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Lace up for a new season of SKATE CULTURE events
at Harbourfront Centre
Cool skate programmes inspired by Canada's favourite winter pastime


TORONTO, ON (Oct. 27, 2011)Harbourfront Centre is the place to be for the coolest winter events the entire family can enjoy! The 2011-2012 SKATE CULTURE season offers a number of fun, family-friendly events and activities programmed to suit everyone’s taste.

Harbourfront Centre’s winter session of Learn to Skate programmes begins on Nov. 22 (weather permitting) with courses designed for children, teens and adults, along with private and group lessons and drop-in clinics. Once you’ve mastered your skating technique, skate and boogie along to some of Toronto’s hottest DJs at DJ Skate Night. Every Saturday night from Dec. 3 to Feb.19 (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) features a new DJ spinning groovy tunes including house, funk, soul, reggae, soca and pop-rock!
Little ones will enjoy the return of the HarbourKIDS: SK8 presented by RBC Play Hockey on Feb. 19-20, 2012 (Family Day long weekend) - a FREE children’s festival celebrating Canadian winter culture.

If the chilly winter weather gets a little too cold, skaters can warm their fingers and toes by the outdoor fire pits right next to the rink! Patrons can also get cozy in our new lounge area inside the Lakeside Eats restaurant where they can rent board games, watch movies and sporting events, warm up by the fireplace and enjoy gourmet coffee and hot chocolate in between skate time!

Specialty winter comfort food demos will take place in Lakeside Eats every weekend at2:30 p.m. throughout December. Visitors can also purchase a yummy winter treat from a World Café vendor every Saturday and Sunday throughout December from 1-6 p.m.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. All SKATE CULTURE events take place on the beautiful Natrel® Rink located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Harbourfront Centre and the Natrel® Rink are located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

SKATE CULTURE featured events:

The Natrel® Rink
Opens Nov. 19, 2011 (weather permitting). Open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 11 p.m.
A popular skating destination in the heart of the city! Visitors can enjoy Toronto’s favorite artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. The rink is easily accessible by TTC and by car. Parking is available. There are also on-site skate rentals, change rooms, rental lockers and skate sharpening. Off-site bulk skate rentals are available. For more info call 416-973-4866.

Learn to Skate
Session 1: Nov. 22 - Dec. 18, 2011. Session 2: Jan. 3 - 29, 2012. Session 3: Feb. 7 – Mar. 4, 2012 (weather permitting).
Generously supported by the RBC Foundation
Lessons for children, teens and adults are taught by experienced instructors in small groups, allowing for a comfortable learning environment and personal attention. For more information and to register call 416-973-4093.

DJ Skate Night
Saturdays, Dec. 3, 2011 to Feb. 19, 2012 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).
Toronto’s top DJs get the party started at Toronto’s premier ice skating events. This winter’s DJ Skate Night series features 10 FREE late-night skating events with some of Toronto’s best party-rockers including Cherry Bomb DJs, 1 LOVE T.O., Cratery, DJ medicineman, Promise DJs and FLOW 93.5 FM. January events include a special LunarFest skate party celebrating Asian culture. Other highlights include two Kuumba Black History Month skate celebrations featuring CIUT’s DJ Patrick Roots and a Soca on Ice event with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince.

HarbourKIDS: SK8 presented by RBC Play Hockey
Feb. 19-20, 2011
Harbourfront Centre hosts the city’s coolest kid-friendly celebration of all things skate-related. Enjoy free performances, activities and loads of fun on the Natrel® Rink. Then warm up with a host of indoor cultural activites.

Lakeside Eats
Saturday & Sunday throughout December from 1-6 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre’s Lakeside Eats turns into a cozy lounge area where you can rent board games, watch movies and sporting events, warm up by the fireplace and enjoy gourmet coffee and hot chocolate in between skate time!

Specialty winter comfort food demos (chili, macaroni & cheese and soups) will also take place in Lakeside Eats every weekend at 2:30 p.m. throughout the month of December.

World Café
Saturday & Sunday throughout December from 1-6 p.m.
A winter treat vendor will serve up warm, delicious goodies every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of December. Stop by and have a taste!


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ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

Media Contacts:
SKATE CULTURE
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com

HarbourKIDS: SK8
Jon Campbell
416-973-4381
jcampbell@harbourfrontcentre.com

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