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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Taiko drumming at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

nagata shachu

Nagata Shachu is a Japanese taiko-drumming band based in Toronto. They use taiko drums, a traditional Japanese instrument, to play new, innovative, and exciting music.

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White Jade: traditional with a twist

white jade

White Jade is a band from China that adds a twist to traditional Chinese music by adding electronic rhythms and pairing it with high-tech visuals to create a live performance that is out of this world. The group has been together for almost two years and has already released their debut self-titled album. It was recorded overseas in England, with …

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Vendors to look out for this long weekend


Harbourfront Centre presents Island Soul this long weekend, one of our most popular festivals celebrating the rich and innovative artists of the Caribbean. Island Soul is packed with diverse dance traditions, emerging art forms, and music in multiple languages! Be sure to visit the World Cafe for a variety of colorful aromatic taste sensations, and shop the world at the Lake View Market. Lake View Market vendors Jack in the Socks, Branching Out Artistree, and World Café vendor Manje Kreyol and snack vendor Kaffeehaus Bakery are a must-visit this weekend!

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A So We Dance at Island Soul

Kay-Ann Ward – choreographer, fitness and dance instructor, artistic director and founder of Bold Movement Production Company – will be coming to Harbourfront Centre for Island Soul this weekend to perform A So We Dance, giving festival goers an opportunity to experience dancehall music like never before.

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Classical V: Brass – Weekend Recap


From Fanfares to French horns, Rajasthani brass bands to Chicago funk, Classical V: Brass delivered an extraordinary line-up of brass music programming from around the world – a summer festival weekend certainly worth blowing your horn for! Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, festival patrons didn’t shy away from exploring the diverse world of classical brass music through the various live concerts, on-site activities and ‘kick-brass’ films playing at Harbourfront Centre this past weekend.

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Rulers of ramen!

According to Thrillist, the first instant ramen noodle dish was invented in 1958 by a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman in Osaka, Japan. Named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century, instant ramen allowed anyone to make this dish simply by adding boiling water. In 2008 (50 years later), roughly 94 billion packages of ramen noodles were consumed. People were hooked.

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From Haiti to Canada: CaRiMi


Carlo Vieux, Richard Cavé, and Mickael Guirand – together, they form CaRiMi, one of Haiti’s most popular bands.

Formed in 2001, they left Haiti to pursue their musical dreams in New York. That summer, their single Ayiti Bang Bang became a hit and they rose to fame. Their accolades include top rankings on Billboard over countries including Haiti, Canada, and parts of Europe.

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Ras Iville chats about his famous Corn Soup

For years, a faithful audience has been coming to Harbourfront Centre to get themselves some delicious corn (either in cob or soup form) from Ras Iville and Ikeila Wright, founders of One Love Vegetarian. If you’re on our site this long weekend, One Love’s legendary spicy corn soup is definitely a must have. We took a minute to chat with Ras Iville, who told us the origins of his famous soup and what makes his corn special.

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