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Events Guide

October 2016 – April 2017


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Marah Braye Chief Executive Officer

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.


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11 Craft & Design 12 Visual Arts 13  The Power Plant 15 Sailing & Powerboating

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Bring the art home with you Discover your next family heirloom from our assortment of quality, Canadian contemporary craft masterpieces and limited edition works, including items made by our Artists-in-Residence.

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Skate Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits. Warm up in our heated indoor change rooms and enjoy food and drinks rink-side at Boxcar Social. Bring your own skates or rent from us. Best of all, skating is free!

Learn to Skate

DJ Skate Nights Every Saturday

November 22 – February 26

December 17 – February 18

Registration is now open

8–11pm

Whether your child is a seasoned skater or a rookie to the ice, skating lessons are the perfect present. Our skating classes are held on the beautiful outdoor Natrel Rink, overlooking Lake Ontario. It’s scenic, seasonal fun.

Toronto’s best winter block party returns again this season! Top local and international DJs rock the Natrel Rink while you skate and dance under the stars. This year, warm up and have a delicious snack or some craft beer rinkside at the new Boxcar Social location.

Because classes are held outdoors, weather plays an important role in our programming. Classes are held in all conditions, unless they get extreme. If we cancel a class, we’ll do our best to reschedule it.

New Year’s Eve Edition December 31 Skate by the lake with the whole family this New Year’s Eve! Bring your best moves and we’ll provide the tunes.

To book a lesson go to harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or call 416 973 4093

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Dance NextSteps

Canada’s Dance Series

For over 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has played a leading role in cultivating dance in Canada. This season at NextSteps, see over 60 performances on three stages expand what is possible with the combination of choreography and the dynamism of the human body in motion.

Pratibha Arts

ProArteDanza

In association with Harbourfront Centre

Season 2016

SADHANA

November 16–19

October 2

A Girl in the Sky Productions / Thin Edge New Music Collective

DanceWorks DW217: Wen Wei Dance

In association with Harbourfront Centre

Made in China

Balancing on the Edge

October 21–22

November 18–19

Toronto Dance Theatre

DanceWorks DW218: tiger princess dance projects

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In Search of the Holy Chop Suey / Zhong Xin

November 24–26

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Little Pear Garden Dance Company

DanceWorks DW221: Radical System Art

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Glory

November 24–26

April 28–29

Ballet Creole

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Soulful Messiah

December 2–4

Season 2017

May 5–7

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Ballet Creole

WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season

Kambule

December 9–10

May 12–14

Dance Ontario

Femmes du Feu

In association with Harbourfront Centre

Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre

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Circus Sessions 2017

January 20–22

May 19–20

DanceWorks DW219: Throwdown Collective

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Yiem (3 Eggs Ago) / Various Concert

Serious Games

May 26–27

February 9–11

For tickets, special offers and full season details, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps

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Literary Every year, we bring you the world’s most exciting writers of contemporary literature. This season is no exception! We are thrilled to be spotlighting the works of upcoming and established graphic novelists, showcasing contemporary writers and presenting non-fiction works that challenge the ways we perceive the world. All this, and much much more.

International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Toronto Lit Up!

October 20–30

We are proud to promote the rich literary talent of our city. Join IFOA and the Toronto Arts Council as they bring the work of local writers into the spotlight by featuring them in large-scale book launches.

The world’s best contemporary writers are congregating in Toronto for the 37th edition of IFOA. Meet Margaret Atwood, Emma Donoghue, Miguel Ángel Hernández, Takashi Hiraide, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Lola Lafon, Hisham Matar and many more during 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, panel discussions and book signings.

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Festivals This season, Harbourfront Centre invites you to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of Toronto with a wide range of multievent festivals featuring music, dance, theatre, crafts, art and more.

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Reelworld Film Festival

Facing the Sky Exhibitions, curated by Louise Déry

October 12–16 Watch films. Make change. Experience films from around the globe that tackle some of the most important issues facing our world. After each screening, meet activists, members of non-profits and leaders who are making a tangible impact. Visit the Digital Storytelling Zone and explore the power of narrative through virtual reality, gaming and personal cinema.

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Festivals Day of the Dead

Swedish Christmas Fair

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November 5–6

SWEA Toronto in association with Harbourfront Centre

Explore Mexico and Latin America’s most popular cultural celebration through a contemporary lens. Experience roving performances, art installations and more – all to a soundtrack of Mexican music. Da

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November 19–20 Get into the spirit at this two-day holiday extravaganza! Warm up to the sounds of children singing carols at the Lucia Pageant and participate in folk dancing, craft making and more. It’s the perfect place to sample delicious Scandinavian food and have a rinkside drink of glögg. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas decor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies.

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Kuumba February 3-4 & 10-11 Toronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month returns this year, and this time we’re adding a second weekend! Join us for a series of thoughtprovoking panel discussions and sociallydriven cultural programming that explores blackness in the 21st century. Ku u

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HarbourKIDS: NORTH February 20 This Family Day, we celebrate our northern winter landscape, its everchanging terrain and the wildlife that calls the tundra home. Come down to the lake, have a skate and marvel at the intersection of nature, science and contemporary art with performances, art-making and interactive activities designed for the whole family.

Co-produced by Storytelling Toronto

April 2 The 2017 Toronto Storytelling Festival culminates in a day of family storytelling at Harbourfront Centre, featuring a teddy bear picnic, riddle contests, folktales told by refugees and performances by storytellers from across Canada, Norway, England and the USA.

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Music Experience the world’s foremost stars of independent musical thinking and innovation for a season of outstanding concerts within our Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Art of Time Ensemble

Massey Hall Presents

Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way you experience music. Fusing high art and popular culture in concerts that juxtapose the best of each, the ensemble entertains as it enlightens, revealing the universal qualities at the heart of all great music.

The Good Lovelies

That’s Not Funny

Johannes Brahms

November 3–5

March 31 – April 1

To All a Good Night 2

Doghouse Roses

December 15–17

May 11–13

December 10–11

Celebrate the season and a decade of music making with a charismatic folkpop trio known for sublime harmonies. Warm to the welcoming glow of two special performances of timeless and polished holiday material.

Mouse on the Keys March 8

This Tokyo-based jazz trio returns to Toronto to wow the crowd again with a decidedly contemporary sound that combines punk rock, jazz and classical music, evoking the energy of the metropolis they call home.

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Craft & Design Walk through the halls of our fully-equipped facility and watch artists as they collaborate, blow glass, create ceramic arts and design textiles and jewellery.

Craft & Design Studio

Courses & Workshops

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For over 40 years, our Craft & Design Studio has seen hundreds of artists hone their skills through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program assists recent graduates as they begin their professional careers and many of their unique creations are available for purchase at the Harbourfront Centre Shop.

Harbourfront Centre’s Artists-inResidence help you explore your creativity through unique classes in glass-blowing, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. For schedules, fees and (required) pre-registration, visit our website. harbourfrontcentre.com/courses

Have you found your favourite camp yet? With camps for every interest, there’s something for every kid, including: · · · ·

Emerging Chef Challenge Junior Circus Camp Digital Media – Stop Motion And much more!

March Break Camps March 13–17

Registration opens January 3

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Visual Arts Experience stimulating and engaging work from today’s most exciting visual artists, photographers, crafts people and designers. Admission is always free

Fall 2016 Exhibitions

Winter 2017 Exhibitions

September 24 – December 22 Five exhibitions by 17 artists interpret the idea of narrative within the visual arts. Explore the graphic novel in Five Ways, curated by Canadian cartoonist, Palookaville creator and New Yorker illustrator, Seth. Featuring Nina Bunjevac, Michael Deforge, Nick Drnaso, Jon McNaught and Chris Oliveros, Five Ways moves through visually constructed narratives in styles ranging from the realistic to the absurd. Also featured are the large-scale photo installation stepside, by Christopher Boyne, the ceramic art of Lindsay Montgomery in Aberrant Tales, a look at humour in graphic art entitled Funnies, and observations of lived experience in Object Diaries. N i na B

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January 21 – April 23 Our five winter exhibitions address aspects of work and include a coproduction with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto. Curated by Milan-based architect, designer and artist Alessandro Guerriero, Workwear re-imagines common uniforms through the work of 40 artists, designers and architects. Tong Yan Gaai is a record of Morris Lum’s journey across Canada with a largeformat camera on a search for cultural memory and Chinese identity. Explore other engaging exhibitions based on artists and their tools on display in our Main Building.

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The Power Plant Stay current with groundbreaking exhibitions at Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.

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Winter 2017 Exhibitions January 28 – May 15 This winter, The Power Plant is pleased to mount three major solo exhibitions. Maria Hupfield’s performance practice is characterized by a series of sculpture accessories that reference Anishinaabe oral tradition and feminist performance art. Kapwani Kiwanga brings her anthropological background to new work that examines the past from an African and diasporic subjectivity. Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade explores the construction and deconstruction of a national identity that dominates the image of the typical North-eastern Brazilian today–one closely linked with the country’s colonial past–using installations, photography and video works.

Programs & Events Learn more about The Power Plant’s current exhibitions, contemporary art and beyond with talks, tours, lectures, performances, films, workshops, programming for children and more. Visit thepowerplant.org for a detailed schedule of events.

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Sailing & Powerboating Our fleet is shored up for the winter but there’s still plenty to do and learn for avid sailors at Harbourfront Centre. Brush up on skills, meet other sailors and come away with us on a Caribbean sailing adventure!

Celestial & Coastal Navigation Classes January 6 – March 17 These two dry-dock courses are designed to help you develop your navigation skills and gain Sail Canada certification. Coastal Navigation teaches you how to use charts, tide tables, navigational aids, how to plot positions, and electronic navigation. Celestial Navigation takes you back in time to the early methods of using the sun and stars to find your position anywhere on the planet.

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Sailing & Powerboating Summer Season Early bird sign-up April 1 We offer the public a gateway into a new world of boating and activities. Sign up early to plan out your spring and summer and get the best deals of the season. Find out more and sign up for courses at harbourfrontcentre.com/boating


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We love our donors!

Your gift to Harbourfront Centre means that culture will continue to thrive at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Please make a donation by calling 416 952 4746 or donate online at harbourfrontcentre.com

Culture lives here

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Getting Here Marina Quay West Spadina Pier Parking Toronto Music Garden

CN Tower Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Rogers Centre

Air Canada Centre Union Station

InterContinental Hotel

The Westin Harbour Castle Ferry Docks

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Amsterdam BrewHouse

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Concert Stage

Natrel Rink

Queen’s Quay Terminal

Exhibition Common

The Power Plant

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Fleck Dance Theatre (3rd Floor)

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Capt. Matthew Flinders

Canada Square

Boardwalk

Yankee Lady III

Harbour Star Obsession

Lake Ontario

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Challenge

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Police Station

Ontario Harbourfront Square Centre Main Building (Bill Boyle Artport) Stage in the Round Harbourfront Centre Theatre Boxcar World Café Social

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Box Office

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Festivals & Events

Ongoing

Nuit Blanche Toronto

HarbourKIDS: NORTH

Shop

February 20

Daily

NextSteps

Toronto Storytelling Festival

Boxcar Social

October 1

Canada’s Dance Series

October 2 – May 27

Co-produced by Storytelling Toronto

April 2

Reelworld Film Festival

World Stage

October 12–16

April 2017

International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Activities

Day of the Dead

Skating on the Natrel Rink

October 20–30

Opens November 2016

Presented by Scotiabank

November 5–6

Learn to Skate

November 22 – February 26

Swedish Christmas Fair

DJ Skate Nights

SWEA Toronto in association with Harbourfront Centre

November 19–20

December 17 – February 18

DJ Skate Nights: New Year’s Eve

Caribbean Sailing Trips

December 31

January 29 – February 12

Kuumba

March Break Camps

February 3-4 & 10-11

March 13–17

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto Site Partners

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Craft & Design Studio Year-round

Craft & Design

Courses & Workshops

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Visual Arts September 24 – December 22 Fall Exhibitions

January 21 – April 23 Winter Exhibitions

The Power Plant October 15 – January 2 Solo Exhibitions by Yto Barreda Latifa Echakhch Maria Loboda

January 28 – May 15 Solo Exhibitions by Maria Hupfield Kapwani Kiwanga Jonathas de Andrade

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Harbourfront Centre Events Guide: October 2016 – April 17