Site Alive | Winter Edition

On view now until February 7, 2021
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto


Site Alive | Winter Edition, Harbourfront Centre’s free, COVID-friendly celebration of arts and culture is back for winter with an exciting slate of programming designed to get you out of the house and into an immersive world of sights, sounds and ideas.

In partnership with the Waterfront BIA, Site Alive | Winter Edition brings our 10-acre waterfront campus to life, starting with Portraits in COVID Times: Documenting a Nation in Change, a stunning, large-scale photography exhibition featuring images by world-renowned celebrity photographer George Pimentel and others. Covering the entire north face of our building at 235 Queens Quay West with more images at nearby 318 Queens Quay West at Rees Street, the exhibition touches on all aspects of our changed lives – family, work, leisure, sports, culture, religion, celebrations, health, transportation and political engagement. Each photograph, taken between March and October of 2020, speaks to the ingenuity, kindness, grief, humour, hope and creativity that have emerged from our shared pandemic experience.


“Site Alive | Winter Edition allows Harbourfront Centre to use our 10-acre campus as an outdoor canvas,” says Iris Nemani, Chief Programming Officer. “From photographs on our windows to light installations to walk through, we hope to bring some light to our community during these colder winter months ahead.”

“The Portraits in COVID Times exhibit features photo submissions from all over the country, alongside some of my work, in an effort to visually document how all facets of our lives have evolved throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said photographer George Pimentel. “My hope is that people come to experience the body of work and that it helps inspire us all to bring empathy and compassion to our more limited interactions with others through these challenging winter months.”

All Site Alive | Winter Edition programming is available to enjoy safely and responsibly outdoors – day or night – at Harbourfront Centre and throughout the Waterfront BIA. Be sure to subscribe on social or to stay on top of more events throughout the season.
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Harbourfront Centre is a leading international centre for contemporary arts, culture and ideas, and a registered, charitable not-for-profit cultural organization operating a 10-acre campus on Toronto’s central waterfront. Harbourfront Centre provides year-round programming 52 weeks a year, seven days a week, supporting a wide range of artists and communities. We inspire audiences and visitors with a breadth of bold, ambitious and engaging experiences, and champion contemporary Canadian artists throughout their careers, presenting them alongside international artists, and fostering national and international artistic exchange between disciplines and cultures.