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Harbourfront Centre offers a complete winter experience
the whole family can enjoy
Festivals and events that showcase the World in One Place!

TORONTO, ON (October 24, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is the place to be for the coolest winter events in Toronto! This November, we launch a brand new winter season filled with family-friendly festivals and events that showcase “The World in One Place.” Join us for outdoor Skate Culture events including DJ Skate Night, Learn to Skate lessons and HarbourKIDS Skating Festival; captivating World Stage theatre and NextSteps dance performances; Day of the Dead, Swedish Christmas Festival, LunarFest and Kuumba and so much more!

Harbourfront Centre also offers additional family holiday and winter activities during the month of December during our new Winter Family Weekends. Finish your shopping with a great selection of unique gift ideas at our Holiday Market, enjoy free Winter Flicks, scavenger hunts, family activities is Miss Lou’s Room and big bands!

Regardless of what you do this winter or where you find yourself on our 10-acre lakeside site, remember that when you’re here, you’re at the heart of everything cool about our amazing Canadian winter.

This season’s programming explores The Big IDEA of “Re.” When placed in front of another word, “re” asks us to consider something again. It challenges our vantage points, makes us question the familiar and examine our assumptions. It asks us to look back to the places we’ve journeyed from. And that, for us, is one of the fundamental aims of artistic expression.

We invite you to consider (or is that reconsider?) the impact of “re” on your world. What places will you return to? What will you rediscover? Where will “re” take you?

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 W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre Winter Events:

Day of the Dead presented by Scotiabank
Nov. 3-4, 2012 Noon – 6 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre and the Consulate General of México present a free cultural celebration for Day of the Dead. The ancient Mesoamerican festivity and a prominent Mexican national holiday (on November 1 and 2) remember ancestors by bringing their memories to life through a vast array of family oriented activities. Day of the Dead showcases these vibrant traditions with music, crafts, dance, storytelling, altars, visual arts and food.

31st Annual Swedish Christmas Festival
Nov. 24, 2012, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Nov. 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the annual traditional Swedish Christmas with singing and folk-dancing. Take advantage of the huge sale of Swedish handmade crafts, Christmas decorations and home-baked goods like saffron bread and gingerbread cookies, as well as imported Swedish food. The Children’s Christmas Workshop allows families to make Swedish crafts, bake gingerbread cookies and dance around the Christmas tree. This event is presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association International Inc.

Winter Family Weekends
Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16 and 23, 2012 at various times
Weekends in December, join us for family programming, including hands-on activities in Miss Lou's Room, performances by local big bands including the Toronto All-Star Big Band, film screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a holiday marketplace and more.

Presented by TD Bank Group
Feb. 1-3, 2013
Toronto’s longest-running and largest celebration of Black History Month has become synonymous with showcasing the best local and international artists of African heritage. Join us for three days of music, theatre, food, dance, visual arts, family activities and more. Kuumba is part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series.

CIBC LunarFest
Feb. 9-10, 2013
Help ring in the Lunar New Year at this winter festival showcasing contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. We promise you’ll have a fantastic time.

Music with Bite
Feb. 18 & May 19, 2013
Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, offers free interactive performances tailored for young audiences. Afterwards, kids can meet the performers and enjoy cookies along with Natrel® milk beverages.

SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
May 10-12, 2013
Three days featuring international a cappella groups of all ages. Get back to basics at this amazing festival and indulge in one of the world’s most beautiful instruments – the human voice.

Visual Arts
York Quay Visual Arts is made up of 10 exhibition spaces which are traditional and unique. These venues are located within and outside York Quay Centre and range in size from a 2,000 square foot exhibition gallery to individual vitrines. York Quay Centre exhibits the works of contemporary artists creating new works in fine art, craft, new media, design, architecture and photography.


Sept. 20, 2012 to May 25, 2013
The best of Canadian dance featuring a range of new companies and returning favorites. In its seventh year, the series remains unparalleled and provides Toronto’s dance community with the opportunity to reflect the diversity of their broad international backgrounds and influences. This season will highlight flamenco, contemporary, Indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and hip hop dance.

World Stage
Feb. 6 to May 26, 2013
World Stage brings you the best in contemporary live performance. This season welcomes productions and artists from Canada, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Australia, China, Norway, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands, offering visions both thoughtful and whimsical, boisterous and serene, chilling and fearless. In other words, our human experience.

April – May, 2013
HATCH is Harbourfront Centre's annual performing arts residency programme. This is your chance to encounter some of the most original, exciting and fresh voices in theatre, dance and performance our city has to offer.


Skate Culture
Skate Culture is the name Harbourfront Centre gives to the programming taking place on and around our scenic Natrel® Rink: recreational skating, Learn to Skate programme, our DJ Skate Nights and our HarbourKIDS Skating Festival presented by RBC Play Hockey. It’s our way of highlighting (and celebrating) everyone’s favourite winter pastime.

The Natrel® Rink
Nov. 17, 2012 –Mar. 10, 2013 – Daily, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 11 p.m. (weather-permitting)
Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink is a popular skating destination in the heart of the city. Visitors can enjoy our artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. On-site skate rentals, helmet rentals, change rooms, rental lockers and skate sharpening are available.

Learn to Skate, generously supported by RBC Play Hockey
Nov. 20, 2012–Mar. 3, 2013 (weather-permitting)
Harbourfront Centre offers convenient and fun-filled skating classes for all skill levels and ages by qualified instructors. Small class sizes provide a comfortable setting for learning new skills. Classes are available for adults, children and families from beginners to advanced levels.

DJ Skate Night
Saturdays, Dec. 15, 2012–Feb. 23, 2013, 8–11 p.m.
The seventh year of DJ Skate Nights promises a musical journey that spans eras – taking you back in time to funk, soul, R&B, jazz, disco and so much more. This season, our DJs bring ambiance to the Natrel® Rink while transforming your skating experience into a dance club on ice featuring 1 Love T.O, Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay and more.

HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, presented by RBC Play Hockey
Feb. 17-18, 2013
Harbourfront Centre’s Family Day weekend is the place to be for kids of all ages. Our annual two-day festival celebrates all things skating with special on-ice performances by Le Patin Libre, concerts, theatre, interactive activities and much more.


Miss Lou’s Room
Weekends through to December 16 – open to the public from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join our dedicated volunteers as they deliver hands-on activities and tell stories every Saturday in Miss Lou’s Room. On Sundays, our interactive exhibition dedicated to Miss Lou is open to the public.

Courses & Workshops
Harbourfront Centre offers fun, affordable and innovative courses & workshops designed for adults and children who want to learn something new and develop their artistic talents. Courses & Workshops provides the perfect environment to boost creativity and expand your social circle with like-minded individuals. All classes are taught by skilled instructors with a hands-on approach. Courses are offered over several weeks, aswell as one-day and two-day workshops.

March Break Camps
March 11-15
We are proud to have grown to be one of the largest day camp programmes in Canada. Give your kids a March Break to remember with a jam-packed week of discovery, creativity and friendship.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


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