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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Nine Rivers City: Meghan Rennie


Meghan Rennie has a particular way of looking at the environment around her; as a photographer, the images she creates reflect this unique perspective. For the exhibition, Nine Rivers City, Rennie created images which are carefully crafted compositions constructed to give focus to a centrally placed object or subject.

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Vendors to look out for during Mabuhay! Philippines Festival


This weekend, Harbourfront Centre presents Mabuhay! Philippines Festival co-produced with the Philippine Independence Day Council. Celebrating sensational Philippine heritage and culture in Canada, Mabuhay showcases the best traditional and contemporary Filipino artists, fashion, and culinary delights. Serving fresh authentic Filipino food at the World Cafe, don’t miss Max’s Chicken, Inihaw Filipino Grill, and snack vendor Super Bakers! The Lake View Market is also happy to host Odds & Mends, Filipinas Clothing Co., and Seacret—Minerals from The Dead Sea!

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