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Harbourfront Centre
2013 Summer Season Sneak Peek

TORONTO, ON (May 6, 2013) – Tour the world at Harbourfront Centre! From cutting-edge music to international culinary experiences and movies by the lake to dancing under the moonlight, Harbourfront Centre is Toronto’s summer destination! Best of all, most events are FREE!

In addition to summer festivals and events, Harbourfront Centre will open two new public spaces for everyone to enjoy; Ontario Square on June 23 and Canada Square on July 1. And for the first time in over a decade, fireworks will return to Toronto’s central waterfront on Canada Eve (June 30) with a spectacular two-barge fireworks display set to music. Join us for our Canada Day Weekend Celebrations featuring three stages of live acts and family activities across our 10-acre site.

“Whatever your preference – fireworks, live music, dance of all styles, international cuisine, film screenings, art exhibitions, shopping or a leisurely stroll along our beautiful waterfront site, there is something for everyone to experience at Harbourfront Centre,” says Melanie Fernandez, Director of Community and Educational Programmes. “We take pride in the programming we present and we carefully curate our festivals and events to offer unique and innovative cultural and artistic presentation from around the globe with the public in mind. This summer, patrons will see an exploration of the idea of ‘terrain’ threaded throughout our programming. We invite everyone to join us as we explore of how physical, emotional, and spiritual terrain relates to how artists are producing their work and in turn how this related to our own experiences.”

Throughout the summer, patrons can also create their own unique Harbourfront Centre experiences based on their personal interests. Foodies can organize their own ‘global culinary tour’ starting at a new Artisanal Food Market (June 8-9); vote for their favourite empanada at the Ritmo y Color Festival (July 5-7) or favourite ramen at Fortune Cooking (Aug. 9-11); learn how to make Persian delicacies at Tirgan Festival (July 18-21); sample delicious lumpia at Mabuhay! Philippines Festival (Aug. 16-18); witness the ultimate international culinary competition at the 10th Annual Iron Chef Competition during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Aug. 30-Sept.2); partake in talks and cooking demos at the 29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival (Sept.6-8) or taste the flavours of the Americas at the first Pan American Food Festival (Sept. 20-22).

Music lovers can partake in a ‘live musical journey” at NXNE events happening at Harbourfront Centre (June 15-16); join in the Canadian spirit with Elliot BROOD and Alex Cuba during Canada Day Weekend Celebrations (June 28-July 1); push envelopes and challenge music perceptions at SoundClash Music Festival (July 12-14) with performances from Born Ruffians and Chairlift; explore a global twist on classical music and witness a Big Boat Blast at Classical V: Brass (July 26-28) or celebrate the sounds of the Caribbean at Island Soul (Aug.2-5) with Tabou Combo and Calypso Rose.

Families will enjoy children-focused programming at HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival (May 18-20); explore all-things nautical (including tall ships) at the Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 20-23); take part in the world’s largest dance freeze during Canada Day Celebrations (June 23-July 1) or discover “Children of the Ocean” at TELUS TAIWANfest (Aug. 23-25).

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. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit

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.

Media contact (for additional info, high-resolution images and media resources):
Althea Linton
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Weekend Festivals & Events:

HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival (May 18-20)
co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus
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 will also be on site.

NXNE - North by Northeast (June 15-16)
The 19th annual NXNE festival brings some of the world's most exciting and buzz-worthy musicians to our stages.

• Longboard4Kids
Saturday, June 15 from 12-1 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Longboard4Kids is a 10 kilometre longboard and skateboard cruise along Toronto’s waterfront to raise money for Coast to Coast Against Cancer which supports children and families living with cancer.

• NXNE Flicks
Saturday June 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
NXNE will be showcasing a variety of innovative films.

• NeXt by NE
Sunday, June 16 from 12-6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
NeXt by NE looks to the next generation of NXNE artists by programming bands made up exclusively of musicians 18 and under. In a few years you'll be seeing many of these young artists headline future festivals and hearing them on the air. Come and catch them this year so you can say "I saw them when..." Great music for fans of all ages.

Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 20- 23)
The Redpath Waterfront Festival, along with Harbourfront Centre, provide on-land and water programming while positioning and promoting Toronto locally, nationally and internationally as a waterfront destination. Join us for family-friendly programming at Harbourfront Centre and access to Tall Ships along the waterfront!

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 Weekend Celebrations (June 28 -July 1)
This Canada Day weekend, celebrate a new chapter in our history as we officially open the brand new Canada Square with music, dance (lots of dance!), food and spectacular 'Canada Eve Fireworks' presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, on Sunday, June 30.

Urban All-Styles Dance Battle
Saturday, June 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Be apart of the largest outdoor dance competition by the water this summer that features a multitude of urban styles showcased by the best of Canada's dance community. Hosted by Benzo of Bag of Trix

• Spectrum - Raagini Dance Company and Jasmyn Fyffe Company
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 3-5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Spectrum is a programming initiative by Pratibha Arts that highlights common themes amongst different cultural dance and music styles. Sacred Dances highlights the spiritual nature of African and contemporary dance traditions and will be performed by the Jasmyn Fyffe Company. Rhythmic Feet highlights the rhythmic emphasis in Indian classical and urban dance and will be performed by Raagini Dance Company. Hands-on workshops on African, Indian and contemporary dance will also be featured.

• Elliott BROOD
Saturday, June 29 from 9:30-11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Elliott BROOD's Juno-winning album Days Into Years is their third full-length recording, the follow-up to 2008's Polaris Prize short-listed Mountain Meadows. Since forming in 2002, the group has become a Canadian music institution. With Days Into Years they will bring their music, and of one of the greatest Canadian stories, to the world.

• Alex Cuba
Monday, July 1 from 2-3 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy and Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition. His melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, reflects primarily Latin and African influences, but with a mix of funk, jazz and pop.

• The World’s Largest Dance Freeze (Guinness World Record Attempt)
Monday, July 1 at 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage and surrounding area
Harbourfront Centre is attempting to set a world record by doing the largest dance freeze at our Canada Day Celebrations. Practice runs will be held throughout the weekend before the grand finale on July 1.

Monday, July 1 from 1-8 p.m. –Zone 5
All things Bacon will be explored for everyone to sample, we are partnering with the best Restaurants in town that specialize in Bacon.

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.

• Lula All Stars
Friday, July 5 from 8-9 p.m. – WestJet
Ambassadors of Lula Lounge, Toronto's home to live salsa, The Lula All Stars features the city's top Latin vocalists backed local musicians. Most of the band members also lead their own musical projects bringing their unique style to create a Toronto salsa super group. Showcasing original compositions, many of which were included on the 2012 Lula Lounge Essential Tracks CD, this salsa dream team includes such luminaries as Roberto Linares Brown, Luisito Orbegoso, Yani Borrell & Ricky Franco!

• Chico Trujillo
Friday, July 5 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – West Jet Stage
After 10 years of playing in Santiago’s cumbia-punk underground, Chico Trujillo has somehow grown to become one of the most important bands in Chile and perhaps the best Cumbia band on the planet. Pioneers of what has been called the New Chilean Cumbia, they present a new fusion of punk rock energy, classic Latin grooves, South American folklore, Balkan brass madness, and a touch of ska.

• Son Jarocho Workshop with Los Vega
Saturday, July 6 from 5-6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Los Vega are Mexico’s first family of Son Jarocho – a style of music that comes from the campo (rural area) and has been adopted by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Los Vega will teach the basics of zapateado, the foot-stomping dance associated with the lively celebratory music of Son Jarocho.

• Empanada Throwdown
Saturday, July 6 from 7-9 p.m. – Zone 5
Ritmo y Color celebrates the vibrancy of Latin cuisine by offering varieties of empanadas at the first-ever Empanada Throwdow. Top chefs from across the city will share their spin on this tasty snack. Purchase a sampler platter of these creations and help determine the winner!

• 3Ball MTY
Saturday, July 6 from 9:30 - 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
3Ball MTY make their Canadian debut at Harbourfront Centre with their infectious "tribal guarachero" beats (often called ‘pointy boots music). 3Ball MTY was formed in 2009 when most of the members were only 15 years old. Fusing electronic music with traditional Mexican cumbia and African-influenced dance music, they have topped Latin music charts including Billboard Latino and they recently won a Latin Grammy.

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.

• DJ Deep Fried Fridays (Deep Fried Dance Floor with Denise Benson)
Friday, July 12 from 7-8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
DJ and journalist Denise Benson eats, sleeps and breathes music! At the SoundClash edition of DJ Deep Fried Fridays, Benson spins music on the Redpath Stage while vendors at the World Café offer a selection of deep fried treats to compliment her set.

• Chairlift
Friday, July 12 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Brooklyn-based electro-pop group, Chairlift, perform cuts from their sophmore album, Something. Emerging from the same NY scene that gave rise to MGMT and Yeasayer, Chairlift's 80s-tinged synth hits will pack the dancefloor. Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly recorded the album in the back of an antique store in Brooklyn and the basement of a family home in London.

• SoundClash Music Award Nominee Showcase
Saturday, July 13 from 1:30 - 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
SoundClash Music Award is Harbourfront Centre's annual live-music competition for independent artists from the GTA (including Durham, Halton, Peel, and York) who perform diverse, contemporary and cutting-edge music. Winners are selected by a combination of jury and public voting and will be awarded $10,000 in cash prizes and much more.

• Born Ruffians
Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Toronto’s Born Ruffians perform tracks from their third full-length album, Birthmarks. Going back to their roots, their three-year creative process features songs that were conceptualized in a farmhouse in rural Ontario and others that came straight from laptop demos. Now it’s time to reveal what they birthed!

• DanceClash
Sunday, July 14 from 3:30-5 p.m. – WestJet Stage
DanceClash is a special dance competition in which the spectrum of urban dance styles face off for a $1000 cash prize. Come watch dancers perform kuduro, footwork, vogue, flex, breakdance and more in a head-to-head battle of the feet!
Hosted By Lucie Tic and Addy Chan.

Tirgan Festival (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.

• Ajam
Friday July 19, at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, at 9:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Ajam's live performance encapsulates a variety of performance styles inspired by music and rituals that are rooted in Iranian culture. The live soundscape is an amalgamation of traditional and tribal acoustic instruments with an undercurrent of modern electronic urban music elements.

• Love Stories of the Shahnameh
Ticketed event: $30-$40
Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. – Fleck Dance Theatre
Love Stories of the Shahnameh recounts the tales of Shirin & Khosrow, Bahram & Arezoo and Sohrab & Gordafarid. These love stories come to life through naqqali (ancient Iranian storytelling), music and dance.

• Persian Cooking Demonstration with Najmieh Batmanglij
Saturday, July 20 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Najmieh demonstrates how to prepare traditional Persian dishes, such as green bites (doymaj); saffron-flavored Persian rice (tah-diq) served with an eggplant braise (khoresh-e bademjan). She also shares secrets of using saffron and rose water in Persian cooking.

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!

• Flute Allsorts with Alison Melville
Saturday, July 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Alison Melville, long recognized as one of North America’s leading performers on recorder and historical flutes (including the Norwegian seljefløyte), offers a selection of musical repertoire from the 12th to 21st centuries, composed, arranged and improvised on 'all sorts' of flutes.

• Genghis Barbie
Saturday, July 27 from 8 -9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Genghis Barbie, the leading post-feminist all-female horn experience, is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. Performing arrangements of pop music from the 70s to Lady Gaga, they are the most versatile and expansive group on NYC’s classical/pop/rock/jazz/indie/alternative/punk/electro-acoustic scene.

• Hannaford Street Silver Band
Sunday, July 28 from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary at Harbourfront Centre, The Hannaford Street Silver Band (HSSB) is Toronto’s award-winning professional brass band and Resident Company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. In 1983, The Hannaford Street Silver Band was formed by a group of professional musicians with a love of the brass band repertoire and ensemble playing. Since then, the HSSB has been reinvigorating the brass band tradition, with classic and contemporary compositions, to critical and popular acclaim.

Sunday, July 28 from 5:55 – 6 p.m. – WestJet Stage and Lake Ontario
Big Boat Blast is a massed fanfare led Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Toronto Fire Services ship (the Sir William Mackenzie). Together, they will signal all on-site brass players and multifarious boats in the marina to sound their horns– creating the Big Boat Blast! So bring your trumpet to town, or make one on site and join the Big Blast.

Friday, July 26 from 9:30-11 p.m. – WestJet Stage and Saturday, July 27 at noon – Site March
This spectacular showcase of North Indian gypsy heritage hails from Indian state of Rajasthan. It features seven musicians playing virtuoso solos and dazzling improvisations on the trumpets, trombones, clarinets, bass drums, snare drums and cymbals of a traditional brass band, transformed with North Indian classical music, Bollywood tunes and traditional melodies.

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

• Tabou Combo - Part of Festival Kompa-Zouk Ontario (FKZO)
Sunday, Aug. 4 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Tabou Combo formed in 1968 in Petion-Ville, Haiti and are celebrating 45 years together. Their high-energy style of kompa dance beats knows no bounds. Singing in English, Spanish, French or their native Creole, Tabou serves a mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world.

• A So We Dance
Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 - 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
A So We Dance, is a front row seat inside the dancehall movement. Choreographed by Kay-Ann Ward, this dance performance highlights dancehall fashion, music and energy.

• Moko Jumbie: Dancing Spirits of Trinidad
Sunday, Aug. 4 and Monday, Aug. 5 from 1 -4 p.m. – HarbourKIDS Tent
The Moko Jumbie: Dancing Spirits of Trinidad workshop is an introduction to the traditions of Moko Jumbie (stilt-dancing spirit of the forest) and all of its transitions from Africa to the Caribbean and Canada. Two senior instructors will lead stilt-dancing workshops using specially designed training stilts sized for children.

• Calypso Rose
Friday, Aug. 2 from 9:30-11 p.m. - WestJet Stage
Calypso Rose, was born on island of Tobago and for over 50 years she has been the reigning Queen of Calypso. In a world where men dominate, she was able to stand out through her strong personality and her stage charisma. Calypso Rose has received more honors and medals that any other living Calypsonian.

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.

• Ramen Runoff
Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. – Zone 5
Who’s the best ramen chef in town? Ramen has conquered Toronto this past year with new ramen and noodle shops opening around the city. Ramen began as Chinese wheat noodles with a Japanese twist. What’s Toronto’s twist? Taste all the offerings and vote for Toronto’s best! Sampler plate $5.

• The Skylines: Baila and Tea
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7 - 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Skylines have been entertaining crowds since 2005 with their unique mix of Sri Lankan baila music and pop. Formed by childhood friends from different musical backgrounds, their musical arsenal includes Motown, funk, rock, reggae, soca, Latin and baila. Their music is a perfect accompaniment to a tasting of teas from Sri Lanka, part of Tea!Chai!Thé. Sri Lanka is famed for producing the finest teas in the world and is home to the Ceylon Tea Museum.

• All You Can Laugh Buffet
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9:30 - 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Sabrina Jalees (MuchMusic, YTV, CBC) headlines a comedy showcase starring Canada's finest Pan-Asian comics, hosted by Ben Mathai from Just For Laughs and featuring YouTube star Lilly Singh a.k.a Superwoman and local funnyman Ernie Vincente ("ERNtourage").

• Nagata Shachu
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 3 - 4 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Based in Toronto, Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The ensemble has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy performing in theatres, concert halls and major music festivals.

Mabuhay! Philippines Festival (Aug. 16-18)
co-produced with the Philippines Independence Day Council
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.

• Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe and Fashion Show
Saturday, Aug. 17 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Blending fashion and Filipino indigenous dance, this beautifully choreographed presentation combines dances from various regions of the Philippines. Dances will be performed by the Fiesta Filipina Dance troupe, an organization that has been entertaining audiences around the world for over 47 years. Fashions highlighted are created by designer Renee Salud (also known as the “Ambassador of Philippine Fashion”) and Filipino-Canadian designer Shanon Pamaong.

• Parade of Fiestas
Sunday, Aug.18 from 3 – 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Multiple Filipino-Canadian organizations depict various festivals celebrated throughout various regions of the Philippines. Celebrations such as Ati Atihan, Dinagyang, Higantes, Moriones, Sinulog, Masskara and more will be recreated.

• Mabuhay! Master Chef Cook-Off
Saturday, Aug.17 & Sunday, Aug. 18 from 3 -5 p.m. – Brigantine Room
Professional and emerging chefs compete for the best interpretation of traditional Philippine dishes.

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.”

• Si Mangavan (Visit) - Civilized vs. Indigenous
Sunday, Aug. 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Canoe building is one the most important traditions for Taiwan's Indigenous people including the Tao – a tribe that lives off a small island outside of Taiwan. Their canoes are believed to carry wisdom from ancestors and are beautifully carved with symbols that represent Tao’s beliefs, bravery and unity. Unfortunately, the contradicting perspectives of Civilized vs. Indigenous are challenging the people on the island every day and perhaps all of us on earth.

• The Imaginary World of a 65-year-old boy - Chuan Jui Hung
Saturday, Aug. 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Chuan Jui Hung is a self-taught ship builder, an extraordinary temple architect, a life-long dreamer. At age of 18, Hung started working with large wooden fishing boats and his fascinations with ship building never stopped. Over the years, he had built replicas of a Bamboo Raft, a Viking Warship, a Roman Warship and a Treasure Ship of Zheng He.

• Cross-Century Classic Ships Exhibit
Saturday, Aug. 24 from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug 25 from 12 – 6 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer
As humans continue to explore the great unknown of the seas, the Cross-Century Classic Ships Exhibit reminds us how far we have come in our journeys across the seas.

• Sounds of Hohaiyan
Saturday, Aug. 24 from 3 -4 p.m. – Westjet Stage and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 - 3 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Sounds of Hohaiyan will bring us the music inspired by the ocean. Nothing documents our past, comforts our souls and infuses hope to our future better than the music.

• Formosa Kitchen by the Sea - The Brave Chef (Ching-Yung Chen)
Saturday, Aug. 24 from 6-7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 - 2 p.m. – Brigantine Room
One of the Taiwan's top banquet chefs demonstrates superior knife work and creates Taiwanese delicacies including oyster roll, golden seafood noodle, Taiwanese hamburger and taro root with tapioca.

• Formosa Kitchen by the Sea - The Hot & Spicy Chef (Cheng-Chung Chen)
Saturday, Aug 24 from 1-2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. – Brigantine Room
One of the Taiwan's top chefs known for his handling of hot & spicy ingredients with seafood demonstrates how to create salmon in tuxedo, cold and spicy mussels and hot and sour prawns.
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.

• Canailles
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Canailles is a group of eight self-taught, hyperactive musicians from different backgrounds that have created their own versions of bluegrass, country and blues standards. The Cajun bluegrass sound of Canailles will make everyone feel like they’ve suddenly landed in the French Quarters of New Orleans. The band recently released their first full length album entitled Manger du Bois, produced by Socalled, and mixed by Philip Bova (Feist, Bell Orchestre, Stars).

• Sauce Rock with Jordan Hastings, Joel Carriere, Grey Kingdom and Chef Deron Engbers
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 7 – 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
D.A. Foods founders, Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire), Joel Carriere (Dine Alone Records), passions are simple: food and music. They’ve travelled the world playing and discovering music and food, and now they’re bringing their flavourful experiences to Harbourfront Centre! Watch as they and Deron Engbers, Executive Chef at The Curzon demonstrate how to create their favourite recipes prepared with their own sauces, BBQ braised chicken quesadillas with tomatillo salsa. Dine Alone Records’ Grey Kingdom follows immediately after the demo with an acoustic performance.

• Hot & Spicy Iron Chef Semi-Finals
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
The 10th Anniversary of Hot & Spicy’s Iron Chef Competition is guaranteed to be a sizzling showdown of culinary expertise. Watch as they work their magic and turn a secret ingredient into a masterpiece creation for our panel of celebrity guests (Elizabeth Baird, Kevin Brauch and Donna Dooher) to judge.

• Hot & Spicy Iron Chef Finale
Monday, Sept. 2 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
Join us as the top two international chefs compete for the Hot & Spicy’s Iron Chef Competition title. Watch as they work their magic to turn a secret ingredient into a masterpiece creation for our panel of celebrity guests (Elizabeth Baird, Kevin Brauch and Donna Dooher) to judge.

The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase (Sept. 4-14)
Celebrate an explosion of films from the Caribbean Diaspora, with screenings and networking sessions. Visit for further details.

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 and shop from over 100 vendors.

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.

• Alfredo De La Fe
Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9:30-11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Award-winner superstar of salsa Alfredo De La Fe is the first solo
violinist to perform with a salsa orchestra and has toured the world
numerous times.

• Gran Cocina Latina with Maricel Presilla
Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5-6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from
3- 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
One of the world's leading authorities on the Latin American kitchen,
culinary historian and author Maricel Presilla will share her favourite

• Henry Vivel & Orchestra
Sunday, Sept. 22 from 5 - 6 p.m. - Redpath Stage
Rising star Henry Vivel is a Latin Crossover singer who performs songs
in the styles of Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Cha Cha, Pop, Boleros and
other forms of tropical music.

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 at 7 p.m. & Sundays at 4 p.m. from June – Sept.)
Our wildly popular garden music series returns as the country’s best musicians perform in the magical setting of the Toronto Music Garden. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

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)
Time for adventure! Harbourfront Centre offers one of the largest and most diverse 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 (Ongoing)
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.

(June 21 through September 15)
The Third Space is a group exhibition curated by Sanaz Mazinani as part of the Tirgan Festival. Artists working in a variety of media explore the idea of cultural transience. Part of Summer 2013 Visual Arts Exhibitions.

Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways (June 21, 2013 through June 2014)
In the new Exhibition Common next to Ontario Square and Canada Square
A breathtaking, large-scale outdoor photographic exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers. Six of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists document the 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 and Region Conservation (TRCA) with generous 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.

World Café (Weekends from May – October)
Hungry? The World Café features a rotating variety of the best cuisine from around the world, in addition to the city’s best dining view. Latin, Thai, Caribbean – whatever your flavour, World Café is serving it up!

Lake View Market - (Weekends from June to September)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long. Our Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe. Choose from traditional, artisanal, fair trade and eco friendly products, local designs and much, much more!

Lakeside Local Café and Bar
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.

Canada Square (opening July 1)
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring 40 Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) trees, Canada Square is an inspiring place to gather and celebrate our great country. Officially opening July 1, Canada Square celebrates Canada Day with dynamic programming including family fun and live performances.

Ontario Square (opening June 23)
With the Ontario Boreal Forest as its inspiration, Harbourfront Centre's Ontario Square is an open public space for relaxing in the midst of Quaking Aspen trees, taking in a daytime performance, or a enjoying the evening light spectacle provided by James Carpenter’s artwork. Officially opening June 23, Ontario Square celebrates culture and creativity all summer long.

Exhibition Common (opening June 21)
Located in the same area as Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre’s new Exhibition Common is Canada's largest outdoor exhibition space. Exhibition Common will also host marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more. It officially opens with NINE RIVERS CITY, featuring 80 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto’s incredible river system. Join us for the opening on June 21, along with the openings for York Quay Centre and The Power Plant summer exhibitions.

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