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TELUS TAIWANfest (August 24-26)
co-produced by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association
Journey through art, music, food and discover a Taiwan you never knew existed

TORONTO, ON (July 26, 2012) – Discover the culture and vibrancy of contemporary Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’sTELUS TAIWANfest, from Aug. 24–26, 2012, co-produced by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.

The festival presents a multi-generational and multidisciplinary journey through Taiwanese art, music, food and film, designed to stimulate conversation and promote cross-cultural understanding.

TELUS TAIWANfest highlights include:
• Award-winning a cappella superstars, O-Kai Singers and Mandarin pop star Pin Kuan;
• Tap dancing extravaganza Dance Works embraces the sounds of traditional Taiwanese music and dance, while Tijimur Dance Theatre present Kurakuraw –a dance Inspired by Paiwan traditions;
• Taiwanese Chef Tim Teng reveals secrets to the delicate art of Taiwanese stewing;
• LunarFest 2013: Children’s lantern making for the Year of the Snake;
• …And more!

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


Pin Kuan
Friday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Malaysian-born, Mandarin pop star Pin Kuan broke into Taiwan’s music scene in 1995 and has released 7 records in Asia. Nicknamed “The Prince of Love Songs,” Kuan is passionate about making music and is a gifted composer, singer and producer.

Wild Harvest Music of Taiwan
Friday, August 24 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.
Wild Harvest Music of Taiwan aims to create a uniquely Taiwanese form of world music that allows Taiwan's aboriginals to realize their own cultural ideals.

Our Children, Our Voice – Astounding A Cappella: O-Kai Singers
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5:30pm., Sunday, Aug. 26 at. 2:30pm
Founded in 2004, this a cappella group, with members from one of the Taiwanese Indigenous groups, Taiya Tribe, has received numerous awards in a cappella competitions both in Taiwan and around the world.

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Yen-j, also known as Yan Jue, is a Taiwanese jazz-pop singer-songwriter. He has achieved rising success as a newcomer on the ‘mando-pop’ scene with his fresh combination of jazz and pop.


The King of Stewing
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
One of the most common techniques for Taiwanese cooking is stewing. While the art of stewing looks simple, it carries rich tradition and beautiful mystiques that are not commonly known. Chef Teng’s restaurant was named one of the top 100 restaurants in Taiwan and Teng received the Top Ten Taiwanese Young Chef award.

Asian Culinary Chase
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.
Renowned food critic Andrew Chase shares his insight on Taiwanese food.
A former Taiwan resident, Chase has profound insights on its culinary culture. At TELUS TAIWANfest, he will educate audiences about Asian ingredients and will discuss his latest three-week culinary adventure in Taiwan.


Kurakuraw - Tijimur Dance Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m.
Inspired by Paiwan traditions, Tijimur Dance Theatre (one of Taiwan’s most exciting indigenous contemporary dance companies) presents one of the most beautiful Paiwan love tales that signals the start of a new journey for Paiwan couples.

Rose, Rose, I Love You – Line Dancers of Metro Square Stage
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
Get ready to sway with the line dancers of Metro Square as they celebrate the life of Feng Fei Fei, also know as the Queen of Hats.

Dance Works: Daydreamers
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4: 30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
Founded in 2001 by a group of young dancers in Taiwan, this Taiwanese tap dancing group has successfully turned tap dancing into one of Taiwan’s most beloved dances. Combined with percussion, Dance Works embraces the sound of traditional Taiwanese music and creates a unique perspective to the art of tap dancing.

SumTais Dance - SumTais Dancers
August 24, 6:15-7 p.m.; August 26, 12:15p.m. – 1 p.m.
After a successful debut at the 2011 TELUS TAIWANfest, this group of dancers have taken traditional Taiwanese elements and incorporated them into new dance moves.


TELUS TAIWANfest Film Series
Saturday Aug. 25 and Sunday, August 26
Through seven documentaries, the lives of Taiwanese people are presented.

Sing it! – Saturday Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.
Bird without Borders - Saturday Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Baseball Boys – Saturday Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.
Double Feature: Tracing the River to its Source and Song of the Forest– Saturday Aug. 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Yes! Taiwan’s Night Market – Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
Classmates – Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.


Lantern Making for the Year of the Snake
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1p.m.
In preparation of next Lunar New Year, LunarFest 2013 invites children to help design snake lanterns. Some of the works will be exhibited at Harbourfront Centre’s LunarFest 2013 to welcome the Year of the Snake in February.

Survey Says
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m and 2:30 p.m
Play the game that reveals the untold stories of various lifestyles in Canada.


Taiwan Craft & Game Fair
Saturday, August 25 at 1pm.; Sunday, August 26 at 1pm.
Taiwan Craft & Game Fair offers six different traditional crafts and games for all ages. Have fun playing the traditional games and learn to make a traditional craft.

Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority (June 2012-June 2013)
An outdoor, large-scale photo exhibition of the harbour’s people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems which uncovers the true value of one of Canada’s largest inland ports.

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept.)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts and tours take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends. Hosted by Martin Samuels.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, approx 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars. Hosted by Norm Wilner.

International Marketplace (Weekends, June 2-Sept. 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends, May 19-Sept. 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage, (Weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides and Paddle Boats on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct.)
Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. Cost: Canoe rides are $4 per person, paddle boats are $5 per person, including life jacket rental and a 15-minute ride.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, not-for-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place. For more information visit


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