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Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes
An exhibition celebrating the best in Canadian home design!
at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
May 20 to July 10, 2005 (Opening reception May 19 at Harbourfront Centre - 7 to 9 p.m.)
Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

TORONTO, May 12, 2005-Harbourfront Centre presents Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes (May 20 to July 10) - an exceptional exhibition that selects and surveys acclaimed homes (through photographs, drawings, models and video) from across the country as a way to celebrate and acknowledge the best in current Canadian architectural design.
Some of these homes (
designed by some of Canada's foremost architects) have been featured in Saturday Night and Toronto Life magazines while one Toronto home received a 2004 OAA Award of Excellence (Ontario Association of Architects). Admission to the exhibition and reception is free. (Opening reception May 19 at Harbourfront Centre - 6 to 9 p.m.)

A DVD video tour of selected homes, hi-res jpegs and a colour catalogue are available for media upon request.

Home is important for Canadians as a place for rest, for sharing lives with friends and relations or for working and eating. Each living space is a snapshot of the solutions that designers have devised to enhance our lives. Each home in this exhibition illustrates a distinct response to their unique environment in addition to factors like complicated building sites, budgets and a growing concern for safeguarding the environment. The homes in this exhibition were selected by curators John Ota, Christine Macy, Marco Polo and David Theodore. This exhibition is circulated by Cambridge Galleries, Ontario. 

Exhibition architects/designers: Helliwell Smith Blue Skye Architecture, Peter Cardew Architect, W.D. Fisher Architect, Battersby Howat, Patkau Architects, Sturgess Architecture, Marc Boutin Architect, Architect Team: Neil Minuk, Jae-Sung Chong, Shim Sutcliffe Architects, Drew Mandel, Martin Liefhebber Architect, Jack Diamond, David Penner, Affleck De La Riva, YH2 – Design Team: Marie-Claude Hamelin. Loukas Yacouvakis, Julia Bourke (Bourke Fiset Miller), Saia Barbarese Topouzanov, architectes, Susan Fitzgerald, Richard Kroeker, Eugene Pieczonka and Brian Mackay-Lyons Architect Ltd.

Harbourfront Centre is delighted to be an integral part of the City of Toronto's inaugural Festival of Architecture and Design by presenting eight free admission exhibitions/events this May. Featured exhibitions survey and celebrate the best in current Canadian architectural design as well as the best in emerging digital design. More festival info at www.toronto.ca/fad

Exhibition hours for Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes (Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.) and for all other exhibitions (Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Galleries are closed Mondays except holiday Mondays when they open from noon to 6 p.m. All exhibitions will be open throughout the Victoria Day holiday weekend.

Links to articles featuring these homes:
Saturday Night -
http://www.saturdaynight.ca/magazine/thisissue.cfm?issue_id=38
Toronto Life - http://www.customhousenumbers.com/83a_feature_article.htm

Harbourfront Centre's unique visual art spaces continually offer exciting exhibitions that creatively combine traditional and contemporary artistic media. Admission to all exhibitions is free. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

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