Harbourfront Centre honours legacy of founding CEO, renaming York Quay Centre ‘Bill Boyle Artport’

Guess what, we’ve renamed York Quay Centre! This past Sunday, we proudly unveiled the Bill Boyle Artport in honour of our founding CEO’s 30-year legacy with Harbourfront Centre. Bill recently announced that is retiring from his position as CEO and will be making his official departure within the next few months. To celebrate his remarkable career and commitment to Harbourfront Centre, friends, family and community partners were invited to an intimate farewell reception, where the new building name was unveiled.

The Bill Boyle Artport, which was originally a trucking garage, is now widely known as the main hub of our 10-acre property. The building is home to a variety of performance and exhibition spaces, as well as Harbourfront Centre’s administrative offices and the newly revitalized Craft & Design Studio.

The new name ‘Artport’ is symbolic of the organization’s multifaceted charitable mandate. ‘Art’ refers to Harbourfront Centre’s multidisciplinary arts and community programming, while ‘port’ alludes to the organization’s lakeside location, and its commitment to providing free, public access to Toronto’s central waterfront.

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Clockwise: Harbourfront Centre CEO Bill Boyle, Singer Jay Douglas and his band provided live music, crowd at the Bill Boyle Artport opening event.

During the reception, Bill shared a few words with event attendees:

“Harbourfront Centre has become a central hub where communities converge and engage. It’s a place where the arts are approachable and accessible, while at the same time challenging and provocative. We built this building, and this organization, together. Thank you for this truly generous recognition.”

Bill Boyle became CEO in 1991, when Harbourfront Centre was launched as a not-for-profit organization. Before this, he was the founding Director of The Power Plant and the Director of Public Programmes at Harbourfront. Over the last 30 years, he has become one of the most accomplished arts administrators in Canada. A pioneer and visionary, Bill confidently removed the walls dividing artistic disciplines and cultures, creating some of the most memorable and innovative cultural and community programming ever seen in Canada.

He will be greatly missed by everyone here at Harbourfront Centre, but his legacy will live on in the Bill Boyle Artport for years (and years) to come.