Ursa’s top chef takes on foraging!


Are you sick of eating the same boring meals over and over again? Come down to the Hot & Spicy Food Festival on Saturday, August 31 to watch the Foraging by Nature food demonstration to learn how you can add some new flavours to your cooking!

This will be an interesting presentation, as the special guest leading this demonstration is chef Jacob Sharkey Pearce. He will be using his unique style to create a dish using foraged ingredients.

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Vendors to look out for during TELUS TAIWANfest


All weekend long, Harbourfront Centre presents TELUS TAIWANfest, a music and food-focused festival showcasing the best-of-the-best in Taiwanese artists and cuisine! This year, Taiwanfest shapes their programming around the theme of ‘Children of the Ocean.’ Using the idea of the ocean as an inclusive, diverse and connected environment, see how the arts explore ‘the ocean’ and the rich culture and history of Taiwan. Taste Taiwan at the World Café with Wei’s Taiwanese Foods, and Cha Me Cha and visit diverse vendors Oh So Fetch, Imomonet and Kaffeehaus Bakery at the Lake View Market.

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Food and music: Electrify your senses


Food and music are a perfect combination. This sentiment is definitely shared by friends Joel Carriere and Jordan Hastings, co-founders of D.A. Foods, which is the delicious counterpart to Dine Alone Records (current home of bands such as City and Colour, The Lumineers, Marilyn Manson– to name a few).

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Ken Hsieh: orchestral conducting at its finest

Ken Hsieh

Start off TELUS TAIWANfest with an evening of music led by award-winning conductor Ken Hsieh on Friday, August 23rd, from 8:45PM – 10:30PM, at the WestJet Stage!

Like many artists, pursuing a career in music wasn’t the first choice for Hsieh. In fact, he entered law school at first. However, he dropped out later to study music at the University of British Columbia where he majored in piano and percussion.

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Celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at Harbourfront Centre!


In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, STREETSIDE presented by CIBC is bringing Pan American music to the sidewalks and boardwalks of Toronto, Markham and Hamilton this month. The show kicked off on August 8th at Ontario Square, at Harbourfront Centre, and runs until Saturday, August 24 with final concerts along Bloor Street and The Beaches boardwalk in Toronto.

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Traditional Chinese medicine in the modern world

chinese medicine

Tzu Chi Foundations and a group of TCM Practitioners will be at TELUS TaiwanFEST to share their wealth of knowledge about Chinese medicine!

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is known as zhong yi in Taiwan, China, and many parts of Asia. It has been practiced for many centuries, making it a very important part of Chinese culture. Although there are many different practices, some of the more common ones include acupuncture, massage, meditation, and Chinese herbal medicine.

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Five centrepiece films you shouldn’t miss at this year’s CaribbeanTales


Planning has kicked into high gear for the team at CaribbeanTales. They’re preparing for their 8th Annual Toronto Film Showcase at Harbourfront Centre, running September 4-14, where they’ll be screening 35 shorts and 10 feature-length films. Here are five highlights you definitely shouldn’t miss.

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Mandopop sensation Princess Balenge hits up the stage for Taiwanfest!

“Princess Balenge,” Rachel Liang, is a half Rukai, half Ataval singer in Taiwan who is best known for her piercing singing voice. At a young age, she realized her love for singing, performing and helping with the community.

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“Life’s too short to wear boring clothes”

A show that blends fashion and Philippine indigenous dance. This beautifully choreographed presentation is a juxtaposition of traditional indigenous dances from various regions of the Philippines and the fashion the area inspires. The segment features works done by world-renowned designer Renee Salud – also known as the “Ambassador of Philippine Fashion” – and internationally acclaimed Filipino-Canadian Shanon Pamaong, award recipient of “Best Original Filipino Designer” and “World Class Canadian Design Talent.

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Crookie? What’s that?!

Oh the good ol’ Crookie has taken the world by storm. Invented by pastry chef Olivier Jansen-Reynaud for a competition, the Crookie has gone viral on the internet and been dubbed the food of the internet for 2013 by Perez.

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