No Flat City: Brett Gundlock

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Meet Toronto-based photojournalist Brett Gundlock, founder of The Boreal Collective — a dedicated group of photojournalists who are committed to the documentation of injustice and inequities that exist environmentally, socially, culturally and politically in Canada and abroad. With regular clients that include names like The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Brett constantly aims to explore the intersections of journalism and conceptual art within his photography.

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Ian Chodikoff shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Ian is the founding Director of Fora Strategic Planning, a consultancy focused on researching, developing and applying effective solutions for a healthier and more prosperous urban environment. He’s participating in Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: The Reinvention Of A Hospital, which is part of our Architecture Exhibition Winter 2014 — open until June 8th. Here are Ian’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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Flee the Ordinary and Find Something Extraordinary at the Leslieville Flea

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It’s an itch.

It started somewhere in the back of your mind during Toronto’s frigid winter, but has blossomed into something that desperately needs to be scratched. Doctors, who’ve attributed this itch to an individuals need to experience something new and exciting, have tried and failed at prescribing something to counteract it.

With Torontonians on the verge of their darkest hour, breaking news from Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre has shone a bright light on a permanent relief: The Leslieville Flea.

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No Flat City: Victoria Vitasek

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Meet Toronto-born photographer Victoria Vitasek, a photographer who is no stranger to Harbourfront Centre. In 2010 she exhibited The Past, The Present, The Future — a photographic series of contemporary portraits of the leaders and participants of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada (See image below)– as part of Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2010. Chosen by curator Patrick Macaulay to participate in No Flat City, she chose to explore the landscape of northern Toronto through portraiture. In an effort to depict subjects interacting with the diverse land formations of the Oak Ridges Moraine, she began photographing family and friends in various locations in the Moraine, then expanded her scope to include members of the Toronto Region and Conservation (TRCA).

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Spring into an evening of thought provoking dance

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In anticipation of their 25th anniversary, Ballet Creole celebrates this long-awaited spring with their latest production Spring Rites, which runs this week as part of the 2014 NextSteps season. The programme, which is being brought back to life by artistic director Patrick Parson, demonstrates the longevity and quality of the company’s catalogue and cements their legacy within the dance scene.

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Toronto is not a flat city

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Nine Rivers Cityopened June 21st of last year, in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), and illustrated the journey of six artists who captured the visible and not-so-visible aspects of the nine rivers that flow through — and around — our city. The artists carefully explored four key aspects of rivers’ formation (history, nature, landscape and people), revealing the story of these streams to the public at Harbourfront Centre’s Exhibition Common.

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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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