As part of its World Routes festival series, Harbourfront Centre introduces The Hot Spot – a free weekend-long event, exploring the pulse of new creative endeavours that come from hot spots around the globe. Sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s series, The Hot Spot boasts an impressive list of international artists from diverse backgrounds.
Highly respected Nigerian artists King Sunny Ade and Femi Kuti will each perform a free, two-hour long set for Harbourfront audiences on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively. King Sunny Ade is a Grammy-nominated musician who blends western pop sounds with traditional African music, while Femi Kuti, the oldest son of legendary musician Fela Kuti, brings over 20 years of jazz-influenced Afrobeat to the Toronto stage.
With over a dozen acts featured throughout the weekend, there’s something for all open-minded music lovers. Hip hop fans will enjoy performances by Cuban singer and street poet, Telmary Diaz, on Friday; a Ghanaian fusion of highlife and hip hop known as hiplife on Saturday; and a late night set with Toronto’s own MC Ian Kamau also on Saturday.
On Sunday, July 5 members of the Umalali women’s ensemble will expose a new audience to the vocal and instrumental uniqueness of the Central American Garifuna (“Black Carib”) culture, while Grupo Axé Capoeira will bring various forms of Afro-Brazilian culture to the forefront.
Families are encouraged to bring their children out on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., so they can create their own superhero with Mark Williams and Joe Osei Bonsu, founders of Super Heroes Unite.
The Hot Spot will bring together artistic traditions from around the world in music, food, performing arts and film from July 3 to July 5.
For a complete list of artists and performances, visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com or 416-973-4000