Caribbean Percussion Workshop! Step into the circle of excitement as we dive into the world of drumming. Learn the fundamental drum sounds, embracing the rhythms of Haiti and the French West Indies. Through the power of mimicry and metaphor, we’ll guide you in the oral […]

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Pan fantasy

Pan Fantasy

Led by Wendy Jones, Pan Fantasy Steelband has performed throughout Canada and the United States. The band has participated in the Caribana Parade for 27 years, copping top honours. They have also participated in the Pan Alive Competition, taking top place and runner-up positions over the past 14 years. Come by our Stage in the […]

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The Clash

The Clash!

Two of Toronto’s highly respected and dynamic musical engineers go head-to-head in true sound clash spirit on the Concert Stage at Harbourfront.   DJ Starting from Scratch is a Toronto icon known for rocking venues internationally and the touring DJ for Toronto’s mogul Russell Peters. The Recipee (Jason Larmond, Juwayon Clarke, Jonathan Kerr and Omar ‘Oh!’ […]

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The Recipee Band

The Recipee Band

Toronto’s crowd favourite, The Recipee Band, is back again for Island Soul. The group, consisting of Jason Larmond, Juwayon Clarke, Jonathan Kerr and Omar “Oh!” Lunan brings the sounds of reggae, soca, dance, top 40 and pop together for a night of great music and moves. 

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Canadian short films

Canadian Short Films

Escape the heat and enjoy free film screenings in our Studio Theatre all weekend long!    Don’t miss Disruptor Conductor, a CBC point-of-view documentary and 5 short films selected from Hot Docs Citizen Minutes Series 2.  CBC DOCS POV  CBC’s point of view documentary series gets to the heart of current affairs and social issues that […]

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Joy in resistance

Joy In Resistance

These illustrations collectively demonstrate and define the essential hopefulness of my work. They are celebrations of diversity and of LGBTQ+ joy, where we envision a bright future; where people can flourish and dream wildly, and be wholly themselves without danger or hate. I have a love of 60’s and 70’s popular culture aesthetics, which spans from the golden age of Bollywood, to Studio 54 disco fever, appearing throughout my work to convey a warm nostalgia amidst […]

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Commonality

Commonality

At first glance, the works of Mohammad Tabesh and Jinming Li are quite dissimilar; however, there is a commonality linking them – they both reference the body, albeit in very different ways.    Tabesh’s sculptures are evocative of sound – heard and unheard. There is the implication of voices crying aloud and voices silenced.   Li’s work references architecture and spaces inhabited […]

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Connections

Commonality

At first glance, the works of Mohammad Tabesh and Jinming Li are quite dissimilar; however, there is a commonality linking them – they both reference the body, albeit in very different ways.   Tabesh’s sculptures are evocative of sound – heard and unheard. There is the implication of voices crying aloud and voices silenced.  Li’s work references architecture and spaces inhabited […]

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Soft launch for a hard fall

Soft Launch For A Hard Fall

Soft Launch for a Hard Fall – This exhibition probes the visceral and cerebral, triumphs and vulnerabilities in human connections. 

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Nailah blackman and dj power

Nailah Blackman And DJ Power

Big riddim! Soca songstress Nailah Blackman and international producer DJ Power bring the heat this Island Soul for an evening of whining all night long! 

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Martha Chaves

Martha Chaves

Prepare for an evening of laughter and entertainment as Martha Chaves takes the stage. Known for her hilarious and engaging performances, Martha Chaves is a versatile comedian who can deliver her sets in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian. With appearances at renowned comedy festivals like Just For Laughs and on CBC radio, […]

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Power Kids

Power Kids

Join Power Kids and make some 3-D art! This activity is inspired by Jen Aitken’s exhibition at the Power Plant Contemporary Gallery. Aitken’s sculptures are influenced by urban architecture, particularly in Toronto. Participants use wire, paper, pipe cleaners, beads, and more to create unique sculptures.   

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