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Nine dynamic visual arts exhibitions open on Friday, November 14 at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, Thursday, November 6, 2008 — Harbourfront Centre is pleased to launch nine engaging visual arts exhibitions showcasing the works of contemporary artists. The public opening reception takes place on Friday, November 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free.The exhibitions run from November 15, 2008 to January 4, 2009. Exhibition hours for main gallery: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. Regular hours for The Craft Studio: Tuesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Fall/Winter Visual Arts Exhibitions

Blue Blood
The group exhibition looks at the cursed trajectory of the Toronto Maple Leafs post 1967, the last year the team won the Stanley Cup. Blue Blood presents new works, archival materials and imagined artifacts within a distinct setting inspired by the suburban rec room. Blue Blood is being pursued not as a rigorous history of hockey, nor as a celebration of “Canada’s Game,” but as a more precarious venture, rooted in the flawed space of myth, adolescent nostalgia, hero worship and selective memory. The goal of the exhibition is to transform the main gallery into an alternative Hockey Hall of Fame. The transformation takes place by expanding on ideas from conventional museum display as well as more recent multi-media trends. Like the Hall of Fame, Blue Blood focuses on individuals and the construction of biographical narratives supported by images and objects. Participating artists: Michael Davey, Barbara Hobot & Patrick Cull, Matt James, Craig LeBlanc and David Poolman & Katherine Mockler with Roman Tkaczyk, and a commissioned soundtrack by Paul Steenhuisen. Curated by Andrew Hunter and David Bidini.

The Arena Project
Toronto photographer Martie Giefert documents the interior of hockey rinks across Ontario to examine the impact architecture has on our cultural experience and memory. The exhibition looks specifically at ice hockey in the Canadian cultural mindset and the experiences associated with the buildings in which the sport is played. These images are part of a growing collection of Canadian arenas, intended to give a unique perspective and preserve an important part of our identity and heritage.

Art Bwoy Burial
Chris Flanagan’s passion for reggae music and its origins is the root of his latest mixed media/sound work. Reggae was born through competition at live dancehalls, as opposing DJs or sound systems vied for supremacy. In a world where music was a matter of life and death, a competitive edge could mean the difference between winning or losing a sound clash; DJs would often recruit sympathetic reggae singers to record unique versions of their hit songs to endorse a specific sound system. Transposing this concept onto the comparatively mild realm of contemporary art, this tongue in cheek work, puts the Toronto art community on notice, enlisting roots reggae legend Linval Thompson to record a unique reworking of one of his songs telling the world what an incredible visual artist Flanagan is, via a disheveled dancing baby vulture.

Montreal artist Peter Flemming creates a site-specific kinetic work using bits and pieces of discarded industrial objects, obsolesced consumer technology, machine processes, DIY mechanical devices to create installation works. Reject emphasizes the absurdity of the life cycle of a Xmas tree, generally manufactured, purchased, briefly used as decoration, and discarded. The work provides another consumer use of the tree which, for a small fee, can be extracted from the holiday product. By inserting a second monetary exchange for the purpose of brief entertainment, the tree's cycle is prolonged and space for contemplation is created. While the trembling tree often provokes laughter, the initial reaction gives way to empathy and sadness for the unfortunate life-form that shakes itself bare for its spectators. The exhibition is part of Québec Now!, a celebration of contemporary Québec arts and culture in Toronto.

Three mini-curated projects examine sites, events and ideas related to Harbourfront Centre’s surroundings: Garrison Creek, the 1949 fire aboard the SS Noronic cruise ship, and the myth of Gaasyendietha, the dragon that dwells in Lake Ontario. Participating artists: Ben Bruneau, Gillian Flanagan, Casey Hinton, Tarin Hughes, Carly-Anne Mersereau andMarissa Neave. The exhibition is initiated from the programme RENDER, which is the University of Waterloo's arts-based exhibition, production and research centre led by Andrew Hunter, Director/Curator. The projects in Rendered have been produced by students (from the University of Waterloo, OCAD and York University) who have been involved in RENDER-related curatorial courses and internships.

Tick, Tick, Tick…Tock
k. nicol (Ken), an artist and alumni of the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, presents a solo exhibition where micro-objects create expanses used to define space. k. nicol’s company name is metal slug. The word rather suits him—a slow moving creature. His process is methodical, laborious and time consuming. nicol collects clocks. Upon entering his workspace one is more conscious of the sound of ticking and less about being on time; clocks keep time but never dictate time. In nicol’s own words, “A clock with time removed is simply a box that ticks.” Curated by Melanie Egan.

Disparate Unity
An exhibition of work by Jewellery Studio artists-in-residence. The artist-in-residency programme celebrates and advocates diverse approaches to making. Conceptual concerns may differ but cohesion is achieved by virtue of these variances and the use of the body as site. Traditional and non-traditional materials are used, scale is challenged and ideas about jewellery’s role in society are explored. Participating artists: Marina Babić, Suzanne Carlsen, Margaret Lim, Annie Tung and Patrycja Zwierzynska.

Hot Chocolate
Located over the two entrances on the south side of York Quay Centre here at Harbourfront Centre, artist Julie Voyce presents an ode to the commute and a salute to children everywhere (in the form of two large billboards).

So Much Depends Upon this Moment
So Much Depends Upon This Moment (the exhibition at Service Canada at Harbourfront Centre) is part of a recent series of text-based installations by Toronto artist Jen Hutton. Borrowing and then modifying the opening line from William Carlos Williams’ poem The Red Wheelbarrow, the text is hastily inscribed on the wall using thousands of pushpins, resulting in a mesmerizing optical effect of pattern, light, and shadow. Williams’ poem is an example of his uncanny ability to describe ordinary scenes of the period using an economical means, thus aligning him with the Imagist movement of the early 20th century. Here in public space, this altered textual fragment becomes both a marker of and a monument to present time, tenuously held by these fleeting objects.

PERSONAL SPACE continues with installations by Canada's Donald Chong Studio, lateral architecture and NIP paysage. The architecture firms created installations in response to the idea of personal space. PERSONAL SPACE also features new writing by Andrew Westoll in response to his own reflections and questions posed by this idea, which is presented in partnership with Authors at Harbourfront Centre. Participating firm NIP paysage is part of Québec Now. This exhibition space is made possible by the generous support of Core Architects Inc., du Toit Allsopp Hillier | du Toit Architects Limited, Kirkor Architects & Planners, and the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts

On Friday evenings and weekends, beginning on November 21 to December 21, gallery visitors are also invited to check out SK8 CULTURE, which revolves around the amazing Natrel Rink where one of Canada’s favourite pastimes is enjoyed. Gallery-goers can take a skate on the picturesque outdoor Natrel Rink that celebrates its 25 anniversary; come out to a DJ SK8 Night with cool music; take in a music performance and hear great stories by the cozy, outdoor fireplace nestled among the trees overlooking Lake Ontario (beginning on November 22); take an ice skating class; bring their family to HarbourKIDS: SK8 (Dec. 5-7), the city’s best skating celebration featuring performances and activities; and of course check out the skating-related exhibitions—all, as part of SK8 CULTURE. For exact dates and times of performances and event specifics, please visit

FOCUS: Pause
Harbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? From September to May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, technology, the world. Find time for yourself by taking one of our Courses and Workshops; reflect while you wait for the World Stage curtain to rise; enjoy while you skate on the picturesque Natrel Rink. Harbourfront Centre—time well spent.


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Linda Liontis
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