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Winter fun continues all season long at Harbourfront Centre

The perfect winter escape

TORONTO, ON (Thursday, January 2, 2014) – If you’re looking for winter fun, Harbourfront Centre’s got it! This winter promises to be one of Harbourfront Centre’s 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.

From January to March 2014, Harbourfront Centre winter programming kicks into high gear with the continuation of DJ Skate Nights, Learn to Skate classes, NextSteps and the launch of exciting festivals and events including World Stage, Kuumba, HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, LunarFest and more.

Woven throughout these disciplines and cultural programmes is a recurring theme called the
Big IDEA. In 2014, Harbourfront Centre enters its 40th anniversary year and reflects on this remarkable milestone by presenting programming that examines the Big IDEA of “Legacy.”

The public may visit or call 416-973-4000 for additional information. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.


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.

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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 Then & Now
February 7-9, 2014
Kuumba is one of Toronto’s longest-running festivals celebrating Black History Month. For three days, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of black identity, legacy and the Canadian connection to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we showcase the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities through music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and more. Reflect, explore and celebrate. 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.


On now until 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
Open until 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 (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
Jan.7-Feb. 2, 2014 and Feb. 4–March 2, 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, Jan. 4, 2013–March 1, 2014, 8–11 p.m.
Premier DJs turn the city’s most scenic outdoor rink into a dance party on ice. Lace up and get down at Toronto’s only Saturday night music and skating event.


Miss Lou’s Room
Saturday and Sundays, January 25, 2014 and onward, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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. Hours are subject to change. Please call ahead.

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
First weekly reading of 2014: February 19
The weekly reading series continues with both Canadian and international authors taking to
the stage to discuss their work, followed by a book signing.


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. 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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