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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This is the winter you Learn to Skate


It’s that time of year again when the crisp winter air is filled with the swish-swoosh sounds of blades criss-crossing paths across the ice in excitement. The sight of families, bundled in toques, toasty mittens and warm scarves, complete the picture as they make their way across the rink, well on their way to mastering this timeless winter tradition. Harbourfront …

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Call for Proposals – Power Youth: Artists-in Residence 2017


CALL FOR PROPOSALS The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) seeks proposals for creative projects that provide meaningful engagement between youth in priority neighbourhoods and contemporary artists for whom community engagement is central to their practice. TPP’s Power Youth program, an extension of our mandate, delivers contemporary art programming for youth ages 11 to17 in partnership with St. Alban’s Boys …

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DanceWorks Interviews Wen Wei Wang

Made in China is co-created and performed with
Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of Beijing Modern Dance Company
Qiu Xia He, award-winning classical Chinese musician of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music
Sammy Chien, a video and sound artist
Wen Wei Wang, artistic director of Wen Wei Dance

Made in China is an interdisciplinary performance uniting the talents of four creators/performers whose contemporary art practices have been influenced by China’s Cultural Revolution. Three of the artists, Wen Wei Wang (Artistic Director, Wen Wei Dance); Yanjinzi Gao (Artistic Director, Beijing Modern Dance Company); and Qiu Xia He (Musician, Silk Road Music) grew up in China and studied traditional arts …

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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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Veg Food Fest gears up for another spectacular year


Veg Food Fest takes over Harbourfront Centre this weekend with delicious vegan dishes guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds! The largest vegetarian food festival in North America is back and celebrating 32 years of tasty food with dishes from local restaurants, cafes and bakeries. The weekend is jam-packed with exciting events for the whole family, including cooking demonstrations, live music, …

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What’s new at this year’s Ashkenaz Festival


From left to right: Michael Kaminer, Judy Perly, Michael Wex, Bonnie Stern Michael Twitty, Zane Caplansky, Elizabeth Alpern, Leor Zimerman This Labour Day Weekend marks the 11th biennial Ashkenaz Festival, celebrating global Jewish art and culture. While Ashkenaz features more than 80 acts across multiple disciplines, including music, film, theatre and photography, this year, it welcomes a diverse lineup of notable chefs, restaurateurs …

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Gravity, The King’s Speech or Slumdog Millionaire?: Free Flicks Audience Choice Revealed!


This summer at Harbourfront Centre, Weekends start Wednesdays – and what a summer we’ve had! Every Wednesday, our Free Flicks series, presented by Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, kicks off our weekends with fun and inspiring films for Torontonians to enjoy, outdoors and under the stars. We put together a lineup with something for everyone – from laughing out loud …

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