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Dancing on the Pier - June 26–September 4

Get your groove on and shake a tail feather for a swinging good time on the shores of Lake Ontario. Even if you're shy, live bands and dance-styles from around the world will have you on your feet in no time.

Curatorial Statement

With the city in constant flux, the rhythmic waves of Lake Ontario remind us of the current within. The rivers of Toronto are like veins, carrying us to the waterfront–the heart of the city. Like dance, dynamic in nature, water whirls and churns, shifting its movement to surround each individual it encounters. Water and movement go hand in hand–each one nonexistent without the other–manifested in the rhythm of dance.

Let's explore dance, an essential language in understanding the unique roots that ground each person. Join us beside the water this summer and make your imprint on the shores of Lake Ontario.

From salsa and bachata to swing, join us in celebrating the long-standing legacy of dancing on the shores of Lake Ontario. Now in its fourth year, Dancing on the Pier is again bringing you hot live bands, inspiring dance instructors and movement you won't find anywhere else. Dance forms from all corners of the globe unite on the pier of Toronto’s waterfront. Bring the steps you know or come prepared to learn something completely new. A contagious energy—all experiences, all ages welcome.

— Bridget Love, Assistant Artistic Associate


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Bridget Love

Assistant Artistic Associate

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Kendal Lander

Administrative Assistant, Events

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Stirling Bogie

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
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