ArtHaus: Launching our 2017 season in style

It was three cheers for Harbourfront Centre last week as guests joined board members and staff for a captivating evening at the inaugural ArtHaus fundraising gala.

Taking place at Toronto’s prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, ArtHaus offered guests a sneak peek of what they could expect in our upcoming 2017 season, Sounds of Home.

Dressed in their best creative attire, guests were treated to hands-on artistic installations and live entertainment performed by new and returning Harbourfront Centre artists.

From bedtime stories and an in-person looming demonstration to tap dancing and fortune telling – foretold by some seriously creative children – Harbourfront Centre showcased the breadth of creativity in the contemporary arts scene and our commitment to sharing it with our audiences.

Over dinner, our guests were entranced by a portrait slideshow of dozens of famous artists who have graced Harbourfront Centre’s stages over the past 40 years, including Celine Dion, Robert Lepage, Jim Carrey, Feist, Cirque du Soleil, Christian Marclay, Ian McEwan and more.

A huge thank you to ArtHaus Gala chair Jeronimo De Miguel and his committee for creating such a special evening for us all.

Couldn’t make it to ArtHaus? Check out the photos below!

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ArtHaus guests including Harbourfront Centre board member and Fujiwara Dance Inventions’ artistic director, Denise Fujiwara, snuggle into bed as novelist Michael Helm tells bedtime stories

Composer and musician Barbara Croall gets a look at her future with one of our fortune tellers

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Artist-in-Residence Helen Dreifelds offers guests weaving lessons at the loom

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Dancer Allison Toffan shows off her tap moves for our ArtHaus guests

ArtHaus guests chatting during the event

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Dance super group Gadfly commanding attention in an interactive performance

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ArtHaus Gala chair Jeronimo De Miguel with guests

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Storyteller d’bi young anitafrika passionately expressed the importance of culture and community in a commissioned spoken word performance

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ArtHaus guests chat following a delicious meal

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Harbourfront Centre board chair Tenio Evangelista highlights a sample of the wonderful programs offered at Harbourfront Centre

ArtHaus guests deep in conversation between courses

Harbourfront Centre CEO Marah Braye gives ArtHaus guests a sneak peek of our upcoming season

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Harbourfront Centre board member Andrew Craig closes out the night with a Harbourfront Centre spin on The Police’s Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic