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Harbourfront Centre announces opening of NO FLAT CITY: Toronto’s Incomparable Terrain - June 20, 2014 - June 2015

Canada’s largest outdoor photographic exhibition covers new ground with an artful look into the topography of Toronto

TORONTO, ON (May 27 2014) – Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and with the generous support of Menkes Developments, has commissioned six artists for a group exhibition entitled, NO FLAT CITY: Toronto’s Incomparable Terrain. The exhibition aims to provide a greater understanding of Toronto as a unique geographical landmass. The outdoor exhibition will consist of 40 large steel outdoor structures at waterfront site that house 72 large scale photographic images creating the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada.

NO FLAT CITY is a year-long exhibition opening to the public on Friday, June 20, 2014, and the stunning follow-up to NINE RIVERS CITY: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways, which will be on display until June 1, 2014. Both exhibitions reveal the true evolution of the City of Toronto by focusing on its many undocumented and unexpected characteristics.

“NO FLAT CITY, the second installment of our two year partnership with the TRCA and Menkes Developments, will use the same methodology as NINE RIVERS CITY,” explains Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre's director of Visual Arts. ”This time, we’re engaging visual artists to explore the greater Toronto region and focus on the distinctive land formations and landscapes they encounter. People and their stories will be a prime focus throughout each of the theme areas which include Historic Landforms, Reshaping the Land, Living in the Landscape, and People and the Land.”

Featured artists include Sarah Burtscher, Chloë Ellingson, Brett Gundlock, Brendan George Ko, Darren Rigo, and Victoria Vitasek. Each represents the broadest range of photographic practice, and is recognized for their photo documentary, studio and series work activities. Each artist will bring their own unique artistic approach to this exciting pairing of visual arts with a complex provincial asset.

Last year, NINE RIVERS CITY dispelled the myth about Toronto being exclusively a ‘lake city’ by showcasing the city’s unique, interconnected river systems and their connection to Lake Ontario. This year, NO FLAT CITY challenges the notion of Toronto being a ‘flat city’, by exploring and showcasing the surprising topography and land formations that make up the City of Toronto and its surrounding region.

For more information on NO FLAT CITY and the six other visual arts, architecture, Craft & Design, and photography exhibitions opening June 20, visit

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.

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) works with partners in the community to secure a sustainable future for the Toronto region through the responsible management of water, land and other renewable resources. Building on the ideals that gave rise to the conservation movement in Ontario, TRCA applies a holistic approach to managing the watersheds of the nine main rivers that flow through the Toronto region as well as its waterfront. By combining science-based techniques to protect and restore natural systems, and progressive community engagement programs to encourage contributions from all residents in the region, TRCA is helping to build a greener, cleaner, healthier place to live in the Toronto region now, and for generations to come.

Menkes Developments Ltd. has been creating life stories since it was founded in 1954, originally as a developer of single family homes. Over the years, the company expanded significantly and branched out into other areas of real estate, and is now one of the largest private developers of high-rise & low-rise residential, industrial, commercial, and office properties in Canada. As a fully integrated real estate company involved in the development and construction of our properties, Menkes continues to raise the standard for outstanding quality design and superior value. For more information about Menkes, please visit or call 416.491.2222.

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