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TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre and its lead summer partner, The Toronto Port Authority, are proud to present the lineup for Canada Day festivities at Harbourfront Centre. With a special focus on strawberries, Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre promises to be sweet and fun! Come and celebrate our country’s 144th birthday at one of its most popular destinations.

Have fun with the whole family right next to one of Canada’s most precious resources and recognizable features, Lake Ontario. Have fun playing games all day, but stay into the night to see award-winning superstar Esthero jazz up the lakeshore while nearby fireworks light up the night sky.

Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.



Toronto All-Star Big Band
Friday, July 1, 2 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 30s and 40s – the golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of the list of entertainers throughout Ontario and the U.S.

O Canada! Singing Competition
Friday, July 1, 4 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
O Canada! is an online singing competition that gives a chance to put your own spin on our National Anthem! Drawing contestants from across our country, it’s your chance to represent your province or hometown. Flights will be provided to qualifying contestants within Canada. The winner of the competition will be singing their rendition of “O Canada!” on our WestJest Stage.

Hip Hop Karaoke Toronto
Friday, July 1, 5-6 p.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m., & 9-9:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
We provide the lyrics, live DJ with original instrumental and an enthusiastically cheering crowd. You grab the mic and show us what you’ve got! Sign up on the day to perform your favorite song by your favorite Canadian hip hop artist!

Complaints Choir Reunion
Friday, July 1, 6 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Complaints Choir is a community art project that invites people to sing about their complaints. Together, they complain about issues affecting their cities, politics and more. They delighted audiences across Toronto this past March, and on July 1 they reunite to bring their entertaining blend of venting and vocals to our Canada Day celebrations!

Luke Doucet and The White Falcon
Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.  (WestJet Stage)
Award-winning singer/songwriter Luke Doucet and The White Falcon was a three-piece outfit until the addition of Doucet's wife and established solo artist Melissa McClelland. Luke Doucet, named "the best young guitarist in the country," by the Toronto Star, has been celebrated across the country and is a recent 2011 Juno Award nominee for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year.”

Friday, July 1, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
L.A.-based, Stratford-born singer Esthero brings her eclectic and sensual music to Harbourfront Centre. Mixing up vocal styles, interesting samples and great contemporary beats results in the creation of her unique sound. Esthero is sometimes compared to artists Björk, Portishead and Sade. She has collaborated with Kanye West, Timbaland and K’Naan.


Guinness World Record Strawberry Shortcake Challenge
Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. (Boulevard Tent)
In celebration of our country’s 144th birthday, Harbourfront Centre is aiming to set a Guinness World Record with one of our nation’s favourite desserts. An official will be present to judge as community bakeries join together and attempt to set the record for “Most Layers in a Layer Cake” with a giant 300-layer strawberry shortcake. Once the results are in, cake will be served between 6-7 p.m. (while quantities last).

Strawberry Food Demonstrations Marathon
Friday, July 1, time TBA (Lakeside Terrace)
Join us in an all-day marathon of strawberry shortcake-themed food demonstrations. Some of our city’s favourite bakeries will share their take on this seasonal treat. Take in a food demo and sample some of the endless variations on this delicious fruit!

Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids
Friday, July 1, 2 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Kids and parents alike have an opportunity to enjoy our family-focused strawberry cooking workshops. The possibilities to create sweet treats are endless with this versatile fruit. Learn about new ways to experiment with strawberries and take your creation home with you.

Fantasy Strawberry Shortcake Competition
Friday, July 1, 2 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Come join the excitement as Southern Ontario’s finest culinary schools battle to create an utterly original, totally decadent take on the strawberry shortcake in just three hours. In a sweet take on our popular Iron Chef competitions, teams of chef instructors and students will have to create shortcake impressive enough to wow our celebrity judges.

Longo’s Friday Picnic – Strawberry Shortcake
Friday, July 1, 6 p.m. (Boulevard Tent/Ann Tindal Park)
Come and enjoy a relaxing picnic on our Ann Tindal Park lawn. Cake will be served from the Boulevard Tent following our Guinness World Record Challenge. Grab a slice and enjoy live entertainment on the Redpath Stage, including a reunion performance by the Complaints Choir.


Canada Day Crafts
Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)
Canada Day is all about celebrating our nation and what could be more fun than taking a little piece of our country home with you? Come to our HarbourKIDS Zone Tent and learn how to make a craft that will keep you cool and help you show your Canadian pride – a maple leaf sun visor!

Learn to Curl with the Capital One Rocks & Rings program
Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. (South Orchard)
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program is designed to introduce the Olympic sport of curling to elementary school children. Curling is a highly social sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. It is a fantastic physical activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. During our Canada Day celebration, kids have the opportunity to toss stones and learn the ins and outs of this great Canadian sport.

Rope-skipping demonstrations
Friday, July 1, time TBA (location TBA)
Come watch skilled demonstrations by our province’s champion competitive rope-skipping teams in partnership with the Brampton Acro Ropers. Bring back childhood memories or make new ones with a familiar game using new song and rhythms in entirely unique ways. These incredible teams will inspire you to jump right in!

Giant Connect Four
Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. (North Orchard)
Harbourfront Centre presents a super-sized version of that 70s classic, Connect Four. Several giant versions of this much-loved game will be scattered throughout our site, just waiting for you to take part.

Giant Twister
Friday, July 1, time TBA (Ann Tindal Park)
Get ready to be tied up in knots on our larger-than-life Twister mat!

Giant Chess
Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. (location TBA)
Test your mettle on a larger scale with our super-sized version of chess.

YTV W.O.W. Tour
Friday, July 1, time and location TBA
YTV launches their summer W.O.W. Tour at Harbourfront Centre on Canada Day. Situated just outside Queens Quay Terminal, and armed with some great new interactive games, the W.O.W. Patrol has lots of exciting prizes for families to win all day long.


“Talespinners 2”
Friday, July 1, 3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Enjoy seven short animated films for kids from the National Film Board of Canada. Talespinners 2” includes seven tales of children who confront challenges with ingenuity and creativity. This collection includes four original tales and three inspired by books. Each story brings facets of a different cultural community to the screen.

“Finding Farley”
Friday, July 1, 5 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
“Finding Farley” is a feature-length documentary capturing Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison along with their two-year old son, Zev, and indomitable dog Willow as they set out to trace the footsteps of one of Canada's most famous writers, Farley Mowat.


Lisa Odjig
Friday, July 1, 1 pm. (WestJet Stage)
Two-time world champion Hoop Dancer Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe Nation) performs the North American Native Hoop Dance, a storytelling and celebration dance, where she spins and twirls through 17 hoops. Catch the Spirit!


Marca College
Friday, July 1, All Day (South Orchard Tent)
Whether you are five or 50 get a new “do” that will let you show off your Canadian pride I style! Artists from Marca College, a Toronto beauty school, will be on site all day giving free haircuts!


SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award
The summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! Toronto’s hottest artists and bands take centre stage to compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps will create a short list (revealed May 25) from the submissions received, then each artist and/or band will play the WestJet Stage this July to compete for three cash prizes and a variety of giveaways. The winner will be determined by a combination of jury selections and public votes.

Longo’s Free Flicks
Tuesdays at dusk, July 6 through August 11 (WestJet Stage)
Join us outdoors by the lake for a screening of six different films, each highlighting the experience of living in a different city! Come explore Toronto, New York, Paris, New Delhi and Toyko and vote on the final film selection (Venice, Toronto or Cairo).

Longo’s Friday Picnics
Fridays, June 24 through Sept. 1, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.(Ann Tindal Park)
Buy a sandwich, a snack, or an internationally inspired meal at the World Café and then enjoy it sitting on the Ann Tindal lawn, or pack your cooler with your favorite feast! Live entertainment will vary each week.

Hot off the Grill
Come and enjoy the flavour of the season as our festivals put a spotlight on grilled foods from around the globe. Whether you prefer your grill from the Deep South or the Far East, a whole summer’s worth of food demonstrations is waiting for you!

Sundays, 3 p.m. (locations vary)
A hot summer series devoted to young people and families, HarbourKIDS presents a hot lineup of artists and activities that will move, shake-up and entertain.

Dancing on the Pier
Thursdays, June 23 to Sept. 1 (Various locations on the waterfront)
Explore culturally hot dance trends and movements from across globe that will heat up the Harbourfront Centre site and its surroundings! The waterfront will be filled with sizzling flavors, movement and sounds from the best choreographers, social dance clubs and DJs to heat up the boardwalk!

World Café
Open weekends, June 21 to Oct. 10 (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
World Café offers a variety of international cuisine prepared by a rotating selection of popular Toronto restaurants and caterers. Come check out our new location and patio seating area!

International Marketplace
Open weekends, May 28 to Oct. 2
Shop for delightful gifts and treasures from around the globe!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel® Pond
Daily, May to October
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. For more information visit

The Toronto Port Authority, Harbourfront Centre’s lead summer partner, owns and operates the Port of Toronto, the Billy Bishop Airport, and the Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre is the entertainment centre for young and old at Toronto's harbour. It brings year-round entertainment be it music, dancing, the arts, stage performances, sports for children and adults alike. Especially visitors from Germany, Europe and across the globe marvel about its generous and manifold artistic contributions to Toronto's public and tourists.

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