Toronto's Beats, Breaks & Culture Returns to Harbourfront Centre

Toronto's Beats, Breaks & Culture Returns to Harbourfront Centre
As part of its weekend festival programming this summer, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre is bringing the beat back to the city's waterfront with the 2016 instalment of its Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. 

Taking place from August 5 to 7, the festival will build a sonic bridge between the genres of hip-hop and electronic music through live sets, DJs and dance performances, while acknowledging the foundations of soul, jazz, disco and funk that helped create them.

Festival highlights include the unique blend of electronic, post-rock, Sudanese pop and free jazz from Sinkane, the jazzy hip-hop of acclaimed trio Jungle Brothers, and the live nine-piece rap unit the Dirty B-Sides, in addition to three-on-three breakdance battles featuring some of Toronto's top breakers.

"Both hip-hop and electronic music have been influenced by many other genres such as soul, jazz, disco and funk," Harbourfront Centre artistic associate Sergio Elmir said in a statement. "Through this year's Beats, Breaks & Culture we bridge the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music to explore the similarities and divergences that make them so unique. The Hip-Hop vs. House After-party is the perfect place to celebrate both styles, as DJs skillfully blend between hip-hop and house music, while simultaneously shining a light on new, experimental sounds."

The festival is free of charge, save for the Hip-Hop vs. House After-party event, tickets for which can be purchased for here. Further information on Beats, Breaks & Culture can be found through the Harbourfront Centre's event website here.