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New Harbourfront Centre $100,000 Arts Commissioning Programme for Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

TORONTO, October 6, 2004 – William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, today announced the launch of Fresh Ground, an exciting new programme in which Harbourfront Centre has committed $100,000 to commission up to five new Canadian works. Established to stimulate cross-disciplinary creativity, Fresh Ground is a highlight in Harbourfront Centre’s celebration of its 30th anniversary of showcasing contemporary culture. The programme expands on the Centre’s three decades of fostering Canadian creativity and cultural invention.

“We are extremely excited about Fresh Ground and feel it is very fitting to introduce this programme during such a celebratory year,” said William Boyle. “Harbourfront Centre strives to be a catalyst in the creation of new artistic work across Canada by fostering collaborations between different art forms, disciplines and generations. Some of the most creative and fascinating work being produced across the country today is the result of artists working in different ways and through non-traditional collaborations. We all feel very proud to be able to directly assist in the creation of new interdisciplinary work through an initiative like Fresh Ground.”

To qualify for one of the five commissions, each with a maximum award of $20,000, applicants must be professional artists, a Canadian or landed immigrant and must fulfill the criteria of creating a new, collaborative work which incorporates more than one discipline or field. The work must be original, never before presented or performed and ready for presentation or installation at Harbourfront Centre in the 2005-2006 season.

Fresh Ground is made possible by the generosity of several individual donors who have been active in assisting in the creation of new Canadian art works, including: James D and Margaret Fleck, Sonja and Michael Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, Gretchen and Donald Ross.

Full criteria for qualification and instructions for applicants can be found at the Harbourfront Centre website,, or by calling the Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground line at 416 973-4216.


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