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Harbourfront Centre is Toronto’s top family destination with a great fall lineup of activity

Toronto, September 13, 2006—This fall, Sundays are the perfect time to bring the entire family to Harbourfront Centre. From 1 to 5 p.m., a fun-filled afternoon of creative experiences awaits parents and kids alike. ZOOM! Family Sundays features a variety of hands-on activities, concerts, tours of our many art exhibitions and more! Admission is free. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

ZOOM! Room Activities
Sundays, beginning on September 24 to December 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., families are invited to the ZOOM! Room, a fun interactive space. The ZOOM! Room features an interactive puppet area where kids stage their own productions on our beautiful, hand-painted puppet stage. Working in partnership with International Readings at Harbourfront Centre, the ZOOM! Room also features the International Readings: Children’s Reading Library, a cozy space where kids can read from a great selection of children’s books from around the world. The library features books in their original language.

Gallery Kids
The entire family can engage in exploring contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines facilitated tours of Harbourfront Centre’s galleries followed by hands-on interactive activities. 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 they return to the ZOOM! Room for a creative activity that relates to the gallery’s exhibition.

Gallery Kids Schedule
York Quay Centre Visual Arts Spaces September 24, October 8, 15, 29, December 3, 10, 17
The Power Plant October 1, 9, 22, November 5, 12, 19, 26
Free admission for Gallery Kids at The Power Plant has been made possible by CIBC Wood Gundy.

Music with Bite
Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre and give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly and accessible format. All the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. Each performance includes a post-concert Natrel milk beverage and cookies.

September 24 at 1 p.m. A Brass Odyssey with the Trillium Brass Quintet
Heralded by trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindeman as “…one of the most exciting ensembles to come along in many years,” Toronto’s Trillium Brass Quintet—Philip Séguin (trumpet), Scott Harrison (trumpet), Christine Passmore (horn), Cathy Stone (trombone), and Karen Bulmer (tuba)—combines the energy and exuberance of brass with the nuance and intensity of classical chamber music. The Trillium Brass Quintet presents a bright and energetic look at music through the experience of the classic brass quintet—two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. In an exciting introduction to the visually and aurally captivating instruments of the brass family, and a basic but fun demonstration of their characteristics, they perform a wide variety of short musical selections; everything from Renaissance madrigals to modern popular music, illustrating shared musical elements such as use of melody, approaches to harmonization, and rhythmic variation.

October 15 at 1 p.m. Swamperella
The Swamperella experience defies listeners to stay seated! Swamperella's music is deeply rooted in Cajun tradition and attests to a profound understanding of and connection to the 'Louisiana sound.' The music is infectious! The old fashioned waltzes drive forward in pulsating rhythm, the plaintive vocal harmonies wrap the listener in a haunting reminiscence, the washboard grooves get everyone moving and those that still won't dance find themselves clapping along and hollering. Swamperella is a five piece band made up of: lead fiddler, vocalist and washboard player Soozi Schlanger, on button accordion, fiddle and vocals is Peter Jellard, guitarist Conny Nowe, bassist Rachel Melas and percussionist Dave Pontello.

November 12 at 1 p.m. Acclarion
Since 2003, Acclarion, Canada’s premiere accordion and clarinet ensemble has made it their mission to expose audiences to their ear tickling performances of popular classics and original composition, in a concert format that is anything but conventional. With virtuoso flare and casual, entertaining banter, DavidCarovillano (accordion) and Becky Sajo (clarinet) are making classical music fun and accessible to audiences of all ages.

December 10 at 1 p.m. Maderaz presents Feliz Navidad
Maderaz presents a high-energy holiday show guaranteed to have everybody up and dancing to their irresistible rhythms. Based in Toronto, Maderaz creates a distinct, vibrant, musical expression. The group is dedicated to celebrating and keeping alive the rich musical heritage of Latin America, while adding a playful blend of urban overtones. Their repertoire includes Afro-influenced rhythms from Columbia, Cuba, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela.

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.


Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
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