Day of the Dead Festival in Toronto

400px-Day_of_the_Dead_GirlDay of the Dead Festival
When: November 8-9, 2014
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the contemporary stories, rituals and practices of Mexico and other Latin American countries with Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 8 & 9). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank, Harbourfront Centre’s two-day festival runs each day from 12 to 6 p.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas, concerts, films, family activities and more.

Visitors will be able to experience and sample some of the best in contemporary Mexican and Latin culture. Harp and vocal virtuoso Verónica Valerio will be making her Canadian debut and shall enchant audiences with her contemporary compositions inflected with traditional folklore and poetry. Children and families will also be able to get a deeper understanding of Day of the Dead traditions through Tales of the Dead Storytelling Series & Crafts, as well as the ofrendas (altars) that will be on display throughout Harbourfront Centre’s site. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without food; The Day of the Dead Market will feature a holiday staple, the delicious Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead),a traditional sweet breadeaten during many Day of the Dead celebrations.

“In this year’s edition of Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival, we’re exploring the theme of Legacy as a continuum from the past, where the ancient rituals of pre-Hispanic civilizations have merged with new beliefs and practices to transform this festival into a unique, 20th century celebration” explains Umair Jaffar, lead artistic associate. “We will be celebrating the lives of those who have passed before us, their memories, their achievements, their influences; a celebration of their Legacy.”

For the complete Day of the Dead festival lineup, visit: harbourfrontcentre.com/dayofthedead

For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.

About Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.

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