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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DJ Skate Nights are back

Our annual DJ Skate Nights series on the Natrel Rink, featuring Toronto’s hottest DJs  — spinning their coldest mixes — is back for another season. We have an exciting line-up for you this year which includes names like Lucie Tic, who recently won best DJ in NOW Magazine’s Readers Poll, three-time Scribble Jam winner, and Juno nominated producer, Skratch Bastid and of course the world famous Starting From Scratch.

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Learn to skate on Toronto’s most scenic rink


Lacing up a pair of skates and gliding across a freshly re-surfaced ice rink is a Canadian rite of passage. The distinct sound of blades carving into the ice, the flurry of toques, scarves and mitts, the rich aroma of hot chocolate wafting through the air – the essence of winter. It would be a shame to miss out.

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Ballet Creole: Thirteen years of soulful celebration

Next week Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah returns for it’s thirteenth season. Choreographed by Trinidadian-born artistic director, Patrick Parson, Soulful Messiah was originally conceived to add to the holiday celebration within the city of Toronto, alongside other shows such as The Nutcracker. It was based upon a CD, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, which Parson first listened to over 15 years ago.

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New Animal: interview with 605 Collective


DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest presenter of independent dance, is bringing Vancouver’s own 605 Collective to our NextSteps season with DanceWorks DW203, New Animal, which runs today (November 15th) and tomorrow (November 16th). We were lucky enough to chat with three of the company’s five dancers about the piece.

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The Chimera Project is in search of some FRESH BLOOD


With a core group of seven dancers and has a touring repertoire of 3 full length works, choreographed by award-winning choreographer/artist Malgorzata Nowacka, The Chimera Project has a history of not only creating pieces for the most prestigious contemporary dance events and national presenters, but also introducing a new generation of choreographers to the world through their annual Fresh Blood series. Now in it’s fifth year, Fresh Blood is giving up-an-coming choreographers (with five years of experience) the chance to join a list of talented alumni that includes acclaimed Ritmo Flamenco co-artistic director Anjelica Scannura — who is currently part of our NextSteps season — and 2013 Fresh Blood Paula Citron Dance Award winner Emilio Colalillo.

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