Fiddle Me This

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This Saturday marks the third time the world will celebrate all things fiddle with World Fiddle Day, and Toronto has a celebration of its own. Over 100 fiddlers will gather on Saturday, May 17 at the Harbourfront Centre’s Ontario Square to ‘play’ their way around the world.

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A new outlook on an ancient Chinese tale

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Little Pear Garden Collective is proud to present Venom of Love, a world premiere making its debut at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre this week as part of the NextSteps dance season. Based/inspired Legend of White Snake, artistic director Emily Cheung takes an unconventional approach to the classic and tells the story from the point of view of the demon.

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Ad Letter: The Speedy

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The 2014 World Stage season draws to a close this week with The Speedy, a world premiere Fresh Ground new works commission. The performance/installation tells the (true) story of The HMS Speedy, a schooner that sank in our very own Lake Ontario some 200 years ago.

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Experience the magic of the circus this weekend

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Long weekends — more specifically “May long” — are about sun, family and fun. We have all that and more this weekend at HarbourKIDS The Toronto International Circus Festival co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus. A celebration of all thingscircus, the festival boasts three days of free fun for kids (of all ages).

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Step into the mystifying world of Rob Testa

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Prepare yourself to be amazed by illusionist Rob Testa during HarbourKIDS The Toronto International Circus Festival co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus, May 17-19. Rob, aside from performing at past HarbourKIDS Festivals, has quite the reputation for mystifying crowds both on-stage and on the streets — you can see for yourself on his web series Rob’d Illusions with Rob Testa. “Magic”, Rob states, “is something supernatural/paranormal. I just perform (illusions) with everyday objects”.

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

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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

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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’

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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

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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?

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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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