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Grown-ups are invited to learn, create and play with us and have the experience of a lifetime!

TORONTO, January 24, 2007—Harbourfront Centre’s Learning for Living programme offers 25 interesting, diverse and fun courses. Learning for Living provides adults with creative, stimulating learning opportunities through courses in areas of contemporary culture. Participants can go gallery hopping, discover their talents in drawing, dance like a star, learn the secrets of how to survive home renovations, discover Toronto through interesting walking tours, visit markets and neighbourhoods to find out about cultural cuisine, make delicious Valentines Day candy, and more!

Learning for Living courses run from February to May. Register at least one week before the first day of class and receive a 10% discount. Please register early as courses require a minimum number of registrants. Costs vary. To register or for programme details, the public can call 416-952-4046 or visit

Creative Design offered: Drawing for Fashion Design with Sally Glanville, How to Renovate Without Getting Divorced with Belinda Albo, Stitch and Bitch Club and Textile Transfer with Lynne Heller.

Film and New Media offered: Demystifying the Digital Camera, Film Club-Desire, Film Club-Thrills and Chills, Podcasting 101 and Screen Writing 101.

General Courses and Workshops offered:Adventure Travel and Tourism, Custom Made Gardens Clinic, Easter Dinner Cooking, Hip Hop for Dummies (and Boomers and Hipsters too), Pysanky, Valentine’s Day Candy Making and Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art.

Performing Arts offered:Ballet, Ballroom Dancing, Flamenco Dancing, HipHop Dance 101 and Opera Singing 101.

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

Visual Arts offered: Drawing for the Terrified with Barbara Klunder and Toronto Island Watercolour Sketchbook with Laurie Jones.

From January to May 2007, Harbourfront Centre questions all that you DESIRE. Every act of creation begins with a desire to communicate or challenge or perpetuate. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Let Harbourfront Centre be your lens to a common theme reflected through all the disciplines we offer—dance, theatre, visual arts, music, craft and more. In the coming months take in every performance, event and work of art through the prism of Harbourfront Centre’s idea based programming focus—DESIRE.

Learning for Living Courses
February to May 2007


Drawing for Fashion Design
March 1 to April 5, inclusive
Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
$100 (includes materials)
Look out Project Runway! This course gives you the tools you need to create sketches for fashion design and teach you how to use a variety of materials to put together a presentation board and press kit for your portfolio. Instructor Sally Glanville has taught fashion drawing for eight years in Toronto and the US.

Textile Transfer with Lynne Heller
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. &
Sunday, March 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
$100 (includes materials)
Explore, play, talk and make—investigate the use of repetition and pattern as powerful tools of visual persuasion in textile art. Make samples of floor cloths using canvas, paint and transferred imagery. Discover the many techniques and materials for creating beautiful works of art for your home.

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.

Stitch and Bitch Club
April 5 to May 3, inclusive
Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$80 (some materials included)
Not afraid to embrace your knitting mistakes or try new weaving and crochet techniques? Well then, anarchist knitters, this club is for you! Instruction/guidance focuses on working with unusual materials to create unique gifts, artwork and functional items. Featuring special guests!

How to Renovate Without Getting Divorced
Saturday, April 14
1 to 4 p.m.
$40 per person/$75 per couple
Whether you are in the middle of home renovations, or afraid to renovate for fear of losing your sanity, designer Belinda Albo shows you how to manage the undertaking from the tiniest of projects to the biggest of budgets—without losing your mate. Note: You don't have to be married (or coupled) to enjoy this course!

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.


Film Clubs
Attention film buffs! This club is designed to spark your love for cinema. Take in a different film each week, followed by an engaging, facilitator-led discussion. Look out for special guests! Pick the club that best suits you:

Film Club-Desire
March 6 to April 10, inclusive
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$50 for club or $10 per screening
Part of Harbourfront Centre's Ideas-based Programming, this club delves into earthly delights, deepest secrets and themes of desire.

Film Club-Thrills and Chills
March 7 to April 11, inclusive
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$50 for club or $10 per screening
A club for the not-so-faint of heart! Dive into the macabre and mystery of the horror/thriller genre.

Screen Writing 101
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. &
Sunday, April 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
This course is designed for those curious about what it takes to write a screenplay. Through discussion and hands-on elements, students cover subjects such as: How to tell a good story, character arcs and finding the heart of a film.

Demystifying the Digital Camera
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This course is designed to teach you the basics of using (and loving) your digital camera, from effective shooting to getting the best image manipulation. Please bring your digital camera to class.

Podcasting 101
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Make your voice heard! Let our experts take you through the steps to create your own podcast. This course explores technical, creative and effective tools for planning and implementing a podcast through hands-on assignments and workshops with experienced facilitators.


Valentine's Day Candy Making
Saturday, February 3
1 to 4 p.m.
$50 (includes supplies and recipes)
Make delicious and artistic treats from scratch to give to your sweetheart! Learn the basics of candy-making, and discover traditional and contemporary recipes for unique and irresistible gifts.

Adventure Travel & Tourism
February 7 to March 7, inclusive
Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
$20 for workshop or $5 per session
Discover a world of excitement! Each week a guest speaker presents details on adventurous vacations and exotic destinations! A question/answer period and vacation planning session follows each presentation.

Hip Hop for Dummies (and Boomers and Hipsters too)
March 1 to 22, inclusive
Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Indulge your inner hip-hopper in this hands-on class that covers the core elements: emceeing (rapping), breakdancing, graffiti and DJ'ing/turntablism. Learn the real roots of the culture and how to become a practitioner.

Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?
March 7 to April 10, inclusive
Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m.
$155 (includes admission to performances and exhibitions) or $30 per session
Whether you are a contemporary dance enthusiast, a theatre buff, or curious about the latest in the visual arts scene, this course helps you demystify all that is contemporary culture. Take in a variety of performances and exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre and beyond, and participate in debate and discussions with our expert facilitators. Enhance your appreciation while discovering what's new and fresh in the world of dance, theatre and visual arts. Each week features a genre and specialist facilitator.

Easter Dinner Cooking
Saturday, March 31
1 to 4 p.m.
$50 (includes supplies and recipes)
Join our expert chef for an interactive workshop and learn how to create an Easter Holiday feast your friends and family will rave about!

Saturday, April 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$60 (includes supplies and materials)
Learn the rich history and craft of Ukrainian egg painting using wax and dyes in this hands-on workshop that has you designing and creating these beautiful works of art.

Custom Made Gardens Clinic
Saturday, May 5
1 to 4 p.m.
$60 (includes supplies)
Bring us your weak, your tired, and your crumpled gardens! In this clinic, our expert gardening gurus show you the perfect plants for your balcony, backyard or window sill and teach you how to care for your plants and flowers. Get the most out of your garden!


February 13 to March 26, inclusive
Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m.
Every Prima Donna started out as a beginner—and you can start here! Learn the beauty and grace of ballet through basic exercise, movement and choreography. No previous dance experience necessary.

HipHop Dance 101
February 14 to March 21, inclusive
Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tired of being the only one in the club with no rhythm? Then make a new move and sign up for this course—our great dancers and choreographers teach you how to wow everyone in the club.

Flamenco Dancing
February 20 to March 27, inclusive
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Discover the legendary dance of Spain and the history that shaped its steps and music.

Ballroom Dancing
April 16 to May 28, inclusive
Mondays, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
$100 per person
So you think you can dance? Learn the steps of classic ballroom dance in this intensive course. Bring a partner or dance with someone new—either way you are sure to have fun!

Opera Singing 101
April 16 to May 28, inclusive
Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Belt it out to your hearts' content in this introductory opera class! Through theory, practice and technique, you explore the traditional aria and recitative modes of singing with the help of a professional opera singer.


Re/Discover Your City
April 10, 17, May 1, 15, 22, 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$150 for workshop or $30 per session
Whether you're new to Toronto or have lived here all your life, this city is full of surprises. You travel through Toronto's neighbourhoods—and discover the history, stories and magic of the world just beyond your backyard.

April 10 Lost Toronto
Beginning at Harbourfront Centre, we stroll into the heart of our ever-changing city. What's lost you might ask? Plenty—we unearth the lost nooks and crannies of "Toronto the Meeting Place" and hear the lost stories of the wicked citizens of "Toronto the Good."

April 17 The First Chinatown
The first Chinatown is fast fading...trace where the seeds were planted and uprooted several times before they were sown for good. The area comes alive again as you explore photos of old and listen to spellbinding stories. Escape the frenzy with an intimate residential stroll (while learning a little Feng Shui), then step back into the bustling commercial area as the sun sets.

May 1 What the Dickens?
Let's celebrate the 165th anniversary of Charles Dickens' arrival in Toronto in 1842! Da Vinci Code fans will love the chance to be "literary detectives" and follow in his footsteps with the aid of guide Shirley Lum, Dickens' much loathed travel book American Notes, his wife's long lost diary, maps of the city in that area, and pictures of lost buildings.

May 15 Broadview Gateway to Danforth
What's the connection between the Bloor Viaduct and the old Robert Simpson store on Queen Street? Find out while you cross the bridge and meet the long-gone colourful citizens of the lost "Chester Village,” “Doctor's Row,” Rosedale East and Riverdale.

May 22 Rosedale Labyrinth
Discover Rosedale's eclectic nooks, the Group of Seven's forgotten studio, and the hustling and bustling Victorian village of Yorkville. Indulge in coffee house nostalgia as we end at the oldest Yorkville Café.

May 29 Swansea and L.M. Montgomery
Canadian author Lucy Maude Montgomery is closely associated with PEI, but did you know that she lived her last six years in Swansea? You'll admire its serene setting, the winding roads, the Humber River, Aboriginal footpaths and wooden staircases...all leading to "Journey's End."

Guide Shirley Lum is the founder of Toronto's Taste of the World Tours: Neighbourhood Bicycle Tours and Walks Inc. A "foodie" and free spirit, 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
April 28, May 5, 12, 19
Saturdays, 12 to 6 p.m.
$80 for workshop or $25 per session
Discover your city's cuisine through a series of visits to markets and neighbourhoods. Get the insider's scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn about the personal stories of Toronto's food experts as you are guided through culinary centred areas in Toronto to taste, talk and tour. An opportunity to discover things you never knew!

April 28 Little India
Visit shops and restaurants in Little India and sample treats while learning how to shop for spices and to make your own curry.

May 5 Kensington/Chinatown
The bustling markets await you in this exciting feast of the senses—especially taste! Sample treats and sweets you've never heard of, and discover the cultural customs of shopping, dining, and getting around in the city's busiest area!

May 12 Danforth
Baklava, spanokopita, cheese pies, ricotta cheese sweet pies, mousaka, and honey donuts are just a few of the sights, tastes and smells you'll encounter on this cultural tour of the Danforth area.

May 19 Little Italy
Discover Belle Italia in your own backyard! Visit shops, restaurants, and sample amazing fare from some of Toronto's best!

Drawing for the Terrified
March 6 to April 10, inclusive
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Good drawing comes from good composition, understanding different styles of line-work, and achieving tones with different techniques and materials. Various lessons concentrating on techniques and composition makes for better drawing and better observing. It's not as scary as you think!

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.

Toronto Island Watercolour Sketchbook with Laurie Jones
April 22 to May 13, inclusive
Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m.
$100 (includes materials)
An introduction to the practice of keeping a sketchbook and the use of watercolour media, pencil or pen, this course is suited to novices and those who wish to begin to record personal experience using this time honoured tradition. For three of the four sessions, the group will head over to Toronto Island by ferry and/or water taxi in quest of sketchbook material.

Instructor Laurie Jones is a teacher and watercolour sketching enthusiast who uses the watercolour medium to explore themes in her personal painting practice. She shares local Island colour and lore while teaching the fundamentals of keeping a watercolour sketchbook for personal recording and reflection. Jones, an artist and a long time Ward's Island resident, is currently the Director of Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton, Ontario.


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