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Junior: big thoughts for growing minds

JUNIOR, Toronto’s international children’s festival challenges kids to ask big questions about important issues.

The festival features fun for the whole family with theatre, live concerts, dance, puppetry, circus, crafts, storytelling and more from leading artists from around the world

Toronto’s wildly popular international children’s festival JUNIOR returns to Harbourfront Centre for a second year from May 18 – 24. Targeted to children and youth ages four to 14 and their families, JUNIOR challenges young people to explore new perspectives and ask enlightening questions in a weekend filled with fun and adventure. Featuring world, North American and Canadian premieres, the festival includes an extensive lineup of free and ticketed programing encompassing theatre, live concerts, dance, puppetry, circus, storytelling, arts and crafts and more, from leading family entertainers and artists from across Canada and around the world.

“JUNIOR is a celebration of how creativity nourishes, challenges and opens the minds of children with new ideas, questions, wonder and fun while exploring themes such as identity, culture and belonging,” said Mary Francis Moore, Co-Curator.

“In creating JUNIOR, we dreamt of a program where creativity allows children to re-imagine the world they live in and their place in it,” said Nathalie Bonjour, Co-Curator and Acting Director, Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre.

Select festival programming will include relaxed performances specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.

Single tickets for theatre shows are $15. Family packs are available for four to nine people and cost $12 per ticket and group tickets are $11.25 per ticket for purchases of 10 tickets or more. Families can save 15% on the purchase of tickets for any two productions and 20% on the purchase of three productions. Tickets are available for purchase online at harbourfrontcentre.com, in-person at 235 Queens Quay West or by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416 973 4000. Box office hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 1 – 6pm.

For event times, descriptions and participant information please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/junior

Harbourfront Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous funding support for Junior by the Government of Canada, City of Toronto, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. We are thankful to our site partner Natrel, and for the financial support received from the J.P. Bickell Foundation, Polar Asset Management Partners, and our international programming supporters the Australian High Commission of Canada, the British Council Canada, and the Norwegian Embassy. About Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a registered, charitable not-for-profit cultural organization operating a 10-acre campus on Toronto’s central waterfront. A leading international centre for contemporary arts, culture, and ideas, we inspire audiences and visitors with a breadth of bold, ambitious and engaging experiences.

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