NORDEN: The Festival of Cool at Harbourfront

Toronto's COOLEST New Festival Celebrates the Innovative Nordic Way to Happiness

Harbourfront Centre brings a new 'cool' to Toronto this season with NORDEN: The Festival of Cool taking place Saturday, November 24 to Sunday, December 2, 2018. The inaugural Festival explores the world's growing fascination with Nordic countries and culture, examining the particular hallmarks that set them apart and gives rise to innovative leaders in the arts, business, and social landscapes.

NORDEN promises to infuse the dark nights of winter with "hygge" – the Danish word for a feeling of wellness, coziness, and contentment. During this week-long Festival, visitors will experience the rich and spirited Nordic culture through music, visual arts, film, panel talks, a pop-up holiday market, and of course, food. Join Anthony Rose of Rose and Sons for an intimate Nordic culinary experience in partnership with celebrated restauranteur and Noma co-founder, Claus Meyer. Meyer's first Toronto appearance will also include an insightful talk at Harbourfont Centre Theatre where he'll share his manifesto on the Nordic food revolution, the business philosophy behind Noma's international success, and his philanthropic journey to launch an Indigenous gastronomic movement in Bolivia that is training thousands of young people and unlocking a new sense of national pride.

More than ninety per cent of NORDEN's programming is FREE to attend for all ages, including Pop by the Rink! a series of music events on the Natrel Rink. The Nordic invasion continues with "cool music" that will add a new experience to skating on Toronto's most scenic outdoor ice rink with live performances by acclaimed artists from Iceland, Denmark, Greenland and Norway.  Skate to the music of Copenhagen-based experimental pop trio, WhoMadeWho; indie rock band from Greenland, Nive and The Deer Children; and a special edition of DJ Skate Night with a set by Annie, Norway's Queen of Pop.

Shop at the Holiday Market Pop-Up to find unique gifts; and take your purchases to a family-friendly workshop to custom create your own wrapping paper inspired by the colourful prints of the Finnish Design House, Marimekko.  NORDEN will also present visual arts exhibitions, environmental panels, design and speaker series including Up the Happy on November 27, featuring Finnish-Canadian author Katja Pantzar of The Finnish Way along with speakers from the UK, Finland, Denmark and Canada for an exciting discussion on how the Nordic model can provide insight on social infrastructure, healthcare, work-life balance and more.

For more information about NORDEN: The Festival of Cool, visit Ticketed events start from $20 and are available for purchase at, in-person or by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. Tickets on sale now.

Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre
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