502. Francophone Festival Kompa Zouk – July 29-Aug. 3 – 2015

Ruth writes: We are happy to reprint press releases about free or nearly-free multicultural events if they include detailed information like this one about time, venues, performers, prices, websites and contact addresses.  I had a great time last year at the Festival Kompa Zouk at Harbourfront.  Lots of lively African and Caribbean music and dance lessons.  You will enjoy them more if you take part in the dancing.  31685e23-0d45-433b-945f-3b932f758985

The 2015 FKZO Fever Lands in Toronto

Toronto, July 23, 2015 – Anticipation is rising in Toronto as the launch of the 7th edition of Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario (FKZO) draws closer. The Festival will takes place from July 29 – August 3, 2015 in various locations around Toronto, including Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. FKZO 2015 is guaranteed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience, focused around the themes of family, youth and the history of Francophones in Ontario.

The popular French flavoured festival, which in previous years has attracted more than 42,000 attendees from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds, is expected to break past attendance records this year. FKZO has for the second year in a row been named one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals and events. After offering Kassav’, Tabou Combo and many other great names in Kompa and Zouk music, FKZO innovates this year by exposing the general public to a number of young local and international artists.

The schedule for FKZO 2015 is as follows:

July 29: A free workshop on entrepreneurship (in french), led by experts from RDÉE / Ontario. Location: 2 Carlton Ave, Suite 1705, Toronto. 10:00AM-12:00PM

July 29: Launch of Festival Kompa Zouk 2015, Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Visual Artist, Komi Olaf will introduce the public to a unique exhibition created to celebrate 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. The exhibition will run July 31 – August 3 at the Marilyn Brewer Gallery at Harbourfront Centre.

July 30 & 31: The 2015 program brings a special element – Jazz Night at Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas Street West, Toronto on July 30. Admission is free. This will be followed by a Caribbean Night on the evening of July 31, also at Bunda Lounge. $15 Admission.

August 1: The Jubilee Queen Cruise Ship will be flying the flag of FKZO for the first ever “FKZO on the Sea” boat cruise. The boat cruise, sponsored by OLG and in partnership with Unleashed Legacies will leave the dock from 539 Queens Quay at 10:30 pm and will feature music by DJ Stakz (International) DJ DUKE (Boston) DJ Moet & DJ JAM-Z (Toronto) and DJ DMZ Sounds (Dominica). $ 25 Admission.

August 2: Festival Kompa Zouk 2015 will reach its climax as young talents and renowned musicians take the stage to display their talents. The Festival Day will feature a new component, the FKZO Idol talent contest, in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre. This year’s festival will also feature performances by top international and local artists including: Phantoms, Phyllisia Ross, Fraka, J-Perry, Shabba, Izolan, Natasha Waterman, Andi Dias Latino, Karizma, Woodney Peter Jah Nissi, Melorize, Mikaben, Komi Olaf, DJ Stakz, NS DJ, DJ Platinum, DJ Moet, Ekspresyon Troupe and Sarah Doublexl.

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