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George Littlechild, Cross Cultural Examination #4. Archival digital image, 24" x 36". Image courtesy of the artist


Harbourfront Centre
York Quay Centre, Visual Arts

Summer 2009 Exhibitions

Saturday 27 June 09 - Sunday 13 September 09

FREE Public Opening Reception:
Friday 26 June 09 | 6pm - 10pm
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

As part of Planet IndigenUs (14-23 August), Harbourfront Centre will present an array of on site exhibitions by Canadian and International contemporary Aboriginal artists.


Terrance Houle
Hannah Claus
Tom Jones
Mark Igloliorte
George Littlechild
Jewel Shaw

Curator Ryan Rice has brought together artists from across Canada and the US to explore the topical shifts in traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultures and societies in photography, video and mixed media installations.

Shaping Stories
Michael D. Massie

Curated by Melanie Egan

This exhibition will highlight the artist's work in stone and metal. Homages to family, the spirit world, gatherings and histories. The exhibition will be accompanied by working drawings and sketches.


flight to the moon
Keesic Douglas

Douglas explores First Nations issues from an insider's perspective through his Indigenous lens as an Ojibway artist, featuring selections from his still photography and video work: The Vanishing Trace - winner of Best Short Documentary at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Toronto) - and the installation Landscapes.

maang (message stick)
r e a

r e a (Aboriginal, Australia) will present a three channel video with sound entitled, maang (message stick), 2007, as part of a larger body of work where the artist works exclusively within the parameters of Indigenous language as comment on loss of land and language, but also the possibility of renaissance, revitalization and regeneration of people, land, language and culture.

Communities II
Frank Shebageget

Communities II is an ongoing art piece. Written on a large tarpaper surface (9' x 16') are the names of 688 Aboriginal, Inuit, and Metis reserves, communities and bands. The drawing is completed on tarpaper, because the current list is temporary, and will always need continuous updating.

Mother Nature
Chen Shu-yen

Mother Nature is a fibre-based installation using the Indigenous techniques and materials of Taiwan. Chen also presents Soul House, a larger site specific work during Planet IndigenUs and TELUS TAIWANfest: A New Journey.

2 X 6

Lizz Aston
Deborah Freeman
Shu-yu Lu
Adriana McNeely
Meredith Robb
Rachel Robichaud

Harbourfront Centre presents possibility. This exhibition introduces the work of recent additions to the Craft Artist-in-Residency programme.

A Photo Odyssey Celebrating Canada's Boreal Forest

RESPECT is the result of a journey that began in 2006, to document and capture the quintessence of Canada's Boreal Forest in order to raise awareness for the preservation of our natural environment, and promote the boreal region as one of the Earth's most crucial resources. Outstanding works from a team of nine renowned photographers demonstrate the complexity and beauty of the boreal region. The exhibition at Harbourfront Centre features exclusive, never-before-seen photographs of the Far North of Ontario taken between October 2008 and June 2009.

Prominent photojournalists Allen McInnis, Kazuyoshi Ehara, Jim Ross, John Woods, Todd Korol, Dan Riedlhuber, Jeff Bassett, Chris Young and Andy Clark are the lens through which the public will see the boreal region of Canada.

Also part of RESPECT

People We Met Along the Way
A photo essay on the boreal forest of Canada and those who live there

Participating photographer Chris Young provides an intimate portrait of the unique communities who live in this region. Also included is the short documentary Take Me to the River. This video loop is a journey through the seasons as the Albany River and the Far North of Ontario unfold their secrets. It is an exceptional aspect of the RESPECT project which highlights the immensity of this land mass north of the 50th parallel in Ontario.

Take me to the River premieres at the opening reception, June 26 from 7-9 pm in the Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West.




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