For more than 30 years, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto has been on the cutting edge of all that is current and creative, bringing together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from within our country and around the world. 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 in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Diversity has always been at the heart of Harbourfront Centre. In the lakeside places and spaces it encompasses. In the multitude of cultures and backgrounds it celebrates. In the eclectic programming, engagement and entertainment it provides. And in the broad range of people it attracts
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Jr: A festival of arts and imagination
This application is for “Jr: A Festival of Arts and Imagination”, a brand new seven-day children’s festival taking place May 19 to 25, 2018 on the ten-acre Harbourfront grounds in downtown Toronto. Organized around four cultural pillars (international, Indigenous, Canadian, and Francophone) the Festival will feature a wide array of programming including storytelling, spoken word, circus, craft, music, visual art, film, design, literary arts, architecture, and theatre. Programming from May 19-21 will be geared towards the general public, while May 22-25 will be targeted at school groups from kindergarten through to grade eight. A weekday will be dedicated to francophone programming. Jr. will run from 10:30am–6pm on the three days of the long weekend and from 10:30am–3pm during the school week. Programming has yet to be confirmed, but the following companies and projects have been approached: (1) “Le Retour” – Les Parfaits Inconnus (Québec): circus performance including elements of comedy, acrobatics, balancing, juggling and live music; (2) “We Are All Treaty People” – Quest Theatre (created by Artists of Making Treaty 7) Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists tell the story of the shared history of our land. Performances will include a play for grades 4-6, a light and shadow show for grades 1-3, a song for Kindergarten and a Round Dance for all; (3) “New Owner” – The Last Great Hunt (Australia): a combination of puppetry, live action and animation; (4) “Path of Dreams” – Theatre Motus (Quebec): a play exploring historical indigenous themes; (5)“Tweet” – Femmes du Feu and Theatre Direct (Ontario): a contemporary circus production geared towards 0-3 year olds commissioned by Theatre Direct and the Wee Festival; and (6) “Medicine Bear” – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Ontario): a traditional Iroquoian story told through whimsical music, dance and storytelling.