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Record Crowds Flock to Harbourfront Centre’s Revitalized Waterfront

TORONTO, July 5, 2005 – A combination of beautiful weather, new waterfront boardwalks and piers, and outstanding holiday weekend programming drew an estimated audience of 175,000 to the 10 acre Harbourfront Centre site over the Canada Day weekend. The revitalized waterfront was officially opened by the Honourable Tony Ianno, the Honourable David Caplan and Mayor David Miller on June 26, 2005.

“Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre was one of the busiest July 1st celebrations ever,” said William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre. “One week after the official opening of the revitalized water’s edge it was great to see thousands of visitors enjoying the terrific Canada Day weather by strolling the new boardwalk and finger piers and taking part in the celebrations on site. Visitors thronged to the improved waterfront and thoroughly enjoyed their opportunity to linger by the lake.” He continued, “Harbourfront Centre is currently undergoing a physical revitalization of the entire site to increase public access to the lakefront. The response to this initial improvement reinforces our resolve to push ahead with the next phase in the total plan.”

Heavy attendance levels at the Labatt Blue Canada Day Extravaganza continued through the weekend as thousands more attended the colourful celebration of carnivals around the world. It was an enthusiastic response to the beginning of the Centre’s popular summer programming. This coming weekend Harbourfront Centre’s free festivals continue with a celebration of electronic music called Beats, Breaks & Culture. From Friday, July 8 at 6 p.m. through Sunday July 10 at 6:30 p.m. the all-free line-up includes concerts like the Platinum Pied Pipers, the Quantic Soul Orchestra and Nicholas Repac. Must-sees include the popular Pop, Lock and Load Breakdance competition, the Graffiti Greats visual art exhibition and a series of panel discussions on topics ranging from innovations in DJ and production technology to the techno influence on art and culture.

The Harbourfront Centre free weekend festivals continue with All Over the Map July 15-17, Dim Sum, a contemporary Chinese culture celebration July 22-24 and the popular Hot & Spicy Food Festival from July 29 through August 1st. The August line-up includes the South-Asian Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival, a new alternative country music celebration called T.O. Twang, East Coast Rhythms party, Kick Up Your Heels interactive dance weekend, and closing out the series on Labour Day weekend, Ukrainian Zabava.

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Media Contacts:
Bruce Hutchinson, 416 973-4677 or bhutchinson@harbourfrontcentre.com Ramona Noor, 416-973-4342 or rnoor@harbourfrontcentre.com
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