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OH, CANADA! Harbourfront Centre releases festival lineup for Canada Day Extravaganza –
June 27-July 1
Featuring over 60 events, 24 free concerts, 50 vendors, OLG Canada Eve Fireworks and more!

TORONTO, ON (June 3, 2014) – Today, Harbourfront Centre announced a birthday celebration of spectacular patriotic proportions with the release of the Canada Day Extravaganza lineup. The festival, which runs June 27-July 1 in celebration of Canada Day and Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary, boasts a diverse range of multidisciplinary celebratory festivities for patrons and patriots of all ages. From food to fireworks, music to movement, crafts to cupcakes and more, Harbourfront Centre invites the city of Toronto and its visitors to take part in an epic 5-day celebration of Canadian arts and creativity.

Uniting visionary artists, thought-provoking ideas, multidisciplinary projects and Toronto’s diverse communities, this year’s Canada Day Extravaganza will mark a special moment in Harbourfront Centre’s history. In true anniversary spirit, the festival programming will explore the idea of legacy, looking at ideas surrounding what it means to be Canadian and how Harbourfront Centre has helped shape and shift ideas around Canadian identity in the last 40 years.

“This year’s Canada Day Extravaganza is going to be a lavish weekend filled with spectacle and celebration,” shares Melanie Fernandez, director of Cultural Engagement and Activations at Harbourfront Centre. “If you’re staying in the city for the long weekend, there’s no better place to celebrate than Harbourfront Centre. Bring your family and friends, watch the fireworks, sit by the water and experience the very best in Canadian arts, culture and community.”

Canada Day Extravaganza – Highlights at a Glance:

  • OLG Canada Eve Fireworks – a spectacular, two-barge 20 minute firework display timed to music
  • Rapper’s Delight with special guest Maestro Fresh Wes
  • Sundown @ 40: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot with Tom Wilson and Friends
  • Late Night Queer Cabaret- A World Pride Major Partner Event!
  • Jim Galloway- Jazz legend and long-time Harbourfront Centre House Band leader Jim Galloway brings back the Wee Big Band
  • Celebrate 40 with the Toronto All Star Big Band
  • The Maple Leaf Forever
  • Common Steps Dance Battle
  • World’s Largest Round Dance
  • Food competitions, including The Great Canadian Butter Tart Bake-off and Porkapalooza
  • Marching bands, arts and crafts, films, puppets and more!

For additional information and complete event listings, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com 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.

For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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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Chrissi Forte
Office: 416-973-4342 | Cell: 416-523-0018
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CANADA DAY EXTRAVAGANZA LINEUP

FIREWORKS:

OLG Canada Eve Fireworks
Monday, June 30, 2014 from approximately 10:40 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – along Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront
Thanks to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Harbourfront Centre will once again present an extravagant 20-minute firework display, timed to music, along Toronto’s central waterfront. Fact! All air traffic along the harbour will be suspended for the duration of the fireworks.

MUSIC:

Deep Fried Global Bass
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Redpath Stage
Globe trotting DJ/Producer Uproot Andy returns to his hometown of Toronto with a suitcase of dance floor gems to kick off the DJ Deep Fried Fridays series. Recently, Andy travelled and toured through Mexico, so for this installment of the DJ Deep Fried Fridays series we turn to La Mexicana Restaurant for delicious Chimichangas

Vox Sambou
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Vox Sambou is a founding member of the Montreal hip-hop crew Nomadic Massive, which has been wowing crowds at home and abroad since 2005. His work bridging Canadian and Haitian musicians and scenes is a testament to the kind of long-term vision contained in The Big Idea: Legacy, one of international and collaborative scope.

Rapper’s Delight with special guest Maestro Fresh Wes
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Wonder Mike and Master Gee, two of the three original members of the Sugarhill Gang bring the legacy of Hip-Hop to life on the stage of Harbourfront Centre as part of the Canada Day Extravaganza! Hosted by Michael Williams (Rap City/Soul in the City).

Dancing Through the Decades: Swingin’
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
The Toronto All-Star Big Band takes audiences swingin’ through the years, presenting a celebration of the sounds of swing through the decades and beyond. Dancers from Bees’ Knees Dance will lead a workshop to ensure audiences can follow their urges to move along to the music.

Dirty Dishes
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
Head west toward Edmonton with the Dirty Dishes, a talented trio who blend country, bluegrass, and gospel to create their unique sounds.

King Cobb Steelie
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Formed in Guelph in 1991, King Cobb Steelie combines a variety of global sounds – dub, Afrobeat and more – with pop, punk and rock sensibilities to create a new sound that is socially and politically conscious. They have a long performing and recording career working with innovators like Bill Laswell, Steve Albini, Mad Professor & Guy Fixsen; in addition to celebrating the re-issue of 1994's critically acclaimed Project Twinkle, late 2013 saw the release of their first new material in nearly a decade.

Fritz Helder
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The future looks bright for Fritz Helder as he returns to his performance art roots, preparing to take you on another aural and visual adventure. Helder will debut new music and a dynamic stage show that brings together over 10 years of FRITZMANIA, at the Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage!

Late Night Queer Cabaret - A World Pride Major Partner Event
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30 p.m. (doors) to 2:00 a.m. – Brigantine Room
In celebration of World Pride, Harbourfront Centre proudly presents an LGBTQ lineup of DJs and dancers that are sure to inspire you to jump up and express yourself. Featuring Light Fires, Fritz Helder, Nightbox DJs, Boylesque T.O. and more! Hosted by Miss Conception. Admission at the door: $10.

Jim Galloway and the Wee Big Band
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
As the long-time leader of the original Harbourfront Centre house band, Galloway – a highly-acclaimed jazz musician with a long and storied career – puts the band back together. Join him and the Wee Big Band in celebration of Harbourfront Centre and Canadian jazz.

Pan Fantasy Steelband
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
There is no better reason to pull over in Toronto than Caribana, now in its 48th year. Become part of the celebration with Pan Fantasy Steelband, an impressive collective of vibrant musicians.

Njacko Backo
Sunday June 29, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Since 1989, Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba have been making people dance and have fun. Drawing from the rich rhythmic roots of Cameroon (Ben Skin, Bikutsi, Makossa, Manganbeu) and branching out to other popular African genres (Sabar, Kavacha, Soukous, Rhumba), the two create a unique, groovy blend of Afro Pop.

SoundClash Music Award 2014
Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Redpath Stage
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Come check out our shortlisted SoundClash Music Award finalists, as selected by our jury of industry professionals, who will perform for the chance to win up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes.

Dancing Through the Decades: Kids Today!
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
Continuing our celebration of Harbourfront Centre’s four decades, we turn to the next generation who prove that a new musical legacy is being built upon solid foundations through soundtracks that’ll make you move. The Kid Mitchell Band, put together by the iconic Canadian guitarist Kim Mitchell, began as a one-song contest. Since then, the band has blossomed into a full-on rock band celebrating all that is classic in rock while aiming to create new classics.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
The Remix Project helps under-served youth enter into the creative industries, and their Academy of Recording Arts turns out tomorrow’s turntablists. One graduate of the program, DJ Yobi and two current participants, DJ Lewy V and DJ Kelsey Wu, traverse the decades on the decks providing a soundtrack to celebrate the past, and next 40 years.

Sundown @ 40: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot with Tom Wilson and Friends
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
In 1974, Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown was released, and, with the title track and "Carefree Highway" leading the way, it marked the first time that Lightfoot topped both the Canadian and American charts. The 40th anniversary of Lightfoot's most commercially-successful album is a great opportunity to celebrate the ultimate Canadian songwriter's legacy.Tom Wilson, of LeE HaRVEY OsMOND, leads the celebration with an all-star cast including: Ron Sexsmith, Dan Romano, Jory Nash, Jacob Moon, Harlan Pepper and more!

Shauit
Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Originally from the native community of Maliotenam in Northern Quebec, Shauit is a singer-songwriter and composer who, whether in French, English or his native Innu, delivers a mature, honest and committed form of dancehall reggae with songs that speak of love, hope, respect, peace and the environment. Shauit credits his thirst for discovery for powering his musical journey, which has seen him engaged in celebrating his heritage and traditions while bringing them forward into a new era.

Bombino
Monday, June 30, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - WestJet Stage
Though Tuareg guitar was forbidden by authorities, the self-taught Bombino was encouraged by his family to study the instrument. His passion and interest in music, ranging from Ali Farka Toure to Jimi Hendrix, brought him regional and international success. Based in the traditional Niger music with which he grew up, Bombino’s interest in blues and rock has brought the tradition into the 21st Century and has created a truly unique sound. His 2013 Nonesuch Records debut, Nomad, was produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and debuted atop both the Billboard World Music chart and the iTunes World chart, while garnering rave reviews around the world.

Retrocity
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
For pure acappellatude, look no further than Retrocity. Eight totally rad singers electric boogaloo their way through your favourite tunes fromthe 80s and beyond, without a Casio or drum machine in sight. In celebration of our nation’s birthday, the group presents an all-Canadian programme.

Back 40: Fiddling Across Canada with Anne Lederman
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
40 tunes from 40 places in Canada to celebrate Harbourfront Centre’s 40th birthday! Take a break in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, home of the Maritime Fiddle Festival, as this all-star band fiddles their way across our 4-string nation.

Common Thread Community Chorus
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
Join members of this large and longstanding group as they present repertoire from around the globe, reflecting the communities, languages, and individuals that make up our nation.

Dancing Through the Decades: Party Like it’s 1974
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
Our extendo-weekend-long look through the decades today goes deep into the era that birthed not only Harbourfront Centre, but the bump, the hustle and the first round of Travolta fever. Providing the disco soundtrack is DJ L’Oqenz, whose passion for music and undeniable skills on the turntables have made her a sought after commodity in Toronto and abroad. A pre-set dance lesson with Fly Lady Di will get you disco-ready.

Celebrate 40 with the Toronto All-Star Big Band
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
We are throwing a birthday party in celebration of Canada’s 147th anniversary and Harbourfront Centre’s 40th. We’re calling to all others celebrating their 40th birthdays this year to come out and celebrate with us, and the Toronto All-Star Big Band, who guarantee the ‘swingingest’ birthday bash around.

Jumple
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
For sheer exuberance, showmanship, and just plain fun, this band of crazed musical gypsies are simply impossible to beat. With all members of the band hailing from different parts of the former USSR, there is a distinct cultural and musical influence that clearly sets this band apart. It's very rare to see a live band that can coax a crowd into dancing the way Jumple can.

Bon Débarras
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Since 2009, Bon Débarras has been delighting crowds with music that cheerfully crosses boundaries and eras, with performances bursting with vibrant jigs. The trio, comprised of three dynamic creators well-versed in music, dance and poetry, create music that is at the intersection of various traditions.

The Spandettes
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Spandettes are a fiercely energetic 10-piece live disco act that celebrates the era in which Harbourfront Centre was founded. The band combines a classic 70’s soul/boogie approach with a fresh and contemporary edge while paying homage to the authentic live musical experience of disco at the height of its glory.

Chic Gamine
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Motown music birthed a new age in pop, and Chic Gamine mines that '60s girl-group vibe and takes it to a new place. Chic Gamine's wall-of-sound harmonies and hip-shaking beats are straight out of Motown, but the twist comes with the addition of a healthy dose of French pop and four rotating lead-singers.

FOOD:

The Great Canadian Butter Tart Bake-Off
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Six pastry chefs go tart to tart, competing for the ultimate in Canada Day recognition- best Butter Tart. This iconic, Canadian classic gets the gourmet treatment, sure to make your patriotic red and white stand deliciously on guard for thee.

Porkapalooza
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
Canadians have an enduring love affair with pork. From peameal bacon, pulled pork to ham sandwiches, the humble sammie gets elevated to new heights at this year's Canada Day Porkapalooza. The best sandwich makers in the GTA will be serving up their idealized version of the umami-rich TO classic. You decide which porkwich reigns supreme in Hog Town.

Reach for the Pie
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – South Orchard Tent
From Canadian fruit pies to pies that use iconic Canadian ingredients, our six bakers have created their interpretations of the ultimate Canada Day Pie. You'll find a few new fabulous twists on traditional recipes, all worthy of your plate and fork.

Canada Flag Mini-Cupcake Cake
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
Join us in celebrating Canada Day with a life-size Canada Flag cake made entirely of mini cupcakes. Come enjoy a delicious cupcake topped with buttercream frosting in signature red and white--you can literally take a piece of Canada Day with you!

40th Birthday Cake
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Are you celebrating 40 this year? So is Harbourfront Centre! Come enjoy a piece of classic, marble sheet cake with vanilla buttercream at our whimsical 40th birthday bash – it isn't a party until there’s cake!

World Café:
Friday, June 27 – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – World Café Building and around the site
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Test your taste buds and join us to try delicious recipes from some of the best Latin, Thai, Chinese, Caribbean, European and Indian kitchens in town! Caribbean Catering Services, La Mexicana Restaurant, Spring Rolls, Taste of Asia, The Saucy Pierogi and White Gold Sweets will be on-site. Spoil yourself a little with our yummy treats and snacks by Archie’s Mango, Pancho’s Bakery, One Love Corn and Albion Hills Farm.

DANCE:

That Swing!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dancers from That Swing! will perform traditional and progressive swing to original jazz and electro swing. The Charleston was the dance craze of the 1920s. Performed by dames and dappers alike, this high-flying dance was the tops for the Roaring 20s and Prohibition eras. The Lindy Hop, or Jitterbug, is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy is a fusion of many dances that preceded it and is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston.

Singing and Dancing Workshop with Tribal Vision
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - North Exhibition Common
Pow Wows take place in First Nations communities across the country throughout the summer - learn the basics of Haudenosaunee social dances in this entertaining, informative, interactive workshop with Tribal Vision Dance, a family dance troupe from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Dancing Through the Decades: Swing Dance Lesson
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
Warm up – and study up – for the Toronto All-Star Big Band’s set with Bees’ Knees Dance, who will prepare your hips for the swingin’-along guaranteed to be inspired by the band.

Bold Steps Dance
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Bold Steps presents Highland dancing, one of the oldest folk-dance forms. A great way to work out both coordination and muscles you never knew you had, Highland dance focuses not only on fancy footwork, but on upper-body posture-control.

Common Steps Dance Battle
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Vernacular dance, by definition, comes from outside of the dance-studio system. In this dance competition, a DJ will provide the soundtrack to a cross-styles battle that highlights the variety of dance styles emanating from the streets of our cities and towns coast to coast. This Dance Battle will open with a special showcase which will present the similarities between Indigenous and contemporary street dance. Register to compete in the battle using the following link https://www.facebook.com/events/495482420552935/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar.

Dancing Through the Decades: Disco Dance Lesson
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
In preparation for a funky-disco set from DJ L’Oqenz, festival attendees are invited to a disco dance lesson with Fly Lady Di that will prove that there’s more to disco than spelling out “YMCA” with your arms. Learn to bump, hustle and more on your way to classic Travolta status.

World’s Largest Round Dance
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.– Ontario Square
As part of the Canada Day celebrations, Harbourfront Centre wants to invite everyone to come down to the site to attempt a world record for the world’s Largest Round Dance. The round dance is a social dance of many Indigenous Nations throughout North America and local drummers/singers will be providing the music for this world record attempt. Throughout the weekend we will be holding practice runs with anyone who is interested in participating as we build up to the big finale on Canada Day.

FILM:

MuchFACT’s Top 40 Canadian Music Videos of All-Time
Friday, June 27 - Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – North Orchard
A look at the best Canadian music videos from the last 30 years, curated by MuchFACT. In partnership with MuchFACT and exclusively funded by Much and M3, divisions of Bell Media Inc.

I Want My Name Back – Documentary (14A)
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Thirty years after recording "Rapper's Delight," Master Gee and Wonder Mike come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in hip hop history. While their "Rapper's Delight" success should have cemented their legacy in the music industry, reality tells a much different story.

This Movie is Broken (14A)
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Bruno wakes up in bed next to Caroline, his long time crush. But tomorrow she's off for school in France, and maybe she only granted this miracle as a parting gift for her long time friend. So tonight is Bruno's last chance. And tonight, as it happens, Broken Social Scene, her favourite band, is throwing a big outdoor bash at Harbourfront Centre. Maybe if Bruno, with the help of his best pal Blake, can score tickets and give Caroline a night to remember, he can keep this miracle alive.

Whip It (PG)
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about her first crush. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up? Featuring Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat and Kristen Wiig.

Breakaway (PG)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Breakaway is the story of Rajveer Singh, a young and dedicated teenager who quits college half-way through due to a lack of interest – one of many conflicts between him and his father Darvesh. Darvesh wanted Rajveer to be involved in the family business and respect the family’s Sikh religion principles and values. However, Rajveer had other plans; the hockey enthusiast had hopes of playing professional hockey. With other Sikh players in his community, Rajveer forms the 'Speedy Singhs' hockey team.

Bon Cop Bad Cop (14A)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
When the body of the executive of hockey Benoit Brisset is found on the billboard of the border of Quebec and Ontario, the jurisdiction of the crime is shared between the two police forces and detectives David Bouchard from Montreal and Martin Ward from Toronto are assigned to work together. With totally different styles, attitudes and languages, the reckless David and the ethical Martin join force to disclose the identity of the Tattoo Killer, a deranged serial-killer that is killing hockey managers.

Into the Wind – Terry Fox Documentary (G)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Studio Theatre
In 1980, Terry Fox continued his fight against bone cancer with the pursuit of a singular, motivating vision: to run across Canada. Two-time NBA MVP, proud Canadian, and first-time filmmaker, Steve Nash shares Fox's incredible story of perseverance and hope.

One Week (14A)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Out of the blue, Ben Tyler learns he has stage IV cancer; with treatment, his chance of survival is 10 percent. Ben, a risk-averse, slow-to-act, quiet man buys a used motorcycle and says goodbye to Samantha, his baffled fiancée, and heads west from Toronto. One Week chronicles Ben’s motorcycle trip as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

FAMILY ACTIVITES:

Trans-Canada Road Trip
The idea of the open road stretching out into the vast distances ahead conjures memories of sights, smells and sounds experienced on journeys past. The Trans-Canada Highway, the first road to join our nation from coast to coast, opened in 1962 but wasn’t completed until 1971 and ranges from multi-lane expressway to single lane country road. However, what is most fascinating about the Trans-Canada Highway are the communities that can be found along the route. As we travel across Canada on our Canada Day Weekend road trip, we explore the communities that mark the route…

On the Road: Games from the Car
Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, June 29 & Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
Bring on the best in backseat road trip games—join us for everything from billboard poetry and matching games to bilingual bingo and Canadian trivia.

Rails, Trails and Rivers: Alternate Modes of Transportation
Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, June 29 & Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
In Canada, roads are, in many respects, the final frontier for travel; while Canada is home to one of the longest national highways in the world, much of the country is still inaccessible by road, including all of our three territories. Bring and decorate your bike, build a mini canoe, and discover the story of our railways as we explore these alternate modes of transportation.

Westward Bound: Quilting Bee
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
Each year the Calgary Stampede is home not only to bucking broncos and fighting bulls but to a large creative arts and crafts showcase. In honour of this celebration of homespun creativity, design and create your own quilting square and express yourself—commemorate a favourite road trip, celebrate your family heritage, or express your unique identity!

Chinese Lion Puppets
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
In Chinese culture, the lion dance is traditionally performed on special occasions or to honour special guests. Create your own Chinese lion puppet to honour the contributions of Chinese-Canadians in uniting our nation.

Create a Cod Fish
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
The Northern Cod fishery has shaped the lives and communities of Canada’s eastern coast for hundreds of years. Celebrate the legacy of these fish by creating a Cod fish of your own!

Face Painting
Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, June 29 & Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
Be transformed by some of Toronto’s best face painting artists throughout the weekend!

Canadian Families from Coast to Coast
Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, June 29 & Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. – North Exhibition Common
In celebration of families from coast to coast, join us in creating a family portrait that celebrates Canada’s inclusivity, diversity, and legacy in this interactive art installation.

Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent
Turning 40 this year? Join us for a classic, collective birthday party in celebration of Canada turning 147 and Harbourfront Centre turning 40. This is an event full of fun and games, featuring piñatas, pin the tail on the donkey and more! Also featuring live music from the Toronto All-Star Big Band and, of course, birthday cake!

The Maple Leaf Forever
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
Since the adoption of the current Canadian flag in 1965, the maple leaf has served as an iconic symbol of Canadian identity across the country and around the world. What does the maple leaf mean to you? Wear your red or white and join us as we create a human flag and share our ideas about how the maple leaf represents us.

AROUND THE SITE:

Dundas Pipes and Drums
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
The Dundas Pipes and Drums were founded in 1947 by returning veterans. Over its long history, the band has participated in many competitions, parades, concerts and tattoos. Since its inception, the band has maintained high standards of piping, drumming and teaching, bringing the traditions and love of Highland music to the community. On Canada Day, treat your eardrums to a variety of Traditional Scottish marches, retreats, airs and strathspeys, as well as some Canadian favourites!

HMCS Marching Brass Band
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park (March) & 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Ontario Square (Concert)
Her Majesty’s Canadian ShipYORK Band was formed in 1943 and is one of five Naval Reserve Bands in Canada. The band performs concerts, parades and many dinner and social events throughout the year. This Band is an integral part of its ship’s company, providing musical support for the Canadian Forces. Join us as the band plays O Canada and other popular Canadian tunes around the site.

MaracaTALL
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park
MaracaTALL is a high energy, high impact stilt-walking drum core that can be seen and heard over 100 metres away. This lively troupe is guaranteed to bring joy and amazement to Ann Tindal Park. With colourful costumes, choreography, and traditional Maracatu drums, MaracaTALL raises afro-Brazilian rhythms to new heights!

MM Robinson Marching Band
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park (Concert) & 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Ontario Square (March)
The MM Robinson Drumline started 7 years ago as small group of students who met in the cafeteria and practiced on drum pads. Today, the drumline has grown to include over 30 members. The MM Robinson Drumline also performs in Competitions in Canada and the US; they currently hold the title of Ontario Provincial Champion.

Roller Derby Demonstration with ToRD
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Ontario Square
Join Team Red and Team White from the Toronto Roller Derby for a demonstration and learn the rules and game play of roller derby. Bring your skates (and protective gear) to join in the fun!
In partnership with Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD).

Celebrate Our Partners
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent (Partner: Tirgan)
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent (Partner: Lula Music and Arts Centre)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent (Partner: TAIWANfest)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard Tent (Partner: Ashkenaz)
In addition to celebrating our own 40th birthday, we also celebrate the amazing partners that have provided invaluable support over the years. Join us for two-hour sessions with different presenters who will showcase a range of cultural options: Iranian music and dance with Tirgan; horn-based music with Lula Music and Arts Centre; TAIWANfest's Bubble-Tea DIY Lounge; and a showcase of Jewish music from Ashkenaz.

LECTURES/ LEARNING:

Artist Talk: Hip-Hop Anniversary
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. – Studio Theatre
40 years ago, Wonder Mike and Master Gee helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream with the release of “Rapper’s Delight,” the first commercially successful hip-hop single. Following this in 1989, Canada’s first commercially successful hip-hop single “Let Your Backbone Slide” was released by Toronto’s first rap superstar Maestro Fresh Wes. Around the same time, Much Music launched Soul in the City and Rap City, two shows hosted by Michael Williams. Join Wonder Mike, Master Gee, Maestro Fresh Wes and Michael Williams for an intimate discussion on the legacy of hip-hop.

Canada’s Summer Sport: Lacrosse Demonstration
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
Join players from Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse for a hands-on introduction to lacrosse.

Kung Fu Demonstration and Lion Dance
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
We invite you to celebrate Chinese culture and community in Richmond, B.C. and across the nation with Toronto’s own Sammy Cheng Toronto Lion Dancers and Kung Fu School in this fun and interactive performance.

ART EXHIBITIONS:

Sacred Sand Mandala
Saturday, June 28 – Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Start Day Ceremony: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
End Day Ceremony: Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On the occasion of the birthday of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan monks will be creating the Chenrezig Mandala. Chenrezig means compassion; the Tibetan Buddhists believe the Dalai Lama is the human manifestation of Chenrezig representing the compassion of Buddha's past, present and future. In partnership with the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre.

SHOP:

Lake View Market
Friday June 27 – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Zone 3 Lake View Market
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Come and shop till you drop! 56 booths with a variety of incredible finds from all over the world that include Crafts, Canadiana items, Clothing, Jewellery, Housewares, Crafts, Henna Painting, and so much more! Some of our vendors during the weekend: Olive That!, Chokka Jewellery, Eli’s Body Shop, Falcon Fashion, Mixtura Latina, NW Design, Satya Paul, Len: Canadiana, Majestic Articrafts, South American Vintage, Imomonet and African Art.
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