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Labatt Blue Canada Day Extravaganza
Harbourfront Centre 2005 summer festival
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Friday July 1, 2005 (beginning at 1 p.m.)
Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre
celebrates Canada Day with a vast array of great events all day and all night! Internationally hyped music by Broken Social Scene alumni Feist and Apostle of Hustle at the CIBC Stage combines with the quirky performance art of Miss Canadiana, concerts on docked boats, delicious Canadian food, kids theatre and a Canadian Extravaganza Busker Idols! competition. This FREE Canadian extravaganza all takes place along Toronto's waterfront.

MUSIC - Hear some of Canada's most acclaimed and innovative Pop song stylists with evening concerts by Feist (Best New Artist and Alternative Album of the Year - 2005 Juno Awards), Apostle of Hustle and Spookey Ruben. Daytime concerts feature recent Juno winners Taima (Aboriginal Recording of the Year - 2005 Juno Awards), the Caribbean Jazz rhythms of Kalabash and a cappella Jazz, Pop and Gospel by the Delightful Divas on board the boat Mariposa Belle.

THEATRE/Variety - Five of Toronto's favourite street performers compete for busker glory at Canadian Extravaganza Busker Idols! while Miss Canadiana's Red White and Beautiful Tour will give audiences a chance to meet and take photos with Miss Canadiana (Camillle Turner), visit her Canadiana Kitsch museum and take part in her Maple Cookie making class.

The Canadian premiere of the family play Trans-Canada (commissioned by Harbourfront Centre) finds Native Earth Performing Arts using the Trickster character to playfully engage audiences into thinking about issues of humanism and the environment (performance also on July 2). Los Angeles "showcore" performance group My Barbarian bring their Broadway-bastardized dance numbers, improvised absurdist comedy routines and site-specific spectacles to The Power Plant. On July 1, July 2 and July 3 My Barbarian presents Gods of Canada, a part-nautical, part-musical tribute to our home and native land. Presented by The Power Plant in conjunction with Harbourfront Centre and The Drake Hotel.

KIDS/Families - There are many events for families to enjoy all day. Clay and Paper Theatre present a new work set in contemporary Toronto with giant movable buildings, puppeteers, actors and musicians. Called The Spaces Between the work is based on the story by Ovid of Maestra and her father, both doomed by his greed. The National Film Board presents a film program of four animated shorts while our Kids Tent features Arts and Crafts workshops throughout the day (coordinated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts of Kensington Market) that encourage families to create Canada Day masks and beaded creations (a la Mardi Gras). Family activities also feature artist Cecilia Booth painting Canadiana Extravaganza festive faces ($5 fee) at the Lakeside Terrace Tent.

FOOD - Canadiana FEAST! finds food personality host Lynn Weaver showcasing Canadian Celebratory Dishes with Chef Bruce Hanna from the Mizzen Restaurant. Featured dishes include Maple and Rye Cured Arctic Char with Apple Fennel Slaw Cider Vinegarette and Braised Swiss Chard. Classes and demos occur at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

BOAT EVENTS - The majestic 200 foot white Tall Ship Empire Sandy will be docked at John Quay from July 1 to July 3 and offers free on deck tours from 10 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (in partnership with Nautical Adventures). The Mariposa Belle features an a cappella act the Delightful Divas at 3:20 and 4:20 p.m. with ongoing onboard tours throughout the afternoon (in partnership with Mariposa Cruiselines). Toronto visual artist Kristen Fahrig's carnival costume installations become a floating art exhibition on the St. Marie I (in partnership with City View Cruise lines). At 1:45 p.m. view a sail-by with the Empire Sandy and demos by the City of Toronto Fire Boat. The sail-by will be led by a speedboat. The City of Toronto Fire Boat will demo with lights in the evening.

VISUAL ARTS - Carnival Unmasked unravels the origins of this pre-Lenten festival celebrated with bacchanalian abandon in most Christian countries around the world (July 1-3). The exhibition will include the King & Queen costumes from the Mardi Gras Museum in New Orleans (supported by the Louisiana Office of Tourism). Created by Olinda Fernandes

Labatt Blue Canada Day Extravaganza blasts off at 1 p.m. with a Canada Day Karnivalia Opening Parade (coordinated by Clay and Paper Theatre) featuring the Canadian Extravagant Busker Idol contestants, Miss Canadiana, a brass marching band and giant puppets.

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