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Quirky Pop Culture delights at Harbourfront Centre's Canada Day

July 1, 2005

TORONTO, June 20, 2005 - Harbourfront Centre celebrates Labatt Blue Canada Day Extravaganza! on our 10-acre site and extends over the waters of Lake Ontario with some of the top names of the Canadian music scene, delicious Canadian food, kids activities, culinary demonstrations and much more throughout the day and all night! Internationally recognized 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, free JUMP up! dance lessons, kids theatre and a Canadian Extravaganza Busker Idol! competition. This FREE all-Canadian event all takes place along Toronto's newly redesigned waterfront area at Harbourfront Centre. (Full schedule and times in listings below)

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 including the Wonderful World of Circus' dancing dogs (of Breakfast Television fame) Charlie and Pierre, Cirque de Soleil veteran soccer ball juggling artist Edward Skwirsky, bilingual singer and guitarist Jorge Sanchez; belly dancer Katherine Plainos and Brazilian circus stars Beads and Beats compete for busker glory at Canadian Extravaganza Busker Idol! competition.

Miss Canadiana's Red White and Beautiful Tour will give audiences a chance to meet and take photos with Miss Canadiana (Camille Turner), visit her Canadiana Kitsch museum and take part in her Maple Leaf cookie making class at 2 p.m.

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 the Canadian premiere of 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.

DANCE - The JUMP up! dance lesson with Toronto choreographer Pedro Salazar promises to get your body moving with some rhythm at 1:30 p.m. on the Ann Tindal lawn.

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 Space 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 (à 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 at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., Chef Bruce Hanna demonstrates how to cook Pan Roasted Ontario Pork Tenderloin, Riesling and Peach Compote Fingerling, Potatoes, Asparagus and Charred Cherry Tomatoes.

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 HMCS York Navy Steel Pan Band performs from its deck at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mariposa Belle features an a cappella act the Delightful Divas at 3:30 and 4:30 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 - Curated  by Olinda Fernandes, 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 of Imperial Calcasieu & the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau in New Orleans (supported by the Louisiana Office of Tourism).

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.

Continuing the festival spirit, Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, Extravaganza! A Feast for the Senses gathers the unbridled revelry and spontaneous energy of the world's festivals and unleashes them over one glorious July weekend! Expect daily parades, BIG festival bands, floating venues and fire sculptures on the water at one of this summer's brand new festivals at Harbourfront Centre. Expert chefs who make food so exquisite it transports you right to New Orleans, Brazil and the Caribbean. Hot Latin, Caribbean and South Asian music that will make you dance.... and if you can't dance we'll teach you how - carnival style! Daytime activities for the family. Raunchy late night cabaret for the voyeur. All events are free admission! (Release for Extravaganza! A Feast for the Senses will be sent out seperately)

Labatt Blue Canada Day Extravaganza
Complete Event Listings – Friday, July 1, 2005  FREE

For more information:  416-973-4000 or
*Programming marked with an asterisk occurs on board boats docked in the harbour beside the Harbourfront Centre site. 

Visual Art* - A Feast for the Senses installation by mixed media artist Kristen Fahrig (1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Torontonian Boat deck)
Visual Art - Carnival Unmasked photo exhibition (1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Kids - Arts & Crafts workshops feat. Canada Day masks, beaded creations and face painting!(1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Kid Zone Tent)
Dance -  JUMP up! dance lesson w/Pedro Salazar (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music - Acid Brass Band (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Food - Miss Canadiana maple cookie demonstration (2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Film - NFB Animated Short Film program feat. Lights for Gita, Mouse Woman and Porcupine Hunter, Jump-up-Caribbean Carnival in Canada & Masquerade 1984. (2:30 - Studio Theatre)
Theatre/Variety - Canadian Extravagant Busker Idol (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)

Music - TAIMA (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music* - Delightful Divas (3:30 p.m. - Mariposa Belle boat)
Music* - HMCS York
Navy Steel Pan Band (3:30 p.m. - Empire Sandy boat)
Food - Chef Bruce Hanna culinary demonstration (4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Theatre - Clay & Paper Theatre presents The Space Between (4:30 p.m. - Ann Tindal Park)
Music* - Delightful Divas (4:30 p.m. - Mariposa Belle boat)
Music* - HMCS York
Navy Steel Pan Band (4:30 p.m. - Empire Sandy boat)
Theatre - Native Earth Performing Arts presents Trans-Canada (5 p.m - Studio Theatre)
Theatre- My Barbarian presents
Gods of Canada (5 p.m. - Power Plant Stage)
Food - Chef Bruce Hanna culinary demonstration (6 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Music - Kalabash (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music - Apostle of Hustle (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music - Feist (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Music - Spookey Ruben (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room)

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