Hillside Summer Festival 2016
July 22 – 24
Drum and Dance
Bring your own drum or borrow one of ours to learn some great beats, and get your feet ready to experience some world dance flavours on the grass.
The Funga Drummers
A Welcome Without Words
Fri 4:30 PM Causeway
Come join the explosion of sound on the Causeway as the Funga Drummers welcome Hillsiders with their annual Dionysian call to celebrate everything that makes our hearts thrum and our bodies dance.
The Joy of Poi
Fri 8 PM
Ever been intrigued by the spinning of ribbons and lights that you see at the side of the stage? This spinning is called POI and it rhymes with JOY. It originated as a traditional Maori dance in New Zealand and is now practiced around the world with ribbons, fire, glow balls, and more. We’ll be using tennis ball sets to learn a variety of basic poi moves. Poi spinning is a great way to get moving to the Hillside beat.
Heart of the Rhythm with the Funga Drummers and Sani-Abu Mohammed
Sat 11 AM
This interactive Main Stage workshop features a traditional West African ensemble performing percussion rhythms. Audience members will have an opportunity to enjoy the music, take part in a massive DunDun workshop, and learn a traditional West African dance.
Afro Cuban Dance with some Hip Hop Flair
This workshop combines Afro-Cuban dance movements including the Rumba, Guaguanco, and Salsa, with an infusion of hip-hop. The movements are inspired by the drum beats from Africa and Central America. Your mind and body will be challenged to move in unique ways, to show you that dance movements can transcend any given dance style. Be prepared to smile.
Drumbeat: Building Resilience Through Rhythm
Sat 1 pm
For centuries, ancient cultures have used hand drumming to bring people together. The DRUMBEAT program is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others. It is an evidence-based program with proven social outcomes, and it is facilitated around the world to help a large variety of populations with different challenges. Come learn about the program experientially, and how to become a DRUMBEAT Facilitator.
West African Dance with Coco
Sat 2 PM
Coco is a first-generation Canadian of Guyanese heritage using dance to explore her West Indian/West African culture. Experience the polyrhythmic movement and sounds of traditional West African dance. Engage in a journey reflective of the social life of the diverse cultural practices Coco learned from master teachers.
Traditional West African Drumming
Sat 3 PM
Join Tom as he takes you on a musical journey, learning technical instruction for Jembe and West African music in preparation for learning the Tiraba rhythm.
Introducing Capoeira Angola - Movement & Music
Sat 4 PM
Interested in learning more about Capoeira? Never heard of it? Join us for an exciting introduction to the tradition of Capoeira Angola. Learn alongside teacher, Hélio Sousa, and students from our Toronto school, to explore the foundations of Capoeira Angola, a martial arts tradition with roots in Africa as well as with the underground resistance movement amongst Afro-Brazilians.
Heart of the Rhythm
Sat 5 PM
The Funga Drummers are taking their interactive stage performance to the Drum & Dance tent, using primarily DunDuns, stick-played drums from Mail/Guinea, West Africa. We will isolate each of the three instruments that make up the DunDun set and learn their unique parts in the rhythm.
Couples Yoga with LIVE Music
Iysha Nobes & Keith Gardiner
Sat 6 PM
Partner yoga is sharing breath, touch, and eye contact with one another to connect gracefully and become in tune with each other. Practice simple partner yoga exercises, partner meditation and introductory acro yoga, all with live drumming to encourage flow. No partner required.
Dance of the Maidens – ABIGHI-FARE! (abi-jii-fare)
Sun 11 AM
Abi-ghi (abi-jii) is an Etsakovillage woman’s dance-rhythm from the Lower Edo speaking tribe of Southern Nigeria. It’s a dance where the women "put everything they’ve got" into the (dance) battle. There is traditionally a lead drum "UDU" or "Djembe" that gives a unique call for the ladies or women to twist, shake, or throw their back-side out to the men or to their secret admirers.
A New Face of SoliBa
Jamie has developed a new arrangement for the rhythm SoliBa, also known as Balakulanjan. Using accompanying rhythms not previously found in traditional jembe arrangements, Jamie will instruct both beginners and hard rockers through this explosive interpretation of a traditional rhythm.
The Pots & Pans Choir
Sun 1 PM
The Pots & Pans Choir is an interactive, hands-on workshop for adults and children (5+) where you will learn how to play vintage aluminum pots and pans like singing bowls. Through a series of mindful listening exercises, participants will learn how to sing and hum drones while playing (and conducting) the lids (which ring), the pots (which sing), and the irregular shaped pots (which ding).
Sun 2 PM
Tribal Fusion is a modern style of belly dance, which draws inspiration from hip-hop, kathak, flamenco, and other folkloric and classical dances. Together we’ll learn to connect to our creative side in dance while mixing art forms and influences. Siyobin will also help you shake it up with belly-jiggling shimmies, pop and lock with tight isolations, and smooth it out with serpent-like dance moves. Comfortable attired recommended.
David Aubrey Berger
Sun 3 PM
Come join us on a drum journey. For thousands of years, cultures across the globe have used drums to deepen their connection to the natural world, to community, and to themselves. In this workshop you will take your own journey, and come back to the group to share what you have found. A drum journey is always a profound and memorable experience.
A Winter Summer Salsa
Sun 4 PM
Unveil your inner dancer. Explore hypnotic rhythms of the conga drums and the singing trumpets of salsa. Educate yourself with the beginner steps of this widely popular dance genre. Conducted in a fun and encouraging atmosphere, this is an activity for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of dance.
Play with Rhythm!
Kat van Groove
Sun 5 PM
Professional drum circle facilitator Kat van Groove guides you on a joyful journey. Let’s not only play our drums but play with rhythm. Let’s explore time and tempo, clapping, and coordination. Let’s work hard at having fun. Let’s play hard and laugh even harder at ourselves. Feeling stuck or stifled or far too serious? This workshop is for you. Your head and your heart will thank you. Come let go.
inning of ribbons and lights that you see at the side of the stage? This spinning is called POI and it rhymes with JOY. It originated as a traditional Maori dance in New Zealand and is now practiced around the world with ribbons, fire, glow balls, and more. We’ll be using tennis ball sets to learn a variety of basic poi moves. Poi spinning is a great way to get moving to the Hillside beat.