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The Perfect Winter Escape

Harbourfront Centre officially announces its 2013-14 winter season

TORONTO, ON (Monday, Oct. 21, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre celebrates winter with the coolest events in Toronto! From the first snowflake to the first thaw, Harbourfront Centre offers fun indoor and outdoor festivals and events all season long. In fact, this winter promises to be one of the most active seasons ever, filled with weekend cultural festivals, theatre, dance, family programming, visual arts exhibitions and – of course – skating on the city’s most scenic rink.

Cool winter events not to miss this season:

• NextSteps dance season, September – June
• Day of the Dead/ Dìa de los Muertos Festival, November 9 & 10
• Learn to Skate lessons, November 19 –March 3
• DJ Skate Nights, December 14–22
• World Stage, February 1 – May 18
• Kuumba Festival, part of Black History Month, February 7–9
• HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, February 16 & 17
• March Break Camps, March 10–14

On any given day, there are dozens of ideas to explore at Harbourfront Centre, across a broad range of artistic disciplines and cultural programmes. Often, a recurring theme will emerge, weaving its way across these disciplines and through our various events. We call this the Big IDEA. This fall, Harbourfront Centre presents “Curious” and explores programming that fuels curiosity. In January, Harbourfront Centre enters its 40th anniversary year and reflects on this remarkable milestone by examining the Big IDEA of “Legacy.”

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit 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. Visit for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization.

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.


Day of the Dead/ Dìa de los Muertos
Presented by Scotiabank
November 9 & 10, 2013
Day of the Dead is a celebration of life. The culmination of the cycle of life is marked by celebrations across Central and South America. Our weekend festival features handcrafted ofrendas (altars to the dead), as well as the always-popular pan de muerto (Day of the Dead bread), mariachi music, Mexican dance, family activities and more.

SWEA Toronto Swedish Christmas Festival
November 23 & 24, 2013
This Swedish Women’s Education Association event is a great way to get started on your holiday shopping. Added bonus – the renowned Lucia pageant, a procession of children singing traditional Swedish Christmas carols.

CIBC LunarFest
January 25-26, 2014
Canada's premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. Created as a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – the Lunar New Year – LunarFest is the perfect way to ring in 2014.

Presented by TD Bank Group and B.A.N.D.
February 7-9, 2014
Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival is one of the longest running celebrations in the city. This year’s festival boasts a variety of eclectic programming with music, dance, comedy, family activities and performances by national and international artists. Part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series.
HarbourKIDS Skating Festival
Presented by RBC Play Hockey
February 16 & 17, 2014
Mark the dates for a HarbourKIDS weekend of outdoor skating and indoor creative fun including special Family Day events. Bring the clan for our annual celebration of all things skating, including rink-side spectacles, performances, concerts and crafts.

Music with Bite
February 17, 2014
Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, offers free interactive performances tailored for young audiences. Afterwards, kids can meet the performers and enjoy cookies along with Natrel® milk beverages.


September 2013– June 2014
NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings you the most unique experience in Canadian dance this winter season. From African-Caribbean ballet to flamenco, b-boy to contemporary – this NextSteps season invites audiences to connect, explore and experience a wide range of dance forms.

World Stage
February 1 – May 18, 2014
You crave groundbreaking contemporary performance. So do we. Connect with provocative theatre, dance and performance work from Canada, the United States, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. It’s beautiful, and it’s challenging. It’s art, live. Join us in our theatres or online at #artlive.

April – May 2014
Harbourfront Centre's annual performing arts residency is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in performance practice. Over the past decade it has become a vital laboratory for development within the local performance ecology. With guest curators Michael Wheeler and Aislinn Rose of Praxis Theatre, this season welcomes projects experimenting with how social media can be used artistically in creation and performance.

The Natrel® Rink
November 16, 2013 –March 2014 – Daily, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 11 p.m. (weather-permitting)
Harbourfront Centre is home to Toronto’s most scenic rink! The Natrel® Rink is located outdoors alongside Lake Ontario and is open daily starting Nov. 16 (weather permitting). There’s always hot food and beverages at Lakeside Local Bar & Grill, along with 24-hour parking at the
underground lot located on our site, just at the foot of Lower Simcoe Street and Queens Quay West.

Learn to Skate
Generously Supported by RBC Play Hockey
November 19, 2013–March 3, 2014 (weather-permitting)
Over 100 classes for all ages. Our qualified instructors will have you zipping around the rink in no time. Classes for tots, teens and adults, ranging from beginner to advanced.

DJ Skate Nights
Saturdays, December 14, 2013–February 22, 2014, 8–11 p.m.
Put the beat in your blades when our wildly popular DJ Skate Nights series returns for another season. Eleven consecutive Saturday nights, featuring today’s hottest DJs spinning a wide variety of music on the Natrel® Rink!


School Visits
September 2013 – June 2014
Exciting curriculum-linked programmes in visual, performing and media arts, and urban studies. We offer students the chance to explore their creativity outside the conventional classroom with hands-on, interactive activities.

Miss Lou’s Room
Saturdays & Sundays
This dynamic space welcomes visitors from around the city and around the world throughout the year. Come and learn about Miss Lou as you explore our interactive exhibit and participate in engaging hands-on family activities.

March Break Camps
March 10-14, 2014
Do away with the winter blues at March Break Camps! Offering creative, innovative and enriching experiences, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new and join in on the fun!

IFOA Weekly
The weekly reading series continues with both Canadian and international authors taking to
the stage to discuss their work, followed by a book signing.

Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2013
September 21 – December 29, 2013
Must-see exhibitions in craft & design, photography, visual art and architecture. Our fall lineup includes the group exhibitions Wonderscape, Weird, Other Worlds and Between the Lines, as well as Alex Kisilevich’s photography exhibition Vanishing Into Thin Hair.

January 25 – April 6, 2014
Friday, January 24 Opening 6 -10 p.m.
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
2014 is the 40th anniversary of Harbourfront Centre and the Craft Studio. We have decided to punctuate this anniversary with an exhibition that presents selected current and alumni work. Harbourfront Centre will focus on legacy during 40th anniversary celebrations and highlight the considerable significance and influence it has had on the careers of emerging artists, designers and craftspeople. We wish to present an exhibition of high calibre work that decisively represents the opportunity and potential the Craft programme has engendered. Patrycja Zwierzynska, Rachael Wong, Amanda McCavour, Lizz Aston, Jay Joo, George Cho, Marianne Burlew, and K. Claire MacDonald

January 25 – April 6, 2014
Friday, January 24 Opening 6 -10 p.m.
Curated by Melanie Egan
This exhibition has invited eight designers to think big in small ways and think small in big ways. Small is of course relative and can be interpreted in myriad ways. Small can deal directly with the scale of an object, concept or an idea but can be seen as a large statement. A
minor error can have catastrophic results and a modest adjustment can bring major returns. A lot of small can make something very large. Starting small can lead to big things. Over the past 40 years Craft at Harbourfront has become a major centre and leader in craft practice, thinking and making. As we move forward to rename the studios to include design: Craft Design at Harbourfront Centre, the small addition of one word will lead to big things! Tomas Rojcik and Chris Charuk; Carey Jernigan Julia Campbell-Such; Dayna Gedney Joseph Bauman; Rob Southcott and Bettie Cott

January 25 – April 6, 2014
Friday, January 24 Opening 6 -10 p.m.
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
Over the past 40 years the Craft Studio has benefited from a committed group of individuals who have given and continue to contribute expertise, insight, encouragement and recommendations. This important advice has allowed the Craft Studio to flourish and evolve into what it is today. This exhibition highlights four amazing artists who have given their considerable time to the Craft Studio over the years. Blaise Campbell, Rachel MacHenry, Paul McClure and Gord Thompson
These exhibitions are part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014


The Power Plant
Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is free.

Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
Enjoy delicious casual dining on the waterfront overlooking The Natrel® rink.

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
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring more than 40 metasequoia (dawn redwood) trees, Canada Square is an inspiring place to gather and celebrate our great country. Canada Square is a joint project of Harbourfront Centre and Waterfront Toronto, funded by the Government of Canada.

Ontario Square
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 or a enjoying the evening light provided by James Carpenter’s artwork. Ontario Square celebrates culture and creativity all winter long. Funding for the construction of Ontario Square was provided to Harbourfront Centre by the Government of Ontario.

Exhibition Common
Located adjacent to Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre's new public space, Exhibition Common,is home to NINE RIVERS CITY: Toronto's Extraordinary Waterways, featuring 72 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto's incredible river system. Produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and generously supported by Menkes Developments.


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