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Join us for Learning for Living, our exciting adult programme that gives grown-ups the chance to learn, create and play!

TORONTO, September 7, 2006—Harbourfront Centre’s Learning for Living programme returns for its second year with a fabulous fall semester of 27 interesting, fun and diverse courses and weekend workshops. The programme provides adults with stimulating learning opportunities by offering various courses and workshops in areas of contemporary culture. Participants can go gallery hopping, visit markets and neighbourhoods to find out about cultural cuisine, learn to act, dance and sing, join a book club, learn to decorate, create a three course Thanksgiving holiday feast, and more!

Running from October to May, Learning for Living offers series courses over several weeks, as well as one and two-day workshops over the weekend. Please register early as courses and workshops require a minimum number of registrants. Costs vary. To register or for programme details, the public can call 416-952-4046 or visit

Book Arts offered:The (Apparently) Non-Fiction Book Club, The Back-List, The Bloody Book Club, Book Club 101, Can-Lit Club and Handbound Books.

Creative Home Projects offered: Holiday Home Decorating with Belinda Albo and Looking Down: Rhythm, Decoration and the Art of the Transfer.

General Courses & Workshops offered: Holiday Baking, Thanksgiving Holiday Cooking with Emily Richards, The Ultimate Christmas Tree and Yoga for the Terrified.

Performing Arts offered: Adult Ballet, African Djembe Drumming, Discover Contemporary Dance, Extreme Theatre, Flamenco, Kathak, Modern Dance for Adults, Singing for the Terrified and South African Gumboot Dance.

Urban Studies offered: Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods and Re/Discover Your City.

Visual Arts offered: Acrylic Painting, Drawing for the Terrified with Barbara Klunder, Learning to Look and Watercolour Techniques.

Visitors are invited to walk in the shoes of the creators we are bringing to our spaces and experience intimate journeys that consider the powerful and formative connections to "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, September through December 2006.

Learning for Living Courses and Workshops
Fall Semester: October 2006 to January 2007


Book Clubs
This isn’t your grandmother’s book club. In partnership with International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH) Learning for Living offers book enthusiasts opportunities to interact with authors, publishers and literary experts; read contemporary and classic literature; and be the first to look at some of the best literature out there.

Book Club registrations are $100 per person and include an (IRAH) membership. If you are already a member, Book Club registration is $50. For more information, visit

Book Club 101
Our most popular course! This stimulating survey of contemporary literature complements author events at International Readings and the International Festival of Authors. A VIP guest speaker is featured each month.

First Thursday of each month
October 5, 2006 to May 3, 2007
7 to 9 p.m.

The Bloody Book Club
Your monthly opportunity to crack the spines with those who share your lust for murder, mystery and mayhem.

Second Tuesday of each month
October 10, 2006 to May 8, 2007
7 to 9 p.m.

The Back-List
An exploration of all those tomes you’ve always meant to get around to reading but haven’t—until now. This book club is pure classics.

Second Wednesday of each month
October 11, 2006 to May 9, 2007
7 to 9 p.m.

Can-Lit Club
This is an all-Canadian cross-section of contemporary literature showcasing the diverse talent from across the land.

Last Wednesday of each month
October 25, 2006 to May 30, 2007
7 to 9 p.m.

The (Apparently) Non-Fiction Book Club
Get into the know with memories, travel, adventure, and autobiography—how creative can we be about the truth? Sometimes it's stranger than fiction.

Last Tuesday of each month
October 31, 2006 to May 29, 2007
7 to 9 p.m.

Handbound Books
Learn the rich history of book-binding and make unique handbound books using a variety of materials.

One-day Workshop
Saturday, January 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$70 (materials included)


Holiday Home Decorating with Belinda Albo
Let interior designer Belinda Albo help you create memorable table centerpieces, decorative ornaments, wreaths, scrumptious martinis and numerous accessories that give your holiday home that design edge you’ve been looking for. Refreshments are included!

One-day Workshop
Saturday, November 18
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$100 (includes supplies)

Instructor: Belinda Albo is a professional interior designer who currently teaches a variety of home decorating courses and workshops to budget conscious homeowners. Albo runs a successful design firm out of Toronto and Winnipeg. She is the author of the Hands On Home Planner series as well as the design editor of the popular magazine, the Home Advisor.

Looking Down: Rhythm, Decoration and the Art of the Transfer
Explore, play, talk and make—investigate the use of repetition and pattern as powerful tools of visual persuasion and for ways of creating rhythm and structure in your work. Instructor Lynne Heller talks about her own experience with the powerful pull of rhythm and pattern through her work.

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 18 & Sunday November 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$100 (includes materials)

Instructor: Lynne Heller is a Canadian artist and designer working in a variety of disciplines. Principally known for her work in the quilt-making tradition, she has extensive
experience producing new media pieces, websites and installations. Heller, who recently completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has shown both nationally and internationally.


Thanksgiving Holiday Cooking with Emily Richards
Join Emily Richards for an interactive workshop and learn how to create a three course Thanksgiving holiday feast your family and friends will rave about!

One-day Workshop
Saturday, October 7
1 to 3 p.m.

Instructor: Emily Richards is a professional home economist, cooking teacher and TV chef on the Food Network's Canadian Living Cooks. She writes for publications such as Food and Drink and created all of the recipes for The G.I. Diet and Living the G.I. Diet, and has recently published a book, Italian

Yoga for the Terrified
For those curious about yoga, but daunted by yoga stereotypes, this course helps you explore the history and philosophy of yoga, and how it has been adapted to suit western needs. This workshop includes discussions and demonstrations on the major schools of yoga to help you decide how to fit it in to your lifestyle.

One-day Workshop
Saturday, October 28 or Saturday, November 4
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Ultimate Christmas Tree
Discover creative tips and the latest trends on how to design your own unique Christmas tree. From traditional to the outrageous—all fully guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!

One-day Workshop
Saturday, December 2
1 to 4 p.m.
$40 (includes take away activity & supplies)

Holiday Baking
Learn to make the most creative treats and snacks for the holidays—and blow your guests away with the amazing creations you make.

One-day Workshop
Saturday, December 9
1 to 4 p.m.
$40 (includes supplies and recipes)


With its fancy footwork and spins, this classical dance from Northern India has inspired a host of dance styles, including jazz, modern and flamenco.

6 Tuesdays
October 31 to December 5, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.

Modern Dance for Adults
Experience the magic of modern dance and learn to move your body in ways you never knew you could! No previous dance experience is necessary.

6 Wednesdays
November 1 to December 6, inclusive
8:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Discover Contemporary Dance
Whether you are a contemporary dance enthusiast, or just curious about modern movement, this course demystifies contemporary dance through visiting a variety of performances and participating in pre/post show discussions with our experienced instructor.

First Thursday of each month
November 2, 2006 to April 5, 2007
6 to 9 p.m.
$155 (includes admission to 6 shows with pre/post show discussions)

Instructor: Christine Moynihan has spent the past 30 years actively working in the performing arts as an actor, producer, technician, administrator and executive director. She has received both the Brenda Donoghue Award for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community (1994) and The Harold Award (2000) also for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community. She has been the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario since 2002.

South African Gumboot Dance
A wonderful opportunity to experience this fast-past exciting dance form. The gumboot dance developed from traditional African roots to become part of urban South African working-class culture.

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
& Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

African Djembe Drumming
For centuries drumming has been a major form of communication throughout Africa. Join South African performer, Kevin Fell as he leads a series of interactive rhythm and drumming exercises.

One-day Workshop
Saturday, November 4 or Saturday, December 9
1 to 4 p.m.

Adult Ballet
This course is designed for the aspiring Prima Donna. Learn the beauty and grace of ballet while improving your physical and spiritual being. No previous dance experience is necessary.

6 Wednesdays
November 8 to December 13, inclusive
6:45 to 8 p.m.

Discover the legendary dance of Spain and the history that shaped its steps and music.

6 Thursdays
November 9 to December 14, inclusive
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Singing for the Terrified
Do you have an unstoppable urge to sing in the shower, whistle while you work, or even to serenade your friends? Find out how your vocal chords work and experience a range of techniques to help you develop your true voice…and get over your fear of showing it off!

6 Wednesdays
November 15 to December 20, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.

Extreme Theatre
A theatrical marathon of writing, designing, rehearsing and performing three plays, all within 48 hours.

Weekend Workshop
Friday, November 17, 7 to 9 p.m. & Saturday, November 18
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Re/Discover Your City
Back by popular demand! Whether you’re new to Toronto or have lived here all your life, the city is full of surprises. You’ll get a taste of the best of Toronto’s neighbourhoods—from the little Italian ice cream shop you never noticed, to the grand and ghostly castles of Toronto’s past.

6 Mondays
October 9 to November 13, inclusive
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Shirley Lum is the founder of Toronto’s Taste of the World Tours: Neighbourhood Bicycle Tours and Walks Inc. Lum forges through Toronto’s neighbourhoods on foot to discover the city’s past, present and future through literature, storytelling and architecture.

Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
Discover your city’s cuisine through a series of visits to markets and neighbourhoods. Get the insider’s scoop with a cultural perspective, as you are guided through culinary centred areas in Toronto to taste, talk and tour.

4 Saturdays
October 14 to November 4, inclusive
9 to 11 a.m.
$55 (or $15 per Saturday)


Learning to Look
Who’s afraid of contemporary art? Discover its many forms of contemporary aesthetics by visiting galleries and artist-run centres throughout the city.

6 Wednesdays
October 18 to November 22, inclusive
6:30 to 9 p.m.

Acrylic Painting
Paint to your heart’s content in this introductory acrylic course that will teach you the basics of using acrylic techniques and materials.

4 Wednesdays
November 1 to 22, inclusive
7 to 9 p.m.
$200 (includes some materials)

Drawing for the Terrified with Barbara Klunder
Good drawing comes from understanding good composition, different styles of line-work and achieving tones with different techniques and materials. This course concentrates on all of the above, and trains you to be a better observer and artist.

6 Tuesdays
November 7 to December 12, inclusive
6:30 to 9 p.m.

Instructor: Barbara Klunder is a well known illustrator and graphic designer, who teaches drawing at many arts institutions in Toronto, and has shown nationally and internationally.

Watercolour Techniques
If you’ve always wanted to master the technique of watercolour, this is your chance to learn the tricks of the trade to get you on your way.

One-Day Workshop
Saturday, November 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$100 (includes materials)


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Linda Liontis

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