We are excited to launch a free family-friendly concert series in partnership with City Hall Live, presented with Lula Arts (Lula Lounge), Waveland Live, Canadian Music Incubator (CMI) and RISE Edutainment. 

This series will take place Wednesday afternoons in the Hart House Quad. All friends and family can meet up after work or camp, listen to some incredible music, dance, learn to play an instrument and enjoy a street-style BBQ provided by Chef Marco and his amazing team. 

If rain should occur, activities will move into the Great Hall. 

Event Details:

  • Free entry; registration required. 
  • All ages event, those 19+ please show ID and will be provided wristbands for alcoholic purchase.
  • BBQ and beverage tickets will be available for purchase on-site, cash or Card accepted.
  • Doors open at 4:30 pm, performances and activities are listed for each date below.


Percussion Workshops and Performances

4:30 pm

Doors open

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Afro-indigenous Colombian percussion workshop

6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Performance by Cumbiaton Gaitero (Colombia)

7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Strictly vinyl affair with Loa Malbec (Colombia) along local superstars Juana Go-Gó and La Rumba Buena.


Soul in the Park

4:45 pm–5:30 pm


5:45 pm–6:30 pm


6:45 pm–7:30 pm

Del Hartley


Big Smoke Brass

4:30 pm–5:00 pm

Doors open

BBQ and music

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

The Opening Act (60 mins)

Jordan and Emily

6:00 pm–6:30 pm

Intermission (30 mins)

6:30 pm–7:10 pm

Big Smoke Brass

7:10 pm–7:20 pm

Intermission (10 mins)

7:20 pm–8:00 pm

Big Smoke Brass


R.I.S.E Frequency Tour: Afro Futurefest

Come and soak in the culture, creativity, and community spirit. You don't want to miss this vibrant and fun-filled event!

R.I.S.E Frequency Tour is all about showcasing talent and creativity across the GTA, with stops in Oshawa, Ajax/Pickering, Brampton, Windsor, and Kitchener. Enjoy amazing music, poetry, and spoken word performances while meeting new people and expanding your artistic horizons. This tour isn't just about having fun; it's about celebrating diversity, creativity, and personal growth. Let's come together, get inspired, and make meaningful connections that uplift our communities. Join us on this journey to elevate the vibe and leave a lasting mark on the GTA's art scene.

Throughout the day, enjoy:

  • Local vendors with unique offerings
  • Delicious cultural food
  • Live art installations
  • Wellness and yoga sessions
5 pm–5:45 pm

Yoga lesson

Get ready for an amazing time at Afro Futurefest! Start your day with a FREE/PWYC (Pay What You Can) 45-minute yoga class led by the fantastic Elle Thee Lion starting at 5 pm.

7 pm–7:20 pm

Kris Hans

7:30 pm–8 pm

King Cruff

8:15 pm–9 pm



Presenting Partners:

Lula Arts
RISE Edutainment

Supporting Partners:

City of Toronto’s Music Office
Government of Canada
Ontario Arts Council

Event Metadata

  • Date: Wed, Jul 10, 2024
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  • Upcoming Recurrences
    • Wed, Jul 24, 2024
    • Wed, Jul 31, 2024
  • Time & Duration: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm (EST) (5h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • All (includes alumni)


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: The Quad
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