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Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre opens new spring exhibitions
Saturday, April 21, 2012

TORONTO, ON (*April 11, 2012)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce a large variety of exciting new visual arts exhibitions at York Quay Centre this spring. Exhibitions run from April 21 to July 15, 2012.

This spring, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the BIG iDEA of “Perspective.” Perspectives can illuminate or confound, but the end goal is for you to question how the world appears from your vantage point. With this iDEA in mind, and alongside commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, artists and curators offer perspectives on our nation and identity: Who are we? Who do we think we are? What makes us Canadian? A range of exhibitions tackle these questions, and more.

Highlights include: 1812 – 2012: A Contemporary Perspective, in which artists reexamine one of the most significant events in our national history through a current lens; Coastal provides an examination of a changing way of life in a small fishing town; Beacon reinvents our concept of roadside pit-stops; Jubilee looks at our relationship to the Crown; and Ideas of Canada (Part 2) continues DodoLab’s exploration of our national identity. Alongside this season’s opening reception, Pecha-Kucha Night brings together seven photographers for fast-paced presentations of their projects.

Participating artists include: Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jennie Suddick, DodoLab, Stephanie Fortin, Deborah Freeman, Megan Katz, Amanda McCavour, Andrea Vander Kooij, Claire Madill (Heyday Designs), Meags Fritzgerald, Jenn Demke-Lange, Micah Adams, Suzanne Carlsen, Anna Lindsay Macdonald, Jesse Watson (Homegrown Skateboards), Marianne Corless, April Hickox, Alexa Hickox, Barbara Hobot, Jennifer Long, Sean McQuay, Julie Moon, the Department of Unusual Certainties, Cole Swanson, Meera Margaret Singh, Kotama Bouabane, Alex Kislevich, Jamie Campbell, Lindsay Page, Robyn Cumming, Erin Riley, Thea Haines, Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Mark Kasumovic and Robert Hengeveld.

Join us as artists, architects, photographers and more offer various perspectives in the exhibitions spread across Harbourfront Centre’s ten exhibition spaces.

Join us for the public Visual Arts exhibitions opening reception on Friday, April 20 from 6-10 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and exhibitions is FREE. For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Main Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-6pm; Wednesdays, noon-8pm, closed Mondays except holidays, noon-6 p.m.
Craft Department Regular Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Visual Arts at York Quay Centre
All exhibitions run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, July 15, 2012

Meera Margaret Singh, Kotama Bouabane, Alex Kislevich, Jamie Campbell, Lindsay Page, Robyn Cumming and Erin Riley
The Japanese term for the sound of chit-chat is also the name for this exciting, fast-paced event. Seven Toronto photographers will each have just seven minutes to discuss their projects. The event takes place on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 8-9:30 p.m. as part of the visual arts spring exhibitions opening reception.

Thea Haines, Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Mark Kasumovic and Robert Hengeveld
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
Five contemporary artists, working with a variety of media, are invited to explore the complexities and history of the War of 1812 through a contemporary lens, examining the way events are remembered and understood. Part of the City of Toronto's overall War of 1812 Bicentennial program; a range of exhibitions tackle these questions, and more.

Johan Hallberg-Campbell
La Poile, a fishing village on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, is home to 93 inhabitants, and faces an uncertain future as their centuries-old way of life slowly disappears. Photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell captures the people and landscape in an exhibition that is also one of the Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival’s Feature Shows.

Jennie Suddick
Roadside “pit-stops” abound across Canada’s highways, acting as both hubs for the communities in which they are located as well as landmarks – accidental or otherwise – for travelers. Through handmade miniature structures referencing architectural model-making and papercraft, Suddick presents these sites as carefully constructed, detailed forms.

Stephanie Fortin, Deborah Freeman, Megan Katz and Amanda McCavour
Ideas, originality and new works come into existence continually, but it’s rare for the public to have a view into the artistic process. In this exhibition, four participating artists offer a series of vantage points into their studios and beyond: What you see is what they do.

This new installation is the second phase of Harbourfront Centre’s Ideas of Canada programme. A Fresh Ground new works 2010 commission, Ideas of Canada (Part 2) creatively explores perceptions of the country and provokes critical and thoughtful reflections on the ideas that shape and define national identity. On display are DodoLab’s responses to their inquiries into how the public sees Canada today.

Andrea Vander Kooij, Claire Madill (Heyday Design), Meags Fritzgerald, Jenn Demke-Lange, Micah Adams, Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Jesse Watson (Homegrown Skateboards), Suzanne Carlsen, Cole Swanson, Julie Moon, April Hickox, Alexa Hickox, Jennifer Long, Sean McQuay, Barbara Hobot, Marianne Corless and the Department of Unusual Certainties
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
As Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue, sixteen artists employ a variety of styles and media to offer various perspectives on the role of the Crown in Canada, creating an exhibition as diverse as the Canadian landscape and psyche. This exhibition is an expanded understanding of commonwealth – or, more explicitly, “common wealth.” Artists and designers make up a crucial component of the citizenry of any country and reflect its past, present and future through creative practice. They are, in fact, a precious natural resource. Artists celebrate personal or collective identity, provoke and confront pertinent issues and echo the current thinking within their country.

Architecture at York Quay Centre

As more people move into cities, expectations of what living space is necessary have shifted dramatically. Seeking a new paradigm for city living, architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd and photographer Surendra Lawoti create new installations that explore various perspectives on what is BIG ENOUGH?
BIG ENOUGH? runs through Sunday, July 8, 2012

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

For more information on Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre, please contact 416-973-5379 or visit

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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.

Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre is a unique model for the presentation of emergent creative practice in Canada. It is a new paradigm for engagement between the public and art, inviting a broad audience to participate in a discourse of visual ideas. As part of Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts complex, its position allows for the creation of new frameworks and anticipation of new directions.

The architecture gallery is one of 10 non-profit and non-collecting multi-disciplinary exhibition spaces varying from the conventional to the unique that are programmed year-round. For each exhibition we collaborate with three invited architecture firms and one visual artist to investigate a proposed idea through installations created in a diverse range of media. The three exhibitions programmed each year are structured as debates, dialogues and challenges among exhibiting firms.

The objective of architecture programming at Harbourfront Centre is to present exhibitions and events which will address contemporary issues relating to architecture for peers as well as the broadest general audience.

Craft at Harbourfront Centre is a dynamic axis point for contemporary craft in Canada and an integral part of the country’s largest public multi-disciplinary arts complex. Harbourfront Centre inspires people to engage with ideas expressed by today’s craft designers and artists. We advocate collaboration between craft, design and art and actively engage the disciplines in mutual exhibition and event opportunities.

More than a hundred inspiring bicentennial commemorative events are being staged in Toronto as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in 2012 and 2013. More information about the City's bicentennial program is available at


Jon Campbell

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