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Summer sizzles at Harbourfront Centre’s
Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2013
Showcasing ‘hot’ and trending food, music and dance from across the globe

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 6, 2013) – The 16th annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre, the heart of Toronto’s waterfront, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2013. One of the most popular festivals of the summer season, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival showcases fiery food, music, dance, family activities and film from cultures across the globe.

In keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s summer curatorial theme of ‘terrain,’ the festival explores all things hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. It also aims to enhance audience's appreciation of foods from a wide range of cultures and provide an accessible entry point for participating in and understanding Toronto's diverse culinary landscape.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival highlights include:

• The 10th annual International Iron Chef Competition featuring chef Betty Vazquez (Mexico), Luis Berrazueta (Ecuador), Philip ‘Ippy’ Aiona (USA, former Next Food Network Star Competitor), and Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Canada, Keriwa Café);

• The return of popular Taco Takedown and the addition of Donut Holed-Up where top chef’s from across the city present their take on these tasty snacks. Donut Holed-Up includes FoodNetwork’s Donut Showdown winner Grayson Sherman (owner, Jelly Modern Doughnuts);

• Signature food demonstration series including Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die, a new series Foraging by Nature and Can You Handle the Heat? featuring dishes like the “Crookie” and participating restaurants include Ursa, FRANK, Barque and Pizzeria Libretto;

• The wildly popular spicy hot sauce market, Red Hot Market, featuring some of the hottest sauces, marinades and spices around and a Farmer’s Market with fresh items from various farmers;

• A Sauce Rock food demonstration with Dine Alone Foods founders Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire) and Joel Carriere followed by a performance by Grey Kingdom;

• Musical performances by “the North-American Afrobeat King” Femi Abosede and the Culture Force Band; Okavango, a Canadian-made and Batuki Music Society curated orchestra that brings together musicians from across the African diaspora; authentic Cajun music performances from Canailles and Swamperella; a feature performance from Harbourfront Centre’s 2013 SoundClash Music Award winner Brendan Philip and BADBADNOTGOOD’s only summer concert in Toronto;

• And much more!

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 West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER SEASON
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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For more information contact:
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
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FOOD

Snack Tents
Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. – On-site
Enjoy various Hot & Spicy-themed snack vendors around the site including Jamie Kennedy, White Gold Sweets, Pimenton and My Little Chickpea!

Red Hot Market
Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Zone 6
Saturday, Aug 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Zone 6 and Zone 8
Monday, Sept. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m. – Zone 6 and Zone 8
Saturday, Aug 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12- 8p.m., Monday, Sept. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m. –
Exhibition Common
Hot & Spicy Food Festival’s signature hot sauce market features the spiciest vendors around. Vendors attending include Joanne’s Tasty Hot, Jungle Heat Imports, Mad Mexican, Hot Mama’s Food Inc. and many more.

Farmer’s Market
Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m. – Brigantine Tent
Enjoy fresh items from various farmers including f.N. Happy Farm, Forbes Wild Foods and Greenfield's Etienne Avouampo. Be sure to watch Forbes Wild Food’s, Dyson Forbes, in a foraging demo on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Pam Singh of Pam’s Roti
Friday, Aug. 30 from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spice heat tolerance. In this edition, Chef Pam takes on the most popular migrated food from India to South America, the roti! This dhal puri dish is much denser than its Trinidadian counterpart and is sure to trigger taste buds with a medley of home-made spices, ingredients and Pam’s own hot sauce!

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Betty Vazquez’s Tacos de Mexico and Salsas
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that highlight the festival’s themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. In this edition, Chef Betty Vazquez creates tacos de Mexico and salsas. Chef Vazquez also represents Mexico in the International Iron Chef Competition on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Special thanks to Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto.

Foraging By Nature: FRANK’s Chef Ryan Lall
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
In keeping with this year’s curatorial theme of terrain, the Foraging by Nature food demonstration series showcases chefs and dishes that incorporate foraged ingredients. This edition features FRANK chef Ryan Lall’s Fly Fish Taco with Mango Achar, inspired by his Guyanese roots and travels to Barbados.

Spice and Everything Nice: Ginger Chicken Potstickers by Chef Vanessa Yeung
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Everything Nice food demonstration for kids and parents, the series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Chef Vanessa Yeung prepares three child-friendly recipes, with this one highlighting ginger.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Anant Singh of Curry Twist
Saturday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spicy heat tolerance. In this South-Asian fusion demo, chef Anant Singh brings north and south Indian cuisine together in his signature chili shrimp curry.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Luis Berrazueta’s Shrimp Ceviche with Pop Quinoa in Citrus Juice
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that keep in line with the festival themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. In this edition, Chef Luis Berrazueta prepares a dish with one of Ecuador’s key ingredients, quinoa with local corn called chulpi. Special thanks to ProEcuador.

Foraging by Nature: Chef Jacob Sharkey Pearce of Ursa
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
In keeping with this year’s curatorial theme of terrain, the Foraging by Nature food demonstration series showcases chefs and dishes that incorporate foraged ingredients. Chef Jacob Sharkey Pearce of Ursa demonstrates how to make smoked Georgian Bay whitefish mousse with wild foraged salsa verde, pickled melon rind and okara raw bread.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Curt Martin of THR & Co
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spicy heat tolerance. Chef Curt Martin prepares a seafood dish that requires no cooking! This ceviche (bay scallop and white shrimp on crispy plantain with charred corn, poblano chiles, baby cilantro and lime crema) is inspired by Spanish, Italian and Tunisian cuisine.

Spice and Everything Nice: Siu Mai – Pork and Shrimp Steamed Dumplings by Chef Vanessa Yeung
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 5 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Everything Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Chef Vanessa Yeung prepares three child-friendly recipes with this one highlighting siu mai – pork and shrimp steamed dumplings.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Giacomo Pasquini of Vertical
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that keep in line with the festival themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane.

Foraging by Nature: Forbes Wild Foods
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
In keeping with this year’s curatorial theme of “terrain” the Foraging by Nature food demonstration series showcases chefs and dishes that incorporate foraged ingredients. Forbes Wild Foods offers Canada’s largest selection of wild produce, grown without chemicals in natural environments and feature recipes that showcase the natural flavours of Canadian indigenous foods.

Spice and Everything Nice: Spicy Shrimp Potstickers by Chef Vanessa Yeung
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Chef Vanessa Yeung prepares three child-friendly recipes with this one highlighting chili with spicy shrimp potstickers.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Olivier Jansen-Reynaud of Clafouti
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 7 to 8 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that keep in line with the festival themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. Tailor-made for dessert fanatics, in this edition Chef Olivier features his personal creation that went viral on major news media across North America. It’s the “crookie,” a delectable hybrid of croissant and his favourite Oreo cookie!
Taco Takedown
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Zone 5
Taco Takedown is back for round two! Top chefs from across the city (including Arturo Anhalt (Milagro Cantinas), Andres Marquez (Fonda Lola), Jason Rees (Pork Ninjas Barbecue and Catering), Indalecio Marroquin (Rebozos), Mali Fernandez(Pachuco) and El Catrin share their own spin on this tasty snack. Purchase a sampler platter of these creations to help determine the winner!

Recipe Roots: Piri Piri Chicken by Elizabeth Baird and Rose Carvalho
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. – Zone 6
Recipe Roots is a new initiative at Harbourfront Centre in partnership with FoodShare that celebrates the histories and recipes that make up Canada’s culinary landscape. Elizabeth Baird and Rosa Carvalho will be on-site to demonstrate Piri Piri Chicken from Canada’s Favourite Recipes by Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird, Whitecap Books. In partnership with FoodShare Toronto. Recipe Roots is hosted by Alvin Rebick, FoodShare Senior Kitchen Manager, Leonard Abel, FoodShare Community Cooking Education Supervisor and Meredith Hayes, FoodShare Senior Manager of Schools and Student Nutrition.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival - International Iron Chef Competition
Semi Finals – Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
Finals – Monday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room
The 10th anniversary of Hot & Spicy Food Festival’s International Iron Chef Competition is guaranteed to be a sizzling showdown of culinary expertise as chefs Betty Vazquez (Mexico), Luis Berrazueta (Ecuador), Philip ‘Ippy’ Aiona (USA) and Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Canada) go head to head against each other and the clock. Watch as they work their magic to turn the mysterious secret ingredient into a masterpiece creation, all for our panel of celebrity judges – including Elizabeth Baird and Donna Dooher! Hosted by Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch. Special thanks to Pro Ecuador and Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto.

Spice and Everything Nice: Chef Anthony Mair
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 3 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritious options.

FoodShare’s School Grown Market Stand
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12 to 6 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Visit FoodShare’s School Grown Market Stand to pick up everything needed to make a hot and spicy salsa. The School Grown schoolyard farming project employs students in running urban market gardens, providing hands-on learning opportunities in both the classroom and the field. In partnership with FoodShare Toronto.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Stephane Vincent of Carmen
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that keep in line with the festival themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Bryan Birch of Barque Smokehouse
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spicy heat tolerance. Bryan Birch of Barque Smokehouse demonstrates how to make spicy chorizo.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Toronto Garlic Festival - Lobster Mac & Cheese Diablo Chef Ron Raymer
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that highlight the festival’s themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. In this edition, Chef Ron Raymer from Smoked & Cracked prepares one of his favorite dishes, Lobster Mac & Cheese Diablo, while discussing the merits of cooking with Ontario garlic with his partner Michael Kash. In partnership with Toronto Garlic Festival.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Kirk McLean’s Mussels with a Coconut Chili Sambal
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spicy heat tolerance. Chef Kirk McLean reaches back to his roots with a dish that highlights a staple in New Zealand cuisine with a South-Asian twist – mussels with a coconut chili sambal.

Ten Tastes to Try Before you Die: Chef Olga Lambert from People of the Motherland
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace
Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die food demonstration series invites chefs to share their most unique and innovative recipes that keep in line with the festival themes of hot, spicy, rustic and urbane. In this edition, Chef Olga prepares Black-Eyed Pea Fritters or “Akara,” from the legume known as cowpeas in English-speaking Africa.

Donut Holed-Up
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Zone 5
Top chefs from across the city share their own spin on donuts. Purchase a sample platter of these creations to help determine the winner! Chefs participating include Paula Costa (food blogger and cook, Dragon’s Kitchen), Deb Starzynski (caterer and personal chef, In The Kitchen with Deborah), Joe Winkfein (owner, Lightweight Mini-Donuts), Bashir Munye (Chef, My Little Dumplings) and Grayson Sherman (owner, Jelly Modern Doughnuts).

Spice and Everything Nice: Fudgy, Spicy Cinnamon Chile Brownies by the Cookerydoo
Monday, Sept. 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Everything Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Stephanie Phillips prepares child-friendly recipes highlighting fudgy, spicy, cinnamon Chile brownies.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Amaranta Rios of Valentina
Monday, Sept. 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spice heat tolerance. In this edition, Chef Amaranta prepares succulent braised lamb in a medley of dry chilies over sweet corn arepa, garnished with tropical habanero coleslaw.

Spice and Everything Nice: Spicy Vegan Sweet Potato Pudding by the Cookerydoo
Monday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Everything Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Stephanie Phillips prepares child-friendly recipes highlighting spicy vegan sweet potato pudding.

Can You Handle the Heat? Chef Rocco Agostino of Pizzeria Libretto
Monday, Sept. 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Zone 5
This food series challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest dish and challenges audiences to test their spice heat tolerance. In this edition, Chef Rocco kicks it up a notch with one of everyone’s favourite Italian dishes, spicy meatballs!

Spice and Everything Nice: Firehouse Stewed Chickpeas by the Cookerydoo
Monday, Sept. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. – Exhibition Common
Part of the Spice and Everything Nice food demonstration for kids and parents. The series focuses on different spices for each dish with fun and nutritional options. Stephanie Phillips prepares three child-friendly recipes highlighting firehouse stewed chickpeas.

MUSIC

Deep Fried Soca – DJ Deep Fried Fridays Finale
Friday, Aug. 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dr Jay de Soca Prince helps to close the DJ Deep Fried Friday series with more of his soca therapy! While listening to his beats, enjoy tasty deep-fried fish cakes with pepper sauce from French-Caribbean restaurant Le Ti Colibri!

SoundClash Winner - Brendan Philip
Friday, Aug. 30 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The winner of the third annual SoundClash music award competition, Brendan Philip, performs on the WestJet Stage at Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Brendan Philip combines influences from legendary artists such as Brian Eno, David Byrne and the experimental and soulful collectives of Sun-Ra Orkestra and Parliment Funkadelic with the style of contemporary urban artists to create a uniquely original new sound.

BADBADNOTGOOD
Friday, Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The former “Odd Trio” was formed when three friends flipped an Odd Future song into a unique jazz medley. Quickly rising to fame on YouTube, BADBADNOTGOOD have played with Tyler the Creator and at sold out venues across the globe including Coachella. These Toronto jazz/hip hop bad boys bring their high-energy show to Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage for their only open-air, all-ages show in Toronto!

Swamperella
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
The rustic sound of French-Louisiana comes to life through the music of local group Swamperella. From Cajun twin fiddling and rustic solo accordion, to rockin’ washboard-driven Zydeco originals and traditional tunes, the Swamp experience is exciting, heartfelt and authentic. Catch a workshop and performance on the Redpath Stage with Swamperella later in the day!

Mexico Amigo Mariachi
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. – Zone 5
Mexico Amigo Mariachi consists of a diverse mix of international cultures while preserving the traditional style and sound of Mexico’s great mariachi music. As one of the leading Toronto mariachi bands, they are on-site to help introduce the Taco Takedown competition.

Sauce Rock
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 7 to 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Dine Alone Foods founders Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire) and Joel Carriere’s (Dine Alone Records) passions are simple; food and music. They’ve travelled the world playing and discovering music and food, now bringing their flavourful experiences to Harbourfront Centre live! They share their favourite recipe (Southern Succotash Salad with BBQ Chicken and Tomatillo Salsa) demonstrated on stage by Chef Deron Engbers.

Grey Kingdom
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 7:30 to 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage
As part of Sauce Rock, Grey Kingdom performs an acoustic set following the Sauce Rock food demonstration. The folk-inspired melodies and stripped down acoustic approach, enhanced by the addition of strings, steel guitar and haunting harmonies are the perfect backdrop to his touching tales of love and love lost.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
From Toronto to New York and Budapest to Berlin, audiences around the world are hailing the Lemon Bucket Orkestra as bold music revolutionaries. Since their formation three years ago, the band has grown from its initial quartet of buskers to a 15-piece guerrilla folk force with an army of grass root followers and mainstream fans at home and abroad.

Mexico Amigo Mariachi
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
The Mexico Amigo Mariachi band returns for a second performance, prior to which the winners of the Taco Takedown will be announced.

Canailles
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Canailles is a group of eight self-taught hyperactive musicians. They mix the rustic sounds of bluegrass, country, blues and ragtime with the urbane sounds of rock with a Quebecois flair!

Spicy Strings by Kevin Laliberte and Guests
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Spicy Strings presents music with influences from around the world, filtered through our sensibilities as Canadian musicians. Patrons will hear shades of flamenco, bossanova, Latin and Arabic music, delivered with rhythms designed to get patrons moving! Featured musicians include Kevin Laliberte (guitar), Eddie Paton (guitar), Drew Birston (Bass), Chendy Leon (percussion) and Chris Church (Violin). Part of Spectrum in partnership with Pratibha Arts.

Pacific Curls
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – WestJet Stage
With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered fusion sounds that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Catch them after their performance for a workshop on the Redpath Stage later in the day!

Femi Abosede and the Culture Force Band
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 8 to 9 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Femi Abosede, known as the king of Afrobeat in North America, is the leader of Culture Force Band. Abosede helps to keep the culture and legacy of Afrobeat alive in Canada with high-energy stage shows.

Pan Fried Afrika with DJ Deemaks and Jamilah Malika
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
DJ Deemaks is a Canadian-based open format/Afrobeat DJ who began his career just a few years ago. He plays the best in contemporary African beats while catering to his fans worldwide through the Afrobeat mix series which features top Afrobeat songs from Nigeria.

Okavango: An African Orchestra
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage
Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms and timbres. This ambitious musical project could happen only in a great multicultural city like Toronto and they bring their unique sound to Harbourfront Centre as a part of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival.

Salsotika
Monday, Sept. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Influenced by the Willie Rosario band of the ’80s and ’90s, Salsotika is directed by Johan Aguirre (of Son Aché) and fronted by charismatic Ricky Franco and Yosvani Castañeda on vocals. Salsotika delivers classic salsa music that gets everyone up and dancing.

Babalao Stereo Club
Monday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Babalao Stereo Club, formed in 2006, is an impressive Latin funk group consisting of five talented musicians, David Figliano, Jaime Sanchez, Adam Silver, Raul Ochoa and Luis Bertolotti. This innovative band blends spicy Latin elements with North American dance grooves. Special thanks to Pro Ecuador

DANCE

FlamenKathak Performance
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
FlamenKathak is a mix of two cultures and disciplines, Flamenco and Kathak. The dance and music of Spain and India come together for a collaboration of each performer working in their own discipline. The similarities in the two dance forms, especially in the rhythms, make it easy to believe that Kathak helped influence the birth and development of Flamenco.

FLAMENCO Por Fiesta with Carmen Romero
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Redpath Stage
FLAMENCO Por Fiesta celebrates the vitality in life through flamenco. Powerful vocals and acoustic guitar sounds accompany the staccato footwork of Carmen Romero, with over 30 years experience, bringing passion and precision to the stage.

P.O.S.E. Dance Company
Monday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
P.O.S.E Dance Company brings a blend of Latin dances, including upbeat salsa routines, afro-cuban and rumba, a smooth reggaeton number and even a quirky tango!

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
Monday, Sept. 2 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
For over two decades, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company has been performing a repertoire that embraces the wide cultural diversity of authentic dances, costumes and traditions of Mexico. With a splash of colour, fancy footwork and attention to detail, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company thrills audiences.


WORKSHOPS

Street Dance Academy: House Dance Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Learn the basics of house dance from Street Dance Academy. Primarily danced to house music from Chicago and New York, the main elements include “footwork,” “jacking,” and “lofting.” While often improvisational, house dance focuses on fast and complex footwork combined with fluid movements in the torso.

Street Dance Academy: Dancehall Dance Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Learn the basics of dancehall from Street Dance Academy. Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late ‘70s that makes parties and stage performances more energetic.

Street Dance Academy: Popping Dance Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. – Zone 2
Learn the basics of popping from Street Dance Academy. This style of street dance is one of the original funk styles originating in California, based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body.

Swamperella Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Swamperella present a less formal show and demonstrate how to play the triangle, washboard, button accordion and fiddles as instruments that are specific to the genre of Cajun music. Rhythms and how they fit together to make the Cajun sound are demonstrated.

Khatak Dance Workshop
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. – Zone 2
Tamanna Koovarjee leads this workshop that introduces patrons to one of the eight forms of classical Indian dances. The workshop contains traces of temple and ritual dances, with influences from Persian and central Asian dance.

Flamenco Dance Workshop
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Zone 2
Carmen Romero leads patrons through a musical and dance workshop featuring live guitar, introducing the history and culture of flamenco while learning the movements. This workshop is for the young and young at heart!

Pacific Curls Workshop
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Pacific Curls demonstrate how to play traditional instruments that make up their music as well as a “10-step Samoan slap” dance showing visitors how to produce different rhythms using their hands and body.

Mexican Folkloric Dance Workshop
Monday, Sept. 2 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Zone 2
For over two decades, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company has been performing a repertoire that embraces the wide cultural diversity of authentic dances, costumes and traditions of Mexico. Patrons are invited to learn the choreography from the premiere Mexican Folkloric Dance Company incorporating fancy footwork and keen attention to detail.

Salsa Workshop with P.O.S.E Dance Company
Monday, Sept. 2 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. – Zone 2
P.O.S.E Dance Company teaches a sizzling salsa workshop, where patrons have the opportunity to learn fancy footwork and partner work to get dance-floor ready.


FILM

The Chef (Comme un Chef) (G)
Friday, Aug. 30 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – Zone 2 and Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Directed by Daniel Cohen
This French comedy film tells the story of a veteran chef who faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO. He wants the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Chicken Run (G)
Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Aardman Animations, the British clay-animation studio that created a cult sensation (and won three Academy awards) with its short subjects featuring Wallace and Gromit, presents its first feature film, a mixture of comedy and adventure. Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Ms. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom.

Step Up To The Plate (Entre les Bras) (Unrated)
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – Zone 2 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Step up to the Plate tells the story of extraordinary dishes prepared by a father and son, in the hilly landscape of Aubrac region. Between Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino and Raymond Depardon’s La Vie Moderne, this documentary draws a moving and joyful portrait of an outstanding family devoted to the Haute Cuisine for three generations.

Lost Rivers (Unrated)
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. – Zone 2 and Monday, Sept. 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Studio Theatre
Lost Rivers takes spectators on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracting the history of lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground. Watch the search for the disappeared Petite rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the Garrison Creek in Toronto, the River Tyburn in London, the Saw Mill River in New York and the Bova-Celato River in Italy.


FAMILY

Giant Games
Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m. – Zone 2 and Exhibition Commons
Families are invited to play giant yard games, from chess, snakes and ladders, dominoes, checkers and tic tac toe.

The Funny Waiter Show
Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1
From 1:30 to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Ann Tindall Lawn
From 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
The Funny Waiter Show is a family friendly show that includes plate spinning, food and drink based comedy routines, juggling, audience interaction and more.

Plant a Pepper!
Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. – Zone 4
Children of all ages can enjoy decorating their own unique pot and planting a pepper to take home. This interactive family activity highlights the health benefits of peppers and cultivates a sense of connection to where they are grown.

FoodShare’s Field to Table
Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. – Zone 1
All budding chefs are invited to join FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program to create unique and colourful chef hats to reflect their favourite foods and look the part during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival festivities. In partnership with FoodShare Toronto.

Well Rounded Hoops
Monday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. – South Exhibition Common
Kiki the Clown from Well Rounded Hoops whirls and twirls around Harbourfront Centre, sharing her hoops with kids and grown-ups. She loves to get kids of all ages moving and wiggling, bringing out the silliness in everyone!


SITE ANIMATION

Crazy Cook
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. – Ann Tindall Park and South Exhibition Common
This wild and crazy character provides roaming entertainment for the Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Patrons can find him on-site keeping an eye on events all weekend from high in the sky, stirring up a bit of fun and throwing a little mischief into the mix.

SEASON 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 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.

The Third Space
(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.

ON SITE ALL THE TIME

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 public space, 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.








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