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Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour
Massive outdoor photo art exhibition explores the complexities of Toronto’s shore

TORONTO, ON (*May 23, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the opening of our newest outdoor photographic exhibition, Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour, presented with the support of the Toronto Port Authority. Six of the nation’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists come together for an exhibition that opens to the public on June 21, 2012 and runs through June, 2013.

Extending from Humber Bay in the west to the Beaches in the east, Canada’s largest inland port has a long and storied history, and is developing a progressive future. Along the water’s edge industry, aviation and recreation are intertwined: sailboats and ferries transport people, ships navigate the Eastern Gap loaded with cargo, countless passengers are flown in and out of the city by airplane, cultural and recreational sites educate and entertain – all within a complex and protected natural environment.

Steel structures installed along Harbourfront Centre’s lakeside promenade in 2009 provide housing for 80 large-scale photographs, creating Canada’s biggest outdoor exhibition space. Thus far, the venue has played host to two exhibitions: Respect, which focused on Canada’s Boreal Forest; and Beyond Imaginings, which examined the richness of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Beginning in June, Uncharted Waters, curated by Patrick Macaulay, will explore Toronto’s unknown harbour from various perspectives.

Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak and Clare Samuel represent the broadest range of photographic practice, and are leaders in their respective fields. Each artist brings a unique artistic approach to this rare pairing of visual arts and a complex national asset. Through an exploration of the people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems along the harbour – to locations usually off-limits to the public – we discover the true value of this environmental and cultural resource. More info is available at

Meanwhile, Harbourfront Centre’s Visual Arts spring exhibitions are on display around the York Quay Centre through July 15. For additional information and complete listings, the public may 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.

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 Toronto Port Authority owns and operates the Port of Toronto, Billy Bishop Airport, and Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. Find out more about the Toronto Port Authority at


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