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Canada’s largest outdoor photographic exhibition
Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways set to make waves at
Harbourfront Centre
Capturing the rivers that connect us all.

TORONTO, ON (June 3, 2013) – The heart of Toronto’s waterfront, Harbourfront Centre, proudly announces Canada’s largest outdoor photographic exhibition, Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and generously supported by Menkes. The yearlong exhibition is the first installment of a two-year series in partnership with the TRCA. The breathtaking large-scale photographic exhibition is an exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers that will feature 72 images from six of Canada’s most exciting artists.

Harbourfront Centre has invited artists Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Vanessa Hussey, Surendra Lawoti, Christopher Manson, Meghan Rennie and Jade Lee Portelli to focus their artistic lens on the visible and the not-so-visible aspects of the nine rivers to illustrate the incredible importance of these water systems. The exhibition’s curator Patrick Macaulay comments, “It’s impossible to think of any cultural or economic activity flourishing without a river at its beginning. Toronto is no different. Often referred to as a “city on a lake,” Toronto is really more of a “river city.”

Uniquely positioned at the central waterfront of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront Centre aims to engage the public at large in thought and conversation surrounding the watershed, the waters that flow from it, and the ecological imperatives facing these water systems. The project is not solely an endeavor of artistic delight, but is also guided by the principles of conservation and uses art as an entry point to these issues.

“Toronto and Region Conservation is proud to partner with Harbourfront Centre on this unique exhibit that showcases the river systems that flow throughout the GTA,” said Carolyn Woodland, Director, Planning and Development, Toronto and Region Conservation. “We are excited that Harbourfront Centre is exposing the beauty and complexity of our rivers. It can only help to raise everyone’s appreciation of and protection for our local natural resources.”

There will be a FREE public reception on Friday, June 21st from 6-10pm to celebrate the opening of Nine Rivers City and six other new exhibitions in visual arts, architecture, photography, and design. For more information, 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.

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About Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
With over fifty years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

About Menkes
Menkes Developments Ltd. has been creating life storeys since it was founded in 1954, originally as a developer of single-family homes. Over the years, the company expanded significantly and branched out into other areas of real estate, and is now one of the largest private developers of high-rise & low-rise residential, industrial, commercial, and office properties in Canada. As a fully integrated real estate company involved in the development and construction of their properties, Menkes continues to raise the standard for outstanding quality design and superior value. For more information about Menkes, please visit or call 416.491.2222.


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