- Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Harbourfront Centre is a key cultural facility on
Toronto, Ontario's waterfront, situated at 235 Queen's Quay West. Established as a crown corporationin 1972by the federal government to create a waterfront park, it became a non-profit organizationin 1991. Funding comes from corporate sponsors, government grants, individual donors and entrepreneurial activities.
Harbourfront Centre is patrolled by its own in-house security team which works closely with police to ensure the property is properly maintained.
The federal government faced mounting criticism from the City of Toronto due to the amount of money being spent for
Montrealon both Expo 67and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Hence, it decided that it would build Harbourfront Centre and the province would build nearby Ontario Placein order to revitalize Toronto's industrial harbour and increase tourismto the city.
The federal government committed to buying 40 hectares of land.
1982, Queen's Quay Terminalwas remodelled by Zeidler Partnership Architects (the same firm that designed the Toronto Eaton Centre). The project transformed the industrial space into a mixed-use building that included shops, restaurants, offices, and exclusive residential condos (it once was the home for Premier Mike Harris).
Community facilities and children's events
Hosted year round:
* Harbourfront Centre Camps
* Authors at Harbourfront Centre
* Learning for Living - continuing education programme
* School Visits
The Power PlantContemporary Art Gallery
* The Natrel Rink — outdoor skating rink
* Docks and Nautical Centre
* Toronto Music Garden — designed by
Yo Yo Maand Julie Moir Messervy
* York Quay Centre Visual Arts — exhibition space
* Canada Quay at Harbourfront Centre — visual arts centre
* The Craft Studio — studio for artists creating ceramic, glass, metal and textiles
* Bounty Contemporary Canadian Craft Shop
* Artists' Gardens
Wireless Internet access
Free Wi-Fi Internet access is provided by
Harbourfront- the neighbourhood surrounding the Centre
Amsterdam Bridge, Toronto
* [http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/ Harbourfront Centre]
* [http://www.readings.org Authors at Harbourfront Centre]
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