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The Cause at Harbourfront Centre
Conference and celebration for youth by youth

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

TORONTO, ON (*Oct. 27, 2011)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce its partnership with the Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) in the annual celebration of youth voice and action, The Cause. The event, which encourages youth to get involved with their local communities through a variety of activities, workshops, performances and more, will be held at Harbourfront Centre on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4-9:30 p.m.

Currently in its 10th year, The Cause is the Toronto Youth Cabinet’s event for youth and by youth, celebrating and inspiring involvement in local communities. This year’s event is based on the theme of “Youth Opportunities,” and will feature an expo of community organizations, a film screening, arts and civic engagement workshops, a discussion panel and live entertainment.

The TYC, the official representative of Toronto’s 400,000 young residents, is dedicated to building a youth-friendly city by injecting ideas, voices and energies from across the city into Toronto City Council.

The Cause takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4-9:30 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West. Registration is available at the Toronto Youth Cabinet’s website,, or in person at Harbourfront Centre on Saturday November 12 at 3:30 p.m.


Scott Jackson and Jo’el Douglas
Jackson is one of Canada’s leading beatboxers, and though he was birthed by hip hop, he stretches the genre’s boundaries far beyond any constraints. Douglas is a singer, poet, producer, event promoter, coordinator and visionary leader.

Hello Beautiful
Formed in Whitby, Ontario, Hello Beautiful combines alternative pop, punk and hip hop into a unique, danceable fun form all their own.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Prosserman
In addition to being one of the world’s best breakdancers, Michael “Bboy Piecez” Prosserman is the founder of UNITY Charity, which teaches youth to use break dancing, spoken word poetry, graffiti art and beat boxing to express their stress and anger in a positive way.

Advocacy in Motion
Facilitated by activist Devon Ostrom, the workshop will feature a discussion of community-based advocacy case studies as well as contemporary municipal, provincial and federal issues.

Urban Arts 101
A history and explanation of graffiti culture which frames the creation of attendees’ own personal pieces of graffiti art. Facilitator Erin Zimerman is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked on Toronto’s Graffiti Transformation Project.

Regent Park Film Festival Workshop
Screenings of several short films and a workshop led by Richard Fung, manager of the Regent Park Film Festival.

How Municipal Governments Work
Exploring the various elements and processes that encompass municipal governments.

Event Planning
Host, comedian, culinary artists, event planner and then some Norman “Big Norm” Alconcel breaks down the tools necessary to produce events of all kinds: large or small; civic, musical, or sporting; conferences, festivals or fairs.

New this year is a panel comprised of city councillors and youth leaders discussing the current city budget crisis, addressing questions including: How will the city budget cuts affect young people in Toronto? What are some possible solutions to the city’s budget crisis?

With the Find Your Cause Expo, youth have the opportunity to find a cause that ignites their passion. Organizations led by and serving youth will showcase opportunities available to young people, ranging from leadership to violence prevention, artistic expression to recreation, employment to social justice, and activism to education.

The Toronto Youth Cabinet is a youth-driven advocacy organization which strives to improve the quality of life for Toronto’s youth. By working together with city councillors and fostering partnership among youth organizations, the Cabinet is dedicated to providing young people with a forum in which they are able to build an equitable, youth-friendly Toronto. Membership is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 who lives, learns, works, or plays in the City of Toronto.

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 a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


The Toronto Youth Cabinet:
Amanda Foster, TYC Cause Event Director

Paul Martin, TYC City of Toronto Staff

Jon Campbell

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