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Harbourfront Centre presents fun, free, festive season events beginning November 17, 2007

Harbourfront Centre kicks off its winter season with fun, free, family-centered festivities starting Saturday November 17, 2007. Activities range from daily skating at the Natrel Rink to cultural forays at the Swedish Christmas Fair and the Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival. All events occur at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) and are suitable for all ages. For information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

NATREL RINK
TheNatrel Rinklaunches its new season on November 17 (weather permitting). Enjoy music and picturesque waterfront surroundings at Canada’s largest artificially cooled outdoor rink. The Natrel Rink provides skate rentals, sharpening, change rooms and locker services. Open November 17, 2007 through March 9, 2008 (weather permitting) – daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 11 p.m. Adjoining Natrel Rink Lakeside Eats offers casual dining and hot and cold beverages.

Harbourfront Centre's popular DJ Skating Nights presents five exciting events this Winter 2007/2008 beginning with Exclaim! magazine spinning Indie Rock on Friday December 15, 2007 and continuing with Promise DJs spinning Disco and House styles on Friday January 11, 2008. Nocturnal Magazine returns on Friday January 25 with Techno and House DJs while CKLN Radio 88.1 has DJs spinning Funk and Soul on Friday February 8. The series ends on Friday February 29 with Earwaks's Hip-Hop DJs taking over the Natrel Rink! DJ names for each night TBA. All DJ Skating Nights begin at 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.

Natrel Rink Learn to Skate's Session One starts November 19 to December 9 (weather permitting). Lessons for adults and children are taught by qualified instructors in small groups resulting in a comfortable environment and personal attention that will ensure your success. Classes range from $90. Call 416-973-4093 for information and to register or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/outdoor/learn_toskate.php. Session Two begins January 7 to February 17, 2008.

SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR
The twenty-sixth annual Swedish Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Experience a traditional Swedish Christmas with a Lucia Pageant, Swedish singing and folk-dancing. The event also features the sale of Swedish handmade crafts and Christmas decorations. Have a taste of Swedish home-baked goods like saffron bread and ginger bread cookies as well as imported Swedish food. Presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association International Inc. (SWEA).

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES MENNONITE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Shop for unique and unusual gifts from over 30 countries at the Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival. Proceeds from these unique art objects, toys, musical instruments, nativities, ornaments and jewelry support skilled artisans from the Global South (developing nations). Also enjoy a sample of Mennonite baking while listening to festive caroling. The festival takes place on November 30 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.), December 1 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) & December 2 (noon to 5 p.m.), and is presented by Ten Thousand Villages - a non-profit fair trade program of the Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches of North America.

Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard | 416-973-4518 | sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek | 416-973-4428 | wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
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