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Harbourfront Centre announces its 2013 Summer Season Lineup
Discover “The World in One Place” and spend the summer on the waterfront

TORONTO, ON (March 18, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce its 2013 summer season featuring some of Toronto’s favourite cultural festivals that offer “The World in One Place.”

From May to October, join us as we present a world of inspiration, including festivals from across the globe, outdoor dancing, films under the stars, concerts in a garden setting, the city’s best summer camps, Toronto’s tastiest menu, and, of course, a gorgeous view. Best of all, most events are free!

Other exciting events happening on-site include the revitalization of our beautiful waterfront with the opening of two new public spaces; Canada Square and Ontario Square; a new weekly series, DJ Deep Fried Fridays, that features a local DJ spinning on the Redpath Stage with a side of fried gourmet treats from the World Café and a new Lake View Market where visitors can purchase fabulous finds from all corners of the globe!

Throughout the summer season, patrons have access to a rich mosaic of cutting-edge, current and creative programming that is concept-driven and curatorially-focused. Join us as we explore the idea of “terrain.” Terrain conveys a sense of place and welcomes an exploration of layers and landscapes. This idea is woven throughout Harbourfront Center’s featured film screenings, art exhibitions, culinary events, live music, theatre and more!

Festival lineup events listings attached.
Full festival programming and additional ticketed events will be announced shortly.

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 in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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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Weekend Festivals & Events:

HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival (May 18-20)
Come one, come all to the most exciting show on earth! This Victoria Day weekend, Zero Gravity Circus, dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious buskers and more take over Harbourfront Centre.

Artisanal Food Market (June 8-9)
A first time market for Harbourfront Centre! Enjoy exploring new tastes in food and see what new, independent, local packaged food producers have to offer! Buskers and other entertainment on site.

NXNE - North by Northeast (June 12-16)
The 19th annual NXNE festival brings some of the world's most exciting and buzz-worthy musicians to our stages.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival (June 24-30)
Turn up the jazz! Toronto’s largest musical festival takes over the city for 10 days, uniting half a million fans at more than 60 locations – our site being one of them.

Canada Day: Kick Up Your Heels (June 28 -July 1)
Canada Day: Kick Up Your Heels is a multidisciplinary, culturally diverse, innovative and fun extravaganza in celebration of Canada’s birthday. Dance, in all shapes and forms, is the central theme to the weekend!

Ritmo y Color (July 5-7)
Now in its ninth edition, Ritmo y Color showcases the cultural tapestry and vibrancy of today's diverse Latin American communities.

SoundClash Festival (July 12-14)
SoundClash Festival is an innovative music-based festival that pushes envelopes and challenges perceptions about live music. This festival also features performances from the short-listed nominees for our SoundClash Music Award.

Tirgan (July 18-21)
Through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, food and crafts, the Tirgan festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional art and culture of Iran.

Classical V: Brass (July 26-28)
A global twist on classical brass music – from French horns and trumpet voluntaries to Indian wedding bands, brass bands and boat blasts!

Island Soul (Aug. 2-5)
Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

Calypso STARS (Aug. 5)
Calypso STARS is a one-day extravaganza of top Canadian calypso and soca singers, along with the U.K.’s 2012 Calypso Monarch, steelpan and traditional carnival mas' characters.

Fortune Cooking (Aug. 9-11)
Fortune Cooking features the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance and artists from East Asia to Southeast/South Asia. Come see what’s cooking in this influential continent.

Mabuhay Philippines Festival (Aug. 16-18)
Mabuhay Philippines Festival is one of the largest celebrations of Philippines’ heritage and arts in Toronto. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Filipino culture over three days.

TELUS TAIWANfest (Aug. 23-25)
TELUS TAIWANfest features tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan and much more. This year’s theme is “Children of the Ocean.”

Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Aug. 30- Sept. 2)
Set your temperature soaring! The Hot & Spicy Food Festival features a fiery palette of hot and spicy food, music, dance and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition.

The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase (Sept. 4-15)
Celebrate an explosion of films from the Caribbean Diaspora, with screenings and networking sessions.

29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival (Sept. 6-8)
Regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America, the Vegetarian Food Festival gives audiences an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.

Pan American Food Festival (Sept. 20-22)
Experience the cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean with restaurants, chefs and national and regional cuisines, art, music and folklore of the Western Hemisphere.

Thanksgiving at Harbourfront Centre (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Bring your whole family down to Harbourfront Centre and help us say goodbye to our summer season with one last outdoor festival.

Season-long Events:

World Café (Weekends from May – October)
The newly renovated World Café features the best cuisines from around the world at affordable prices.

Lake View Market (Weekends from May – October)
Lake View Market features fabulous finds from all corners of the globe, including old world crafts and contemporary genius. Choose from traditional, indigenous artifacts, local artisanal crafts, eco- friendly products and much, much more.

Street Stage (Weekends from May – October)
Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site!

Canoe Rides on The Natrel® Pond (Weekends from May – October)
Canoe and paddleboat rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long!

Summer Music in the Garden (Most Thursdays & Sundays from June – Sept.)
Let yourself be carried away by the classic sounds of brass, wood and percussive instruments at this free outdoor music series. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays from July 3 – Aug. 28)
Enjoy a selection of your favourite films – lakeside and under the stars.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays from June 27 – Sept.19)
The shores of Lake Ontario transform into Toronto's most scenic ballroom. Live bands, social dance clubs and instructors highlight dance trends from across the world.

DJ Deep Fried Fridays (Fridays from June 28 – Aug. 30)
Local DJs spin music on the RedPath Stage while vendors at the World Café offer a selection of deep fried treats to compliment their set.

The Tale of Harbourfront Centre (Ongoing)
Created by FIXT POINT, The Tale of Harbourfront Centre is a storytelling initiative that will capture and celebrate the 40 year history of this cultural institution through the gathering, mapping and interactive presentation of living memories. A Fresh Ground new works commission.

Summer Camps 2013 (July 2 – Aug. 30)
Harbourfront Centre offers one of the largest day camp programmes in Canada, offering a multitude of exhilarating camps, a convenient downtown location and the best counsellors in the city.

International Festival of Authors Presents (Summer-long)
Weekly readings, interviews, round table discussions and special events continue throughout the summer including IFOA at The Ex on August 22.

Visual Arts Spring & Summer 2013 Exhibitions (Ongoing)
(through June 16)
Six exhibitions in visual arts, craft & design and photography. Many of the exhibitions are part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival presented in conjunction with SNAG 2013 Meta-Mosaic, conference. As well, Toronto-based artist Mark Peckmezian presents new photography in his series Portrait.

(June 22 through Sept. 15)
Seven new exhibitions in visual arts, photography, craft & design and architecture explore the idea of terrain through an artistic lens.

Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Uncommon Waterways (June 20, 2013 through June 2014)
Six of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists participate in a photographic exploration of this misunderstood environmental and cultural resource that is Toronto’s river system. The exhibition features 80 large-scale photographic images creating the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada. Produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Toronto Region Conservation (TRCA) with financial support from Menkes.

On-Site All The Time:

The Power Plant
Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is free.

Sailing & Powerboating
Boating becomes accessible to Toronto residents and visitors from around the world through Harbourfront Centre’s instruction, membership and rental programs.

Lakeside EATS
Enjoy delicious casual dining on the waterfront overlooking The Natrel® Pond.

The Centre Shop
The Centre Shop carries MoMA and Red Dot awarding-winning designs as well as Canadian crafts on the cutting edge.

Craft and Design Studios
Providing an unparalleled opportunity to witness, understand and experience work being created in glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.
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