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Harbourfront Centre celebrates kids who make an IMPACT with spectacular performances, interactive activities and the return of the exciting Toronto International Circus Festival! Admission is free.

TORONTO, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 — HarbourKIDS: Impact! celebrates all the ways kids can make an impact on the world around them. This action-packed weekend of non-stop fun showcases all kinds of cool stuff for kids to explore, see and do, including the death-defying feats of the Toronto International Circus Festival, co-produced with Zero Gravity Circus. World-class acrobats, blazing fire-eaters, side-splitting comedy, daredevil stunts, stilt-walkers, jugglers, balloon sculptors, the Natrel High Impact! Zone, plus tons of interactive activities await visitors of all ages at Harbourfront Centre’s celebration for kids who make a difference.

HarbourKIDS takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Victoria Day Holiday Monday,
May 16-18, 11am-5pm at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. HarbourKIDS is specifically designed for children aged 5-12 and their families. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids.

HARBOURKIDS: IMPACT! HIGHLIGHTS

Toronto International Circus Festival
Kids of all ages including the young at heart are invited to the thrilling Toronto International Circus Festival! Check out the details below. (For additional details on the Toronto International Circus Festival, visit tocircusfestival.com.

• SIRIUS FUN: The Impact! Big Top!
Don’t miss the Toronto International Circus Festival’s big show! It’s an incredible event showcasing breathtaking aerial acrobatics, spectacular tumbling and human towers and hilarious comic antics. Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 1pm; Sunday, May 17, 3:30pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 1:30pm at the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage.

• The Forkman Cabaret
Welcome to the zany and unpredictable world of Forkman, a character born with a metal fork for a hand! This is an action-packed marionette comedy of errors that leaves families laughing in the aisles. Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 2:30 and 4pm; Sunday, May 17, 11am; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 2:30 and 4pm.

• Maximum Impact Movers and Shakers
Stilt walkers, clowns, magicians and buffoons make an impact as they stroll throughout the Harbourfront Centre site, performing various tricks and feats, leaving visitors amazed!

• Small Peeps, Big Leaps!
Tumbling! Jumping! Rolling! HarbourKIDS are invited to learn how to make a physical impact with circus professionals right in front of the Enwave Theatre!

• Natrel High Impact! Zone
Gather around for all-day thrills, chills and high impact fun including juggling, interactive comedy and clownish antics! Make sure to also visit the Natrel Milk Station for a free sample! See Natrel High Impact! Zone schedule below.
Pyromeo
Visitors are mesmerized by Pyromeo's lavish storm of fiery brilliance! A sure "fire" hit not to be missed! Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 4pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 3:10pm.
The VaudeVillain
Visitors are invited to watch as VaudeVillain performs some of the most outrageous stunts, mind-bending physical comedy and hilarious sight gags ever seen! Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 11am; Sunday, May 17, 11:50am, 3:10pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 1:30pm.
Capt'n Thom Bedlam
A former alligator wrestler takes on the world of pirates, presenting a wild array of magical mayhem, vastly inaccurate knowledge and lessons about being a pirate! Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 11:50am; Sunday, May 17, 2:20pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 4pm.
Scott Free
A skillfully hilarious mix of character comedy, exciting daredevil stunts, sharp improvised wit and audience interaction. Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 1:30pm; Sunday, May 17, 11am; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 12:40pm.
Touch the Clouds Aerial Show
Incredible acts on aerial skills, static trapeze and the classic circus ring peppered with the hilarious antics of an eccentric ringmaster! Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 2:20pm; Sunday, May 17, 4pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 11:50am.
Tawny Ross
A talented juggler and comic gentleman who dazzles onlookers with a show filled with silliness and elegance. Performance times: Saturday, May 16, 12:40pm; Sunday, May 17, 1:30pm; Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 11am.

Planet Power
What happens when Victor the Science Guy and his acrobatic assistant Electra fill a room with video, theatre and circus? You get Planet Power, an exciting interactive show about energy and its everyday uses. Victor gets us thinking of renewable energy. How much energy do we use? Where does it come from? How does energy impact the world? Electra demonstrates the movement of energy with acrobatics on silks and hoops. Amazing! Performances times: Saturday, May 16 and Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 11am; Sunday, May 17, 2:30 and 4pm.

The ElastoCitizens
If one was to whip David Bowie, Prince and Beck into a blender, add a dash of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and serve up the concoction with the zaniness of Deee-Lite in an old Sly And The Family Stone pair of pants, one would get the ElastoCitizens. This cool funk band is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles or singing along to their funky tunes! Performances times: Saturday, May 16 and Victoria Day Holiday Monday, May 18, 4pm. (For more information, visit elastocitizens.com.)

Of All the People in All the World,presented by Siemens
Stan’s Cafe, one of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies, brings its internationally acclaimed performance installation to Harbourfront Centre! A show that has amazed audiences from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Of All the People in All the World utilizes 15 tonnes of rice—over 897 million grains to represent local, national and global statistics. Each person in the Americas is represented by a single grain of rice. From the number of Canadian military serving in Afghanistan to the number of Canadians who eat fast food every day, this ever-changing and interactive landscape of comparative statistics gives new insights on how one counts in the world. From playful pop culture references to sobering statistics about global poverty, this incredible experience brings the world into focus for children in a tangible and easy-to-grasp way, materials available for families to experience the installation together. Of All the People in All the World, part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage international performing arts series, runs from May 13-24; weekdays 10am-7pm; weekends, 11am-5pm. Please note: Rice used in this project will go to food banks and other organizations in need. (For more information on Stan’s Cafe, visit stanscafe.co.uk.)

Music with Bite: Bang on a Drum!
Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) has been captivating audiences with its mesmerizing and thrilling performances on the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. This concert is part of the Music with Bite ongoing family concert series, which is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario. Performance takes place on Sunday, May 17, 1pm. (For more information on Nagata Shachu, visit nagatshachu.com.)

Cisco ImpactLAB
The Cisco ImpactLAB features crafts and activities where kids can learn about “acts of green” and other ways they can make a difference to our environment, as part of Cisco’s One Million Acts of Green programme. Harbourfront Centre is proud to support One Million Acts of Green, in partnership with Cisco and the CBC. Harbourfront Centre is looking for kids who make an impact on a greener world. Maybe it's turning off the lights when one leaves a room. Or remembering to recycle. Whatever it is, one small act can lead to ONE MILLION! Kids can also pledge their "act of green" on a button and wear it wherever they go!

HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Kids can sign up for HarbourKIDS membership and enter their Act of Green now! HarbourKIDS Club members are also the first to know about all the activities for kids and families happening at Harbourfront Centre! To sign up your child and learn more about One Million Acts of Green, go to harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids.

Small Spaces, Big Ideas
Join us for some incredible action inside the tents!
Kids are invited to swing by to learn how to create balloon masterpieces from The Twisted Ones and how to juggle. Co-produced with Zero Gravity Circus.
Garden Jane and Cirque D’irt illustrate the story of the Seedball Revolution by creating juggling balls of seeds. Does one realize the importance that seeds have on our world? Through this hands-on activity, kids learn about the ways seeds and ecology can affect people’s health and life and even the planet! (More information available at gardenjane.com.)

Stick to Recycling!
Beads, baubles and bits! In this workshop, kids make a fantastic magnet using recycled materials under the supervision of artists from Toronto’s renowned Design Exchange. (For more information about the Design Exchange, visit dx.org.)

ShadowD
Nicholas Longstaff brings ShadowD to HarbourKIDS! ShadowD is a new digital video installation in which HarbourKIDS—the participants—are the live performers. ShadowD inspires the kid in all of us to emerge in dance, play and performance regardless of age or ability! Two giant screens display "intelligent shadows." These shadows mimic the movements of the people casting them, changing shape, size, colour and behaviour in direct response to the impact of participants. (For more information, visit NicholasLongstaff.ca.)

Drop In/Speak Out!
Project Parasol presents an interactive installation and spontaneous performance piece for children and their adult companions! Each adult/child pairing engages in a short interview, complete with microphones and speakers to amplify their viewpoint in more ways than one—and let everyone else know what’s on their mind! (For more information, visit projectparasol.com.)

LEGO® Your Life!
Kids can experiment with LEGO® to move, renovate or add to a kid-size model of the Harbourfront Centre site. Kids can also build a LEGO® figure of themselves and explore their role within the space!

HarbourKIDS is supported by the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Enwave, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Pawsway, Natrel, Aquafina, Siemens Canada, Cisco Canada, LEGO® and the British Council.

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? Through May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, recreation, 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; consider your IMPACT on the world at HarbourKIDS. Harbourfront Centre—time well spent.

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Media Contacts:
Linda Liontis, Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

Svava Stefanson, Zero Gravity Circus
416-469-1440
info@zerogravitycircus.com
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