Contemporary / Indigenous / Resilience / Environment

November 1–8, 2020

8 Days of Celebration, Conversation and Activism

Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos returns to Harbourfront Centre for an eclectic, all-digital 17thseason, from November 1 to 8, 2020. Toronto’s longest-running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important traditions highlights a contemporary artistic vision, including an online exhibition of original masks and thought-provoking discussions and programming from Canadian, U.S. and Mexican artists.

Day of the Dead has deep roots in Indigenous cultures and traditions, and as we continue to face the effects of COVID-19 and the devastating impact humans have on the environment, this year’s programming explores themes of Indigeneity, resilience and environmental challenges. The festival’s aesthetic is meant to reflect our need to stay connected, informed and enriched by the arts.

This year’s programming is possible thanks to our co-production partnership with Mexico Now Festival, Museo Universitario del Chopo and New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

68 Voices / 68 Voces

Sunday, November 1 at 11am

A series of animated short films that retell Indigenous stories narrated in their native tongues.

Kids Corner

Sunday, November 1 at 12pm

Fun activities for all the family.

Food Demonstration by Santo Pecado / Chef Paola Solórzano

Sunday, November 1 at 2pm

A food demonstration showcasing chapulines (grasshoppers), part of the ancient Mexican tradition of eating insects.

Ofrenda “My Flowers will not Cease”

Sunday, November 1 at 3pm

A time-lapse video documentation of the creation of a retro-contemporary ofrenda, by Mexican artist Jade Leyva.

What Happened to the Bees?

Sunday, November 1 at 4pm

A documentary that exposes the deadly effects of regularly used agrochemicals on millions of bees.

Headshots of Enriqueta Lunez, Celerina Sánchez, Irma Pineda and Mikeas Sánchez

A Celebration of Indigenous Poets

Monday, November 2 at 4:30pm

A conversation with Indigenous poets Irma Pineda, Celerina Sánchez, Enriqueta Lunez and Mikeas Sánchez.

Federico Navarrete, Tatiana García Altagracia and Eduardo Porter

Racism: Continuing the Conversation

Monday, November 2 at 6:30pm

A panel discussing and reflecting on predominant racist behaviours and their ideological foundations, especially within the U.S.-Mexico dynamic.

Coro Acardenchado

Monday, November 2 at 8pm

A multimedia concert from this a capella group that makes an homage to the “Cardenche Song” from Northern Mexico.

In Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this territory and their unique role in the life of the region. Harbourfront Centre is committed to honouring Indigenous peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters, and their rich contribution to society. Toronto is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We ask that you respect the land and traditions of those who walked upon it for millennia before us.

Co-produced by
Mexico Now
Museo Universitario Del Chopo
Cultua Unam
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada