Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars. Presented by Councillor John Fillion in partnership with North York Arts and Toronto Arts Foundation, Cultura also serves to benefit the local community, with proceeds of busker performances donated to support local charities.

To learn more about Cultura Festival visit: http://www.culturafestival.ca/

July 7

Coreyah

Main Stage, 8PM
A new breed of music that breaks the barrier between traditional and contemporary popular Korean music. Coreyah’s unique, freewheeling, polystylistic vision of Korean traditional music charts an adventurous course where pansori (a traditional Korean style of narrative song) comes face to face with Tom Waits, and sinawi (Korean Traditional improvisation music) meets Simon and Garfunkel. At first glance, you’d think this sextet would be more comfortable doing gigs at hip rock clubs rather than performing traditional Korean folk songs, but out come the Tungso bamboo flute, Geomungo zither, and Janggo drum and, as they say in New Orleans, laissez le bon temps rouler.

“Mesmerising and wonderful” ★★★★★
– Broadway Baby

“Exotic and strangely familiar” ★★★★
– Herald Scotland

“Infectious…a beautifully layered sound” ★★★★
– ThreeWeeks


The Fire Guy

Main Stage, 9PM
A death defying performance featuring fire eating, breathing and juggling! A festival favorite returns! Fireguy has a burning desire to entertain, and doesn’t disappoint with a cutting edge motorized “One Wheel” fire routine featuring fire eating, fire juggling, and fire breathing. This year the Fire Guy returns with a thrilling event as he works toward setting the world record for fire breathing. He’s not fueling around!


Feature Film: Hidden Figures

9:30pm
Based on the Untold Story. Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.


JOIN US BEFORE THE SHOW!

From 6pm to 8pm, join us on the square for a wide variety of delicious food, music, dance, buskers and hands on activities for all ages.

Milonga Cultura

Returning this year by popular demand, Tango Soul will present Milonga Cultura. Rooted in the history and culture of Argentina, the Milonga is an impromptu social gathering where visitors are invited to meet, interact and of course dance the tango together. Bryant and Faye Lopez, along with dancers and enthusiasts from across Toronto, will share this beautiful and passionate dance form through demonstrations, explanations and communal dance. All are welcome to participate!

July 14

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

Main Stage, 8PM In a major initiative from the Royal Conservatory of Music, the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra explores and celebrates the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada, connecting us and communicating in ways that words, politicians, and spiritual leaders cannot, and helping us to find a common language. Hailing from all corners of the globe – from Peru to Burkina Faso to Cuba to Ukraine – and now living in the Greater Toronto Area, the orchestra’s 12 musicians play instruments as diverse as they are, from the tar of Iran to the bouzouki of Greece to the hulusi of China. Over the course of several months, the ensemble have shared each other’s cultures and music traditions as they rehearse, compose, and give workshops and community concerts. The project was conceived by Mervon Mehta, the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Executive Director of Performing Arts, and is led by Artistic Director David Buchbinder, Canada’s JUNO Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and cultural inventor.


Duke Dreamer

Main Stage, 9PM Hailing from Australia, Duke Dreamer is a show nearly 20 years in the making that has been enjoyed by audiences worldwide during 15 global tours. Expect interactive comedy, big stunts, bizarre illusion, physical comedy, and a magical audience experience delivered by a sophisticated performer — and expect Duke to light his bum on fire. “Daniel Nimmo is seriously gifted. Watching him…is little short of bliss.” – Toronto Sun Review “Genuis” – Red Simons, Australia’s Got Talent


Feature Film: Arrival

9:30PM OSCAR AWARD WINNER! 

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.


JOIN US BEFORE THE SHOW!

From 6pm to 8pm, join us on the square for a wide variety of delicious food, music, dance, buskers and hands on activities for all ages.

Milonga Cultura

Returning this year by popular demand, Tango Soul will present Milonga Cultura. Rooted in the history and culture of Argentina, the Milonga is an impromptu social gathering where visitors are invited to meet, interact and of course dance the tango together. Bryant and Faye Lopez, along with dancers and enthusiasts from across Toronto, will share this beautiful and passionate dance form through demonstrations, explanations and communal dance. All are welcome to participate!

July 21

Okavango African Orchestra

Main Stage, 8PM

JUNO AWARD WINNER! 12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…one special concert. Okavango African Orchestra features a cast of nine accomplished African-born
musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal.

The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari
Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and
find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources
because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African
Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major
African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of
Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a
new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and
timbres. The musicians and instruments of Okavango represent a continuum of
traditions and cultures from time immemorial to the present day. The multicultural
spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.


The Funny Waiter

Main Stage, 9PM

JUGGLING! SPINNING PLATES! COMEDY! This plate spinner is not a rude waiter. Instead he gets his laughs – as much as any stand up comic or comedian – with original comedy routines involving food, drink, music, and more.


Feature Film – La La Land

9:30PM


OSCAR AWARD WINNER! 
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart (Rated PG 13)


JOIN US BEFORE THE SHOW!

From 6pm to 8pm, join us on the square for a wide variety of delicious food, music, dance, buskers and hands on activities for all ages.

Milonga Cultura

Returning this year by popular demand, Tango Soul will present Milonga Cultura. Rooted in the history and culture of Argentina, the Milonga is an impromptu social gathering where visitors are invited to meet, interact and of course dance the tango together. Bryant and Faye Lopez, along with dancers and enthusiasts from across Toronto, will share this beautiful and passionate dance form through demonstrations, explanations and communal dance. All are welcome to participate!

July 28

Donnell Leahy

Main Stage, 8PM
MULTI-JUNO AWARD WINNER! There are fiddlers and then there is Donnell Leahy, whose lifelong devotion to playing and performing as a solo artist, with his 10 siblings in the much-fêted group Leahy (of which he was frontman and business lead) and, more recently, alongside wife and musical collaborator Natalie MacMaster has cemented his reputation as a peerless instrumentalist able to synthesize traditional influences with more contemporary Celtic/folk sensibilities. His Irish/Cape Breton lineage (from his father and mother, respectively) also weaves its way into the sonic mix.

“Donnell Leahy is quite likely the greatest fiddle player in the world right now.”

As leader of Leahy, the Lakefield, Ontario-based eight-piece family outfit that bears his surname, Donnell has helped Leahy achieve more than half-a-million copies in combined worldwide CD sales of Leahy, Lakefield, In All Things and Live; propel them onto the global stage in a highly-praised run as the opening act for Shania Twain’s Come On Over world tour, and earn them multiple Juno Awards – including Best New Group, Best Country Group and Best Instrumental Album.


Aygul featuring Bex in Motion

Main Stage, 9PM
An incredible duo act featuring Chinese Contortionist and Acrobat Aygul Memet performing her world famous candle act. Joining her is Bex in Motion, a Professional Street Performer, Hula Hooper, Fire and Glow Performer. Both have traveled across the planet delighting thousands of audience members of all ages.


Feature Film: Moana

Main Stage, 9:30PM
An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity (Rated G).


JOIN US BEFORE THE SHOW!

From 6pm to 8pm, join us on the square for a wide variety of delicious food, music, dance, buskers and hands on activities for all ages.

 Milonga Cultura

Returning this year by popular demand, Tango Soul will present Milonga Cultura. Rooted in the history and culture of Argentina, the Milonga is an impromptu social gathering where visitors are invited to meet, interact and of course dance the tango together. Bryant and Faye Lopez, along with dancers and enthusiasts from across Toronto, will share this beautiful and passionate dance form through demonstrations, explanations and communal dance. All are welcome to participate!

Food Village

Open 6PM-10PM

At Cultura Festival, the food vendors have come from all walks of life and diverse culinary backgrounds.  These local restaurateurs, owners, chefs, bakers and servers make up the fabric of our community and we want to honour their skills and traditions by heightening the food experience at our Festival.


 

Chifles on the Go

A fusion between authentic Hispanic flavours and North American street food. Featuring Colombian Sausage on a skewer with grilled veggies, wings on a stick and empanadas with salsa. Also featuring the signature snack of fried plantains.


 

The Saucy Pierogi

Toronto’s First Modern Pierogarnia. Featuring handmade Gourmet Pierogi including braised beef, pulled pork, Kimchi + Sauerkraut + Mushroom and the classic cheddar and potato


 

Liko’s Hawaiian Barbecue

Hawaiian Barbecue is a term used to stylize the Hawaiian islands’ plate lunch. A typical plate lunch consists of a meat entrée, 2 scoops of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Popular meat entrées include kalua pork (a luau favorite), lau lau, chicken katsu, barbecued beef short ribs and a barbecued chicken leg.


 

Malaysian Kitchen

Malaysian Cuisine featuring Murtabak (a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread) including vegetable, beef, fish and chicken options.


 

Sunshine Shakes

Cool down with delicious Shakes & Smooties made with fresh fruit right before your eyes


 

Mis Amigos

Central American Cuisine featuring a choice of Grilled steak, chicken and pulled pork with rice beans and salad.


 


Banjara

Serving North and South Indian meat and vegetarian dishes, salads and desserts.

John Filion | Founder

John Filion, Councillor for Ward 23, has been a Willowdale homeowner since 1978. He has held elected office continually since 1982, first as a member of the North York Board of Education for nine years, including four years as Chair (1987-1990). In 1991, John was elected as a Councillor for Ward 11 in the former City of North York. With amalgamation in 1998, John was elected to the new City of Toronto Council.

John sees cities as a collection of neighbourhoods which need to be supported and protected. He believes in keeping residents informed and involved in decision making. John maintains an office in North York Civic Centre and spends much of his time dealing with local issues.

For more information visit: johnfilion.ca

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For more information about Cultura Festival visit http://www.culturafestival.ca/

To reach Dan Watson email: info@culturafestival.ca