Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead festival (November 7 and 8 ) brings Mexican culture to life with traditional and modern music, folkloric dance, storytelling, children’s crafts, film and delicious food demonstrations. Produced in programming partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico, this FREE family-friendly festival is an opportunity to experience this popular Mexican holiday and its vibrant traditions.
Observed for centuries, the Day of the Dead can be traced back to Mesoamerican traditions and beliefs that see death as a continuation of life. Traditionally, Latin-American families celebrate the lives of ancestors and the departed by decorating altars with flowers, sugar skulls, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and ofrendas (offerings).
All of the above and more can be experienced at Harbourfront Centre from noon to 6 p.m. each day as local artists and community members gather to commemorate this important tradition. Music highlights include Toronto-based Mariachi Fuego mixing mariachi artistry with fun and flair; Café con Pan performing traditional Mexican music influenced by African and European traditions; and hip hop group La Alianza blending Latin rhythms with hip hop beats.
Festival goers can taste the authentic Mexican cuisine from some of Toronto’s best Mexican food vendors and chefs. Pastry chefs from Pancho’s Bakery demonstrate how to make Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead); while Mole, Mexico’s famous spicy-chocolate sauce is cooked up by a local chef.
All events take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) and are suitable for all ages.
For information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.