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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Fortune Cooking Festival Re-cap


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).

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Do you dare take the ghost pepper candy challenge?

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.

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Get dancing! Get moving! NextSteps tickets on-sale now!

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!

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