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Harbourfront Centre is Toronto's top family destination with a great fall lineup of activity

Toronto, August 29, 2005
This fall, Sundays are the perfect time to bring the entire family to Harbourfront Centre. From 1 to 5 p.m., a fun-filled afternoon of creative experiences awaits parents and kids alike. ZOOM! Family Sundays features a variety of hands-on activities, concerts, tours of our many art exhibitions and more! Admission is free, unless otherwise noted. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit


ZOOM! Room Activities

Sundays, beginning on October 9 to December 18 and December 27 to 30, from 1 to 5 p.m., families are invited to the ZOOM! Room, a fun interactive space. The ZOOM! Room features an interactive puppet area and the LEGO Creative Play Area where kids can use their imagination to build a robot, a creature and more! On November 27, December 4, 11 & 18, children can create their own piece of art using everyday salvaged and scrap objects.

Books and Authors

Beginning on October 23, The ZOOM! Room also includes the International Readings Family Library, where kids can read from a selection of great international children’s books. Also on October 23 at 1 p.m., as part of the International Festival of Authors, October 19 to 29, bestselling author Kenneth Oppel reads from Skybreaker, the sequel to Airborn, which won the Governor General Award. Each ticket is $10 ($8 for Harbourfront Reading Series Members). For tickets, the public can call 416-973-4000.

Gallery Kids

Sundays, from October 9 to December 18 and December 27 to 30, the entire family can engage in exploring contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines tours of Harbourfront Centre’s galleries with hands-on interactive activities facilitated by gallery staff. It’s all a family friendly discovery of contemporary art. Families must meet in the ZOOM! Room at 2 p.m. to begin the gallery tour, afterwards return to the ZOOM! Room for a creative activity.

Gallery Kids Schedule
The Power Plant       October 9, 16 & 30, November 13, December 18

York Quay Centre Visual Arts Spaces
October 9 & 23, November 6

Gallery Kids tours Imaged Text and Team Macho draws similar conclusions, exhibitions featuring contemporary graphic novel illustrations and drawings. Afterwards, families return to The ZOOM! Room to collaborate in a comic jam. These exhibitions are presented in collaboration with the International Festival of Authors.
November 20 & 27, December 4 & 11
Tour and activity is based on Untitled (Music Box Installation), a sound and mixed media installation by Alex Geddie, Annie MacDonell and Nick Stedman.
(Gallery Kids schedule for December 27 to 30 will soon be available on our website,

Music with Bite (a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario)

September 18 at 1 p.m.                    Patricia O’Callaghan

Patricia O’Callaghan, a world class cabaret singer, is excited about her first cabaret performance for children. Joined by Robert Kortgaard on piano and Andrew Morris on percussion, O’Callaghan’s performance includes the music of Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, Kurt Weill, as well as Sesame Street and excerpts from Peggy the Lamb, her own children’s story set to music.

October 16 at 1 p.m.                           Daniel Bolshoy

Daniel Bolshoy, an engaging young musician, is dedicated to bringing classical guitar to the attention of audiences everywhere. Bolshoy is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions and progressive programming of solo and chamber music.


November 13 at 1 p.m.                    All for One and One for All

All for One and One for All is a theatrical performance by an ensemble of four young string players, who are all nervous and competitive as they audition for the World Orchestra at the King’s palace. As they begin to play for each other, their love for music triumphs over their competitive differences. The repertoire stretches from Dvorak to the Beatles.

December 18 at 1 p.m.                    Cadence

Four men, four microphones, no instruments, this is the formula for Toronto’s celebrated vocal band, Cadence. The quartet illustrates that the voice is the most versatile of all instruments in a programme of Christmas favourites.


Performing Arts

November 6 at 1 p.m.                           Me and My Shadow

A traditional Indonesian shadow puppet performance for families followed by a hands-on workshop by the artists.


November 27 at 1 p.m.                         Michael Lane Trautman: The Stooge-

                                                           A Troubled Clown for Troubled Times

A clown lives to entertain audiences, but the outside world is a troublesome thing. Families are invited to join this wonderful character as he does his best to make his place in the world of many interruptions.

ZOOM! Family Film

December 11 at 1 p.m.                          Dave Bidini: The Hockey Nomad Goes to


This documentary shows Dave Bidini’s journey across Russian looking for the story of hockey. He looks at the former Soviet stars, to the best of the new talent, to the most intense super fans.


December 27 to 30 at 1 p.m.                  The Peace Tree

This film looks at a Muslim girl who dreams of celebrating Christmas, while her Christian friend imagines celebrating Eid. Met with resistance from their parents, they make a peace tree instead, celebrating all religions, unity and diversity.


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