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Celebrate HERE @ BIG on Bloor Festival Main Stage Performances

July 23-24 2016

sponsored by Nestlé Canada

There will be two main performance stages at the BIG on Bloor Festival, 2016, The Main Festival Stage in front Bloor Collegiate Institute, at 1141 Bloor Street West, and another, the Dufferin Stage, in the schoolyard at Dufferin and Bloor.  More performances will be scattered in various locations throughout the festival in local stores, restaurants and bars, as parades, busker stations, and as part of some table stations.

Saturday, July 23
Main Stage
1141 Bloor Street West

12:30 pm   Street Parade, leading to the main stage for the opening of the festival
1:00 pm Opening Ceremonies and Awards BIG Awards from Julie Dzerowicz MP, Cristina Martins MPP, Ana Bailão City Councillor, Jason Campbell BIG, Dyan Marie, and Dougal Bichan
2:00pm Sonshine and Broccoli The multi- talented duo Sonshine and Broccoli combine their musical talent with infectious enthusiasm making them one of the most sought after child entertainers in Canada.
3:00 pm Drumhand Worldly Percussion meets Brass Band meets Exploratory Jazz
4:00 pm Urban Highlanders What started out as largely an Americana influenced song repertoire has blossomed into a full-on multi instrumental cultural mash-up with strong strains of Celtic, American old-timey, African influenced percussion, Rhythm & Blues, world and folk music
5:00 pm Gaura Shakti Kirtan Yoga Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over unlimited years to India. It is a form of bhakti-yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. Gaura-Shakti is a Toronto-based kirtan yoga group with experienced musicians that hail from various parts of the world, including Russia, India and Canada.
Gaura-Shakti Members:
Dhira - lead vocals/guitar/harmonium
Mahabhagavat - bamboo flute
Kevala - mrdanga-drum
Taravali - back-up & lead vocals/harmonium/kartalas
Radha - sitar/vocals
Yuriy - Djembe/sound
6:00 pm Bloordale's Blues Express The blues duet of AJ (guitar) and BV (drums) channel open improvisation through the tradition of the blues featured in the juke joints of the rural deep south.
7:00 pm The Databats The Databats are an internet-transmitted electro/industrial glitch/synthpunk music and art collective. Current swarm seeding from Toronto.
8:00 pm Dévah Quartet Dévah Quartet is a Toronto-based electric string quartet playing original rock and progressive rock tunes with effects pedals and a drummer. Dévah has been featured in the UK magazine 'PROG,' and aired across North America.
9:00 pm Close and Shut Down

Saturday, July 23
Dufferin Stage
School Playground
Dufferin and Bloor

1:00 pm Opening Ceremonies, something to take you higher than you have ever been before.
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
10:00 pm Finish and shut down

Sunday, July 24
Main Stage
1141 Bloor Street West


Randolph School The Randolph Academy is a non-profit educational institution providing performing arts training in college, youth show, and children's recreational programs.
1:00 Kingdon of Birds Kingdom of Birds are a rock band consisting of three members aged 9 to 13. They play all original material and are already well experienced having played dozens of live shows around Toronto in the past two years. Their second album will be out this spring.
2:00 Mason Chance Piano-based emerging artist Mason Chance is a jazz vocal student at Humber. He is inspired by all things Apple, chocolate, Ben Folds and Stevie Wonder.
3:00 Communism Spirit-lifting dance party for social change. Take Care of Each Other, One of Everyone, Heartfarmer, Forgiveness, Pocket Sunrise... Our songs warm your heart while our riffs make you dance. There is hope for rock and roll, and for the world.
4:00 Noah Zacharin Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto.
He’s been called “a stunning guitarist” (Holger Petersen, CBC), “a wonderful songwriter and performer” (Paul Mills, Borealis Records), and “a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for” (Penny Lang). Minor 7th commented: “like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar…world-wise songwriting”.
5:00 Zuze Zuze plays afrofunk music from Iran & Azerbaijan. We are an 8-pc brass ensemble arranging traditional Iranian folk/pop melodies to an afrobeat rhythm section. The sound of sunglasses being worn.
6:00 pm Finish and shut down

Sunday, July 24
Dufferin Stage
School Playground
Dufferin and Bloor

10:00 am Dovercourt Baptist Church Ecumenical Church service, everyone is welcome.
1:00 pm
5:00 pm Finish and shut down stage
6:00 pm Festival end