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Toronto Soccer gets A Kick to the Head at View Points

Screening & Discussion at Harbourfront Centre - October 16, 2008

2007 was a very good year for soccer in Canada. Canada's most popular amateur sport (850,000 registered players in 2007) also became Canada's largest single sport event (FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007 attendance of nearly 1.2 million spectators) and saw the astounding launch of the Toronto FC (who sold out every home game in the 20,522 seat BMO Field). Now that soccer has taken the centre stage in Canadian sports, what has been its impact on our culture and community?

Harbourfront Centre's View Points series gives Toronto soccer a verbal kick to the head on October 16. The event includes a screening of A Kick To The Head - a documentary on the power and influence of soccer in Toronto hosted by Dave Bidini and directed by Mike Downie for the CBC. Following the screening, participants from the film join Bidini in a discussion that explores the importance of soccer in their lives and cultures. Panelists include Abdi Warsame (former Somalian Soccer Player and Youth Coordinator at Canadian Somali Congress), Paul Gregory (Manager of Canada’s Homeless World Cup Team) and Radio UNO host, Irene Zerbini. Current Toronto FC Captain Jim Brennan (who from 1996 to 2006 played in England's First and Second Divisions and Premier League) will also be part of the panel.

The evening begins with a special screening of Who Cheers for Canada, a short documentary that explores soccer and it's connection with Canada's cultural mosaic. Produced by the Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre and shot during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the video explores why people who have made Canada their home don't cheer and celebrate Canada's soccer team in the same way as they might celebrate other internationally known teams. Onik Khan, a resident of Regent Park who helped direct and produce the video will also join the discussion following the screening of A Kick To The Head.

A Kick to the Head takes place at Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room Thursday October 16, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. ($5 at the door, tickets also available in advance online). View Points is a contemporary culture discussion series focusing on cultural issues and local, national and international current affairs. For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. Harbourfront Centre is located 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.

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