Expressions of Brazil - Harbourfront July 16-18

Explore Brazil through music, dance, film, visual art and food at this first ever festival - and it's all FREE. From a media release.

Expressions of Brazil
July 16-18
Part of World Routes Summer Festivals 2010 at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, ON (June 24, 2010) –The first-ever Expressions of Brazil Festival brings sizzling Brazilian flavours to Harbourfront Centre from June 16-18 2010. This FREE three-day festival celebrates Brazil’s rich cultural traditions and multiculturalism through contemporary Brazilian music, food, film and art.

International concert highlights include performances from Brazil’s 25-year music veteran Laura Finocchiaro who gracefully combines bossa-nova, samba, jazz and funk, followed by 17-year-old pop sensation Mallu Magalhães and a late-night party with Brazil’s DJ Raul Vax (with local DJ Branko) spinning the hottest progressive and electro house music. Local musical contributions are provided by Toronto’s own Sinal Alberto, an exciting new jazz quartet featuring Luanda Jones and Gordon Sheard, newcomer Bruno Capinan who croons his sensual and provocative Portuguese prose and the vibrant high-energy beats of Baque de Bamba, lead by Aline Moralis, Sambacana, Roda de Samba, Batacuda Carioca, Mulambo Groove and Escola de Samba.

Founder Contra Mestre Bola presents Capoeira (ca-po-era), a form of martial art that combines self-defense with music and acrobatics. There is also a full three days of film screenings in partnership with the Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto (BRAFFT)., including both full length films and animated shorts.

Expressions of Brazil also showcases international and Canadian visual artists at the Brazil: Many Eyes, Different Visions exhibition. Renowned Brazilian artists Emilio Boschilia, Ivana Panizzi, Renato Soares, Soraya Montaheiro and Gabriela Greeb join with local artists Avi Neto and Chris Harrison to present a survey of contemporary Brazilian art.

Of course no Brazilian festival is complete without food programming. Chef Mario Cassini of Cajú Restaurant prepares delicious culinary offerings that represent the diverse tastes of Brazil. Families can also enjoy kid-friendly programming with special workshops including soccer by Brazilian Soccer Academy, pinhole photography by ImageMagica and drumming.

The big idea behind all programming in this year’s World Routes summer festivals is “globalocal”, or global to local, a theme programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from around the corner to around the globe!

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