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SUMMER SMILES - WestJet Stage launch!
Come and celebrate the official opening of the WestJet Stage
at the heart of Toronto’s waterfrontTORONTO, ON (June 16, 2011) – On Tuesday, June 21, the first day of summer, Harbourfront Centre and WestJet will launch their partnership with the official opening of the WestJet Stage. The public and media are invited to join WestJetters and Harbourfront Centre staff at the Summer Smiles celebration – the perfect kickoff for Harbourfront Centre’s Hot Spot Summer festival and events. The official launch begins at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by remarks from Harbourfront Centre’s President Sonja Smits and WestJet Executive VP, Marketing, Sales and Guest Experience, Bob Cummings. The family fun continues with live performances from Jay Douglas and the All Stars,Diyas Entertainment and Swizzlestick Theatre stilt dancers. Kids can enjoy FREE canoe rides, crafts and more! Guests can also dine at the brand-new World Café and patio, featuring a selection of delicious international cuisine."We are very excited to welcome WestJet to Harbourfront Centre. As the naming partner for our premier outdoor concert venue WestJet will play a major supporting role in the presentation of outstanding new artists and programmes to Canadians,” said William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre. “Their vision and understanding of the important role culture plays in all of our lives is exemplary."In addition to this partnership, WestJet is working with community organizations to produce festivals with Harbourfront Centre and helping to bring artists to Toronto through its 70-city network.“We are thrilled to bring the WestJet name and brand right to the cultural heart of Toronto,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “We look forward to welcoming the millions of Harbourfront Centre visitors to share in the many exciting artists and performers who will take the stage over the summer.” For information and complete event listings, visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000 for exciting events happening on the WestJet Stage. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront 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. For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com. ABOUT WESTJETWestJet is Canada’s favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 70-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2017, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. ABOUT THE WESTJET STAGEThe WestJet Stage, located in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront, will host a variety of exciting events, including music, dance and film, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s summer programme. The popular amphitheatre was built in July 1992 and seats over 1,500 people with additional standing room for 3,000 people. Nestled along the shore of Lake Ontario, this stage has launched the careers of many local performers and had welcomed internationally renowned acts such as Mos Def, K’naan, Feist and Broken Social Scene.
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