From July 12 to 29, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre presents some of the world’s most courageous artists, thinkers, writers and musicians. Explore the incredible lineup of performances and events happening this month in one of the city's most dynamic cultural venues. Celebrate being brave! Click here for the 2018 BRAVE guide.




Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword
Bassem Youssef returns to Toronto following a sold-out show last year! With bold and hilarious new commentary, The Joke is Mightier than the Sword features the comedian's signature take on politics and current events.

Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm


Tickling Giants

Tickling Giants
This evocative film tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, who left his job as a heart surgeon to become a late-night comedian. Youssef finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. With Jon Stewart.   


Directed by Sara Taksler (2016)



Exiled At Night

Under cover of darkness, our BRAVE Festival migrates indoors and occupies the Artport building for a night of live music, performances, installations, DJs and surprises.

Experience an extension of Harbourfront Centre’s exploration of modern-day migratory narratives. This show highlights a lineup of local and international performers who will challenge the perception of what an “exiled artist” represents.

Featured guests include PAPI JUICE, Faarrow, Säye Skye, Sikh Knowledge - artist, Ciel, Cosmic Unicorn, OBUXUM, Myst milano., Les Femmes Fatales, Habiba El-Sayed and more!


Saturday, July 28 at 10:30pm


Daby Toure

Daby Touré

Lyricist and composer Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and original songs.   


Sunday July 29, at 4:00pm


Ana- Brave

Ana Tijoux Presents Roja y Negro

Renowned Grammy-winning French-Chilean musician Ana Tijoux reconnects with her roots, championing disenfranchised Latinos everywhere.


Saturday, July 28 at 9:30pm


Thomas- Brave DR

Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited

One of the best-known artists in African music is a musical-political force in the struggle for self-rule in Zimbabwe.


Sunday, July 29 at 5:30pm



Bif- Brave

Bif Naked: How I Came to Love Myself Today

Rock Star. Writer. Humanitarian. Motivational Speaker.

A survivor of sexual abuse, a drug overdose and cancer, Bif Naked shares how she came to love herself today. Hers is a remarkable story of strength and resilience told with humour, naked honesty and outrageous optimism. An advocate for the marginalized (she participated in the Welfare Food Challenge twice), Bif will challenge us to let go of our judgements and preconceptions and end the stigma around mental health.

Bif Naked will also perform songs from her recent acoustic album Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits and Other Delights.


Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm


Cathy- Brave

Tellin’ It Like It Is: Featuring Cathy Jones & Gina Yashere
With an unprecedented 30 consecutive years on Canadian television, comedian Cathy Jones is a national treasure. Harbourfront Centre is pleased to be the launching pad for new stuff from this comic icon, who tests the waters of her next move in comedy before touring abroad. This multiple Gemini Award-winner, along with the American comedy scene’s favourite Brit Gina Yashere, will have you in rolling in the aisles with stories, stand-up, improv and more!


Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm


Ali Hassan- Brave

We Ain't Terrorists featuring Ali Hassan and Dave Merheje
Don’t miss Dave Merheje (CBC’s Mr.D, MTV) and Ali Hassan (FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, ABC, VICE, CBC Radio) together for a superlatively funny evening of stand-up comedy, with an honest and hilarious examination of culture, stereotypes, misconceptions and the challenge of just fitting in.


Saturday, July 21 at 9:30pm


Young'uns- Brave

The Young’uns
Voted Best Group at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns have entertained audiences around the world, seamlessly switching from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, and from profoundly poignant songs to irreverent humour. Their passion for stories and their commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary has led to five-star reviews and live sessions on BBC Radio, plus sell-out shows and festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.


Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm


BRAVE Sounds 

BRAVE Visual Arts 

Olo- Brave

Olo Volo: The Peacock's Tale

Canadian artist Ola Volo transforms the World Café building into an elaborate, dynamic mural—a new Harbourfront Centre commission for the summer of 2018. Her work has a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore, including her own Kazakhstan heritage. For this mural, she brings architecture, flora and fauna together to articulate diverse stories that are rich with symbolism. Her intricate work is widely recognized for its inventiveness—every character is full of spirited personality. Volo creates winding narratives that acknowledge the complexity of human nature while highlighting the simple moments of everyday life.   


June 23- September 16

Martendale - Brave

Visual Artist-in-Residence: Sean Martindale

Award-winning interdisciplinary artist Sean Martindale, known for his contemporary interventions in public spaces, activates Harbourfront Centre this year. As the inaugural Visual Artist-in-Residence, Martindale brings his thought-provoking – and often playful – works to our campus. View, engage and be part of the conversation.

Experience BRAVE 

Prize includes:

★ 2 VIP tickets to An Evening with John Waters on July 12. Includes a signed copy of the book, premium seating and a front-of-the-line pass to meet the man himself

★ Invitation to the BRAVE opening VIP reception on July 12

★ 2 tickets to Bif Naked: How I Came to Love Myself Today on July 20

★ 2 tickets to Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword on July 26

★ 4 tickets to Exiled at Night, the BRAVE after-party on July 28

★ 2 tickets to a boat cruise on the Kajama, the finest restored Tall Ship on the Great Lakes

★ Complimentary Glass Blowing workshop at the Craft and Design Studio

Passed Events

Brave Pigeon

He Hated Pigeons – with live improvised score

Hosted by artist and entrepreneur Jane Siberry and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger, He Hated Pigeons treats the themes of grief and longing as a gentle odyssey. Presented by pUNK Films and the CFC Slaight Music Residency.


Friday, July 13 at 8pm


Breadwinnner- Brave

The Breadwinner featuring live music by Qais Essar

An intricately woven sonic tapestry of Afghan music performed by Qais Essar introduces a screening of The Breadwinner.


Sunday, July 15 at 3pm


Willy Wonka- Brave

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This children’s classic was such a failure on its cinematic release, Paramount actually let the film rights expire.


Saturday, July 14 at 1:30pm


  John Waters- Brave

An Evening with John Waters

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to welcome innovative filmmaker and author John Waters for an evening of titillating conversation and the signing of his book Make Trouble.


Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm

John Waters Movie Marathon

Join us for free film screenings that showcase the work of one of cinema’s leading innovators. Click here for full screening schedule. 

Friday, July 13

Cecil B. DeMentedDesperate Living and A Dirty Shame.

Saturday, July 14

PeckerCry-Baby and Hairspray.

John Waters Triple-D: The quintessential Waters experience sees the infamous Divine in three back-to-back-to-back trash classics. Licensed event 19+.

Female Trouble ,Polyester and Pink Flamingos.

Sunday, July 15

Serial Mom.