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DJ Skate Nights
at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink
Feel the beat in your blades every Saturday Night from December 14 to March 1

TORONTO, ON (Monday, Dec. 2, 2013) – Put the beat in your blades when Harbourfront Centre’s wildly popular DJ Skate Nights series returns for another season. Twelve consecutive Saturday nights from Dec. 14 to March 1 feature Toronto’s top DJs spinning a wide variety of music on the Natrel Rink.

This year, Harbourfront Centre explores emerging events that are forming Toronto’s underground party scene, as well as long-running events that have shaped Toronto’s nightlife over the years. Parties such as Shindig, Uma Nota, SLOWED, Pop!Goes the World and Yes Yes Y’all represent new school jams while 1 LOVE T.O., Footprints, Cherry Bomb, and premier DJs like Skratch Bastid, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince and Starting from Scratch represent the legends of Toronto’s DJ scene.

• Dec. 14, 2013 – Season launch with Skratch Bastid
• Dec. 21, 2013 – 1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Ice Skating Party
• Dec. 28, 2013 – Shindig on Ice
• Jan. 4, 2014 – Feliz Ano Novo with Uma Nota
• Jan. 11, 2014 – SLOWED on Ice
• Jan. 18, 2014 – Footprints on Ice
• Jan. 25, 2014 –Lunarskate with Pop! Goes the World
• Feb. 1, 2014 – Cherry Bomb on Ice
• Feb. 8, 2014 – Soca on Ice
• Feb. 15, 2014 – Yes Yes Valentines
• Feb. 22, 2014 – DJ Starting from Scratch *CANCELLED
• Feb. 22, 2014 – Never Forgive Action with DJ Numeric and DJ Dalia * NEW
• March 1, 2014 – Season finale with FLOW 93-5

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 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 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 project.


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.

Media Contact:
Althea Linton, 416-973-4428,
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DJ Skate Nights Listings:

Season Launch with Skratch Bastid
Saturday, Dec.14, 2013 from 8-11p.m.
DJ Skratch Bastid brings the heat to the ice and helps kick off the DJ Skate Nights series. Recognized for his versatility in different styles including hip hop, funk, disco, club, rock and just about every other genre, Skratch Batid has what it takes to get the Natrel Rink poppin’. Part of Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront, presented by Toronto Port Authority.

1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Ice Skating Party with DJ DLUX and DJ Lissa Monet
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 from 8-11p.m.
1 LOVE T.O. returns to the Natrel Rink with a holiday-themed skating party that will jingle your bells. 1 LOVE T.O. is a movement that bridges the gaps – between cultures, neighbourhoods, interests and generations. It is the unifying voice of Toronto, exposing its various communities to art, culture, style and music. Part of Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront, presented by Toronto Port Authority.

Shake, Rattle and Skate with Shindig
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 from 8-11p.m.
Shindig is Toronto's only all-vinyl party dedicated to the sounds of 1950s and 1960s R&B, soul and early rock n' roll. Expect to hear everything from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to The Beatles and The Who with special guest DJ Misty Rock n' Roll.

Feliz Ano Novo with Uma Nota featuring DJ Firecracker and General Eclectic
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Ring in the new year Brazilian-style with the Uma Nota crew. DJ Firecracker and General Eclectic will spin an uptempo mix of Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, funk and soul music.

SLOWED on Ice with DJ Lucie Tic
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Toronto’s most forward-thinking party brings the futuristic sounds of moombahton and trap to the Natrel Rink. Since its inception in Toronto in 2011, SLOWED has consistently attracted capacity crowds full of diversity but with one similarity: no fear of dancing.

Rare Winter Grooves with Footprints
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
One of Toronto’s longest-running parties brings their vintage funk and soul sound to the Natrel Rink. With a shared belief that you can't know your future until you know your past, each member of Footprints (Jason Palma, General Eclectic and DJ Stuart) takes an all-inclusive approach to DJing, connecting the dots between a wide variety of music ranging from funk, soul, Afrobeat, Latin and Brazilian to dub, reggae, brokenbeat, electro, house and hip hop.

Lunarskate with Pop! Goes the World
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Toronto’s number one K-pop party crew tears up the ice with a K-pop dance party. VJ Gee is the K-pop alter-ego of producer, record label owner and world travelling DJ Gerald Belanger. A bricklayer in Toronto’s electronic music scene, he has produced and released more than 150 albums and performed in hundreds of clubs across three continents, headlining festivals, parades and now the Natrel Rink.

Cherry Bomb on Ice with DJ Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Cherry Bomb is the dynamic promotional force and dyke DJ dream team of Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson, two red-hot party-rockers with decades of experience on the decks between them. The duo brings their talents to the tables and are notorious for dropping diverse, high-voltage sets of house, funk, hip hop, UK funky, reggae, electro, tech and other dance floor burners all mixed, mashed and played with love.

Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Soca on Ice returns for its third installment. Dr. Jay De Soca Prince brings the rhythm of the Caribbean to the Natrel Rink for what promises to be this winter’s hottest night on ice. Jump and whine while wearing skates and groove along to top soca hits from around the globe.

Yes Yes Valentines
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Toronto’s freshest, queer-friendly dance party brings the heat for a Valentine’s weekend skating party on the Natrel Rink. DJs L. Rock, Sammy D, Nino Brown, J-iLL and Stunts spin queer hip hop, dancehall and R&B jams all night long.

* CENCELED Skate and Scratch with Starting from Scratch
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Toronto’s number one DJ takes over the decks at the Natrel Rink. Starting from Scratch takes you on a journey across all your favourite booty-shaking hits at his inaugural DJ Skate Nights performance.

* NEW Never Forgive Action with DJ Numeric and DJ Dalia
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
Never Forgive Action started as a monthly dance party in 2004 and has grown from not only a classic hip-hop jam but to an organization involved in a variety of shows that explore hip hop’s long running musical legacy.

Season Finale with DJ P Plus from FLOW 93-5 FM
Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8-11p.m.
DJ P-Plus spins the final DJ Skate Nights event of the season with FLOW 93-5. DJ P-Plus embraces all genres, from jazz to hip hop, reggae to rock and everything in between. When he drops that needle and starts to spin, what you hear is not just a series of songs, but his ability to create a soundtrack for an experience you'll always remember.

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