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Diverse Canadian Sounds and Sights at Harbourfront Centre's Power of Place:Canada Day

TORONTO, June 7, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre celebrates Power of Place:Canada Day July 1, 2006 with top Canadian music acts, film, dance, fun for children, and a host of other free activities for the entire family throughout the day and into the night. Canada’s culture is enriched by the diverse roots of its citizens and the impact of this will be on full display on July 1st. All events take place on Harbourfront Centre’s 10 acre site, located at 235 Queen’s Quay West. Complete details for the public are available online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com or by calling (416) 973-4000.

MUSIC – Hear some of Canada's most acclaimed and innovative musicians today. This year’s daytime concerts include Toronto based alt-blues singer Ndidi Onikuwulu, funky folk tunes from Quebec City’s Les Batinses and Moxy Früvous member turned children’s entertainer Mike Ford (2005 Juno Nomination, Best Children’s Album). Nighttime shows include Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene alumni), and The Dears (Best New Artist Nominee, 2004 Juno Awards) whose performance will include new songs. Closing out the day’s musical festivities are Vancouver’s Mother.

DANCE – Making their Canadian debut is Spain’s Senza Tempo, who will perform the highly acclaimed El Bosque de Marcela, a multidisciplinary artistic piece that encompasses theatre, dance, poetry and surrealism. From Kaha:wi Theatre, Santee Smith performs Here on Earth, an exploration of the spiritual connection between earth and sacred organisms. Also onstage will be Roula Said & The Roulettes with their original and innovative Belly Dance routines. Don’t miss the HoneyKats with their energetic, interdisciplinary Hip hop, Jazz, Modern-Jazz, Modern and Tap.

KIDS/Families – Canada Day Make & Take Hats and Flags lets kids make their own unique Canada Day hats and maple leaf ships that they can sail on the Natrel Pond. Children are also welcome to take part in Chocolate Making activities.

FILM – Inside the Studio Theatre at 6pm there will be a screening of the celebrated Montreal based film The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, starring James Woods and directed by Ted Kotcheff. Throughout the weekend, Harbourfront Centre presents two Greg Coyes series, Tales of Weskeschak and Wolf Tales. In his award-winning Tales of Wesakechak, Coyes uses gorgeous animation with voices from some Canada’s top aboriginal actors including Tantoo Cardinal and Gordon Tootoosis. In the Wolfe Tales series, Coyes combines striking animation, extraordinary live-action footage and aboriginal folklore.
For younger movie fans, the Canada Day showing of I can make art…like Emily Carr and I can make art…like Andrew Qappik kicks off a three day engagement inside the Studio Theatre. These short films provide an opportunity for kids to explore the childhood inspirations of Qappik and Carr, two of Canada’s most acclaimed visual artists.

Details to follow concerning the entire Power of Place itinerary which takes place for the remainder of the holiday weekend.
Attention Media: Access all of the summer 2006 press releases and photos at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php

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Harbourfront Centre Focus - The Power Of Place
Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world? Power of Place is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre, June through December 2006.

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Media Contact:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518, wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com



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