6 Reasons to be at the York Quay Centre this Friday


Tomorrow marks the opening of our Visual Arts Winter 2014 exhibitions here at Harbourfront Centre. From big legacy projects to small objects, there are so many reasons to kick off your weekend at the York Quay Centre. Here are just 6 reasons to join us from 6-10 pm. Admission is FREE.

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K-Pop takes over the Natrel Rink

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Dubbed “South Korea’s greatest export” by Time Magazine, there’s no denying the cultural impact and extreme growth of the K-Pop movement. A musical guilty pleasure for many people, including Snoop Doggy Dogg (seriously, he said so) — acts like PSY and BIGBANG (the only K-Pop act in 2013 to enter the Billboard 200),  have solidified the genre’s poularity in North America. Canada’s #1 K-Pop event promoters, Pop! Goes the World, are bringing an audio/visual K-Pop extravaganza to the Natrel Rink this Saturday night at LunarSkate.

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Kuumba: showcasing the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities

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“Kuumba” – the Swahili word for “creativity” – has become synonymous with showcasing the best local, national and international artists of African and Caribbean heritage at Harbourfront Centre during Black History Month. This February, Kuumba returns with an amazing programme of events that range from musical performances, comedy and dance, to a soca jam on ice. There is literally something for everyone.

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World Stage 2014 launches with style

The ballroom scene is alive (and voguing) in Toronto. Ballroom, described as a competitive fashion show, is a movement that originates from queer culture in New York City (an in-depth history can be seen in the film Paris is Burning). The scene is organized into houses (led by a house mother or father), who compete against each other in “balls” in which they are judged on dance skills, costume and attitude (among other things). There are currently over a hundred active “houses” in more than 13 cities across North America.

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HATCH: celebrating 10 years of new performance


In anticipation of the launch of Harbourfront Centre’s online hub for HATCH 2014, including complete details about this year’s participating artists, it’s a great time to reflect on the experiences of some the past participants.

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Footprints: an unpretentious marriage of musical flavors


You can’t know your future until you know your past. This is the musical mantra of Footprints, a three man wrecking crew who happen to host one of mega-city’s longest-running parties. Jason Palma, part owner of the Toronto vinyl mecca Play De Record, rare record junky General Eclectic and DJ Stuart (a.k.a. Basic Soul Unit) are bringing their unique mix of funk, soul, afrobeat, latin, hip hop and everything in between to the Natrel Rink this weekend. Open-minded listeners and music aficionados alike will find out why this party is still going strong after eleven years.

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World Stage and Series 8:08 – advancing artists together


Are you a local artist looking to develop your skills with some of the world’s most innovative and groundbreaking performance leaders? You’ll definitely want to check out the series of labworks World Stage is offering in partnership with Series 8:08.

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SLOWED on Ice: bringing the futuristic sounds of moombahton and trap to the Natrel Rink


SLOWED, established in 2010, is Canada’s premiere moombahton (a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton) and mid-tempo global bass party and artist collective. Consisting of all-star talent such as Mission, BC, native DJ Lucie Tic, recently named best DJ in NOW Magazine’s annual Best of Toronto issue, and chart topping production duo Torro Torro. They’ll be on the Natrel Rink this weekend, January 11th, with Lucie Tic spinning below 115 bpm in zero below weather.

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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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