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HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival
Co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus
Take a flying leap into the world of circus


TORONTO, ON (April 25, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre takes a flying leap into the world of circus. Maybe it’s the smell of the greasepaint or the roar of the crowd, but resistance is low when it comes to the unadulterated allure of HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival, co-produced with Zero Gravity Circus. As the official launch of Harbourfront Centre’s Summer 2013 season, HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival blasts its willing audiences into orbit on Victoria Day Weekend, May 18-20. Three days of dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious clowns and brazen buskers – and it’s all FREE!

For more fun, inspiration and creativity than you could ever find in a barrel full of monkeys, HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival serves up three days of human dynamism, spectacular aerialists, eye-popping contortionists, and artful athleticism. Be amazed at the Circus Academy, transform at the Clownification Station, and just try to stifle your laughter watching Dynamike.

Go Bake Yourself with Morro and Jasp, try flying and tumbling on the Elephant Thoughts Human Gyroscope, create your own shadow puppet, and take a walk on the on the ‘wow’ side of Magic Boulevard. You can do anything your vivid imagination commands at HarbourKIDS : The Toronto International Circus Festival because it has all been designed with your enjoyment in mind.

As you’re catching your breath between shows and workshops, visit The Tale of Harbourfront Centre, co-produced by Fixt Point. We’re collecting stories to help celebrate our upcoming 40th Anniversary. You were here. Tell us your story. Be among the first to participate in this exciting interactive art project.

Kids know, as do their parents in tow, that running away to the Circus brings more thrills and chills than anything else they’ll ever do. They’ve told us so, and how to make it grow, and so it gets bigger and better every year. HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival is for kids of all ages – a minestrone soup of contemporary arts and culture, served up with large dollops of can-do’ism. Grab the family. Hitch a ride. Just get here for the time of your life.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com 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.


ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER SEASON
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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Averill Maroun
416-954-4502
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Festival Line-Up

THE CIRCUS ACADEMY
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 1:00-1:45 p.m., on the WestJet Stage
You’ll be amazed by the skills of some of The Circus Academy’s youngest stars in training,
including aerialists, jugglers, hula hoopers, clowns and more from Toronto’s own
professional and recreational circus school. Run by Zero Gravity Circus.

ZACADA CIRCUS
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., on the WestJet Stage
An incredible circus school out of Stoney Creek featuring contortionists, aerial silks, trapeze,
hoops and juggling.

ANDREW GIORDANO
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Redpath Stage
Take rings, unicycles and mad skills, mix them all up together and you’ve got Andrew Giordano!

JOHN PARK
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Redpath Stage
Flying marshmallows, scarf dancing, the water routine, and check out that jacket!

SILVER STRING MARIONETTES
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Redpath Stage
A cast of characters, from rock stars to mermaids, come to life with music, dancing and audience participation.

SCOT FREE
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Redpath Stage
Come see if this fun, silly and dangerous daredevil gets off…Scot Free!

DYNAMIKE
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Redpath Stage
Combining off-beat humour with spectacular feats of strength and agility, DynaMike makes
eyes pop, jaws drop and ribs ache with laughter.

MORRO & JASP: GO BAKE YOURSELF
Saturday & Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 2:30 & 4 p.m., in Studio Theatre
Full of munchies, mess and mayhem, don’t miss this 2012 Dora Award-winning play, sure to have
the whole family in stitches.

MULLET’S DINOSAUR ADVENTURE
Saturday & Monday, 2:30 & 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m., in Studio Theatre
Mullet the clown is determined to find a real dinosaur and you’re invited on the adventure!

CLOWNIFICATION STATION
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Ann Tindal Lawn
Get your clown face on with our professional makeup wizards, then train up your funny bone
with our clown college experts.

NATREL® TUMBLE N’ SWING WORKSHOPS
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Ann Tindal Lawn
Jumping! Balancing! Spinning in the aerial hoop! Kids from ages five to 14 can try out
aerial, acrobatic and juggling under the guidance of circus professionals.

ELEPHANT THOUGHTS HUMAN GYROSCOPE
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Ann Tindal Lawn
Learn what it feels like to be an aerialist or astronaut flying, tumbling and twisting in space
with this NASA-designed Human Gyroscope. (Note: riders have to be at least 4’8” and no
more than 200 pounds.)

MAGIC BOULEVARD
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, shows at 12, 1, 2, 3 p.m. – Ann Tindal Lawn
Even when using their eyes to scrutinize, kids
and giant kids alike will be spellbound by the impossibility of Rob Testa’s mind-boggling array
of talents.

SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Brigantine Room
Try out own shadow puppetry with master puppeteers Alice Nelson and Kyla Read.
Create your own circus creatures and learn how to animate them on the big screen.

MUSIC WITH BITE – ORFEA AND THE GOLDEN HARP
Monday only @ 1 p.m., York Quay Centre
An interactive music performance. Young Orfea truly wants to bring her grandfather
back to the land of the living. Will she succeed? Co-presented with Les Jeunesse Musicales

KINDERCIRQUE
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lakeside Terrace
Kids aged two to five can try out the circus arts: floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline,
obstacle courses, trapeze, aerial hoop and more.

THE CHILDREN’S OWN MEDIA MUSEUM
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Marilyn Brewer Community Centre
Create a LEGO circus, try 3-D printing, and design your own circus poster with
the Children's Own Media Museum.

WISE DAUGHTERS CRAFT MARKET
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Ann Tindal Lawn
Make a clown button, a circus animal finger puppet, or print your own circus
scene linocut.

WIZARD OF OZ FACE PAINTING
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Ann Tindal Lawn
Visit us at the WIZARD OF OZ tent and have your child's face made-up into one of the iconic characters from the beloved musical, now on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Tickets and information about the musical at mirvish.com

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