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Lace up for SKATE CULTURE!
HarbourKIDS:SK8, Learn to Skate and DJ Skate Nights are fun for the whole family

TORONTO, November 19, 2009- Harbourfront Centre is Toronto’s ice skating haven with SKATE CULTURE events happening all winter. These FREE, all-ages events start with the opening of the Natrel® Rink on Nov. 21 and continue through to March Break (weather permitting).

Season-long activities include Learn to Skate programs for children, teens and adults, along with private and group lessons, drop-in clinics and date skates. SKATE CULTURE then launches HarbourKIDS: SK8 weekend filled with kid-friendly fun and the unveiling of the new Natrel® Kinder Rink, followed by DJ Skate Nights every Saturday of the season, featuring some of Toronto’s hottest DJs spicing up the night with house, soul and pop-rock tunes!

For more information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

SKATE CULTURE featured events:

The Natrel® Rink - The Natrel® Rink reclaims its place as Toronto’s favourite outdoor rink when the 2009/2010 winter season launches on Nov. 21. The rink is open daily until March Break (weather permitting) and is one of the first outdoor rinks to open in downtown Toronto this season. Skate and helmet rentals, sharpening service, change rooms and lockers are available. Hours of operation are from Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Learn to Skate - Lessons for children, teens and adults are taught by experienced instructors in small groups, allowing a comfortable learning environment and personal attention to amateur skaters. Classes range from $45 to $95. For more information and to register, call 416-973-4093.

HarbourKIDS: SK8 – On the first weekend of December, Harbourfront Centre hosts the city’s coolest skating celebration for families with performances, workshops, crafts, and hands-on activities! From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, DJ Andrew Allsgood spins family-friendly tunes for Kids Skate.

This weekend is also the grand opening of the new eco-friendly Natrel® Kinder Rink. A brand new addition to our renowned skating facilities, this covered skating rink is made of recycled plastic! Eco-friendly, slower and softer than real ice, this rink is perfect for small children who have never skated before or who are still getting the hang of it.

DJ Skate Nights - Toronto’s top DJs get the party started at Toronto’s premier ice skating events. This year’s session features 10 exciting free events beginning Dec.5 with the Gang of Two crew presenting a night of disco, tropicalia and punk-funk music. Other highlights include Promise DJs, Goin Steady DJs, Cherry Bomb DJs and a unique live set (mini-piano, synth and computer) on Jan. 2 from musician and composer John Kameel Farah. In February, Black History Month is celebrated on Feb. 6 with DJs Carl Allen and Kwame Young during (The Real) Soul on Ice.

Additional events taking place at Harbourfront Centre this holiday season:

Homegrown Skateboards (Visual Arts Exhibit) – From Nov. 14 to Jan. 3, Jesse Watson presents a selection of distinctly custom-made skateboarding decks from this LaHave, Nova Scotia studio. Almost ninety-nine percent of skateboard decks are mass produced abroad. Watson not only developed a unique deck made from local materials, but also built the equipment to make the deck!

Swedish Christmas Fair - The 28th annual fair takes place Nov. 21 and 22. Guests will enjoy festive entertainment at the Swedish Women’s Educational Association International Inc.(SWEA) 28th Annual Swedish Christmas Festival. Scheduled to perform is the renowned Lucia Pageant, which includes a procession of children singing traditional Swedish Christmas carols. Lucia is a symbol of goodness and light that opens the Christmas season. The programme also includes traditional folk dancing

Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Festival - From Nov. 27 to Nov. 29 this fair trade Christmas festival features works from over 130 artisan groups from more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Purchase personal and home accessories, carpets, Christmas décor, games, toys, coffee and food while soaking in the sights and sounds of Christmas. As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages builds long-term relationships with artisans based on mutual understanding and respect.


Media Contacts:
SKATE CULTURE – Althea Linton 416-973-4428 alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
HarbourKIDS: SK8 – Rosie Shaw 416-973-4381 rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com
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