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Harbourfront Centre Celebrates Canada-wide Culture Days
Sept. 24-26, 2010


TORONTO, ON (Sept. 14, 2010) Harbourfront Centre is proud to participate in Culture Days, a FREE national grassroots arts and culture event being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada this September. For one weekend, Canadians of all ages are invited to experience free, behind-the-scenes, hand-on and interactive events offered by individual artists, cultural groups, organizations and municipalities. It is the largest-ever collective participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canada.

From Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26, you are invited to explore your own curiosity and create culture alongside your neighbours and artists at one of the SEVEN free Culture Days event offerings at Harbourfront Centre. Events for the visual-arts-curious include outdoor photography and plant life exhibits, the opening of the new fall visual arts & architecture show at York Quay Centre, and Craft Studio demonstrations (textiles, ceramics, glass blowing and jewellery/metalwork). The first performance of the 2010-11 Music with Bite concert series (designed for ages five to 12) takes place on Sunday afternoon, and you can lace up your skates and try out the Natrel® Kinder Rink while you’re here! Lastly, celebrate the season on Saturday at Tet Trung Thu: Mid Autumn Celebration, also known as the Vietnamese Moon Festival or Lantern Festival.

Harbourfront Centre is committed to year-round accessible programming, and not just during Culture Days! Working with over 450 community organizations and hosting more than 4,000 events a year, Harbourfront Centre attracts approximately 12.5 million people annually, cementing its position as a leading international showcase for theatre, dance, literature, music, film, visual arts and fine craft! The organization’s mission is to nurture the growth of new cultural expression, stimulate Canadian and international interchange and provide a dynamic, accessible environment for the public to experience the marvels of the creative imagination. Therefore, all Harbourfront Centre events and programmes are offered at reasonable prices or are completely free of charge.

Full Culture Days Event Listings:
VISUAL ARTS

Beyond Imaginings: Eight artists encounter Ontario's Greenbelt
Ongoing, outside York Quay Centre
Commissioning the work of eight emerging Ontario-based photographers, each one focusing on a distinct aspect of Ontario’s Greenbelt, one of the world’s largest natural resources. Harbourfront Centre’s Head of Visual Arts, Patrick Macaulay, curates a selection of 72 photographs for the exhibition which reflect the people, places and inexhaustible beauty of the Greenbelt. Beyond Imaginings is organized by Harbourfront Centre with support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Epson and SAJO. Runs until June 2011.

Fall Visual Arts & Architecture Exhibits
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m.; GALLERY HOURS: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
York Quay Centre embraces many varied and intriguing exhibition spaces and hangings. These include curated shows which are part of World Routes or other site-wide festivals, photographic exhibitions by local and international photographers, curated exhibitions of contemporary craft by both international and local artists, installations, and contemporary architectural exhibitions in the new architecture gallery.

Artist’s Gardens
Ongoing, outside York Quay Centre
Since 1990, designers, craftspeople, performing artists and visual artists have created living installations across the Harbourfront Centre site that challenge traditional ideas about gardening.
For garden plant lists, please visit the Information Desk or Main Gallery in York Quay Centre.

Craft Studios
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre's Craft Department inspires people to engage with the ideas being expressed by today’s craft artists. There is an opportunity for the public to witness, understand and experience work being created in glass, ceramics, metal and textiles. Operating 11 months of the year in full public view.

MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Music with Bite: Annabelle Canto
Sunday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
The amazing story of a young opera singer who happens to lose both her voice and her memory on the morning of an important concert. With spontaneity, innocence and humour, Annabelle Canto and her pianist Henry set out on a quest to find her voice again, discovering memorable and majestic opera characters along the way.
Music with Bite is Harbourfront Centre’s concert series designed especially for kids ages five to 12, and is presented in partnership with Jeunesses Musicales d’Ontario.

Tet Trung Thu: Mid Autumn Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m. onwards
The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Vietnamese Moon Festival or the Lantern Festival, is celebrated throughout East Asia. It is the second-most important holiday (New Year’s Day being the most important) and occurs around the September equinox. Traditionally, families gather around to celebrate the end of the summer harvest by eating moon cakes, lighting lanterns, and gazing at the moon and stars. It is also a wonderful day for children to stay up late and play together outside at night.
RECREATION

The Natrel® Kinder Rink
Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., beside the Natrel® Pond
The Natrel® Kinder Rink at Harbourfront Centre is an addition to our renowned skating facilities. This eco-friendly rink by Artificial Grass & Landscaping (AGL), the exclusive North American distributor, is perfect for small children who have never skated before or who are still getting the hang of it. You can wear regular ice skates and skate on it daily and all year round!

For more information, please visitharbourfrontcentre.com or call the Info Line at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.


ABOUT CULTURE DAYS
Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. To date provincial partners include Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Manitoba Homecoming, Government of Manitoba, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Northwest Territories. Culture Days was inspired by Journées de la culture, produced by Culture pour tous in Québec. culturedays.ca

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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 the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Rosie Shaw
416-973-4381
rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com
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