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Harbourfront Centre invites kids to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront for a summer of fun, creativity and learning

TORONTO, Wednesday, May 6, 2009 — A spectacular summer awaits campers ages
4-17 at Harbourfront Centre, June 29-September 4, with over 35 exciting and diverse camps to choose from. Harbourfront Centre has built its reputation on a tradition of enriching the lives of children through diverse arts-based programming in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront with the best counsellors in the city. This summer, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce its eight new and exciting camps: Dance, Dance Dance!, Pop Star, Camp Rock Star, Kick-flip SK8 Camp, Portfolio Prep, WDA Camp: Write, Direct, Act!, Beginner Leadership Training (BLT) and Circus CIT (Counsellor-in-Training).

In other one-week and two-week camp sessions, kids can experience the world of theatre, circus, fashion design, architecture, skateboarding and creative arts; make cool music by joining a band; discover the fascinating world of stories and creative writing; explore Toronto’s inner harbour by sailboat, canoe or kayak; create dances; develop leadership skills (four-week session); learn or improve chess and basketball skills, and much more.

Early registration is advised, as camps fill up quickly. Camp fees vary. To register or for more information, the public should call the Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps Hotline, 416-973-4093, or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/camps.

NEW CAMPS!

Dance, Dance, Dance!
Ages: 5-8
This camp is perfect for the child who loves to dance! Focussing on ballet, jazz and hip hop while improving confidence and stage presence, campers have the chance to perform at the end of the two-week session in front of their friends and family!

Pop Star
Ages: 8-12
For the camper who loves to sing and perform! Campers explore different genres of music, learn to write their own songs and work on their vocals. Campers then display their newly learned skills in Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre!

Camp Rock Star
Ages: 10-13
Junior musicians are put through an inspirational, educational and intensive session of rock! Our camp staff provides the guidance, development and encouragement that all new bands need for creative collaboration. Pop or punk, metal or blues, Camp Rock Star provides the essential fundamentals necessary for success: having fun!

Kick-flip SK8 Camp
Ages: 8-12
This one-week camp teaches the basics of skateboarding and beyond, from kick-flips to switch stance! Campers are broken into groups according to age and ability. A low 1:6 ratio keeps all boarders safe. Required items for attending SK8 Camp are a skateboard, two elbow pads, two knee pads and a helmet.

Portfolio Prep
Ages: 12-16
This camp is for the budding artist who is planning to take his or her artistic endeavours to the next level and requires a portfolio for high school or university. Using a variety of techniques, campers prepare original artwork using artist-quality materials for their portfolio. The qualified instructor and guest artists help develop a well-rounded portfolio, allowing each camper’s talent to shine!

WDA Camp: Write, Direct, Act!
Ages: 13-15
This camp is for older campers looking to refine their theatre skills but also those who are interested in writing and directing for theatre. Campers spend two weeks engaging in improv games, writing workshops and rehearsing. At the end of camp, these young artists present their newly learned skills to their friends and family.

Beginner Leadership Training (BLT)
Ages: 13-15
This one-week programme is supervised by the CIT Director. Participants enhance their knowledge of group dynamics, communication, decision-making, team building and initiative tasks. This programme looks to improve self confidence and build our leaders and counsellors of tomorrow.

Circus CIT (Counsellor-in-Training)
Ages: 14-16
Designed for past campers of Circus and individuals with a background in gymnastics, acrobatics or circus arts, Circus CIT prepares participants for a new level of responsibility under the Big Top! CIT’s learn how to spot and assist in the development of campers’ acts. CIT’s also refine their own skills with one-on-one time with Circus specialists. CIT Graduates of this certificate programme who are at least 16 years of age by the first day of camp in 2010 will be offered an interview for a Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps counsellor position for next season.

Returning popular Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps: Basketball Camp, Camp by the Water, Camp Quest, Canoe Camp, Chess Challenge, Circus, Counsellor-in-Training, Creating Dances, Creative Arts (Junior and Senior levels), Digital Photo Camp, Discovery Day Camp, Dungeons & Dragons, Fashion Design, Global Hip Hop, Junior Architects, Junior Authors, Junior Multi-Sport, Kinder-Canoe, Outdoors Beyond, Outdoors Bound, Kayaking, Senior Multi-Sport, TheatreKids and sailing camps (Opti Sail, White Sail, Bronze Sail and Adventure Sail)—for a total of 36 camps in all.

Harbourfront Centre Summer Camps take place over a one-week, two-week or four-week camp session from 9am-4pm, June 29-September 4, at 235 Queens Quay West. A supervised extended programme is offered every day from 7:30-9am and from 4-6pm ($65 per week). Busing is available from almost 40 stops throughout Toronto for the low cost of only $42 per week. A nutritious lunch option is also offered at a cost of $34 per week.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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