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HarbourKIDS: Harvest
A FUN & FREE weekend festival for kids ages five to 12

Free family fun celebrating fall at Harbourfront Centre!
Oct. 9-11, 2010

TORONTO, ON (Sept 28, 2010) Harbourfront Centre presents HarbourKIDS: Harvest, a FREEthree-day festival celebrating the harvest season. Families are invited to visit Toronto’s downtown waterfront to discover the relationship between the environment and the food we eat through a wide range of performances and activities.

To celebrate the season of harvest and Thanksgiving, kids can create their own musical instruments at the Kitchenband Hootenanny to play along with The Good Lovelies, make animal noses and jack o’lantern buttons to take home, construct a dream barn out of LEGO® and help build the Tree of Gratitude. Visitors can meet farmers from Ontario’s Greenbelt and purchase seasonal produce, see and feel different kinds of whole grains with The Grain Guy, discover a game based on the 100-Mile Diet with Garden Jane and explore the harvest season, both urban and rural, through an interactive art exhibit called Grow, Gather, Harvest. To honour our roots and keep traditions alive as we move into the future, families can listen to traditional harvest stories from Africa and Haiti with Djennie Laguerre or play old-fashioned outdoor games at the Natrel® Harvest Challenge. New practices and old traditions come together at HarbourKIDS: Harvest to inform a better and more sustainable future.

HarbourKIDS is Harbourfront Centre’s free family programme designed for kids from five to 12 years old, with three free weekend festivals each year. Stay tuned for HarbourKIDS: SK8, December’s annual family festival all about skating and urban culture. May 2011 will bring the exciting HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS back to town!

For complete event details and full schedule, the public can 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.


Daily at 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill "all-girl" band. Recent winners of the 2010 Juno for Roots Album of the Year and of the 2009 New Emerging Artist Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards – The Good Lovelies are making waves across Canada. The Good Lovelies have appeared on CBC Kids TV with Canada’s favourite puppet Mamma Yamma and on the PBS Special "Girls from the North Country” alongside Dala and Oh Susanna!

Daily at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
VOLUME was born in the Summer of 2009 when Nicholas Kaegi (lead guitar) and Evyn Berridge (drums) met while attending the Virtual Rock and Roll Camp lead by Ciara Adams at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. With performances at Kensington Public School, Dora Keogh’s and the Withrow Funfair under their belt, they are thrilled to be part of HarbourKIDS: Harvest.


Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Hootenanny [hoot-n-an-ee]: an informal session at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment. Sometimes includes dancing.
At this Hootenanny led by Andrew Penner, Erin Brandenburg and Iner Souster of Kitchenband Productions, kids get to make their own instruments out of ordinary found objects and participate in a jam with other budding musicians.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Not Far From the Tree is a non-profit organization which supports local and urban agriculture. The core of their programming is a residential fruit-picking program, based in Toronto. Toronto’s fruit that would otherwise go to waste is picked, eaten and shared! The Marilyn Brewer Community Space will house a photo gallery of the organization’s fruit-picks and an installation called “Tree of Gratitude.” Kids can write or draw pictures of things they are thankful for on cut-outs of apples, which will then be hung from the “tree,” reinforcing the message that giving thanks for what we have now is a way of ensuring abundance in the future.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
These 20-minute workshops, led by Amanda Rataj, offer a new way of exploring, constructing and collecting the natural world. Cyanotype Printing has a long history in botany; this early concept of photography makes a fun, instant print that that participants can take home, and engages them with natural objects in a new way.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
Kids design their own jack o’lantern and turn it into a button! With the help of some trusty assistants to help guide them through this activity, kids personalize their own pumpkin buttons and wear them throughout the day.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
Animals are a big part of farm life. Pigs, cows, and chickens abound! Using recycled paper egg cartons, kids make and paint their own animal nose to wear throughout the day.


Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
The Grow, Gather, Harvest art exhibit consists of 10 panels that tell a story about what it means to prepare for the harvest in different environments. This interactive installation will be created, painted and led by local Toronto artists Beata Kruszynski, Hanna Barcyzk and Shea Chang.

BEYOND IMAGININGS II: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt
Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (outside York Quay Centre)
Thirty-two additional photographs from the late summer season update this outdoor exhibition, unveiled just in time for HarbourKIDS: Harvest! Harbourfront Centre commissioned eight artists to focus their artistic lens on the vast natural wealth of the international treasure that surrounds us. Each artist was asked to address one of three key aspects of the living Greenbelt: Working the Land, Natural Beauty and the People of the Greenbelt. Generously supported by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (outside York Quay Centre)
This is a fun, interactive discovery walk for kids to follow around Harbourfront Centre. This season, the guide focuses on the Beyond Imaginings exhibit and encourages kids to look closer at the photos that can be found throughout the site. The HarbourKIDS Activity Guide will be available at the Info Desk.


Daily at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
The charming Djennie Laguerre from the trio Djennie, Dino & Mélanie (MiniTFO/TVOKIDS), transforms herself into a fantastical storyteller, creating stories specifically for HarbourKIDS that focus on the harvests of Africa and Haiti. Devoted to the oral ancient tradition, she draws inspiration from her African and Haitian roots while encouraging the audience to participate in her stories through singing, rhythm and movement.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
Take the Natrel® Harvest Challenge! Kids get in touch with their roots through a series of old-fashioned outdoor games. Test your strength and endurance with the potato sack race, the bean bag toss, the tug o’ war, the vegetable relay and the apple dash.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
Garden Jane returns to HarbourKIDS with her version of the 100-Mile Food Diet based on the book/concept The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating(or Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally), a non-fiction book written by Canadian writers Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. Garden Jane has created a kid-friendly version of this concept and turned it into a game. Kids can play and find out more about the growing importance of consuming local food.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
A barn-raising is an event in which a community comes together to assemble a barn for one or more of its households. In the past, a barn was often the first and largest structure built by a family who settled in a new area. Barns were essential for storage of hay and keeping of horses and cattle, which in those days were an inseparable part of farming. If you were building a barn for a farm today, what would it look like? Design it in your mind and build your dream barn out of LEGO®!


Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
In over half the countries of the world, harvest means rice and grain instead of fruits and vegetables. “Grain Guy” introduces kids to different kinds of whole grains in this tactile experience. Kids get to see and feel the difference between brown and white rice, wheat, barley, millet, quinoa, spelt and kamut. Grain Guy will be there to answer questions and provide simple recipes for each grain.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Brigantine Tent)
Harbourfront hosts a Farmers’ Market featuring locally grown organic produce for kids and their families to purchase. Throughout the summer and into the harvest, Farmers' Markets have an abundance of farm fresh produce, dairy, meat, fish, baked goods, and much more to choose from. It's a great chance to not only meet and support your local farmers and purchase healthy fresh food, but also to connect with your neighbourhood community.

Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The World Café will be open throughout the festival, offering a variety of international cuisine prepared by a rotating selection of popular Toronto restaurants and caterers.

**MEDIA NOTE: High-resolution images available on request**

HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Sign up to be a HarbourKIDS Club Member and be the first to know about all the activities for kids and families happening at Harbourfront Centre. Pick up a copy of our HarbourKIDS Activity Guide 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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