The 17th Annual Small World Music Festival – Harbourfront Centre, August 17 – 19

For three days in August, the Beat of the Globe comes to the Heart of Toronto, as Small World Music reinvents its annual festival program, moving its 17th edition to the waterfront in the height of the summer season!

Small World’s signature program is renowned for its eclectic mix of artists from around the globe and around the corner representing the state-of-the-art in global sounds. The programming is informed by the notion of ‘intersections’ – connecting communities, juxtaposing traditional and cutting-edge forms, looking to the past and the future of culturally diverse music.

This year’s Small World Festival is inspired by and celebrates the 30th anniversary of WOMAD, which took place at the same venue. The world’s most influential global music event – a World of Music Art and Dance – was founded by Peter Gabriel and became a landmark event during its tenure at Harbourfront. The ear-opening inspiration it provided led directly to the formation of Small World Music. Three decades on, we explore this legacy and how it resonates in multicultural 21st Century Toronto.

The programming will continue to feature the passionate, high-quality, genre-busting presentations that the festival is renowned for, ranging from legendary Malian guitar hero VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ to LA’s Latin music sensations LAS CAFETERAS; Cuban singer and rapper LA DAME BLANCHE, to pioneering South African DJ LAG, and much more. The Festival will feature a music-focused film program and family-friendly participatory workshops that encourage a deeper understanding of global culture. And it will be one of the parties of the summer!

Showtimes

Friday August 17th at 7:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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MacCrimmon, Gzowski & Singh

Friday August 17th at 7:45 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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RedTail Spirit Singers & Sacred Wolf Singers

Friday August 17th at 8:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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Daraa Tribes (Morocco)

Friday August 17th at 9:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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Vieux Farka Touré (Mali)

Saturday August 18th at 12:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Marilyn Brewer Community Space

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WOMADness at Harbourfront Centre: an Archival Excavation (1988-1992)

Saturday August 18th at 1:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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Panel Conversation: WOMAD 30

Saturday August 18th at 3:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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Gelax

Saturday August 18th at 4:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, South Lawn

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Abhinayakshetra Fine Arts Canada & Nathaswara Thavil Music of Global

Saturday August 18th at 4:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace

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Workshop: Brenna MacCrimmon

Saturday August 18th at 5:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble

Saturday August 18th at 6:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre

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Sahba Motallebi and Naghmeh Farahmand (Iran / US / Canada)

Saturday August 18th at 6:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, South Lawn

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Abhinayakshetra Fine Arts Canada & Nathaswara Thavil Music of Global

Saturday August 18th at 6:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace

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Workshop: Abhinayakshetra Fine Arts Canada

Saturday August 18th at 7:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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Soukustek

Saturday August 18th at 8:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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Kalàscima (Italy)

Saturday August 18th at 9:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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La Dame Blanche (Cuba / France)

Saturday August 18th at 11:00 PM

Luanda House

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DJ Lag (South Africa) – Small World Music Festival Afterparty

Sunday August 19th at 1:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre

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Film: Éthiopiques – Revolt of the Soul

Sunday August 19th at 2:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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Surefire Sweat

Sunday August 19th at 3:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre

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Film: Chavela

Sunday August 19th at 3:00 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Boulevard Pavilion and Patio

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Baobá

Sunday August 19th at 4:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round

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TDot Batu feat. Cibelle Iglesias & Salviano Pessoa

Sunday August 19th at 5:30 PM

Harbourfront Centre

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Las Cafeteras (USA)

We thank the following who made the Small World Music Festival possible