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Harbourfront Centre presents Fortune Cooking
An exciting assortment of Pan-Asian flavours Aug. 9-11

TORONTO, ON (July 10, 2013) – Explore the array of Pan-Asian cuisine, culture and artistic expression that Fortune Cooking has to offer at Harbourfront Centre. From August 9 through 11, this festival delves into the progression of trends and flavours originating in Asia.

In keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s curatorial theme, “terrain,” Fortune Cooking taps into the uniqueness of foods grown in specific soils and climates, and on a broader term, the geographical impact terrain has on food culture. Explorations of tea pairings from various cities, the process of fermentation to highlight flavours and development of chopsticks from different regions are some of the areas that are examined. Fortune Cooking also explores the impact that the urban setting of Toronto and its cross-pollination of cultures has on Asian cuisine and how it changes over time.

Fortune Cooking highlights include:
  • Musical performances by Japanese Taiko drummers Nagata Shachu, Autorickshaw and China’s White Jade;
  • Ramen Runoff, a cooking competition where the public vote on their favourite take on ramen prepared by local chefs (sampler plate $10);
  • All You Can Laugh Buffet with local Pan-Asian comics including Sabrina Jalees, Ben Mathai, Lilly Singh a.k.a. “Superwoman” and Ernie Vincente;
  • Tea!Chai!Thé!, a celebration of the ancient drink and all its incarnations including talks by world-renowned author James Norwood Pratt, tea pairings, workshops on tea-blending and tea-dyeing, discussions and tastings with members of the Tea Guild of Canada and more;
  • Plus much 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. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


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K-Pop with Pop! Goes The World! DJs Jaybe and VJ Gee
Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. (with dancers) and 9 to 9:30 p.m. (with projection) – Redpath Stage
Local Korean DJ and resident DJ of Pop! Goes The World!, Jaybe, is the go-to talent for nearly every Korean music festival and concert in Toronto. Together with VJ Gee, they bring a little bit of Seoul to North America.

Friday, Aug. 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Autorickshaw is a critically acclaimed, cutting-edge, world music ensemble from Canada. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has toured the world with stops in the US, UK, Europe and India. Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autorickshaw includes sensual reinterpretations of Indian folk songs, groove-driven Canadian pop, vintage Bollywood and hypnotic South Asian traditional repertoire with a twist.

White Jade
Friday, Aug. 9 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Hailing from China, White Jade is a fashionable electronic-pop band that mixes traditional Chinese music, high-tech visual elements and electronic rhythms. Featuring a rare collision of instruments such as erhu, guzheng and pipa, White Jade pushes the envelope of classical, pop, electronic and rock music while delivering an explosive live show. In partnership with the Consulate General of China in Toronto.

Sarath Kumarasinghe
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Sarath Kumarasinghe is one of the foremost esraj (Indian harp) players in North America, with a keen eye on improvisation. Playing since the age of 12, he focuses on classical vocal and instrumental music of India. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Kithsiri Jayasekera
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Kithsiri Jayasekara is a versatile Sri Lankan singer and voice trainer who has contributed to the music industry for over 20 years with his melodious voice and musical experiments. He performs Sinhala classical folk music, including hit Tamil songs to entertain all communities. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Urban artist Blitz fuses hip hop with his East-Indian roots with his live band.

Drumming Workshop with Vineet Vyas
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. – Zone 2
This interactive, family-friendly workshop by Vineet Vyas highlight the rhythms of North India with tabla drums. Audience members have the chance to experience how hand-clapping and reciting are used to tell stories and to share ideas while participating in a fun learning environment.

The Skylines: Baila and Tea
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Enjoy Sri Lankan Baila and pop music with a Sri Lankan slant! Formed by childhood friends from different musical backgrounds, The Skylines musical arsenal includes Motown, funk, rock, reggae, soca, top 40, Spanish and Baila. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Zoo Babies
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Toronto-based indie rappers Zoo Babies create original music that defines fun hip hop.

Rhythms of South Asia
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 to 9:45 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Rhythms of South Asia are an ensemble that combine rhythms from North and South India, along with some Middle Eastern and electronic influences in a dynamic display of percussive virtuosity. A co-production with Pratibha Arts, part of the Spectrum series.

Nagata Shachu
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Nagata Shachu, based in Toronto, has enthralled audiences since their formation in 1998. Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble is able to produce a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko drums, gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, Nagata Shachu takes patrons on a musical journey beyond all borders.


Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6
Tea is the hottest beverage in Toronto! Celebrate this ancient drink in all its incarnations, both old and new. Tea!Chai!Thé! includes talks by world-renowned author and tea expert James Norwood Pratt, tea-pairings, workshops on tea-blending, tea mocktails, and tea-dyeing, discussions and tastings with members of the Tea Guild of Canada, performances by artists from tea-growing countries, tea vendors and more! In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Tea Pairings
Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6
Ifthakar Hassen of T-buds pairs teas and chocolate for Tea!Chai!Thé! T-buds is a tea lounge and creperie with over 70 different teas that can be paired with different foods. Some of the classic pairings are Pu Erh tea with dark chocolate, black tea with savoury meats, green tea with cheese and white tea with desserts. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Ramen Runoff
Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Zone 5 (Sampler Plate $10)
Who’s the best ramen chef in town? Ramen has conquered Toronto this past year with new ramen and noodle shops opening around the city. Ramen first began as Chinese wheat noodles with a Japanese twist. What’s Toronto’s twist? To find out, taste all of the offerings and vote for Toronto’s best! With special host Mary Luz Mejia.

Shandong Cuisine of China
Friday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Chefs from China’s Shandong Province demonstrate their unique cuisine to Toronto audiences. This is rare chance to experience the authentic taste, flavour and style of Shandong cuisine. In partnership with the Consulate General of China in Toronto.

Fermenting Flavour with Host Andrew Chase
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Cuisines of Korea, Philippines and Japan are highlighted in this cooking demonstration showing fermented products and the special taste it adds to food.

Fermenting Flavour with Chef Soo Kim
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Soo Kim, chef, recipe developer and food stylist, demonstrates how to use kimchee and Korean fermented hot pepper paste (gochujang).

Fermenting Flavour with Camilo Costales
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Camilo Costales, chef, recipe developer and cooking instructor, presents the essential fermented fish and seafood sauces of Filipino cooking including pinakbet, the famous mixed vegetable dish of the northern Philippines.

Traditional Tibetan Cooking
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Tibetan Parkdale residents, West End Food Coop and Greenest City have come together to offer a taste of Parkdale! This upbeat and fun group of Tibetan chefs demonstrate how to cook momos, a traditional Tibetan dish. In partnership with West End Food Coop and Greenest City.

Vegetarian Dishes from Taiwan
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Although most people don’t associate creative vegetarian cooking with Chinese food, more people are finding ways to create healthy recipes that incorporate Chinese cuisine. Chefs of Tzu Chi Foundation demonstrate some of their best recipes for great Chinese vegetarian dishes. Presented in partnership with Taiwanfest.

Food & Tea... A Romance of Flavour & Health!
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Creating a fusion of tantalizing teas with savoury cuisines, Andrew Muto (with 25 years of cooking experience) entices taste-buds with his summer peach dandelion salad with sencha citrus tea, Arabian bazaar lamb crepe with Mediterranean mint tea and Woodsman’s beef noodle soup with Emperor Pu Erh.


Tea Blending Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Zone 6
Shabnam Weber from The Tea Emporium Inc. teaches the art of tea blending, where participants have the opportunity to create their own unique blends. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé!

Tea Mocktails Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6
Shabnam Weber from The Tea Emporium Inc. teaches the art of tea-based cocktails. Participants have an opportunity to create their own special mocktails just the way they like! Part of Tea!Chai!Thé!


Sri Lankan Tea Dances
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sri Lanka has a rich history and relationship with tea. As part of Tea!ChaiThé!, performers exhibit how tea has shaped the culture of the country through dance in various aboriginal and traditional styles, fused with a contemporary flavour. In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Japanese Yosakoi dance group Sakuramai introduces this unique and exciting style of dance that combines highly energetic and traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music to create a better understanding of Japanese culture.

Little Pear Garden Collective
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Little Pear Garden Collective is a premiere Chinese Canadian performing arts company. Don’t miss their performance where they cultivate, develop and promote Chinese traditional and contemporary dance in Canada.


All You Can Laugh Buffet
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Watch Sabrina Jalees (MuchMusic, YTV, CBC) as she headlines a comedy showcase starring Canada's finest Pan-Asian comics, hosted by Ben Mathai from Just For Laughs and featuring YouTube star Lilly Singh a.k.a Superwoman, as well as local funnyman Ernie Vincente ("ERNtourage").


A Sense of Place
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
The Fortune Film Series explores the theme of terrain and how people in different Asian cultures live and create their own sense of physical, emotional and spiritual place in the world.

Food from the Heavens – Taiwan’s Rice Culture
Food from the Heavens explores rice and its impact on Taiwanese culture, reaching far beyond diet and nutrition to influence the language and rituals in Taiwan. In partnership with TECO.

The Three Worlds of Bali
On the Indonesian island of Bali, the arts permeate almost every aspect of daily life. Gamelan music, wayang (shadow puppet) theater, dance and elaborately constructed offerings of foods and flowers all represent attempts to please the gods and placate demons. In Balinese cosmology, demons are thought to dwell in the watery underworld, gods in the upper world and human beings in the middle realm between the two. This film explores this concept and how much of human effort is directed toward maintaining the proper balance between these worlds.

In the Heart of Mindanao
This documentary showcases the struggle of an Indigenous tribal community in Mindanao, Philippines after decades of commercialized logging and deforestation to gain control over their ancestral lands.

Savor the Flavors of Taiwan
A true food-lovers paradise, this film showcases Taiwan as a rich culinary culture that includes tea leaf tempura, mooncakes and lots of street food. In partnership with TECO.


Humanity’s Favourite Habit: Tea as Global Culture
Friday, Aug. 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Join James Norwood Pratt, author of Tea Renaissance, the most widely-read authority on tea across the world, as he discusses his understanding and love of tea and tea lore. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé! In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

Tea Myths, Legends and Untruths
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. – Zone 6
Join James Norwood Pratt, author of Tea Renaissance, the most widely-read authority on tea across the world, as he discusses his understanding and love of tea and tea lore. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé! In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

North America's Tea Renaissance
Saturday, August 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. – Zone 6
Join James Norwood Pratt, author of Tea Renaissance, the most widely-read authority on tea across the world, as he discusses his understanding and love of tea and tea lore. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé! In partnership with the Sri Lanka Day Organizing Committee.

A Chopstick Journey
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Over the years, making chopsticks was once celebrated as an art form before disposable chopsticks were deemed a hygienic necessity. As our world becomes more environmentally conscious, the practice that uses 20 million trees to make disposable chopsticks in China is being questioned. Prepare to be welcomed to the world of reusable chopsticks! In partnership with TaiwanFest.


Tea-Dyeing: Shibori
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. – Zone 1
With artist Tania Love, patrons explore the warm-hued colour of dyeing with tea and create patterns with shibori, a traditional tie-dye technique from Japan. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé!

Tea-Dyeing: Antiquing Paper
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Zone 1
Join artist Tania Love to create warm-hued paper with the feel of antique book pages and maps. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé!

Tea-Dyeing: Dip and Print
Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. – Zone 1
Starting with an introductory history of tea dyeing, artist Debbie Arruda demonstrates the art of the dip-dyeing process and how to print dye with tea bags in a variety of colours. Part of Tea!Chai!Thé!


Shadow Puppets
Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. – Zone 4
Shadow puppets are an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment originally from Southeast Asia. Kids can create their own cut-out animal figures that move and see how they work on our special shadow puppet stage.


Martin Samuels
Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11 – Redpath Stage
Martin Samuels from Caliente Entertainment brings his passion to the Redpath Stage as the host all weekend long.

Shelley Hamilton
Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11 – WestJet Stage
Talented singer, actor, writer and host Shelley Hamilton hosts from the WestJet Stage all weekend long.


World Café (Weekends from May – October)
The best cuisine from around the world all day and night, offering unique and fun dining experiences! We're serving up sizzling tastes all summer long!

Lake View Market (Weekends from May – September)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long! Harbourfront Centre’s Lake View Market (formerly International Marketplace) featuring fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco friendly, fair trade products and more!

Street Stage (Weekends from May 22 – October 12)
It’s that time of the year again… when some of Toronto's most entertaining street performers animate Harbourfront Centre’s site! Be sure to catch an act or two while strolling along the beautiful waterfront! When the weather’s right, you’ll be sure to find everything from fire spinning, contact juggling, miming, music, magic, unicycling, b-boying, vaudeville, and portraiture!

Canoe Rides on The Natrel® Pond (Weekends from May – October)
Canoe and paddleboat rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long!

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays at 7 p.m. & Sundays at 4 p.m. from June – Sept.)
Our wildly popular garden music series returns as the country’s best musicians perform in the magical setting of the Toronto Music Garden. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays from June 27 – Sept.19)
The shores of Lake Ontario transform into Toronto's most scenic ballroom. Live bands, social dance clubs and instructors highlight dance trends from across the world.

DJ Deep Fried Fridays (Fridays from June 28 – Aug. 30)
Local DJs spin music on the Redpath Stage while vendors at the World Café offer a selection of deep fried treats to compliment their set.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays from July 3 – Aug. 28)
Enjoy a selection of your favourite films – lakeside and under the stars at the WestJet Stage.

Yoga in Exhibition Common (Thursdays from July 4 – Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 – 26)
Free outdoor yoga classes for all levels in our beautiful new Exhibition Common. Don't forget your mat!

Tai Chi in Exhibition Common (Tuesdays from July 9 – 30 and Aug. 6 – 27)
Free outdoor Taoist Tai Chi classes for all levels. Learn the movements of this ancient Chinese martial art in our new Exhibition Common.

Tots Yoga in Exhibition Common (Tuesdays from Sept. 3 – 24)
Caregivers and toddlers 2 – 4 years of age are welcome in our upbeat and lively Tots Yoga classes in our new Exhibition Common. Don’t forget your mat!

The Tale of Harbourfront Centre (Ongoing)
Created by FIXT POINT, The Tale of Harbourfront Centre is a storytelling initiative that will capture and celebrate the 40 year history of this cultural institution through the gathering, mapping and interactive presentation of living memories. A Fresh Ground new works commission.

Summer Camps 2013 (July 2 – Aug. 30)
Time for adventure! Harbourfront Centre produces one of the largest and most diverse day camp programmes in Canada, offering a multitude of exhilarating camps, a convenient downtown location and the best counsellors in the city.

International Festival of Authors Presents (Ongoing)
Weekly readings, interviews, round table discussions and special events continue throughout the summer including IFOA at The Ex on August 22.

Visual Arts Spring & Summer 2013 Exhibitions (Ongoing)
(through Sept. 15)
Seven new exhibitions in visual arts, photography, craft & design and architecture explore the idea of terrain through an artistic lens.

(through September 15)
The Third Space is a group exhibition curated by Sanaz Mazinani as part of the Tirgan Festival. Artists working in a variety of media explore the idea of cultural transience. Part of Summer 2013 Visual Arts Exhibitions.

Nine Rivers City: Toronto’s Extraordinary Waterways (through June 2014)
In the new Exhibition Common next to Ontario Square and Canada Square
A breathtaking, large-scale outdoor photographic exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers. Six of Canada’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists document the misunderstood environmental and cultural resource that is Toronto’s river system. The exhibition features 72 large-scale photographic images creating the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada. Produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) with generous support from Menkes.

The Power Plant
Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Admission is free.

Sailing & Powerboating
Boating becomes accessible to Toronto residents and visitors from around the world through Harbourfront Centre’s instruction, membership and rental programs.

Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
Enjoy delicious casual dining on the waterfront overlooking The Natrel® Pond.

The Centre Shop
The Centre Shop carries MoMA and Red Dot awarding-winning designs as well as Canadian crafts on the cutting edge.

Craft and Design Studios
Providing an unparalleled opportunity to witness, understand and experience work being created in glass, ceramics, textiles and jewelry.

Canada Square
Toronto’s newest public space overlooking Lake Ontario. Featuring more than 40 metasequoia (dawn redwood) trees, Canada Square is an inspiring place to gather and celebrate our great country. Canada Square celebrates Canada Day with dynamic programming including family fun and live performances. Canada Square is a joint project of Harbourfront Centre and Waterfront Toronto, funded by the Government of Canada.

Ontario Square
With the Ontario Boreal Forest as its inspiration, Harbourfront Centre's Ontario Square is an open public space for relaxing in the midst of quaking aspen trees, taking in a daytime performance, or a enjoying the evening light provided by James Carpenter’s artwork. Ontario Square celebrates culture and creativity all summer long. Funding for the construction of Ontario Square was provided to Harbourfront Centre by the Government of Ontario.

Exhibition Common
Located adjacent to Ontario Square and Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre's new activity area, Exhibition Common, hosts marketplaces, food concessions, recreational activities like yoga, tai chi and more until the next phase is completed. Exhibition Common is home to NINE RIVERS CITY: Toronto's Extraordinary Waterways, featuring 72 images by six visual artists in a commissioned outdoor photography exhibition exploring Toronto's incredible river system. Join us for the opening on June 21, along with the openings for York Quay Centre and The Power Plant summer exhibitions.

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