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Harbourfront Centre honours legacy of founding CEO, renaming York Quay Centre ‘Bill Boyle Artport’

TORONTO, ON (May 5, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre is delighted to announce the renaming of York Quay Centre, its main programming building, proudly unveiling the Bill Boyle Artport in honour of founding Chief Executive Officer William J.S. Boyle’s 30-year legacy with the Toronto-based organization. As a result of Mr. Boyle’s vision and longstanding commitment to the organization, Harbourfront Centre has become world-renowned for its contemporary arts programming, cross-cultural community engagement and unique waterfront location. Mr. Boyle recently announced that he will be retiring from his position as CEO this summer. His successor has not yet been announced.

The Bill Boyle Artport, which was originally a trucking garage, is now widely known as the main hub of Harbourfront Centre’s 10-acre site. The building is home to a variety of performance and exhibition spaces, as well as Harbourfront Centre’s administrative offices and the newly revitalized Craft & Design Studio. The new name ‘Artport’ is symbolic of the organization’s multifaceted charitable mandate. ‘Art’ refers to Harbourfront Centre’s multidisciplinary arts and community programming, while ‘port’ alludes to the organization’s lakeside location, and its commitment to providing free, public access to Toronto’s central waterfront.

“We knew we wanted to do something special to honour Bill’s exceptional 30-year legacy,” shares Tenio Evangelista, President of Harbourfront Centre’s Board of Directors. “Bill has been a visionary for the organization, a dedicated leader and a very good friend to many throughout his time as CEO. Bill created a safe and inviting place for the exploration and development of arts and culture, and to sustain this vision, the Bill Boyle Artport will continue to be a place where creative expression can be nurtured and grown, and where cross-cultural understanding can be illuminated through the lens of creativity.”

The new nomenclature was unveiled to industry colleagues, family and friends at an intimate gathering held yesterday at Harbourfront Centre.

“What an honour this is, to be standing amongst my colleagues and industry peers this afternoon. Each of you have helped shape Harbourfront Centre and make it a cultural force,” commented Mr. Boyle at yesterday’s official unveiling reception. “This place has become a central hub where communities converge and engage. It’s a place where the arts are approachable and accessible, while at the same time challenging and provocative. We built this building, and this organization, together. Thank you for this truly generous recognition.”

Mr. Boyle became Chief Executive Officer in 1991, when Harbourfront Centre was launched as a not-for-profit organization. Prior to being CEO, Mr. Boyle was the founding Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and the Director of Public Programmes at Harbourfront. Over his 30 years of service, Mr. Boyle has become one of the most accomplished arts administrators in Canada. A pioneer and visionary, he confidently removed the walls dividing artistic disciplines and cultures, creating some of the most memorable and innovative cultural and community programming ever seen in Canada.

Since assuming the role of CEO, Mr. Boyle has consistently been a driving force and a thoughtful leader. He has made a significant mark on Toronto’s landscape, spearheading more than $75 million in capital revitalization of the organization’s 10-acre waterfront property over the last decade. Mr. Boyle has been recognized for his leadership of Harbourfront Centre by being named among several honours as a Member of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe of Denmark, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recently granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws from York University.

For additional information about Harbourfront Centre, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

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.


Chrissi Forte
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