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Harbourfront Centre presents
Longo’s Free Flicks

Travel the world without leaving the city!

TORONTO, ON (April 26, 2011) –– Harbourfront Centre, along with its new lead summer partner – the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), are pleased to announce the return of the free popular outdoor film series Longo’s Free Flicks. Hosted by NOW Magazine’s film critic Norm Wilner, this year’s film theme ‘City Flicks’ explores various urban centres around the globe through the eyes of the filmmaker and movie characters.

Every Tuesday evening from July 5 through to Aug. 9, join us at the WestJet Stage (nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario) for film screenings that highlight the experience of living in a different city! Come rediscover cities that are hotbeds of culture including Toronto, New York, Paris, New Delhi and Tokyo. Then, the audience votes to choose the final film selection (Venice, Toronto or Cairo).

This year’s Longo’s Free Flicks film programming also explores The Big IDEA of “Hot Spot.” This theme is programmed into each Harbourfront Centre event from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international programming in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Join us at Toronto’s favourite movie theatre under the stars! The films begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), are free and will be screened rain or shine, unless otherwise specified.

Longo’s Free Flicks Movie Lineup:

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (PG)
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Scott Pilgrim Vs.The World takes us on an energetic tour to hot spots that are uniquely “Toronto,” such as Lee’s Palace and Honest Ed’s. Michael Cera leads the way as a slightly awkward 20-something who is endowed with fantastical powers to help him take on his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends.

Annie Hall (PG)
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Christopher Walken
Directed by: Woody Allen
Annie Hall explores New York City through the relationship between Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). The film traces the course of their relationship from their first meeting, and serves as an interesting historical document about love in the 1970s.

Paris Je T’aime (14A)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 8:45 p.m. (WestJet Stage) *Note an earlier start time
Starring: Marianne Faithful, Steve Buscemi, Juliette Binoche, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Gerard Depardieu
Paris Je T’aime explores the birthplace of film with short vignettes from various acclaimed directors. This delightful exploration of the streets of Paris takes us on a journey to paradise and back, saturated with colour and romance.

Amal (14A)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9.p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas, Koel Purie.
Directed By: Richie Mehta
Amal is a multi-layered portrait of contemporary India that follows an auto-rickshaw driver in New Delhi. This modern day fable questions the meaning of wealth, and ultimately reveals that sometimes the poorest of men can be the richest.

Lost in Translation (PG)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Directed By: Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation follows two lonely travelers who find companionship in the unlikeliest of places. Tokyo breathes life into the characters when they leave their stifling, repetitive existences in an Americanized hotel. Finding solace in each other and the city, they are reborn.

Audience Choice to be screened Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
The public chooses from the following three movies:

This Movie is Broken (14A)
Starring: Greg Calderone, Georgina Reilly, Kerr Hewitt and Broken Social Scene
Directed By: Bruce McDonald
Filmed in Toronto, This Movie is Broken follows a new couple who are ultimately trying to get to a concert at Harbourfront Centre to see Broken Social Scene. From the Princess Gates to the WestJet stage (where you will be watching the movie if it wins), Toronto helps keep this couple moving.

The Tourist (PG)
Starring: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
Directed By: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in this thrill-seeking romp through Venice. Viewers will be kept on their toes as the pair try to evade the police and the mob.

Cairo Time (G)
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig
Directed by: Ruba Nadda
Cairo Time explores the estranged relationship between a married couple and a local man who steps in to guide and comfort a lonely wife.


SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre’s Music Award
The summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! We’re looking for Toronto’s hottest artists and bands to take centre stage this summer and compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps will create a short list from the submissions received, then each artist and/or band will play the WestJet Stage this July to compete for three cash prizes and a variety of giveaways. The winner will be determined by a combination of jury selections and public votes.

Longo’s Hot Friday Picnics
Fridays, July through August, 6-8 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn)
Buy a sandwich, a snack, or an internationally inspired meal at the World Café and then enjoy it sitting on the Ann Tindal lawn, or pack your cooler with your favorite feast! Live entertainment will vary each week.

Sundays, 3 p.m. (locations vary)
A hot summer series devoted to young people and families, HarbourKIDS presents a hot lineup of artists and activities that will move, shake-up and entertain.

Dancing on the Pier
Thursdays, June 23 to Sept. 1 (Various locations on the waterfront)
Explore culturally hot dance trends and movements from across globe that will heat up the Harbourfront Centre site and its surroundings! The waterfront will be filled with sizzling flavors, movement and sounds from the best choreographers, social dance clubs and DJs to heat up the boardwalk!

World Café
Open weekends, May 21 to Oct. 10 (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
The World Café offers a variety of international cuisine prepared by a rotating selection of popular Toronto restaurants and caterers. Come check out our new location and patio seating area!

International Marketplace
Open weekends, May 28 to Oct. 2
Shop for delightful gifts and treasures from around the globe!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel Pond
Daily, May to October
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel Pond all summer long ($4 per person for a 15-minute ride)! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

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.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative cultural organization, a registered charity 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. For more information visit

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