Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a two-story tall Rocking Horse


Can you imagine if horses never existed? The horse has played a critical role in the development of mankind — Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC — and still symbolizes a driving force that carries our civilization today. As Lunarfest prepares to celebrate the Year of the Horse here at Harbourfront Centre, they wanted to draw inspiration from the contribution of horses to our world, as well as, enjoy many fond memories horses — both real man-made — have brought us in our lifetime.

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26 dance companies, 1 weekend, $10 donations only

Dance Ontario, founded in 1976 as the regional arm of Dance In Canada Association (DICA), has an ever-growing long history with Harbourfront Centre. Annually — for the past twenty one years — they’ve been presenting emerging and established dancers/choreographers as part of their three-day DanceWeekend lineup.

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Ring in the new year Brazilian-style


If having more fun was on your New Year’s resolution, Harbourfront Centre’s got just what you need. The popular DJ Skate Nights series continues in 2014 with more premier DJs turning the city’s most scenic outdoor rink into a dance party on ice.

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Shake a tail feather with Shindig and DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll


On the last Friday of every month at The Piston Bar — 937 Bloor St. W. in Toronto — there’s a little Shindig going down and we’re so excited to bring this party to Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink this Saturday! Shindig is Toronto’s only all-vinyl party dedicated to the sounds of 1950’s and 1960’s R&B, soul and rock n’ roll, and the one and only DJ Misty is going to be joining the Shindig crew with her selection of 45RPM records to make you shake, rattle and skate.

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1 LOVE TO return for their 4th annual holiday skating party

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‘Tis the season. As a staple in our DJ Skate Nights series, Bryan Brock, Dean of the Academy of Creative Art for the REMIX project, and Much Music’s Rapcity host, T-Rexxx, are bringing their annual 1 LOVE TO holiday skating party back to the Natrel Rink for the fourth year in a row. Joined by their official DJ,  DJ DLUX, as well as DJ Lissa Monet, they promise an evening of hot mixes, hot drinks and holiday cheer.

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Skating quick-tip: learning to safely stop

It’s that time of year again, and everyone is hitting the rink. Our HFC TV host, Althea Linton, chats with Kim, one of Harbourfront Centre’s senior skating instructors, who explains the fine art of — safely — stopping on the ice. Want to see some more quick-tip videos? Check out our skating videos on posture, falling and how to properly tie your skates.

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Wintersong: a holiday tradition

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) brings NextSteps a show to remember year after year. They will be gracing our stage this week with WinterSong – dances for a sacred season — now in it’s 26 year. Canada’s finest dancers, musicians and choreographers will grace our stage once again and present a holiday show that’s perfect for the whole family.

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What is a DJ if he can’t Skratch?


DJ Skate Nights launches this week with one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs, and respected producers, Skratch Bastid. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia — home to notable hip-hop figures like Classified, Buck 65 and Ghettosocks — Skratch, Paul Murphy, started DJing in the nineties and was competing in major competitions not long after. He was also the first Canadian DJ ever to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year in 2008.

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Programmer Sergio Elmir warms up the rink


Last week, we officially announced our 2013/2014 DJ Skate Nights season. As you can imagine, excitement here at Harbourfront Centre was running high with the addition of exciting DJs like Starting From Scratch, Skratch Bastid and the Footprints DJ collective to the programme, and of course, the return of Soca On Ice.

We caught up with Sergio Elmir, the programmer responsible for curating this year’s line-up of turntable bullies, who shared his excitement — and a few impressive moves.

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Paradise Lost: transforming the mysteries of a great literary work into dance

Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Janak Khendry, has been devoted to dance for more than forty five years. With an extensive background in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Manipuri styles — studied under the most important teachers of the twentieth century –he strives to further human understanding through dance, music, art and culture. This is all done under the umbrella of Janak Khendry Dance Company.

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