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Local News: Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre Black Habits Articles TORONTO, January 20, 2006-This year Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with two diverse weeks of profile musicians, authors and films, dance workshops and food demos, a Canadian Reggae Music Summit and Caribbean comedy night. An Urban music and culture photography exhibit complements family storytelling and Soul on Ice family skating events. To access the huge variety of Kuumba happenings, please consult the event descriptions below.

All Kuumba events celebrate the vitality of Toronto's African-Canadian community by showcasing works that profile innovative Canadian and international artists. Kuumba begins on Thursday February 2, 2006 and continues right through to February 16, 2006. Most events are free admission and take place on the weekends of February 4 & 5 and February 11 & 12 at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). For more information and to purchase tickets for ticketed events the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Ticketed Kuumba Events Include:
Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 416-973-4000

Don Letts View Points artist talk and film screening:
Thursday February 2 (Brigantine Room, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10 admission / $5 for students and seniors) A rare live appearance by UK Punk/Reggae DJ, music and film maker legend Don Letts launches the festival with an exclusive View Points artist talk (hosted by 102.1 the Edge Program Director Alan Cross) accompanied by the Canadian premiere of his Gil Scott-Heron BBC do*****entary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Kuumba also features free screenings of some of his do*****entaries and films on February 4 (details below). View Points at Harbourfront Centre is a series of discussions about contemporary culture focussing on artistic issues and current affairs local, national and international.

Canadian Reggae Music Summit Showcase & After Party
Saturday February 4 (Brigantine Room, 10 p.m., $10 admission) Concluding the first free Canadian Reggae Music Summit (details below) this exciting live concert event mashes up band and DJ performances from Toronto brethren like Superheavy Reggae, DJ Patrick Roots, Ibadan, King Ujah, Treson, Sonia Collymore, Kay Morris, Blessed and more! Co-produced by

International Readings presents Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing
Wednesday February 8 (Brigantine Room, 7:30 p.m., $8 admission) Readings by George Elliott Clarke, Afua Cooper, Lorna Goodison and Lawrence Hill with an event Roundtable hosted by Donna Bailey Nurse, Ed. Harbourfront Centre's International Readings presents Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing. Featuring some of the country’s leading black authors, the readings and roundtable explore themes and motifs that define and illuminate the meaning of being black - while tracing the evolution of this literature through colonialism, post-colonialism and decolonization.

Donné Roberts CD Release Concert:
Saturday February 11 (Brigantine Room, 9:30 p.m., $10 admission / $5 for Music Africa members) Kuumba and Music Africa (producers of Afrofest - team up for the first time to present the official CD release party for Toronto's multi-talented Madagascar Salegy Afro-Funk vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Donné Roberts. Also featuring an awesome blend of African music spun by DJ Biggie, this event celebrates the release of Roberts debut solo CD Rhythm Was Born. In 2005 Roberts received a Juno Award (as well as being nominated for a *****A - Canadian Urban Music Award) and performed at Toronto's Live 8 as a member of the African Guitar Summit. Roberts has also experienced international success as a musician and promoter of renown in Russia and the Ukraine. More information on this amazing artist at

Posted on Thursday, January 26 @ 09:47:25 UTC by jcohen

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