Bringing the beauty of the province to the heart of Toronto's waterfront
TORONTO, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - On June 23, Harbourfront Centre officially opens Ontario Square - a 53,000 square foot urban park
space, located at the heart of Toronto's central waterfront. Special
guests Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Tourism, Culture and
Sport Michael Chan will unveil Ontario Square, highlighting the
partnership between Harbourfront Centre and the Government of Ontario
which made this spectacular new waterfront square possible. The
construction of Ontario Square is made possible by the generous
contribution of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of
Tourism, Culture and Sport.
"We are extremely proud to launch Ontario Square continuing our 40-year
commitment to preserving and protecting Toronto's central waterfront
for the public," said William J.S. Boyle, Harbourfront Centre CEO.
"This new square, which will transform Harbourfront Centre's site,
provides Torontonians and visitors a beautiful public space made
possible by the visionary support of the Province of Ontario."
Premier Kathleen Wynne stated: "The province is committed to making sure
the people of Toronto have a vibrant and accessible waterfront. Ontario
Square at Harbourfront Centre will be enjoyed by millions of people
from the GTA, across Ontario and around the world who visit the city
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan remarked: "Ontario
Square underscores our government's commitment to creating marquee
attractions that showcase our province to visitors and residents alike.
A significant addition to Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Square will
enhance one of our largest and most active cultural institutions
helping to drive tourism, enhance our economy and give us a sense of
pride, as a people and as a province."
The square was designed by renowned landscape architecture firm Michael
Van Valkenburgh and Associates, awarded the commission after an
international competition to create this unique public space. Van
Valkenburgh's design was inspired by the Ontario Boreal Forest;
featuring more than 500 quaking aspen trees and Ontario forest ground
cover, with stone paving that emulates the ice floes in the harbour
during the winter months.
Ontario Square also features a major three-storey reflective glass art
piece by architect and artist James Carpenter which brings sunlight
into the three levels of a new underground parking garage beneath the
square. All elements of the square have been sourced within the
province, with the stone paving provided by a local stone supplier, to
ensure Ontario Square truly is a representation of the Province of
The grand opening celebration on June 23rd provides a glimpse of the
artists performing at Harbourfront Centre through the summer season and
the diversity of Ontario that is brought to life through performances
and entertainment including: The Metis Fiddler Quartet, Bold Steps Dance and much more.
For additional information and Harbourfront Centre event listings, the
public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com 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
ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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 and capital funding from all levels of government,
the private sector and individual donors.
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