Have a swinging good time on the shores of Lake Ontario this Summer


For the past three summer seasons patrons have been making our site their Thursday evening destination. Dancing on the Pier is an innovative weekly programme that transforms the waterfront into an all-inclusive dancefloor where dancers of all ages — and skill levels — can groove solo (or with a special someone) to the sounds of a live band.

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Shipwreck, murder and magic on Lake Ontario


On 7 October 1804, amidst concerns about an incoming snow storm, which is a common Canadian concern, and the condition of the ship itself, the HMS Speedy departed York (the name of Old Toronto until 1834) on what would be its last voyage. The ship’s sinking changed the course of Canadian history, primarily because it was carrying six handwritten copies of the new Constitution of Upper Canada; however, UnSpun Theatre’s latest production tells us that there was more that drowned in Lake Ontario that day. Lives, secrets and injustices went down with the ship, all of which are explored in the company’s latest The Speedy, which is the the final show in the 2014 World Stage Season.

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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.

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AD Letter: Mies Julie


The second last World Stage performance of the season, Mies Julie, runs May 6-10 here at Harbourfront Centre. One of the most sought-after touring productions in the world, this award-winning show has been described as a benchmark of excellence by The Telegraph.

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When will pigs really fly?


Canadian Comedy Award winning performer Freddie Rivas is presenting his latest piece When Pigs Fly… Into Alien Spaceships! during HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival this month. Best known for his monthly show Rapp Battlez, and his short puppetry film B Yo Self, this latest production focuses on courage, friendship and new experiences as Pig Hadfield explores a foreign planet after colliding with a UFO during a routine mission.

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Digital BlackBox present the final Hatch show of the season

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The Studio Theatre has been transformed into a motion capture technology hub this week as Digital BlackBox rehearses for the final Hatch presentation of 2014, Faster Than Night. Be sure to come down to Harbourfront Centre this Saturday May 3rd at 2pm or 8pm to see this novel melding of live performance and 3-D animation.

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Summer of wonder


From May to October, Harbourfront Centre presents its exciting summer lineup of arts and cultural programming from around the world, featuring artists from South Asia to Africa, China to Brazil, Israel to the Caribbean and more. With returning staples such as Canada Day and Hot & Spicy Food Festival alongside new — soon to be favourite — festivals such as Habari Africa Festival and China Now, we definitely have something for everyone to get excited about.

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Happy International Dance Day


Santee Smith, choreographer, dancer, and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre — who are presenting NeoIndigenA this weekend as part of the NextSteps season  — offers her call to action, on behalf of the Canadian Dance Assembly in celebration of International Dance Day 2014.

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We look good for 40, wouldn’t you say?


Harbourfront Centre has been Canada’s home for cutting edge contemporary cultural programming for the past 40 years. We’ve hosted countless unforgettable concerts (including Celine Dion, Joni Mitchell and Quincy Jones, to name a few), engaging lectures, breathtaking exhibits and unforgettable performances from the likes of Jim Carrey to Cirque Du Soleil.

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BroadFish: examining our obsession with Fairy Tales, magic and weddings


Award winning actor writer and producer Melissa D’Agostino is in the Studio Theatre this week preparing for the public presentation of her new work BroadFish this Saturday April 19th at 8pm as part of HATCH 2014. BroadFish is a live theatre experiment that integrates folktales, music, improvisation and motion pictures to explore the thin line between reality and fantasy, relationships and romance, and the power of myth in our everyday lives.

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