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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Battle of the divas: Chiqui Pineda vs. Josie de Leon


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!

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DJ Mensa: killing the decks

DJ Mensa always brings his A-game. From the warm-up to cooldown, and everything in between, he keeps it hot with mix-ups of hip hop and R&B. Having already made guest appearances on MuchVibeRap CityMTV Select and CBC, the word has spread about DJ Mensa. His Coolout series of mixes have gained notoriety both locally and overseas, and a slew of side projects and shows have him occupied indefinitely – including this upcoming weekend when he performs alongside Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica David at the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival.

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There ain’t no party like a tea party

With over 10 different combinations of tea vendors and workshops, Fortune Cooking – a festival highlighting the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance and artists from East Asian to Southeast/South Asia – is sure to satisfy all tea lovers. Events vary from tea-dying, tea dances and even the myths, legends and untruths about tea.

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Island Soul and Calypso STARS Festival Recap


Toronto’s Caribbean vacation is officially over. This past weekend, Harbourfront Centre hosted its every-popular Island Soul  and Calypso STARS Festival from Aug. 2-5. The civic long-weekend celebrated all things Caribbean with music, dance, film and of course food!!

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