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2012 CIBC LunarFest: Treasures of the Sea
We need your help to fill a Lantern Aquarium for the Lunar New Year
Deadline for submissions: December 23, 2011


TORONTO, ON (*Nov. 30, 2011) Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that CIBC LunarFest, the celebration of the Lunar New Year, will be held from Friday, Jan. 20 through Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. The FREE festivities welcoming the Year of the Dragon in a number of Asian cultures will centre around the world’s first and only Lantern Aquarium -- and we need the help of creative kids to make it shine!

CIBC LunarFest began in Vancouver as a part of the Winter Olympics’ Cultural Olympiad in 2009. In 2012, Canada’s newest celebration of one of the world’s oldest festivals comes to Toronto, at Harbourfront Centre. Lanterns play an important role in the festivities, as the Lantern Festival marks the end of the holiday period. At CIBC LunarFest, visitors will not only be able to walk through a giant Lantern Aquarium, but will get to see their own work become a part of the exhibition.

A call for submissions is going out to kids for creative expressions on the theme of “The Treasures of the Sea.” Register on-line at LunarFest.org and download a template to create a sea creature from your imagination. Everyone who submits a drawing and shows a registration ID number, is eligible to receive a Year of the Dragon lantern souvenir (while supplies last), and their creatures will be part of the Lantern Aquarium exhibition at CIBC LunarFest. Drawings must be submitted by December 23, 2011 to Harbourfront Centre or to one of the CIBC branches listed at LunarFest.org. Then, come down to Harbourfront Centre for the festivities, and to see all of the treasures everyone has created.

CIBC LunarFest will also feature Lunar Skate, a part of Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Night series. On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on the Natrel© Rink, the Lunar Skate party features lanterns, skating activities and more!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.


ABOUT 2012 CIBC LUNARFEST
CIBC LunarFestshowcases multi-disciplinary artistic expressions; in addition to visual installations, programs in 2012 include puppet shows, workshops, traditional New Year’s games and culinary treats. A series of Lunar Skate programs will also see the merging of lunar new year with Canadian skating culture. The festival runs from Friday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Toronto and Wednesday, February 1 to Sunday, February 5 in Vancouver. CIBC LunarFest is produced by ACSEA, the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association. LunarFest.org

ABOUT CIBC
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2010, $33.7 million was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit communitymatters.cibc.com.

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

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MEDIA CONTACT:

CIBC LunarFest/Asian Canadian Special Events Association
Charlie Wu
cwu@acsea.ca
604-306-8966

Harbourfront Centre
Jon Campbell
jcampbell@harbourfrontcentre.com
416-973-4655
media.harbourfrontcentre.com

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