Maricel Presilla brings Latin “sabor” to Harbourfront Centre


Chef and historian Maricel Presilla is the first Latin American woman invited as a guest chef at the White House. It’s not surprising. Maricel, who holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history from New York University, is widely regarded as the “Queen of Latin Cooking.”

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Hot & Spicy Food Festival Re-Cap


The 16th Annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival held over the Labour Day long weekend marked the end of summer holidays for Torontonians. There is no use crying about it. We can’t deny that fall and winter are around the corner, but at least Harbourfront Centre still has a few more festivals/events lined up before we officially say goodbye to summer 2013.

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Vendors to look our for during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival


Come down to Harbourfront’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival to taste spicy sensations from all over the world. This weekend, we are over-run with the best and brightest culinary talents at the World Café, Lake View Market and this weekend-only, the Red Hot Market!  A much-anticipated event, The Red Hot Market is our signature hot sauce market featuring 21 of the spiciest vendors from around the city. We’ve got something for everyone this weekend, so have a look out for Pi-Tom’s Thai Cuisine at the World Café, Lake View Market vendor Mixtura Latina, multiple snack vendors in the new Hot & Spicy Snack Tents, as well as our very own Farmer’s Market!

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Taco and donut competitions to spice up your weekend!


At this year’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival, we’ll be hosting not one, but two food competitions! Returning for its second year, Taco Takedown will take place on Saturday, August 31st, while Donut Holed-Up will follow the day after. Both events take place in Zone 5 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.

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BADBADNOTGOOD brings jazz and hip-hop renditions of new songs and old


The trio of Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski originated in Toronto at Humber College’s Music Performance program. They gained fame when they re-arranged songs from Odd Future into a jazz medley and uploaded it on to YouTube. It garnered thousands of views and recognition from Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator himself.

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The Toronto Rave Movement: The History & The Legacy


Toronto’s Rave Movement and community was the largest and arguably most vibrant in North America for many years. Though the crowds and events dwindled for a period in the mid-late 2000s, Toronto talent grew stronger (and more international in reach), promoters came to collaborate more, and a whole new set of scenes emerged in this city, especially as electronic music exploded around the globe. On Saturday July 13, 2013 – as part of Harbourfront Centre’s popular SoundClash Festival – DJ and journalist Denise Benson hosted two lively discussions: The Toronto Rave Movement: The History, followed by The Toronto Rave Movement: The Legacy.

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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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