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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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

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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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