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Are you free on Sundays? We are!
Enjoy our cool, free, family activities!

Toronto, January 26, 2006—This winter and spring, Sundays are the perfect time to bring the entire family to Harbourfront Centre, Toronto’s top family destination. Fun-filled afternoons of creative experiences await parents and kids alike. ZOOM! Family Sundays features a variety of hands-on activities, concerts, ice skating, tours of our many art exhibitions and more! ZOOM! Family Sundays runs from 1 to 5 p.m., each Sunday until May 14 (no programme on April 16). Admission is free. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

ZOOM! WINTER & SPRING LINEUP
ZOOM! Room Activities
Families are invited to the ZOOM! Room, a fun, interactive place. The ZOOM! Room features an interactive puppet area, the International Readings Family Library, where kids can read great children’s books from around the world and the LEGO Creative Play Area, where kids can use their imagination to build a robot, a creature and more!

Gallery Kids
The entire family is invited to explore contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines tours of the current exhibitions in York Quay Centre and The Power Plant 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
York Quay Centre January 29, February 12, 26 and March 12
A Craft Studio artist-in-residence leads the tour of Material World (a biennial exhibition by Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studio Residents). The artist discusses the selected works created out of previously used, recycled and discarded materials and then oversees a creative activity.
The Power Plant February 5, 19 and March 5

Other Family Fun Events
Flipside
January 29 and February 5
What does it mean to be an adult? Do adults remember what it was like to be a child? Harbourfront Centre explores the journey from childhood to adulthood, as part of a short documentary film created by Expect Theatre. Visitors are invited to share their views in front of a rolling camera. The documentary will be screened at the 25th anniversary of the Milk International Children's Festival of the Arts, Sunday to Sunday, May 21 to 28.

Cameraless Animation
February 19, 26 and March 5, 12
What is filmstock and how would one use it to make simple animation? Visitors are invited to join Michele Stanely from LIFT in this creative hands-on workshop, where they can watch their drawings and design come to life.

Music with Bite (a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario)
February 19 at 1 p.m. H’Sao
H'Sao, a young, talented group formed in Chad in Central Africa and now living in Montreal, embodies a blend of cultures and influences, drawing inspiration from the traditions of their country of origin and neighbouring African ethnic regions. They combine gospel, soul and jazz into their own original compositions and have been applauded around the world for their outstanding live performance and magnetic appeal. Caleb, Mossbass, Israel and Taroum Rimtobaye and their childhood friends, brothers Charles and Service Ledjebgue perform original music with beautiful melodies and dances.

March 12 at 1 p.m. Silk Road Music
Silk Road Music offers a unique world music sound—jazz, folk and Celtic music played on traditional Chinese, Western and world instruments. Silk Road Music presents Village Tales, which features traditional Chinese folk songs translated into English, arranged for cross-cultural instrumentation and performed in both English and Mandarin. Village Tales has won the West Coast Music Award for Best World Album. The group features Qiu Xia He (pipa), Zhi Min Yu (Ruan), Feng Jun Wang (vocals), Willy Mikes (vocals and bass guitar) and Andre Thibault (guitar, oud and percussion).

March 26 at 1 p.m. Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble
The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and thrilling performances on the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. Under the direction of Kiyoshi Nagata, the ensemble combines thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms to produce a wide spectrum of sound. With their vast array of Japanese taiko, gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, the ensemble takes audiences on a musical journey beyond all borders. The ensemble features Kiyoshi Nagata (taiko, shinobue and shakuhachi), Scott Kokichi Kusano (taiko, shinobue and shakuhachi), Heidi Chan (taiko and shinobue), Aki Takahashi (taiko, vocals and shamisen), Eddie Yuji Kishibe (taiko) and Kyoko Ogoda (taiko).

April 2 at 1 p.m. Guy Few and Joseph Petric
Guy Few and Joseph Petric present a brilliant concert that combines Few’s virtuoso trumpet and piano playing and Petric’s superb skill on the accordion. Few is also a fine baritone who combines exquisite musicianship with high-voltage energy of the old-fashioned showman. Petric provides a brilliant demonstration of the capability of the accordion that delights audiences.

The Natrel Rink
Families are invited to skate on Canada’s largest outdoor man-made skating rink. The Natrel Rink is open daily through March 12 (weather permitting). The rink is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday & Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 pm. Skate rentals are $7 for adults, $6 for children and seniors. Skate sharpening is $5.

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Media Contacts:
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
(For The Natrel Rink: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com)
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