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Step right up to HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS!

A FREE long-weekend festival for kids ages five to 12
Co-produced with Zero Gravity Circus

Come clown around at the Toronto International Circus Festival!
May 22-24, 2010, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

TORONTO, ON (May 6, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre and Zero Gravity Circus are thrilled to present the return of HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS – an exciting weekend festival of FREE family activities themed around the big top! For the third year in a row, HarbourKIDS can play ringmaster all Victoria Day long-weekend at the Toronto International Circus Festival.

The whole family is invited to run away and join the extraordinary world of circus! This HarbourKIDS weekend festival celebrates carnival spectacles of all forms. Full of wonder, magic and excitement, the art, stories, music, games and shows at HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS will remind us that anything is possible!

HarbourKIDS is Harbourfront Centre’s free family programme designed for kids from five to 12 years old. Each festival weekend features events and activities related to a theme; past events have focused on ideas including Respect, SK8, Impact!, Geek Out! and more.

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If you fall in love with the circus at HarbourKIDS, come back and take part in our other circus programmes! We offer a circus summer camp for kids ages seven to 13 and a six-week circus course for adults (because kids shouldn’t have all the fun) led by Marsha Kennington, instructor at Cirque du Monde, social action and global responsibility division of Cirque du Soleil.

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Highlights of HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS

HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS provides a fun and exciting environment where kids can both observe and engage in different stimulating activities. The weekend programming is as follows:


Toronto International Circus Festival Mainstage
Daily at 2:30 p.m. (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
Zero Gravity Circus’ high-energy show is the main attraction at the Toronto International Circus Festival. Featuring eye-popping acrobatics, side-splitting comedy and mind-bending daredevil stunts, world-class acrobats, fire-eaters, stilt walkers and much more!

Helen Donnelly is a unique and accomplished actor, clown and professional performance storyteller. Her many unique characters transcend cultural barriers by using only gibberish and body language to communicate her eccentric ideas.

Jen Georgopoulos
A former competitive gymnast, Jen trained as a stunt performer in fight choreography, fire work and high falls before eventually turning her determined gaze to the world of circus arts. She specializes in the dramatic dynamics of the aerial disciplines, including solo static trapeze and aerial silks.

Peter Loung
Peter is an accomplished martial artist trained at the famed Shaolin Temple of China. He dedicates his remarkable focus to the demands of the circus arts, including hand balancing and aerial straps—breathtaking acrobatic disciplines that centre on exquisite control, supreme confidence and outstanding technique.

Valérie Doucet
Valerie will astound you, performing spectacular contortions, acrobatic movements and hand- balancing in a presentation that demonstrates perfect poise, physical prowess and playful
creative discipline.

Robert Webber
A guaranteed crowd pleaser, Robert is a remarkable props artist that demonstrates charm and the dazzling ability to coordinate and manipulate objects in innovative and amazing ways.

Dora Yudekein
An international level gymnast, Dora also trains in acrobatics. Often called “tango on trapeze”, Dora and Peter’s beautifully choreographed routine is nothing less than stunning. Using a single static trapeze, the two acrobats offer a charming show of serpentine movements combined with dazzling feats of trust and daring.

Aristov Family
After graduating from the Moscow State College of Circus Performing Art, Igor did a world tour with Moscow State Circus as an acrobat. Along with his acrobatic wife Tatiana and their son George, the Aristov Family has been performing all variety of acrobatic feats together around the globe.

Story Theatre
Saturday & Monday at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Actress and artist Victoria Goring creates new and improvised stories with the suggestions of the children in the audience. These stories are each unique and based on live interaction.

Fesso and Lu & Friends
Saturday & Monday at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. (Studio Theatre)
This interactive show features elegant clown aerialist Lu and the less-than-cooperative buffoon Fesso performing slapstick antics, ground acrobatics and circus stunts that are sure to get any audience laughing.

Cyrk Du Solo
Saturday & Monday at 11 a.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
This comedy features “The Global Village Idiot” Tony Molesworth mixing stand-up, ventriloquism, juggling, magic and banjo into a high-voltage, fast-paced show for the whole family to enjoy.

Canadian National Youth Circus
Daily at 12 p.m. (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
Canadian National Youth Circus (CNYC) promotes and encourages youth involvement in the world of circus. Working diligently to prepare for the Toronto International Circus Festival, the CNYC inspire your kids to get involved by showing what they have accomplished.

Running continuously daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; each act performs once daily (Redpath Acts of Sweetness Stage)

Bruce Horak – the charming, hilarious, musical clown, will host this variety spectacular and help to bring excitement to the audience.

A top-rated mentalist demonstrates his extra-sensory abilities in this hilarious extravaganza featuring mind reading, comedy and sleight of hand.

The Ben Show
Ben performs various circus acts from unicycle-riding to balance acts and juggling in this 21st century take on classic vaudevillian circus performances.

With over 10 years of fire-play experience, this artist demonstrates his eccentric and charming character through a variety of humorous showcases.

Fireguy will take serious risks in front of the audience with fire-swallowing, leaping through fire stars and fire manipulation while skateboarding.

John Park
If you’re looking for something different, you’ve come to the right place! John’s water routine scarf dancing, marshmallow bit and plate spinning are all guaranteed to delight with their originality, novelty and comedy!

Nick Hirt Family Juggling Showcase
Nick and his children have been entertaining the streets and stages of Toronto for the past six years. They have developed into skilful artists who deliver an action-packed show with stunning circus skills.


Clown Club
Daily from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
This 15-minute workshop will have kids experiencing the world of clowning through games, jokes, comedy and interaction with Rebecca Northan’s clown character, Mimi. Northan, who just starred in Blind Date (part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage) and hosted Harbourfront Centre’s annual gala fundraiser Wonderball, finishes the workshop off with a ceremony where kids are reborn as bona fide clowns and leave feeling free to truly be their silly selves.

Flipbook Animation Station
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
Under the guidance of Ruzya Karpinec, kids create their own circus-themed animated flipbooks that they can then take away with them to show off!

Cirque Dirt Fairy Garden
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn: The Natrel® Midway)
Extremely popular at HarbourKIDS: Impact and Respect in 2009, this hands-on family workshop with Garden Jane is back! Participants learn about fairies building homes in plants and the special needs of each plant. Each child gets to plant a magical bean seed in a pot and take it home to watch it grow.

Be a Juggling Genius
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn: The Natrel® Midway)
Learn to juggle with demos and instruction from the professionals of Zero Gravity Circus.

Do It Yourself Juggling Balls
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn: The Natrel® Midway)
What does every up-and-coming circus star need? Equipment! Make your very own set of juggling balls to use while you learn how to juggle in the Be a Juggling Genius tent. Then, take them home and impress your friends and family with your cool new skills!


Music with Bite: Skarazula
Sunday at 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Take an adventure back in time and space to medieval Europe with Skarazula. This interactive musical voyage features various instruments and different languages sure to please the whole family. A co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario.

Splash ‘n’ Boots
Daily at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Sirius Satellite Radio Stage)
An unforgettable interactive concert experience guaranteed to bring out the rock star in every family member.


Step Right Up Buttons
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
With the help of button-making clowns, kids can create their very own clown name and identity and make it into a button they can wear throughout the day.

Neighbourhood Diaries
Daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (York Quay Gallery)
To link with the Visual Arts exhibit, this is a “construction zone” where kids can build and decorate a house of their own design and add it to the streets of a mock neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood Diaries: Stories From Where I Live is part of Visual Arts at York Quay Centre and Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme. The exhibition features work by kids between the ages of six and 18 from nine community centres in the GTA. Uniting professional writers and artists with children to foster ownership of a creative voice, Neighbourhood Diaries is a testament to creative self-expression of individual perspectives of the world.


Musical Pong By mixMotion
Daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Musical Pong will feature various ping pong tables that have graphics on their surface which make sounds when balls hit the various graphics. This interactive game will encourage kids to use their imaginations to create a collaborative musical soundscape.

Lego Under the Big Top
Daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Kids choose their favourite big top act and make a variety of circus acts out of LEGO. The acts that are created will combine to create a LEGO circus.

Balloon Virtuosos
Daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn: The Natrel® Midway)
Balloon sculptures from Zero Gravity Circus are an interactive and fun activity that is sure to be a conversation piece.

There will be free Natrel® milk given away throughout the weekend!

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HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Sign up to be a HarbourKIDS Club Member and receive your very own “Splooshy” tattoo! Pick up a copy of our Kid’s Guide to Harbourfront Centre and explore our site on an interactive discovery walk! If you want, we’ll send you periodic emails to let you know about fun upcoming family events at Harbourfront!

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


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