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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
With “food” being the recurring theme in Toronto this weekend, Harbourfront Centre joined full force with “Fortune Cooking,” a Pan-Asian festival celebrating the tastes and flavours of Asia with a major emphasis on tea.
We kicked things off on Friday, Aug. 9, with a Ramen Runoff, bringing in large crowds to find out who rules the yummiest ramen in town. Six participating chefs competed with their best recipes as festival revelers got to taste and vote for their favourite flavour combinations. Winners included Chef Vanessa Yeung (Most Original), Chef Roy Takahashi (Best Noodles and Broth), and Chef Shin Aoyama (Best Overall).
We know what you’re probably thinking: How hot can a piece of watermelon-flavoured candy really be? Candy is for kids, right? Maybe I’ll have my five year-old daughter try it, too. Wrong. That would be a terrible idea. This is the world’s hottest candy. Period. There should be a skull and crossbones label on the packaging. It’ll turn your saliva into lava and your mouth into a raging inferno no earthly substance can extinguish. You will suffer.
Temperatures might be cooling down, but we’re firing up another colourful season of dance starting this September! It’s been a long summer of fun in the sun down here at Harbourfront Centre, but we’re just about ready to strap on our dancing shoes and hit the barre – dance pun intended. So, if you’d like to come dance with us, be sure to chassé your way to NextSteps this season!
What better way to finish off the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival than a singing showdown between two of Toronto’s top Filipino voices? Diva to Diva with Josie de Leon and Chiqui Pineda will take place on August 18th from 5PM to 6PM on the Redpath Stage!