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New date! One of Harbourfront Centre’s most popular festivals, the Hot + Spicy Food Festival serves up diverse hot food and flavours from around the globe, occasionally pairing a spicy dish with hot sounds of the region.

 

Curatorial Statement

Discipline:

Venue:

International Marketplace

6:00pm –12:00am

Shopping

Shop for delightful treasures from the four corners of the globe!

World Café

6:00pm –12:00am

Food

Waterfront's summer food hotspot offers delicious cuisine from around the world.

The Red Hot Marketplace

6:00pm –12:00am

Food

Shopping

The Red Hot Marketplace is a place to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips - all with a hot and spicy flair!

Michael Schmidt: Organic Hero or Bioterrorist

6:30pm

Film

Learning

This film follows an activist farmer as he struggles to continue providing his “farm fresh milk” while battling authorities, preparing for his trial and attempting to find a political solution to legally provide raw milk in Canada.

The Sauce Boss

7:00pm

Music

Food

Bill Wharton a.k.a the Sauce Boss mixes his own spicy original music, Florida Slide Guitar Blues, and adds his famous Liquid Summer hot sauce right into the cooking demonstration of his own gumbo recipe.

Lady Son and Articulo Veinte

8:00pm

Music

Experience the vibrant and lively mix of contemporary Afro Latin Roots music, with its traditions in NuYorican Salsa & Cuban Guajiro Culture.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – A Reading and Conversation

8:30pm

Literary Arts

Food

Lectures

Join us for a book reading and conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, renowned British author of The Settler's Cookbook: An Immigrant's Memoir of Food and Fusion.

Circus Alchemy

9:00pm

Theatre

A blend of fire, dance and circus in a new breed of spectacle arts for the masses.

SalsAfrica

9:30pm

Music

Delivering funky African salsa guaranteed to get you moving!

Kid's Guide to Harbourfront Centre

10:00am – 9:00pm

Family

An interactive discovery walk for kids around the Harbourfront Centre site!

International Marketplace

12:00pm –12:00am

Shopping

Shop for delightful treasures from the four corners of the globe!

World Café

12:00pm –12:00am

Food

Waterfront's summer food hotspot offers delicious cuisine from around the world.

The Red Hot Marketplace

12:00pm –12:00am

Food

Shopping

The Red Hot Marketplace is a place to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips - all with a hot and spicy flair!

Free canoe rides!

1:00pm

Family

Enjoy free canoe rides in the Natrel pond.

Emerging Chef Competition

1:00pm

Food

Four talented culinary schools square off for the glory and the title of Emerging Chef. The winner and guest will go to the BREEZES RUNAWAY RESORT, JAMAICA for seven nights.

Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar

1:30pm

Food

Three hot fire fighter calendar models turn chef and cook up some hot treats.

Hoop Toronto Workshop

1:30pm

Learning

Come hoop away with Sadie "Spins" Yancey, Hoop Toronto's founder.

Meet the Street Meats - Seemab Ahmad

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Food

We team up with Toronto à la Carte, giving you the opportunity to get street-wise in the global kitchen!

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die: Mini Tuna Wasabi Burgers

2:30pm

Food

Chef Winlai Wong of The Spice Route skillfully delivers the most appetizing plates from the kitchen to dining table.

Hoop Toronto Workshop

3:00pm

Learning

Come hoop away with Sadie "Spins" Yancey, Hoop Toronto's founder.

Emerging Chef Competition

3:00pm

Food

Four talented culinary schools square off for the glory and the title of Emerging Chef. The winner and guest will go to the BREEZES RUNAWAY RESORT, JAMAICA for seven nights.

Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar

3:30pm

Food

Three hot fire fighter calendar models turn chef and cook up some hot treats.

Thai Salad Rolls with Ginger-Lychee Dip with Chef Jonathan McDonough

4:00pm

Food

Learn the secret of making delicious Thai Salad Rolls and Ginger-Lychee Dip from one of Toronto's top chefs.

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die: Spicy Hot Tamale

5:00pm

Food

Chef Christopher McDonald is one of Canada's most respected chefs, known for a creative, first-principles approach to cooking and an exceptional knowledge of the intricate relationships between food and wine.

Dance Migration Workshop

5:00pm

Learning

Toronto's hottest Afro Brazilian dance company.

Emerging Chef Competition

5:00pm

Food

Four talented culinary schools square off for the glory and the title of Emerging Chef. The winner and guest will go to the BREEZES RUNAWAY RESORT, JAMAICA for seven nights.

Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar

5:30pm

Food

Three hot fire fighter calendar models turn chef and cook up some hot treats.

Meet the Street Meats

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Food

We team up with Toronto à la Carte, giving you the opportunity to get street-wise in the global kitchen!

The Dance Migration

7:00pm

Theatre

Dance Migration presents Viver Brasil.

10 Tastes To Try Before You Die: Moros y Cristianos

7:00pm

Food

Join this diversity loving “foodie” Chef Christopher Pinheiro for a demonstration on making Moros y Cristianos (Moors & Christians in English), more commonly known as black beans and rice.

Artist Talk with the Sauce Boss

7:00pm

Lectures

Join us for a conversation with Sauce Boss himself, Bill Wharton!

The Sauce Boss

8:00pm

Music

Food

Bill Wharton a.k.a the Sauce Boss mixes his own spicy original music, Florida Slide Guitar Blues, and adds his famous Liquid Summer hot sauce right into the cooking demonstration of his own gumbo recipe.

Circus Alchemy

9:00pm

Theatre

A blend of fire, dance and circus in a new breed of spectacle arts for the masses.

Rebirth Brass Band

9:30pm

Music

Perhaps the best contemporary New Orleans ensemble working in vintage marching band style.

Burnt Sugar

11:00pm

Music

Making every performance a fresh interpretation.

Kid's Guide to Harbourfront Centre

10:00am – 9:00pm

Family

An interactive discovery walk for kids around the Harbourfront Centre site!

International Marketplace

12:00pm –12:00am

Shopping

Shop for delightful treasures from the four corners of the globe!

World Café

12:00pm –12:00am

Food

Waterfront's summer food hotspot offers delicious cuisine from around the world.

Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber presents: A Workshop in Conducted Improvisation

12:00pm

Music

Learning

A one of kind performance workshop in which new music is created and existing material is restructured and renewed, all in a real time performance using hand and baton gestures.

The Red Hot Marketplace

12:00pm –12:00am

Food

Shopping

The Red Hot Marketplace is a place to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips - all with a hot and spicy flair!

Free canoe rides!

1:00pm

Family

Enjoy free canoe rides in the Natrel pond.

Creole for Kidz – Play the Rubboard with Terrance Simien

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Music

Learning

Family

Creole for kidz – Play the Rubboard with Terrance Simien!

Hot and Spicy Cooking with Rickard's Beer

1:00pm

Food

Learn how to use beer in delicious and flavorful recipes with Chef Donald Williams

International Iron Chef Competition | Semi-Finals

1:30pm

Food

Four international chefs compete in the Semi-Finals for the 6th Anniversary Iron Chef Title!

10 Tastes To Try Before You Die: Famous Chicken Vindaloo

2:00pm

Food

Learn more from the woman who showed Toronto's top chefs how to make REAL curry in the '70s.

Grow Some Heat!

2:30pm

Food

Learning

Learn how to make a hot sauce and why a hotness scale from nearly 100 years ago is still used to test a pepper's hotness at this cooking demonstration and discussion with Chef Jay Calvert.

Terrance Simien presents Creole for Kids

3:00pm

Family

Featuring Indigenous Zydeco music of the French speaking Creoles of south Louisiana.

Hot and Spicy Cooking with Rickard's Beer

3:30pm

Food

Learn how to use beer in delicious and flavorful recipes with Chef Donald Williams

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die: Curry Chicken Poutine

4:00pm

Food

Ryan Smolkin's goal is to bring this authentic Quebec classic through Smoke's Poutinerie to the rest of the world in this original and unique way.

Meet the Street Meats - Bridgette Pinder

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

We team up with Toronto à la Carte, giving you the opportunity to get street-wise in the global kitchen!

International Iron Chef Competition | Semi-Finals

4:30pm

Food

Four international chefs compete in the Semi-Finals for the 6th Anniversary Iron Chef Title!

Terrance Simien presents Creole for Kids

4:30pm

Family

Featuring Indigenous Zydeco music of the French speaking Creoles of south Louisiana.

Meet the Street Meats - Young-Jim Kim

5:30pm

Food

We team up with Toronto à la Carte, giving you the opportunity to get street-wise in the global kitchen!

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die - Quinoa Chili

6:00pm

Food

Judith Finlayson shows you how delicious and convenient it is to prepare food with a slow cooker.

Artist Talk with Irma Thomas

6:30pm

Lectures

Join us for a conversation with the "Soul Queen of New Orleans”, Irma Thomas, whose incomparable career spans over five decades and includes a recent Grammy award.

Rebirth Brass Band

7:00pm

Music

Perhaps the best contemporary New Orleans ensemble working in vintage marching band style.

C.R. Avery

8:00pm

Music

Join this one man blues, hip hop, beat box, and spoken word troubadour for this unique musical fusion.

Artist Talk with Terrance Simien

8:00pm

Lectures

Join us for a conversation with Grammy Award winning American Zydeco musician Terrance Simien, one of Louisiana's most dedicated cultural ambassadors and champion of Creole culture.

Circus Alchemy

9:00pm

Theatre

A blend of fire, dance and circus in a new breed of spectacle arts for the masses.

10 Tastes To Try Before You Die: Chili Chicken Orzo

9:00pm

Food

Watch and learn from one of Toronto's premier chefs and host/co-creator of the Food Network series, Everyday Exotic.

Irma Thomas

9:30pm

Music

An American music icon at the peak of her creative and interpretive powers.

Burnt Sugar

11:00pm

Music

Making every performance a fresh interpretation.

Kid's Guide to Harbourfront Centre

10:00am – 6:00pm

Family

An interactive discovery walk for kids around the Harbourfront Centre site!

International Marketplace

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Shopping

Shop for delightful treasures from the four corners of the globe!

World Café

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Food

Waterfront's summer food hotspot offers delicious cuisine from around the world.

Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber presents: A Workshop in Conducted Improvisation

12:00pm

Music

Learning

A one of kind performance workshop in which new music is created and existing material is restructured and renewed, all in a real time performance using hand and baton gestures.

The Red Hot Marketplace

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

Shopping

The Red Hot Marketplace is a place to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips - all with a hot and spicy flair!

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die - Leon Crepe

12:30pm

Food

Meet Chef Igor Milijanovic of I Feel like Crepe, the newest addition to College Street.

Free canoe rides!

1:00pm

Family

Enjoy free canoe rides in the Natrel pond.

Creole for Kidz – Play the Rubboard with Terrance Simien

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Music

Learning

Family

Creole for kidz – Play the Rubboard with Terrance Simien!

International Iron Chef Competition | Finale

2:00pm

Food

Four international chefs compete in the Finale for the 6th Anniversary Iron Chef Title!

Capoeria Camará

2:00pm

Music

Dance

Join members of Capoeira Camará as they perform this traditional Brazilian Martial Art that fuses acrobatics, dance, music, and song into one exciting show.

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die: Sumac-Spiced Chicken and Pine Nuts on Naan

2:30pm

Food

Meet Isam Kaisi of 93 Harbord, an upscale yet warm and inviting Middle Eastern restaurant.

Terrance Simien

3:00pm

Music

A hypnotic blend of Zydeco-roots-New-Orleans-funk-reggae-flavoured-Afro-Caribbean world music.

Bracatum

4:30pm

Music

Dance

A high energy music and dance performance using traditional Brazilian instruments and household objects like garbage cans.

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