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HarbourKIDS: SK8 presented by RBC Play Hockey
Celebrating skate culture at Harbourfront Centre!

Feb. 19-20, 2012

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 16, 2012) Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that HarbourKIDS: SK8 presented by RBC Play Hockey, a FREE weekend celebration of skating and the culture that surrounds it, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 20, during the Family Day Long Weekend. The festival offers a wide variety of activities perfect for kids of all ages.

Revolving around our amazing Natrel® Rink, on the shores of Lake Ontario, HarbourKIDS: SK8 uses ice skating to explore all forms of skating and winter culture from a kid’s perspective. Whether it’s skateboarding, hockey, urban art, music or crafts, there are tons of ways for visitors to add some cool to the coldest season of the year.

Make your mark at HarbourKIDS: SK8 both on and off the ice. Check out performances from skate troupe Le Patin Libre; rockers Bidiniband; swing band Toronto All-Star Big Band; and, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage international performance series, a multidisciplinary duo that blends live music, theatre and visual art in Everything Under the Moon. Participate in graffiti, beatboxing, button-making, hockey-mask-design and many more craft activities. Watch the skateboard-construction process, catch a flick (or two!), or listen to a story. And don’t forget to skate!

This season’s programming explores The Big IDEA of Perspective. Like a shaft of light into a room, artists use perspective as a means to illuminate. Often, artists share their personal perspectives to bring a new twist to a familiar topic. Other times, artists share differing perspectives to illustrate conflict and resolution. In either instance, the end goal is for you to question how the world appears from your vantage point. This winter, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: Where do you find your perspective?

HarbourKIDS: SK8 will be held Sunday and Monday Feb. 19 and 20, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For complete event details and full schedule, visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Activities at HarbourKIDS: SK8

Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows: Everything Under the Moon
Sunday & Monday, 2 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)
*Ticketed event: $15 for adults, $10 for kids
Combining live music with real-time illustrations created on overhead projectors, Everything Under the Moon tells the story of two small, winged creatures on an urgent journey to save themselves. The Globe & Mail called the duo behind the production, visual artist Shary Boyle and songwriter/performer Christine Fellows, “A pair of enchanting performers.” The performance, which reinvents the traditional shadow play, was commissioned under Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works national programme, and is presented in association with The Power Plant. Ask about our Skate & Show packages, which include tickets, skate rentals and a voucher for LakesideEATS for one low price. Contact the Box Office for details: 416-973-4000, (Performances also occur on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.)

Rink Host: Ryan Gladstone
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m (Natrel® Rink)
Ryan Gladstone will be back as Master of Ceremonies, bringing a long history of improvisation and comedy expertise – and skating skills. Ryan is the founder and artistic director of Monster Theatre, a Vancouver-based theatre company that is committed to presenting history and myths in an exciting new package for today’s audiences.

Skating on the Natrel® Rink
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Every year, approximately 150,000 people make their way to Harbourfront Centre's Natrel® Rink, one of Toronto’s biggest and most beautiful outdoor rinks. We’ve got it all: Skate rentals, lockers and a family-friendly environment that celebrates our country's national winter pastime seven days a week! Regular rink hours: Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Natrel® Slo-Skate Zone
Sunday: 2:30-5 p.m., Monday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
If you or your little ones ever get the feeling that the Natrel® Rink pace is too fast, fear not: The Natrel® Slo-Skate Zone is a special area where little ones can move as slowly as they want. Don’t forget to take a break and get a free sample of Natrel hot chocolate!

RBC Play Hockey Activities
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Activities will include a hockey shoot-out, celebrity autograph signing and the chance to win a jersey signed by Steve Yzerman.

Le Patin Libre
Sunday & Monday, performances at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; interactive rink animation following each performance (Natrel® Rink)
Born on Montreal’s frozen ponds, Le Patin Libre is more than just another skating troupe. Trained in figure skating, the group combines cool attitude with hot skills to present a show they describe as “contemporary skating.” But they’re not just for watching! Novices and experts alike are encouraged to join the gang in post-show games and challenges.

Rock, Swing & Skate
Sunday & Monday, 2-4 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Join us each afternoon as we feature two very different styles of extremely danceable (and skateable) music, live. On Sunday we rock out with indie favorites Bidiniband, who will mine their winter repertoire for songs as hot as chocolate, as cool as ice, and as sharp as the booted blade. On Monday we kick up our heels and swing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band as the 18-member ensemble performs tunes from the golden era of big bands. Come inside and warm up by the stage, or skate to the tunes, as we’ll be pumping the music out to the rink.

Skateboard-Making Demos with Oasis Skateboard Factory
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Ever wonder how skateboards are made? Harbourfront Centre is commissioning Oasis Skateboard Factory, along with guest artist Joachim Lau, to design and build a special HarbourKIDS longboard, which will come together over the course of the festival, while students from Oasis Alternative Secondary School talk visitors through the process. Also on display will be boards previously built by students in this innovative programme.

Family Film Time Capsule
Sunday & Monday at noon & 3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Featuring movies that were made in the 1980s, adapted from books that were published in the 1970s. You’ll love these flicks – just like your parents did when they were growing up!

The Neverending Story
Sunday at 3 p.m., Monday at noon.
Pursued by school bullies, a boy hides out in a bookstore where he discovers a forbidden book that draws him into Fantasia, a mythical land in desperate need of his help.

The Princess Bride
Sunday at noon, Monday at 3 p.m.
Ranked high atop many best-film lists, this classic-fairy-tale-with-a-modern-twist features genius kidnappers, skillful swashbucklers, giant-hearted giants, true love, harrowing feats, exotic locales and, yes, gross kissing.

Arts for Children and Youth
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Partnering with HarbourKIDS for the second year in a row, Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) have many ways for you to express yourself through the arts! AFCY engages marginalized children and youth in high quality and meaningful arts programs, believing in the many benefits of direct participation in the arts.

Graffiti Fort
You’ve heard of a snow fort, but what about a graffiti fort? If you’ve got a message to the world, this is your chance to say it and spray it, with our non-toxic spray bottles! AFCY will provide the tools, guidance and background in graffiti before letting you loose on the white canvas tent just crying out to be marked up.

Secret Beatboxing
20 minute workshops once every hour
What’s secretive about these beatbox workshops? There are no mics and no audience: Just you and your voice.

Intergenerational Art Making: Meals on Wheels
This activity bridges the gap between seniors and youth in the community. Kids create art pieces for the Meals on Wheels program, and seniors who receive the art with their meals add their own creative voice into the works to complete them.

Learn how to make a snowflake as unique as you are, using only paper and scissors. You can take your snowflake home with you, but we would love it if you’d leave it with us, so that we can create a winter wonderland indoors!

Winter Collage Buttons with Becky Johnson
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
Becky Johnson is the woman behind the sweetie pie press craft company, which makes buttons, zines and other crafty items. She’s also the Ring Leader and Co-founder of the City of Craft exhibition, and will be at HarbourKIDS: SK8 to help you make your own seasonal buttons.

Hockey Masks
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
If you were a goalie, how would you decorate your helmet, and what would it say about who you are? Using pre-made cutouts, create your own hockey mask to wear around the site for the day. Remember: These masks are for fashion, not function, and most definitely not designed to take a puck to the face!

“Junkestra” Art & Sound Sculpture
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
The Junkestra is a large-scale sound sculpture made out of found objects, including garbage and discarded items such as cardboard tubes, tin cans, hockey sticks and other materials. Learn how to make music on the Junkestra, and how you can create your own version at home!

Design with the Drop
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m
Join the Orange Drop team in an interactive workshop perfect for the whole family where kids can design, draw, play and create while learning about Orange Drop materials and what we can do with them! Learn about concepts like cradle-to-cradle and biomimicry where we learn from nature, and enter your design in the competition to be featured online in our Design with the Drop gallery. Storytelling, sharing, innovation and inspiration all come together in this interactive adventure!


Ice Cave Aurora Borealis
Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Experience the northern lights without having to freeze your toes. Geared toward little ones up to the age of 5 – but sure to delight kids of all ages – our specially-created “Ice Cave” offers a multi-sensory environment where babies and toddlers will revel in the visual, tactile, and auditory stimuli that combine to create a fantastical vision of an arctic landscape.

Winter Stories from Around the World
Sunday & Monday, 2 & 3 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Just because of our skiing, snowboarding, skating, hockey and sledding prowess, we Canadians think we’ve cornered the market on winter. But winter plays a large role in the cultures of many other countries too. Hear seasonal stories from Sweden, Iceland and New Zealand as part of our ongoing programme of storytelling in Miss Lou’s Room.

Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Ice sculptors create beautiful art using only a block of ice. What can you create using only blocks of LEGO? Let your imagination run wild and build something you’ve never thought of before.

Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. TBC
A winter treat vendor will serve up warm, delicious goodies in the new World Café. Stop by and have a taste!

Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m TBC
Lakeside Eats boasts a new lounge area, where you can play board games, watch movies and sports events, warm up by the fireplace, and enjoy gourmet coffee and hot chocolate in between ice time!

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HarbourKIDS is Harbourfront Centre's family programme, which presents contemporary arts and culture from a kid's point of view, making it accessible for all ages. HarbourKIDS guests participate in activities that explore big ideas through the lens of arts and culture. These big ideas challenge their notions, validate and illuminate their values and ask some questions of kids that aim to ignite imagination, creativity and thought. All HarbourKIDS programming is FREE.

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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.

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