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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Harbourfront Centre welcomes a new season with its inaugural Spring Fling festival

Spring brings eight new family-friendly programs to festival weekend at the waterfront

Toronto, ON --– To mark the much anticipated arrival of the spring season and witness the reawakening of Toronto’s waterfront, Harbourfront Centre is inviting families to participate in a new weekend festival by the water, generously supported by the Waterfront BIA.

From April 18 to 20, Harbourfront Centre’s Spring Fling will offer a wide range of entertaining and engaging free activities to celebrate the season of renewal, including music, dance and hands-on activities for families to enjoy.

The inaugural Spring Fling festival presents eight new programs and will provide a unique chance for the adults and children to grow their knowledge of the waterfront environment and surrounding community.

Spring Fling is an invitation for Torontonians to retire their ice skates and pull out their gardening gloves instead. At Discovery Garden, participants will get hands-on with composting worms or creating sprout necklaces, experiencing how food makes its way from the field to the dinner table.
Binoculars may be a more appropriate accessory for Signs of Spring, a half-hour guided waterfront tour that will explore the evidence of spring across Harbourfront Centre’s scenic 10-acre site.

Visitors can enjoy music along with nature while rocking out to the Monkey Bunch, a high-energy rock band that will have both kids and adults singing along to original songs that are funny and educational. 

Workshops at the Lakeside Terrace, including Afrofusion, Mexican folklore and Tribal Vision Dance, offer a unique way to learn about diverse cultures and develop some new skills.

"We're very excited to offer families across the GTA this opportunity to celebrate spring along Toronto's central waterfront,” says Brittney Filek-Gibson, Harbourfront Centre artistic associate. “We’ll be exploring traditions of renewal and rebirth in cultures from around the globe at Spring Fling, reflecting on our unique traditions as well as our shared experiences. We look forward to bringing families out of hibernation and down to Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the legacy of spring before we kick off our summer season."

Programs and special offers from Spring Fling participating partners will extend the action across the central waterfront. At PawsWay, pet-owners can participate in activities with their pups or catch the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show on Sunday, when highly trained dogs will be putting on a talent-packed performance for the entire family.

Film-lovers should spend their time at Queens Quay Terminal, where family fun and films are the order of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. For those looking to spend the entire weekend by the water, special offers from the Westin Harbour Castle, Radisson Admiral Hotel and Watermark Irish Pub and Restaurant should also help make spring that much sweeter.

On Sunday only, adventurers can get on board for the Mariposa Signs of Spring Harbour Tour, an exciting 45-minute cruise on the Oriole exploring the natural environment of the Toronto harbour and islands. Tours depart from Finger Pier at Queens Quay Terminal every hour, on the hour, from noon to 4 pm.
From 12 pm to 5 pm on April 18, 19 and 20, Spring Fling will play host to crafts, workshops, exhibits, dance performances and theatre, which all encompass themes of nature, growth, love and family, and celebrate the arrival of balmier times.

To learn more about Harbourfront Centre’s Spring Fling free programming, please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com or call (416) 973-4000 for general inquiries.

Morro and Jasp GO GREEN
U.N.I.T. Productions
Apr. 18-20 – 1 pm to 2 pm (Brigantine Room)
Toronto's favourite clown sisters embark on a journey to reduce their ecological footprint and discover that being environmentally friendly is important and curiously rewarding!

Discovery Garden
FoodShare Toronto
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Unearth the wonders of the planting season in our indoor Discovery Garden--learn about plants, worms, soil, bees, and more!

Storytelling with Heather Whaley
Heather Whaley
Apr. 18-20 – 2 pm to 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm to 4 pm (Miss Lou’s Room)
Come celebrate spring and the legacy of family with songs and stories for young and old!

Signs of Spring: Discover the Waterfront
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (South Bays)
Search for signs of spring on this guided interactive exploration of Harbourfront Centre's 10-acre site. Tours depart at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30.

Scavenger Hunt
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (South Bays)
Discover Harbourfront Centre this spring while on a scavenger hunt with the whole family.

All In One Basket: Family Weaving
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (Centre Bay)
Baskets have been made across many cultures throughout history. Learn more about different basketry traditions and join us as we work together to create a community basket.

Magnificent Monarch Migrations
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (Miss Lou’s Room)
Celebrate legacy by creating two butterflies: one to represent yourself and one to represent someone important who has helped you on your journey. Take one of your butterflies away with you and leave one behind on our butterfly wall!

Watercolour and Wax: Art around the World
Apr. 18-20 – 12 pm to 5 pm (Centre Bay)
Discover symbols of spring and the centuries-old art of wax-resist dying as you create wax and watercolour art of your own!

The Monkey Bunch
The Monkey Bunch
Apr. 18-20 – 4 pm to 5 pm (Lakeside Terrace)
The Monkey Bunch is for people who love music and want their kids to love it too! Join them for a musical experience that is fun and engaging for both kids and adults.

Afrofusion Dance Workshop with Brandon Owusu
Brandon Owusu
Apr. 19 – 12 pm to 12:45 pm (Lakeside Terrace)
Learn all about Afrofusion: a dance style that blends traditional African with contemporary genres such as hip hop, jazz, dancehall and azonto. Instructed by Brandon Owusu.

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company Workshop
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
Apr. 18-20 – 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm (Lakeside Terrace)
Hilda Panasiuk takes great pride in seeing people of all cultures and walks of like moving to the sound of Mexican music. Join Hilda, the founder of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, to learn more about Mexican culture through an introduction to Mexican dance.

Prince Rama in the Wilderness
Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
Apr. 18-20 – 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Brigantine Room)
Based on an epic Hindu tale, Prince Rama in the Wilderness tells the story of Prince Rama, the first born son of King Dasharatha, who is exiled to live in the forest for 14 years.

Singing and Dancing Workshop with Tribal Vision
Tribal Vision Dance
Apr. 18 & 20 – 12 pm to 12:45 pm (Lakeside Terrace)
Location: Lakeside Terrace
Learn the basics of Haudenosaunee social dances in this entertaining, informative, interactive workshop with Tribal Vision Dance, a family dance troupe from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Fun Activities To Do with Your Dog
April 19 – Leash Pulling, 1 pm to 3 pm; Rally-O, 12 pm to 2 pm; Agility, 2 pm to 6 pm (PawsWay Toronto)
Turn your pup into a pro while enjoying the afternoon with your best canine bud at PawsWay. Workshops and activities include leash pulling, rally-o and agility training.

Ultimutts Dog Show
April 20 – 1- 4 pm (PawsWay Toronto)
Featuring an assortment of more than 40 incredible and hilarious tricks, this free show is a talent-packed performance that’s fun for the whole family. Showtimes are at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Family Films and Fun
Queens Quay Terminal
April 19 & 20 – 12 to 4 pm
Film lovers will be happy to enjoy quality time with family favourites at the Queens Quay Terminal building on Saturday and Sunday.

Signs of Spring Harbour Tours
Mariposa Cruises
April 20 – 12 to 4 pm (The Oriole, Finger Pier at Queens Quay Terminal Building)
Embark on a nautical adventure, while exploring the environment of the Toronto harbour and islands. Forty-five minute tours depart at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. $10 per adult, seniors (60+) and children (under 18) are free with a paying adult.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

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