Kuumba presented by TD Bank

Weekend of February 3-5, 2012

Harbourfront Centre presents the 16th Annual edition of Kuumba between February 3-5, a weekend-long festival that invites members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians. Full details after the jump... Don't miss it!


Friday, February 3 | 7-10pm
Honey Jam – Then and Now (Hosted by Michie Mee, with DJ Mel Boogie) | $10 ticketed
(Brigantine Room)
Presented by Canada’s premiere all-female talent showcase, Honey Jam, features local DJ’s, and performers in the genres of hip hop, jazz, gospel, reggae, blues, dance and spoken word. Kellylee Evans, Eternia, Jemeni, Kim Davis, Belinda Brady, Saidah Baba Talibah, Motion, Natasha Waterman.

Saturday, February 4 | 8-10pm
VP Records/17 North Parade celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Music with Clive Chin
(Lakeside Terrace)
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, reggae music legend Clive Chin presents an exclusive DJ workshop on the history of Jamaican music. Chin is a Chinese-Jamaican record producer whose credits include recordings by Dennis Brown, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh, Jackie Mittoo, The Wailers and Black Uhuru, among many others.

Saturday, February 4 | 9:30pm-12am
The Known, (Un)Known
(Brigantine Room)
Tika Simone (MTV's The Hills Aftershow) is an all-ages independent artist event that showcases Toronto’s urban music stars of tomorrow, today. This session features Rochelle Jordan, Shi Wisdom, and 88 Days of Fortune’s KJ, Spek Won, Abstract Random.

Sunday, February 5 | 4-6pm
Youth Workshop and Hip-Hop Performance by P.E.A.C.E.
(Lakeside Terrace)
People Everywhere Actually Co-existing Equally (P.E.A.C.E.), is a mission to bring awareness to the power of action in our communities. Identifying with hip hop culture, Jamaican heritage and African roots, this workshop uses musical inspiration and sound therapy to generate positive energy and share ideas.

Sunday, February 5 | 3:30-5pm
50th Anniversary of Independence Celebration with Pan Fantasy
(Brigantine Room)
Celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence at this musical extravaganza produced by the award-winning Pan Fantasy Steelband. The celebration kicks off with a medley of classic calypso songs that spans generations, to contemporary numbers featuring a special homage to legendary calypsonian Mighty Sparrow.


Sunday, February 5 | 3pm
Lua Shayenne: Afro-roots dance workshop and performance
(Lakeside Terrace)


Friday, February 3 | 6:30pm
Celebrating the Cinematography of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago:
Joebell and America, directed by Asha Lovelace (Jamaica)
(Studio Theatre)

Friday, February 3 | 9:30pm
Celebrating Black Canadian Filmmakers:
Devotion, directed by Dawn Wilkinson (Canada)
(Studio Theatre)

Saturday, February 4 | 1:30pm
Celebrating the Cinematography of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago:
(Studio Theatre)

* Caribbean Skin, African Identity, directed by Mandisa Patin (Trinidad & Tobago)
* Directions, directed by Renee Pollonais (Trinidad & Tobago)
* Entry Denied, directed by Christopher Browne (Jamaica)
* Now Jimmy!, directed by Mary Wells (Jamaica)

Saturday, February 4 | 5pm
Celebrating Black Filmmakers:
Lying Lips, directed by Oscar Micheaux in partnership with COMMFFEST
(Studio Theatre)

Saturday, February 5 | 7:30pm
Celebrating Black Canadian Filmmakers:
Finder of Lost Children, directed by Ricardo Scipio (Trinidad & Tobago)
(Studio Theatre)


Saturday, February 4 | 7-9pm
CANADA Vs. USA Comedy Clash
(Brigantine Room)
Team USA (Sheldon Johnson and Zack Johnson) challenge Team Canada (Jay Martin and Trixx) to a side-splitting duel of jokes and more jokes. The event sees the best comics from each country squaring off in a serious game of humour.


Saturday, February | 2-4pm
Fashion Blackout
(Brigantine Room)
Fashion Blackout is a multi-faceted event that shines a spotlight on black and diverse designers, models and influencers in the fashion industry. Join us for the screening of The Colour of Beauty, a shocking short documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry; a Walk This Way fashion workshop with Canadian model Stacey McKenzie and panel discussions with fashion designers and influencers such as Montreal’s Miss Sly (Noëlly Sam), leading model agent Norwayne Anderson (NAM) and journalist Sarah Nicole Prickett. Hosted by CBC personality Anne-Marie Mediwake.


Sunday, February 5 | 3-5pm
Identify and Address: A Panel Discussion about Black Women and Leadership with The Congress of Black Women
(Studio Theatre)
Identify and Address is a panel discussion created in partnership with The Congress of Black Women of Canada. A group of selected panelists will discuss and answer questions from the audience about issues black women face.


Saturday, February 4 / Sunday, February 5 | 2-3pm
A Celebration of Afro-diasporic Tradition through Storytelling with Itah Sadu and Guests
(Miss Lou’s Room)
Author and storyteller Itah Sadu shares the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and North America with tales that celebrate African roots.

Saturday, February 4 / Sunday, February 5 | 3-6pm
OWARE: African Board Gaming
(Miss Lou’s Room)
Learn to play or watch the hugely popular traditional African board game Oware with MACPRI Oware Canada. Oware is the oldest ancient Egyptian board game still widely played in the world today.

Sunday, February 5 | 3pm
Rhythms of Guinea: Drumming Workshop with Alpha Rhythm Roots
(Lakeside Terrace)
Participants can learn basic drumming techniques with Alpha Rhythm Roots and discover the music, dance, traditions and culture of Guinea, Africa.


Saturday, February 4 | 8-11pm
Soca on Ice featuring Dr. Jay de Soca Prince
(The Natrel® Rink)

To see full details about Kuumba visit: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba/

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