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Live From Harbourfront Centre
Bi-weekly Podcasting program launches December 1, 2005
and also launches innovative Podcast sound works contest!

TORONTO, December 5, 2005-Harbourfront Centre ventures into the digital domain of Podcasting with the bi-weekly program Live From Harbourfront Centre beginning December 1. This launch is one of the first Podcasting endeavours by a Canadian Arts organization - technologically highlighting Harbourfront Centre's leadership in presenting contemporary cultural programming to new and established Canadian audiences.

The MP3 and iPod format podcasts are hosted at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/podcasts.php and in the iTunes directory. Harbourfront Centre is also launching an innovative podcast sound works contest (details below) as part of its digifest 2006: mods programme.

Harbourfront Centre CEO William J.S. Boyle comments on the upcoming podcasts, "This is an innovative new initiative for Harbourfront Centre and we are very excited about the incredible possibilities it presents for us. Not only can we now keep in touch with our many supporters across the country and around the world, but it will also enable us to reach new audiences who may as yet not fully understand the scope of the cultural explorations we undertake here on our 10-acre site."

Hosted by Harbourfront Centre's Alok Sharma (former Toronto community Radio show host and DJ) each podcast will focus on current cultural offerings available at Harbourfront Centre through artist interviews and event announcements. Future podcasts (December 15, December 29 and January 12) will focus on the Dance Season and Kuumba's African Heritage Month programme as well as hosting exclusive archival excerpts from past International Festival of Authors events.

In addition to the Podcast launch, Harbourfront Centre is offering an exciting contest open to sound artists from across Canada. The winner of this competition (submission deadline January 31, 2006) will hear their original sound work become a podcast hosted on Harbourfront Centre's website in May 2006. This sound work podcast will also be part of Harbourfront Centre's digifest 2006: mods programme. An artist honorarium will also be issued. For complete contest and submission details please e-mail enquiries only (not the submissions themselves) to mchoo@harbourfrontcentre.com

To directly access and subscribe to Harbourfront Centre's podcast, visit podcasts.harbourfrontcentre.com or e-mail podcasts@harbourfrontcentre.com for comments, feedback or for info on accessing the podcast.

Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront, is an innovative non-profit cultural organization which creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public. More than 12 million visitors yearly visit its more than 4,000 annual events. Harbourfront Centre operates a 10-acre site encompassing York Quay and John Quay (south of Queens Quay West). Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Harbourfront Centre has introduced audiences to artists and art forms not normally seen in commercial venues, exploring new and bold frontiers in the arts and creative expression.

For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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