The info for Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead festival this weekend is below. I have also added the great opening shot from the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’ that tracks Bond through The Day of the Dead. Very cool stuff.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), a festival of reverence for those who have left the world of the living, returns to Harbourfront Centre this weekend. Presented by Scotiabank, the two-day festival will explore Mexico’s most popular cultural celebration through a contemporary lens with live music, art installations, family activities and more.
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, M5J 2G8
Saturday, November 5 from 12–7pm
Sunday, November 6 from 12–6pm
Post mortem (supported by AMEXCID and the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto)
November 5: 1:30pm & 3pm Studio Theatre
November 6: 3pm Studio Theatre
A witty western gothic, using puppetry (títeres), about a man seeking his way back to his beloved but the only thing standing between them is death.
Amor Eterno: A tribute to Juan Gabriel
November 5: 6pm Brigantine Room
A poignant tribute to one of Latin America’s greatest musicians. Gabriel broke barriers in the Latin music market and sold over 100 million records before his passing in late August.
Viva Mexico Mariachi
November 5: 4:30pm Lakeside Terrace
November 6: 5pm Lakeside Terrace
An explosive concert of Mexico’s most beloved traditional music, featuring the powerful vocals of Cecilia Guerrero.
The Mexican Folk Ballet
November 5: 3:30pm Brigantine Room
November 6: 4pm Brigantine Room
A spectacular performance full of surprises rejoicing in the living memory of loved ones, entitled Al Son del Difunto (To the tune of the dead), featuring dance, poetry and song.
Ofrendas y Calaveras
November 5 & 6
Honour a loved one at ofrendas, altars to the departed, and decorate edible calaveras (sugar skulls) in tribute to a beloved departed.
Verses and Tributes
November 5: 1:30pm Main Loft
November 6: 1:30pm Main Loft
Louwop, emcee from Los Poetas, recites poetic verses in English and in Spanish in honour of the departed being remembered at ofrendas. Accompanied by live music.
For further information on Day of the Dead, call Harbourfront Centre at