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A new season of SKATE CULTURE events
are gearing up at Harbourfront Centre

Lace up and skate on two scenic outdoor rinks by Lake Ontario!

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 2, 2010)Harbourfront Centre is the place to be for the coolest winter events the entire family can enjoy! With two outdoor skating rinks for double the skating fun, the 2010-2011 SKATE CULTURE season offers a number of fun, family-friendly events and activities programmed to suit everyone’s taste.

Harbourfront Centre’s winter session of Learn to Skate programmes begins on Nov. 22 with special courses designed for children, teens and adults, along with private, group lessons and drop-in clinics. Once you’ve mastered your skating technique, skate and shuffle along to some of Toronto’s hottest DJs at the popular DJ Skate Saturday Nights. Every Saturday night from Dec. 4 to Feb.19 (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) features a new DJ spinning a mix of groovy tunes including house, funk, soul and pop-rock!

Little ones will enjoy the return of the HarbourKIDS: SK8 festival on Dec. 4 & 5 with kid-friendly activities including a Hockey Card Cabaret with hockey aficionado Dave Bidini, Curling Lessons, Learn to Skate clinics and much more!

All SKATE CULTURE events take place on or around one of two outdoor rinks at Harbourfront Centre. The beautiful Natrel® Rink is located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario at 235 Queens Quay West. The Natrel® Kinder Rink is located just a few steps away under the Lakeside Terrace Tent, and is made from a revolutionary material that you can skate on all year round.

And if the chilly winter weather gets the best of you, you can warm your fingers and toes next to our outdoor, staff-controlled fire pits or grab a quick bite at the Lakeside Eats restaurant right next to the rink!

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 W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

SKATE CULTURE featured events:

The Natrel® Rink – Nov. 20, 2010 to March 13, 2011 (weather permitting). Open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
A popular skating destination in the heart of the city! Visitors can enjoy Toronto’s favorite artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. The rink is easily accessible by TTC and by car. Parking is available. There are also on-site skate rentals, change rooms, rental lockers and skate sharpening. Off-site bulk skate rentals are available. For more info call 416-973-4866.

The Natrel® Kinder RinkOpen daily year-round from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thanks to Artificial Grass & Landscaping (AGL), the exclusive North American distributor, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to provide the optimal place for the public to learn how to skate and practice before moving on to the bigger skating rink. The Natrel ®Kinder Rink is made from a revolutionary material with a 98% resemblance to conventional ice rink surfaces, so you can wear regular ice skates and skate on it all year round!

Learn to Skate Session 1: Nov. 22 - Dec. 19, 2010. Session 2: Jan. 5 - 30, 2011. Session 3: Feb. 2 - 27, 2011. (weather permitting).
Lessons for children, teens and adults are taught by experienced instructors in small groups, allowing for a comfortable learning environment and personal attention. For more information and to register call 416-973-4093.

HarbourKIDS SK8 FestivalDec. 4 & 5, 2010 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre hosts the city’s coolest kid-friendly celebration of all things skate-related. Enjoy free performances, activities and loads of fun on the Natrel® Rink and the Natrel® Kinder Rink.

DJ Skate Saturday NightsSaturdays, Dec. 4, 2010 to Feb. 19, 2011 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (except Christmas and New Year’s Day).
Toronto’s top DJs get the party started at Toronto’s premier ice skating events. This winter’s DJ Skate Saturday Nights series features 10 FREE late-night skating events with some of Toronto’s best party-rockers including Cherry Bomb DJs, 1 LOVE T.O., 44th and Filth and Promise DJs. Other highlights include a special Kuumba Black History Month celebration featuring a Motown Mixer with Detroit’s DJ D Brown and a Soca on Ice event with Flow 93.5 FM personality Dr. Jay de Soca Prince.


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.

Media Contacts:
Althea Linton

HarbourKIDS: SK8
Rosie Shaw

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