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Canada Day Weekend Celebrations!
(June 28- July 1)
Harbourfront Centre celebrates Canada’s birthday with fireworks, the opening
of a new public square, free concerts and more at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront!

TORONTO, ON (May 30, 2013) – Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday with a bang at Harbourfront Centre! All weekend long, Harbourfront Centre presents fun outdoor concerts on the WestJet Stage, Redpath Stage and Canada Stage, high-energy dance events, Canadian-themed food, the official opening of the new Canada Square and of course, FIREWORKS!

Canada Eve Fireworks, presented by OLG, takes place on Sunday, June 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m. The best view is from Harbourfront Centre’s boardwalk, Toronto Island or on the water. The spectacular, two-barge fireworks display will be the highlight of Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day Weekend Celebrations in addition to live performances.

Additional festival highlights include:
• The official opening of Canada Square with special performances on Canada Stage!
• A Celebration of Canadian women in Music at a Harbourfront Centre commissioned concert featuring Kiran Ahluwalia, Tanya Tagaq, Jane Bunnett and special guests!
• More music performances from Jully Black, Elliott BROOD, Vieux Farka Touré, Alex Cuba, New Country Rehab, Keys N Krates and more
• Non-stop dance programming including a Guinness World Record “Dance Freeze” attempt, an Urban an All-Styles Dance Battle with a $1000 cash prize, and the Spectrum dance series that explores global dance trends
• A delicious nod to a Canadian staple at BACONATION with Barque Smokehouse
• Fun crafts and games the whole family can enjoy

Whether you want to learn a new dance move, participate in a world record attempt, see some of your favourite Canadian and international artists or play life-size games or take a picture with Canadian Mounted Police, Harbourfront Centre has it all! Special celebrations funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

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. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

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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416-973-4428
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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE’S CANADA DAY LISTINGS:

*Note: Canada Stage is not a permanent structure, but a temporary stage for our special celebrations funded by the Government of Ontario.

GRAND OPENING
Canada Square
Monday, July 1 – programming starts at 11 a.m., Official Opening Ceremonies at 1 p.m. – Canada Stage
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. Special celebrations funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

Canada Eve Fireworks
Presented by OLG
Sunday, June 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m. – along Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront
Watch spectacular fireworks on the waterfront! For the first time in over a decade, Harbourfront Centre brings fireworks back to the waterfront with a dynamic show with the help of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

MUSIC

Son Ache
Friday, June 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6
One of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache performs their patented blend of high-energy son montuno that has been packing dance-floors for years and gives the group its contemporary urban edge and “sabor” (flavour).

Deep-Fried Soca with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince
Friday, June 28 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dr Jay de Soca Prince is on the decks while Spring Rolls dishes out deep-fried potato swirls (potato tornadoes) in the World Café. Choose from the many different herbs and spices available to kick up this snack!

Nightbox
Friday, June 28 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Nightbox are an electro-pop band from Toronto via Ireland. The band moved to Toronto in 2010, where they recorded their self-titled debut EP (released February 2011), produced by MSTRKRKT’s Al-P and DFA1979's Sebastien Grainger. Their debut album is due this summer.

Keys N Krates
Friday, June 28 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Keys N Krates are a Toronto-based trio, comprised of the high-energy Adam Tune on drums, synth-master David Matisse on keys, and the international award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables, take the remix/electronic sound out of the studio and onto the stage, creating a new live electronic experience. Over the last year, KNK toured with and played alongside artists including; Major Lazer, Pretty Lights, Flying Lotus, Bassnectar and Skrillex to name a few.

Relative Harmony
Saturday, June 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Join Relative Harmony, an acoustic trio sure to keep audiences on their toes with a strong, steady back-beat and energetic fiddling performance and square dance workshop on the Redpath stage.

New Country Rehab
Saturday, June 29 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
New Country Rehab cuts through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab’s powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy.

Elliott BROOD
Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Juno award-winning band Elliott BROOD brings a roof-raising rhythmic stomp and mandolin collision with luscious harmonies, piano and electric guitar in a mix that is loud, heavy and rock n’ roll.

Toronto All-Star Big Band
Saturday, June 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. & 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, July 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – WestJet and Canada Stage
One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930’s and ’40s - the golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, slick choreography and witty cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of the list of presenters throughout Ontario and in the U.S.

House of David Gang
Sunday, June 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Canada Stage
Feel the heat and soul of Jamaica with this Toronto-based reggae group. Rooted in the timeless tradition of Jamaican reggae from the 70s and early 80s as embodied by the immortal Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer; House of David Gang adds a potent mix of jazz, funk and Afrobeat to create a true global reggae orchestra.

Swamp Ward Orchestra
Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 2 p.m.—Redpath Stage and 5 to 6 p.m.—Canada Stage
The Swamp Ward Orchestra combines various European sounds and writes their own tunes in tribute to these traditions. They are a bit of Eastern Europe, a bit of Paris, and none of the everyday.

Chloe Charles
Sunday, June 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Canada Stage
SoundClash 2012 winner, Chloe Charles, skillfully blends orchestral pop and jazz into her own sound.

Vieux Farka Touré
Sunday, June 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara,” Vieux Farka Touré is one of the hottest talents of the contemporary African music scene coming to light up the WestJet Stage.

Jully Black
Sunday, June 30 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Guaranteed to inspire her growing legion of fans, Jully’s rich, distinct voice delivers an infectious sense of joy. Her pre-fireworks concert will have you jumping out of your seat, clapping your hands and abandoning yourself to the dance, just as Jully gives herself over to each and every song.

Alex Cuba
Monday, July 1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape.

Hip Hop Karaoke- Canada Day Edition
Monday, July 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
It’s the audience’s chance to shine! Harbourfront Centre provides the lyrics, a live DJ and an enthusiastically cheering crowd. Festival attendees can sign up on the day to perform their favourite song by their favourite Canadian hip-hop artist.

Sheesham & Lotus & Son
Monday, July 1 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. – Canada Stage; 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. – Zone 2; 7:30 to 8 p.m. – Canada Stage
Sheesham & Lotus & Son randomly pop up on Harbourfront Centre’s site with beautiful instruments, period costume and innovative design of sound and objects that will bring you back to the early days of recording and performance.

The Big Sound
Monday, July 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Christopher Sandes & Aaron Knight combine forces to bring you the biggest Motown Bash this city has ever seen! With more than 20 virtuosic performers and musicians from all over the generic spectrum, it's the closest approximation you'll likely ever get to the full, fleshed-out spectacle of the Motown sound.

Delhi 2 Dublin
Monday, July 1 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. – Canada Stage
An exciting fusion of Celtic Punjabi electronica.

Celebrating Canadian Women In Song
Monday, July 1 from 9:30 -11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
This special concert celebrates top Canadian women in song including Kiran Ahluwalia,
Tanya Tagaq, Jane Bunnett – backed by a Canada Day All-Stars Band and special guests! These outstanding artists have contributed greatly to the musical landscape of Canada.

DANCE

Sharon Cai Latin Ballroom Workshop
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. and Monday, July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
With over 15 years teaching Latin and Ballroom dancing, Sharon Cai is sure to get audiences dancing and moving.

Urban All-Styles Dance Battle
Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Be a part of the largest outdoor urban dance competition by the water! Featuring a multitude of urban styles showcased by the best of Canada's dance community, hosted by Benzo of Bag of Trix. A $1000 cash prize is up for grabs to the winner of the competition.

Martial Arts Workshop by Anandam Dance Theatre/Brandy Leary
Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Participate in this free martial arts and contemporary dance workshop led by the Anandam Dance Theatre and Brandy Leary.

Spectrum – In the Darbar
Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Studio Theatre
In the Darbar is an intimate look at the royal court influences of Kathak dance, a fusion of Persian and Indian dance, music and costuming.

Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra with Yasmina Ramzy
Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Prepare to dance along with Yasmina and the Arabesque Dance Company! Following a 45 minute live music and dance inspired by the Mid East, there will be a Bellydance class, as well as a Lebanese Dabki lne step dance with audience participation.

Contemporary Dance for the Contemporary Body Workshop by Sameena Mitta (Spectrum Series)
Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 3:45 – Lakeside Terrace
Come to this free, unique workshop designed to get your body moving and break away from the modern-day norm.

Spectrum – negotiation by Anandam Dancetheatre
Saturday, June 29 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Negotiation combines martial arts and contemporary dance while exploring observation and participation with the audience – so show us what you’ve got!

Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough Michael Jackson Workshop by Jade ‘Hollywood’ Anderson
Part 1 - Monday, July 1st from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and Part 2 - Monday, July 1st from 3 to 3:45 p.m.—Lakeside Terrace
Get ready to beat it in this workshop! Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough celebrates the one-of-a-kind dance moves created and inspired by Michael Jackson, led by Jade “Hollywood” Anderson.

Spectrum – Gimme One Riddim by Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell
Sunday, June 30 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell bring the roots of Ska dance alive by showcasing its African, jazz and contemporary dance influences in their Spectrum performance titled Gimme One Riddim.

Spectrum – Mudra Dance by Bagashree Vaze
Sunday, June 30 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Raagini Dance combines the elements of Indian classical dance with urban dance to showcase an exciting blend of global influences! As a dancer, choreographer and musician, Bagshree Vaze’s live performances combine the richness of India’s culture with a Canadian sensibility.

African Dance Workshop by Jasmyn Fyffe
Sunday, June 30 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Now is your chance to explore the culturally vast dance moves from across Africa! This dance workshop is led by Jasmyn Fyffe, following her performance, Gimme One Riddim, on the Redpath Stage.

Sinhá Bahia Capoeira Canada
Sunday, June 30 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
This high-energy Afro-Brazilian performance combines fight, dance, rhythm, movement and culture into a game on stage. It is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement to percussive Afro-Brazilian music.

Sinhá Bahia Capoeira Canada Workshop
Sunday, June 30 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
This is the perfect chance for everyone to learn the high-energy Afro-Brazilian art form after seeing the professionals do it. This dialog between players combines fight, dance, rhythm, movement and culture into a game on stage.

Old School House Dance Workshop by Fly Lady Di
Part 1 - Monday, July 1st from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and Part 2 - Monday, July 1st from 5 to 5:45 p.m.—Lakeside Terrace
Students get a chance to learn a bit of history behind the movements of ’90s house and hip-hop dance, brush up on dance vocabulary and discover a new aesthetic behind popular dance styles from a trained professional. Undeniably fun, intense and enlightening.

Toronto Mambo Project
Monday, July 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Zone 6
As part of Harbourfront Centre’s Dancing on the Pier series, everyone is invited to dance along to live mambo music! The Toronto Mambo Project is able to successfully recreate the music and vibe of 1940s and ’50s Latin big-bands from Cuba and New York, including cha-cha-cha and Latin jazz.

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. Jade Hip Hop Academy co-host’s the Dance Freeze and following the world record attempt they perform two hip hop performances on the Redpath Stage.

Les Moutons by BoucharDanse
Monday, July 1 at 12-12:30 p.m. and 4:30 -5 p.m. – Canada Square
Fantasy meets reality in this unique live installation that recreates a rural country scene in a typical urban setting. Travel to a strange and hilarious universe that takes you through a carefully studied overview of sheep behaviour!

FILM

‘PINA’ Documentary screening
Friday, June 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. – Studio Theatre
PINA by Wim Wenders takes you on a sensual, visually stunning dance film featuring the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble. He follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal - the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch's creativity.

Something New (feat. Son Ache)
Friday, June 28 from 9 to 10:30 p.m.– Zone 2
Groundbreaking Canadian western, Something New (1920) screened with one of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache.

We’re the Weakerthans, We’re from Winnipeg – Documentary Screening & Introduction
Saturday, June 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. – Studio Theatre
We’re the Weakerthans, We’re from Winnipeg follows one of Canada’s most acclaimed and beloved rock bands on an epic cross-country tour from St. John’s, Newfoundland all the way up to Whitehorse, rocking and rolling into the hearts of thousands along the way. Prefacing the screening will be a talk by a prominent figure in the tour.

Back to God’s Country (feat. Combo Royale)
Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – Zone 2
Groundbreaking Canadian classic, Back to God’s Country (1919) screened with the old-time foot stompin’ jazz of Combo Royale.

Across This Land With Stompin' Tom Connors
Sunday June 30, 8 to 9:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre
To honour the great Canadian songwriter Stompin' Tom Connors, Harbourfront Centre is screening this 1972 concert film shot in Toronto's own Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

FAMILY

Free Haircuts with Marca College
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. – Zone 5
Whether you are five or 105, get a new “do” that will let you show off your Canadian pride in style! Artists from Marca College will be on-site all day giving free haircuts!

Canada Day Family Crafts
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday. June 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. – Zone 4
What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by taking a little piece of it home! Stop by the HarbourKids Zone Tent and learn how to make crafts that show off Canadian pride with trillium pinwheels and pine tree pop-up foam visors!

Snakes & Lattes Board Game
Sunday, June 30 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Monday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Canada Square
Fun and games for the whole family to enjoy! Snakes & Lattes features a huge collection of popular and Canadian-themed board games for all ages to learn and play, hosted by the very popular Toronto board game café, Snakes & Lattes.

Large-Scale Games
Sunday, June 30 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Monday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Canada Square
Bring your favourite games to life by taking part in these giant games! Featuring Chess, Snakes & Ladders, Jenga, Twister, and Checkers- fun for the whole family!

CULINARY

BACONATION with Barque Smokehouse
Monday, July 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. – Zone 5
Bacon will be celebrated with the help of Barque Smokehouse. Purchase and sample unique culinary treats made with this Canadian staple.


SPOKEN WORD

Greg “Ritallin” Frankson & the Toronto Poetry Slam Team
Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
A powerful and lyrical poetry performance with Greg “Ritallin” Frankson and members of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.

Jem Rolls & the Toronto Poetry Slam Team
Monday, July 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Jem Rolls is a high-energy English performance poet currently touring with a series of theatrical and engaging spoken word performances, including members of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.

HOSTING

Martin Samuels
Friday, June 28 to Monday, July 1 – Redpath Stage
Be taken away to a Latin tropical carnival atmosphere with Caliente Entertainment where the audience becomes part of the show! Fun for the whole family, featuring contemporary and traditional dance moves with stunning costuming, hosted by Martin Samuels.

Amanda Martinez
Friday, June 28 to Monday, July 1 – WestJet Stage
Join Amanda Martinez, acclaimed Jazz artist, as your host for all performances on the WestJet Stage throughout the weekend celebrations.

SEASON LONG

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 72 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.

Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
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. Canada Square is a joint project of Harbourfront Centre and Waterfront Toronto funded by the City of Toronto, Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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. Funding for the construction of Ontario Square was provided to Harbourfront Centre by the Government of Ontario.

Exhibition Common (opening June 21)
Located in the same area as Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre’s new Exhibition Common hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more. It officially opens with NINE RIVERS CITY, featuring 72 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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