Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Announces Inaugural Future Routes Festival

Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Announces Inaugural Future Routes Festival
As part of its weekend festival programming this summer, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre is set to bring some of the world's most talented and innovative musicians to the provincial capital next month for the inaugural Future Routes festival.

Taking place from July 8 to 10, the festival promises an "extraordinary sonic experience" from trailblazing living legends and emerging stars alike. Highlighting the lineup are multigenerational Hatian music collective Lakou Mizik, who perform July 8, and Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius, who performs July 9.

Other festival highlights include a dance battle between North America's top bhangra troupes and a performance from Canadian tropicália group Os Tropies. The official Future Routes afterparty GUMBO will also take place following Julius's performance on July 9, promising a dance party fuelled by afrobeat, soca, dancehall, samba, baile funk, afro-house, hip-hop and R&B music.

"We're so excited to feature a lineup of such talented and inventive artists, including some of the top bhangra dance troupes across North America battling it out for the championship title," Harbourfront Centre's artistic associate Sergio Elmir said in a statement. "This three-day weekend will also feature musical trailblazers and brand new talents that extract inspiration from the past and meld it with their own bold sound, creating something brand new." 

The festival is free of charge, save for the GUMBO afterparty, tickets for which can be purchased for here. Further information on the inaugural edition of Future Routes can be found through the Harbourfront Centre's event website here.