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Summer Exhibitions draw record crowds at The Power Plant

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TORONTO, September 1, 2006 – This weekend is the LAST CHANCE to view summer exhibitions. Vast numbers of visitors are attending the free summer programs at The Power Plant in response to ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE. With attendance levels increased by 400% compared to the same time last year, some days see well over one thousand visitors.

In response, Director of The Power Plant, Gregory Burke, said, "The aim of ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE was to expand our audience and provide access to a wide range of communities in Toronto and beyond. This campaign has been astoundingly successful and attendance figures have jumped dramatically. As well, our survey results have suggested that there is a marked increase in first time visitors, and that the overwhelming majority of all visitors have been very satisfied by their visit to the gallery. We couldn’t be more thrilled."

"The results are a validation to our sponsors and funding partners, whose continued support enables us to deliver high quality programming to our visitors. In particular, I would like to thank the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine, who made ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE possible," said Mr. Burke.

Public programs also prove popular. Open Late Saturdays extend gallery hours until 8pm; patrons relax at the al fresco, lakeside lounge, watch the sunset and hear great music, MP3 playlists created by local and international visual artists at Playlist Saturdays (5-8pm); and hear different perspectives through talks, tours, and screenings at Sunday Specials (2pm). DON’T MISS the final Labour Day weekend events: Playlist Saturday (2 September) by Dave Muller, and Sunday Special (3 September) Screening of Art Docks 1 & 2: Dedicated to you, but you weren’t listening, and Geoffrey Farmer and Joelle Tuerlinckx.

The summer exhibitions featuring Angela Bulloch and Annie Pootoogook conclude this Labour Day weekend. Engaging and accessible to wide audiences, the two solo exhibitions consider contemporary life from two vastly different perspectives, drawing on popular culture, music, TV, film, and art history. The Power Plant gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Gluskin Sheff Associates Inc., and would like to extend special thanks to Feheley Fine Arts, for the Annie Pootoogook exhibition.

The Power Plant will be open Labour Day weekend, including holiday Monday: Saturday 2 September, 12–8pm, Sunday 3 September and Monday 4 September,
12–6pm. The Power Plant is located at Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West. For exhibition and tour information, the public can call 416 973 4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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