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Slow Food Toronto’s Terra Madre Day at Harbourfront Centre
Celebrate, rediscover and reconnect with local food communities

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011


TORONTO, ON (*Nov. 16, 2011)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to partner with Slow Food Toronto to present Terra Madre Day, a FREE celebration of food diversity and local food networks on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. With performances, hands-on cooking workshops and a lively market, families can connect with a local community of conscientious eaters, while joining the growing international movement which is simultaneously hosting over 1,000 events in more than 100 countries around the world.

Slow Food Toronto’s Terra Madre Day is a celebration of local foods and their producers by the Slow Food international network. The network promotes food that is good, clean and fair and acknowledges the importance of the regions, cultures and communities working to protect and develop it.

On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2-6 p.m., Harbourfront Centre hosts a wide variety of free family-friendly activities enabling visitors to not only sample delicious local food prepared by producers and top Toronto chefs, but also engage with Ontario’s local food communities and celebrate a local perspective. Meet farmers, fishers, chefs and food artisans and stock up on supplies and gifts for the holiday season at the Local Food Market. Learn to make informed food choices and connect with the local food community through a variety of workshops. Check out storytelling, dance and live music performances.

This season’s programming explores The Big IDEA of “Perspective.” Like a shaft of light into a room, artists use perspective as a means to illuminate. Often, artists share their personal perspectives to bring a new twist to a familiar topic. Other times, artists share differing perspectives to illustrate conflict and resolution. In either instance, the end goal is for you to question how the world appears from your vantage point.

This fall and winter, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: Where do you find your perspective?

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

EVENT LISTINGS

MUSIC

Zari
2:30-2:50 p.m. in the Brigantine Room
This exotic, lyrical, and powerful, vocal trio specializes in the music of the Georgian Republic, an ancient musical culture which features exquisite harmony and complex polyphony. myspace.com/triozari

Sheesham and Lotus
3-3:20 and 4-4:20 p.m. in the Lakeside Terrace, 5-5:20 p.m. in the Brigantine Room
These multi-instrumentalists’ performances embody the “old time” music of the Appalachian Mountains, music born in an age when instruments were scarce and families entertained themselves with dance, stories and music created on the spot, with whatever tools they could rustle up. sheeshamandlotus.com

Senegalese Kora and Percussion
Sadio Sissokho
3:30-3:50 p.m. in the Brigantine Room
5-6:00 p.m. workshop at the Lakeside Terrace
Sadio Sissokho comes from a line of Senegalese kora players going back generations, but adds his own take on the traditions of his famous musical family. myspace.com/sadiocissokho

Adjuntaremos – We Will Get Together
Aviva Chernick, Eric Stein, Joel Schwartz, Drew Jurecka
4:30-4:50 p.m. in the Brigantine Room
An exploration of Balkan Judeo-Spanish music spearheaded by two of Toronto’s leading Jewish music artists, Aviva Chernick (Jaffa Road) and Eric Stein (Beyond the Pale).

DANCE

The Dance Migration
2-6:00 p.m. at various locations
Dance Migration’s performances combine Afro-Brazilian dance, Capoeira, and contemporary Silvestre technique to create an exciting dance experience in performance and workshop settings.

LECTURE/WORKSHOP
Sensory Workshop
2-6:00 p.m. in the North Bays
Delve deeper into the food experience by isolating each of your five senses.

FAMILY
Children’s Food Workshops
2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Terrace
A variety of workshops get kids involved in a range of food-related activities including corn-grinding with a pedal-powered bicycle grinder to make authentic corn tortillas with Chocosol, learning how to make fresh cheese with Monforte Dairy’s Ruth Klahsen and making traditional Mushroom Dumplings with Spice Route’s Executive Chef Win Lai Wong.


OTHER
Local Food Market
Marilyn Brewer Community Space and Brigantine Room
Farmers, foodies, artisans and more display and sell their edible wares. Veggies, cheese, meat, fish, sweets, oils and more are on offer, all from local sources including Evelyn’s Crackers, Pfenning’s Organic Farm, Chocosol Chocolate Traders, Dolce Lucano, 100km Foods, The New Farm, Loic Gourmet, Warner’s Farm, Grassroot Organics, Mapleton’s Organic, Akiwenzie Fish and More, Local Dairy Foods, Pristine Gourmet c/o and Persall Fine Foods, Mycosource Inc./Fun Guy Farms, Matchbox Garden and Seed Co and Jason Inniss Catering, Spice Route, Hey Meatball!, Table 17, Best Baa Dairy, Le Select Bistro featuring YU Ranch Beef, Cherryvale Organic Farm, Frank Restaurant at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Vertical, Cooper Road CSA, Forbes Wild Foods, Monforte Dairy and Slow Food Toronto.

ABOUT SLOW FOOD AND TERRA MADRE DAY
Founded in 1989, Slow Food is a global, grassroots non-profit organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. Meeting biannually since 2004, Slow Food celebrated its 20th birthday in 2009 by holding, for the first time, Terra Madre Day. In 2010, over 1,100 events were held in more than 120 countries in each continent. slowfood.com/ and slowfood.com/terramadreday/

ABOUT SLOW FOOD TORONTO
Slow Food Toronto, the Toronto, Ontario, Canada Convivium (chapter) of Slow Food, stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food Toronto is on a mission to change, foster and steward the relationship to food of a city of six million people. Slow Food Toronto believes that access to good, clean, fair food is an irrevocable human right. slowfood.to and slowfood.to/events/terra-madre-day-2011/

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

The Siren Group
Susan Willemsen or Daliah Hijazi: info@thesirengroup.com (416) 461-5270
www.thesirengroup.com

Slow Food Toronto
Miriam Streiman: miriam@madmaple.ca
Paul DeCampo: paul@slowfood.to

Harbourfront Centre
Jon Campbell: jcampbell@harbourfrontcentre.com 416-973-4655
media.harbourfrontcentre.com



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