Winter

Thoughts on Day of the Dead from our programmer, Alex Bordokas

Remembering those who have passed is an act of reverence that is manifested in many different cultures across the globe. In our pocket of Euro-North American popular culture, Day of the Dead—or Día de Muertos in Spanish (sometimes Día de los Muertos)— is drawn from the Mexican celebration, replete with images of La Calavera Catrina, sugar skulls decorated with colourful …

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Can’t-miss films at this year’s Reelworld Film Festival

It’s almost here, Toronto! The 16th annual Reelworld Film Festival is back with a dynamic lineup of films offering insight, social critique and commentary on important world issues. The fun kicks off with the Toronto premiere of Shadow World (2016), an inside look at the international arms trade. After that, the five-day ode to storytelling gets into full swing with some …

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Art lovers unite! Reelworld has you covered

Art gets Reel this season as the 16th iteration of Reelworld Film Festival gathers a mass of talented artists from across the globe. On top of engaging films, we have spoken word, visual arts and music for you to enjoy during this five-day stint of non-stop activity. Toronto Poetry Slam Showcase Join us for poetry with purpose as Toronto’s top spoken …

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Call to artists – Theatre Creators’ Reserve program

Steer, Zata Omm Dance Projects. Photo: Jérôme Delapierre Harbourfront Centre is proud to serve for a second year as a recommender in the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve program. We prioritize artists and organizers who are actively engaged with shifting the boundaries of theatre and contemporary performance–people whose work addresses who and what gets (re)presented as well as how. …

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The Life Changing Pull of Stories

By: Erin Rodgers, Director of Toronto Storytelling Festival When I was a child, there were few things I looked forward to more than story time.  I remember pulling up my square of rug in front of the teacher and hearing tales of daring adventures, learning about the lives of children who lived on the other side of the world, dogs …

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Don’t be sheepish – celebrate the Lunar New Year

Fun fact: Did you know that traditional Lunar New Year celebrations last for fifteen days! To ensure we are a part of this two week long celebration we, in partnership with Asian Canadian Special Events Association, are hosting our annual LunarFest ten days into the fifteen-day tradition, February 28-March 1. This memorable and lunarlicious two-day festival is infused with the …

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Making a Winter Wonderland: A Q&A with the HarbourKIDS programmer

This long weekend, bundle up in your warmest woolies, tug on some boots, pack your skates and a thermos and come on down for the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, running February 15 to 16. An annual Family Day celebration, the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival will be filled with lots of outdoor and indoor programming for kids and grown-ups alike. Want to know …

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Sheep aren’t so Baaah-d

LunarFest 2015 is about celebrating the Year of the Sheep – a lunar symbol that is traditionally related to the qualities of being kind, caring and polite. It’s the time to embrace those characteristics and work towards healing, diplomacy, as well as embracing your creative side. Inspired by the lunar symbol of the sheep, Asian Canadian Special Events Association got …

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A weekend’s worth of art

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come down to Harbourfront Centre for a weekend of art openings, parties and creative shopping. The Centre Shop Newly renovated, our on-site gift and craft shop re-opens this Friday. Browse beautifully-designed and innovative artisan crafts made by local artists in our Craft & Design Studios, plus pieces by many Canadian artists and international designers. …

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Let your creativity light up the Great Wall of Lanterns

This Lunar New Year, Harbourfront Centre and the Asian Canadian Special Events Association will be constructing the first ever Great Wall of Lanterns at LunarFest, which runs February 28-March 1, and we need your help! This kid-friendly craft offers everyone the chance to create and design their own unique lantern. Construction of the wall begins on February 28. Bring your …

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