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Harbourfront Centre launches new Music with Bite season
during national Culture Days celebration

FREE interactive concert series connects kids with classical music

TORONTO, ON (Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010)Harbourfront Centre celebrates Culture Days with the launch of the 2010-2011 season of Music with Bite, the interactive and intimate FREE concert series designed especially for kids ages five to 12.

Satisfy your ears and your taste buds! Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists performing bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. After the concerts, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel® milk beverage and cookie. In partnership with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario (

This season offers four special concerts for kids: Annabelle Canto (performed in English), TorQ Percussion Quartet (performed in English), La tête dans les nuages (performed in French) and Rhythm & Stomp (performed in English). See below for performance details.

Harbourfront Centre is proud to present the first Music with Bite concert of the season, Annabelle Canto, as part of Culture Days, a free national grassroots arts and culture event that is being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada this September. The event represents the largest-ever collective participation campaign undertaken by the national arts and cultural community.


Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Presented in English
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.
Artists: Christina Tannous, soprano & Dominic Boulianne, piano
Concept: François Racine, conception and stage direction
Lighting: Simon Gauthier, Lumin-ART Productions

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Presented in English
Formed in 2004, TorQ is not your average drumming ensemble! Their stage is bursting with over 75 instruments, including drums, bells, shakers, cymbals, marimbas, and even garbage cans! Throughout the performance, TorQ will introduce and demonstrate some of their favorite percussion instruments and use them in a variety of pieces, some of which are completely improvised on the spot.
Artists: Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy.

FAMILY DAY, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
***Presented in French***
Ever since she was a little girl, people have said Annabelle has her head in the clouds. She never believed them until one day, as she listened to the birds singing on her way to school, wings began to grow out of her back. Before long, Annabelle’s feet were touching the tops of the fluffy, white clouds! Annabelle discovers that the sky is a dream-like place where she can make it rain or shine with the sound of her harp, and the birds have strange names like Handel, Debussy and Albeniz.
Artist: Annabelle Renzo, harp
Concept: Marilyn Perreault, conception and stage direction
Based on an original idea by Annabelle Renzo

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Presented in English
This fast-paced, humour-filled concert invites kids into the fantastic world of rhythm, where the human body and everyday objects suddenly become musical instruments! The magic of rhythm is created by the human heart, rain, a ticking clock or the dancing of a flame. Exotic, colourful percussion instruments like the djembe, derbouka, bells and tambourines are used to accompany a magical story.
Artists: Thierry Arsenault, percussion & Bruno Roy, percussion
Concept: Bruno Roy & Janic Gingras, conception
Lighting: Simon Gauthier, Lumin-ART Productions

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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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 what fun family events are coming up at Harbourfront!

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.

Jeunesses Musicales Ontario is a non-profit arts organization that fosters the careers of outstanding young professional musicians at home and abroad. JMO promotes the development of the arts in Ontario by bringing fine classical music to audiences of all ages. As young artists gain valuable experience and exposure, students, families and the general public enjoy high-quality, affordable, accessible musical entertainment. JMO is a branch affiliate of Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

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.


Rosie Shaw
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