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Harbourfront Centre brings a whole new fun-filled
experience to Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto
Family-friendly programming to complement the Tall Ships® experience

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2013) –– Harbourfront Centre joins in the fun at the Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto. From June 21-23, Harbourfront Centre presents family-friendly programming that complements the larger Redpath Waterfront Festival that runs from June 20-23.

For three days, families have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and participate in activities at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront including nautical-themed demonstrations, music performances from the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Canadian step dancing workshops led by Bold Steps Dance, traditional Iroquois songs and dances from Gadaihongwas, children’s craft activities and more!

In addition to a full weekend of programming, on June 21 Harbourfront Centre is set to open 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 breathtaking large-scale photographic exhibition is an exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers featuring 72 images from six of Canada’s most exciting artists. It will be housed in the new Exhibition Common, one of the three new spaces on Harbourfront Centre’s 10-acre site.

Also in the Exhibition Common, learn about the many different water-based activities year round at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Join us Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., for demonstrations and displays by Harbourfront Sailing and Powerboating Centre, Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak, Toronto Brigantine, Youth Boat Works, Toronto Police Marine Unit, Mariposa Cruises, Toronto Port Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Complete an accredited course and receive your Pleasure Craft Operator Card issued by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) at the Harbourfront Sailing and Powerboating Centre tent.

On June 23, Harbourfront Centre also officially unveils its newest public space, Ontario Square. With the Ontario Boreal Forest as its inspiration, Ontario Square is an open public space funded by the Government of Ontario. Events throughout the weekend will take place on both Redpath stage and in Ontario Square.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or They can also 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.


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Althea Linton
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(as part of Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto)


Métis Fiddler Quartet
Saturday, June 22 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 2 p.m. – Ontario Square
Sunday, June 23 from 5 – 6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Born in Winnipeg with proud Métis roots, siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas and Danton perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders while drawing on their diverse backgrounds in classical music, jazz and beyond.

Sunday, June 23 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Ontario Square
Darbazi dazzles with a performance of traditional music from the Caucasus Georgia, a mountainous country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.


English Country Dance Workshop with Karen Milyard
Saturday, June 22 from 12 – 12:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Sunday, June 23 from 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Learn the basic skills of English Country Dance, a style of dancing popular during the War of 1812. This graceful but fun partner dance style will keep your body and brain engaged – and there’s no need to bring a partner; you can make new friends while you’re dancing!

Aboriginal Dance Workshop with Gadaihongwas
Saturday, June 22 from 3 – 3:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 1:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Some Aboriginal dances participants may learn include standing quiver dance, robin dance, alligator dance and smoke dance.

Bold Steps Dance
Saturday, June 22 from 3:30 – 4 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 12:30 – 1 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 3 – 3:30 p.m. – Ontario Square
Bold Steps Dance Studio teaches and showcases Canadian step dancing. Founded in 2007 by Meghan Bold, Bold Steps was created to bring the love of folk dances to children and adults of all ages.

Learn the basics of Tap Dance with The Andrew Prashad Collective
Saturday, June 22 from 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 12:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Toronto professional tap dancer group gives you the opportunity to give tap dancing a try!

Gadaihongwas Aboriginal Dance
Saturday, June 22 from 4:30 – 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 2:30 – 3 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The history and culture of the Iroquois People is entwined with the traditional songs and dances that are still carried out by these local First Nations. Audiences have the opportunity to learn about some of the values and etiquette which incorporates mutual respect for each other as well as ones relationship with the environment.

Learn the basics of Canadian Step Dance with Bold Steps
Saturday, June 22 from 5 – 5:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Sunday, June 23 from 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Zone 6
If the rhythms of Canadian fiddle music set your toes tapping, this workshop is for you!

The Andrew Prashad Collective
Saturday, June 22 from 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 12:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 23 from 4:30 – 5 p.m. – Ontario Square
The Andrew Prashad Collective (also known as TAPc) is a group of professional tap dancers from the Toronto area focused on sharing and promoting the wonderful art form of tap dance with the community, local and global. TAPc brings a mix of historical, rhythmical and cutting edge tap technique along with great choreography and live singing to engage that entertains audiences of all ages.

Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. – Ontario Square
Linseed from Well Rounded Hoops will be whirling and twirling around the Harbourfront site, sharing her hoops with kids and grown-ups.


Stilt-Walkers – Madame Buskerfly and Greg Tarlin
Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 5 p.m. – Ontario Square
Look up – look waaaay up – and you’ll see some friendly faces beaming up from high above you! It’s our two stilt-walkers, joining us to celebrate as we open up Harbourfront Centre's brand new Ontario Square!

Top Hat
Saturday, June 22 from 12 – 3 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park
Sunday, June 23 from 3 – 6 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park
Top Hat the stilt-walker will be playing his ukulele and doing tricks to delight and amaze.

Marine Paper Crafts for Kids!
Saturday, June 22 from 12 – 6 p.m. – Zone 4
Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 6 p.m. – Zone 4
Join us in the HarbourKids Tent as we create paper crafts for kids! Kids get to create inspired by Lake Ontario and the many waterways that carried boats, people, and ideas across Canada and around the world.

Ojibwe Storytelling – Rene Meshake
Saturday, June 22 from 1 – 1:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Sunday, June 23 from 3 – 3:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Author and illustrator of three children’s books and four books of poetry, Rene Meshake seamlessly fusses Ojibwe and English words into his stories to communicate his spiritual heritage to the contemporary world.

Ontario Crafts for Kids!
Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 5 p.m. – Ontario Square
Celebrate the opening of our new Ontario Square by creating trillium and boreal forest-inspired crafts!


World Café (Weekends from May – October)
The best cuisine from around the world all day and night, offering unique and fun dining experiences! We're serving up sizzling tastes all summer long!

Lake View Market (Weekends from May – October)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long! Harbourfront Centre’s Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco friendly, fair trade products and more!

Street Stage (Weekends from May 22 – October 12)
It’s that time of the year again… when some of Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site! Be sure to catch an act or two while strolling along the beautiful waterfront! When the weather’s right, you’ll be sure to find everything from fire spinning, contact juggling, miming, music, magic, unicycling, b-boying, vaudeville, and portraiture!

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 presented by TD Bank Group (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 at the WestJet Stage.

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.


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 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 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 interim activity area, Exhibition Common hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga and more until the next phase is completed. 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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