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Ho Hai Yan Taiwan! at Harbourfront Centre
Taiwanese cultural extravaganza Friday August 18 through Sunday August 20, 2006
All events are free / Call 416-973-4000 for info or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
To access a Chinese language festival release please visit www.taiwanfest.ca/tor/media_ch.php

TORONTO, July 26, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre embraces the energy and creativity of current Taiwanese culture with food, dance, music and crafts at Ho Hai Yan Taiwan! (August 18 to 20). Coproduced by the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society, an organization that has ran a similar festival in Vancouver annually since 1990. This inaugural Toronto evehttp://http://www.taiwanfest.ca/tor/media_ch.phpnt features free fun for the entire family with dynamic art exhibits, tasty food, stunning fashions and talents direct from Taiwan.

Festival highlights include a variety of impressions that feature traditional dances and music from Taiwan's Zu Yun Cultural Music & Dance Troupe. Taiwanese pop culture is featured by Taiwanese Grammy nominees, the WonFu band and Peggy Shu. Four of Taiwan's premier Chefs do demonstrations at the festival alongside accomplished craft artists working in paper, wood, clay and leather. Toronto's vibrant Taiwanese artistic community is also represented with exciting performances by Team Dim Sum, Moulann and Kaiyotes Dance Inc. Audiences can view films by Taiwanese director Ang Lee and an exhibit showcasing the country's top ten company brands.

CULINARY:

What's Cooking? (Lakeside Terrace, food samples $1)
August 19 (1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) & August 20 (1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
Taiwanese food is considered an art form as much as a means of sustenance. Taiwan is also known for its "tonic food" made by blending seasonal herbs. Four Taiwanese culinary masters demonstrate the best of Taiwanese cuisine.

Head Chef Huang, Lai-Fa of Grand Formosa Regent Taipei
Shanghai cuisine came to Taiwan from the mainland many years ago. Chef Huang Lai-Fa has mastered this style and given it a modern twist to create neo-Shanghai food influenced by Hunan and traditional Taiwanese flavours.

Gold Medalist Chef Ku, Lai-Wen
He began his culinary quest at 16, and 25 years later became a successful Shanghai cuisine chef known for superb knife and wok skills as well as innovative use of colour and ingredients. He has won gold medals at cooking competitions across Asia.

Food Carving Artist Chef Hu, Ming-Hua
This culinary legend transforms fruits and vegetables into amazing food sculptures with exquisite knife carving techniques. His accomplishments have earned him international recognition, which he uses to promote Taiwan's tasty delicacies worldwide.

Chef Hung, Wen-Fa
Chef Hung Wen-Fa is the Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at the Hung Kuang University in Taichung, Taiwan. He is most famous for his medicinal herb dishes, creative food sculptures, and traditional Taiwanese cuisines.

DANCE:

Zu Yun Cultural Music & Dance Troupe (Taiwan)
perform Ho-Hai-Yan! Celebrations on the Seashores
August 18 (6 p.m., Toronto Star Stage - part of Opening Ceremony)
August 19 (2 p.m., Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
August 19 (4:30 p.m., Toronto Star Stage - interactive workshop)
August 20 (4:30 p.m., Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage - part of Festival Finale)
This contemporary Aboriginal group preserves and passes on ancient cultural traditions. They play music on bamboo and string instruments and perform ceremonial dances from Taiwanese Aboriginal tribes in traditional dress - www.zuyun.com.tw

Kaiyotes Dance Inc. (Toronnto)
August 18 (9 p.m., Toronto Star Stage) and August 19 (6 p.m., Toronto Star Stage)
This young dynamic multi-Asian company performs a fusion dance mix of latin, ballroom, lyrical and more! They have performed at the Molson Indy the 2003 Canada Fashion Awards and for many Hong Kong stars - www.kaiyotesdance.com

Echo Dance Association (Toronto)
August 19 (1:30 p.m., Toronto Star Stage) and August 20 (1 p.m., Toronto Star Stage)
This respected Toronto group was founded by a Taiwanese artist - artistic director Li-Hsuan Huang.

Team Dim Sum (Toronto)
August 20 (2:30 p.m., Toronto Star Stage)
Team Dim Sum are martial arts practitioners who also engage in acrobatic tricks, breakdancing, stunts and physical comedy . Their martial arts choreography also integrates humor and storytelling into the performance - http://teamdimsum.atspace.org

FILM

Ang Lee - The Road to the Oscars
Two award-winning films by this renowned Taiwanese director will be shown

The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee, 102 minutes)
August 18 at 6 p.m. and August 19 at 8 p.m. (Studio Theatre, free)
Simon and Wei-Tung, a gay couple in Manhattan, hope to convince Wei-Tung's parents that he's straight. Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant girl in need of a green card. The plot thickens and complications arise when Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding and insist upon an elaborate banquet.

Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 120 minutes)
August 19 at 3 p.m. and August 20 at 2:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre, free)
In the spirit of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Master Chef Chu lives in a large Taipei house with his three unmarried daughters: Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher; Jia-Chien, an airline executive; and Jia-Ning, a student who works in a fast food restaurant. Life in the house revolves around the ritual of an elaborate Sunday dinner and the family member's love lives.

MUSIC:

WonFu (Prosperity and Fortune) & Peggy Hsu (Peggy's Wonderland)
August 18 (9:30 p.m., Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
August 19 (8 p.m., Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
WonFu - a supertalented young energetic Taiwanese retro Indie Rock and Pop band have released three albums, and have been nominated for a Taiwanese Grammy! They perform with well-known singer, songwriter and karaoke favourite Peggy Hsu; a true Toronto-Taiwanese Pop star! Inspired by her emigration to Canada, many of her songs reflect the emotional upheaval that accompany living in a new country - www.peggyshu.com

Moulann (Toronto)
August 19 (9:30 p.m., Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
This Toronto singer-songwriter and pianist unleashes soaring melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and lush danceable harmonies. Her style of soul-infused Pop and Rock is a unique product of her contrasting influences and experiences - www.moulann.com

VISUAL ART exhibits in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space
This selection of exhibits showcases the groundbreaking work of Taiwanese artists in a variety of media.
Hours - August 18, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; August 19, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.; August 20, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Taiwan Imagines - Collections of Creativity
Prize-winning works from the annual Taiwan National Crafts Exhibit. The works (using materials like bamboo, stone, glass, ceramics and metal) demonstrate innovation in pattern, shape and production in order to embody beauty and practicality.

This is Taiwan! Taiwan's Top Ten Brands Exhibit
August 19 at 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; August 20 at 1p.m. to 6 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Some of Taiwan's best-known international brands are put on display, including Acer, BenQ, D-Link and many more.

Master Hung, Hsin-Fu's Aria of Paper Exhibit
August 19 at 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; August 20 at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
This paper artist puts his observations of nature, life experiences and the well-honed skills of a craftsman into each of his incredible sculptures. A dedicated artist, teacher and poet who presents clever and original creations, including the powerful golden tree frog and other endangered ecological species of Taiwan - www.3dpaper.com.tw

VISUAL ART
Art Gallery of Taiwan - exhibits and arts demonstrations in the Brigantine Room
Hours: August 19 from 1 p.m to 10 p.m.; August 20 at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Language of Bamboo by Chiu, Chin-Tuan
The craft of bamboo weaving has always been an important part of Taiwanese culture. Over the years the technique has transformed from a purely commercial activity to an evolving form of artistic expression.

Pottery in Concert by Chau Pottery House
Ceramic works of art are not only decorative but they also serve practical everyday uses. In this exhibit, Chau Pottery House presents uniquely crafted ceramic tea pots, bowls, utensils and even clocks!

Storytelling thru Leather Arts by Duan, An-Kuo
Duan An-Kuo became a leather sculpture artist after seeing the work of the famous Jan Liu-Miao. Over the years, he has mastered leather-carving techniques and studied human anatomy extensively in order to produce incredibly lifelike sculptures.

Carving Life in the Wood - Taiwanese Wood Art by Huang, Ma-Chin
Each of Huang Ma-Chin's sculptures is carved from one piece of wood. His use of texture reveals the quality of the wood in ordert to create odes to Mother Nature while demonstrating Taoist principles of harmony, discipline and order through art.

Aboriginal Artisan Market in the Sculpture Court
August 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; August 19 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; August 20 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Aboriginal craft artists showcase handmade crafts from Taiwan's 12 Aboriginal tribes. These colourful works are made with unique patterns - a great opportunity for visitors to experience a vibrant and distant culture and collect beautiful art.

All Ho Hai Yan Taiwan! events are free admission and located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada.

For more information on the festival the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre remains open and accessible through this special Toronto Waterfront Revitalization event. Beginning August 11 through August 20, 2006 the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation hosts a 10-day event on Queens Quay called Quay to the City: Summer ‘06 so that residents of Toronto can experience the benefits of a proposed new design for Queens Quay and the central waterfront water’s edge promenade. This event involves closing the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay between Spadina and York to traffic and diverting traffic to the Lakeshore Blvd. Westbound traffic and streetcar service are not affected. In order to set up and take down the event, the Eastbound closure will run from August 8 to August 23, 2006 inclusive. For more info visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/waterfrontNews/pdf/Advisory_Notice.pdf

Harbourfront Centre Focus - The Power Of Place
Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world? Power of Place is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre, June through December 2006.

For more summer media information and festival releases visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php

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Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428 or wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518 or wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com
Mandarin language media requests to:
Violet Yeh, 905.480.9182 or vyeh@taiwanfest.ca


Ho Hai Yan Taiwan! at Harbourfront Centre
FREE complete event listings August 18 to 20, 2006
ALL performances are FREE admission!
Multiple venues at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Friday August 18
Film – The Wedding Banquet (6 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Visual Art - Marilyn Brewer Community Space exhibits: Taiwan Imagines - Collections of Creativity; This is Taiwan! Taiwan's Top Ten Brands Exhibit; Master Hung, Hsin-Fu's Aria of Paper Exhibit (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Dance – Zu Yun Cultural Music & Dance Troupe (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Visual Art – Aboriginal Artisan Market (6 p.m. - Sculpture Court Tent)
Dance – Kaiyotes Dance Inc. (9 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Music – WonFu and Peggy Hsu (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)

Saturday August 19
Visual Art - Marilyn Brewer Community Space exhibits: Taiwan Imagines - Collections of Creativity; This is Taiwan! Taiwan's Top Ten Brands Exhibit; Master Hung, Hsin-Fu's Aria of Paper Exhibit (1 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Visual Art - Art Gallery of Taiwan exhibits and arts demonstrations in the Brigantine Room: The Language of Bamboo by Chiu, Chin-Tuan; Pottery in Concert by Chau Pottery House; Storytelling thru Leather Arts by Duan, An-Kuo; Carving Life in the Wood - Taiwanese Wood Art by Huang, Ma-Chin (1 p.m to 10 p.m.)
Dance – Echo Dance Association (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Zu Yun Cultural Music & Dance Troupe (2 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – WonFu and Peggy Hsu (8 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Moulann (9:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Visual Art – Aboriginal Artisan Market (1 p.m. - Sculpture Court Tent)
Kids – Make and Take Taiwanese Crafts (1 p.m. - Zoom! Kids Tent)
Film – Eat Drink, Man, Woman (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Film – The Wedding Banquet (8 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Food - What's Cooking? (Lakeside Terrace - 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
featuring Chef Huang Lai-Fa, Chef Ku Lai-Wen, Chef Hu Ming-Hua, Chef Hung, Wen-Fa

Sunday August 20
Visual Art - Marilyn Brewer Community Space exhibits: Taiwan Imagines - Collections of Creativity; This is Taiwan! Taiwan's Top Ten Brands Exhibit; Master Hung, Hsin-Fu's Aria of Paper Exhibit (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Visual Art - Art Gallery of Taiwan exhibits and arts demonstrations in the Brigantine Room: The Language of Bamboo by Chiu, Chin-Tuan; Pottery in Concert by Chau Pottery House; Storytelling thru Leather Arts by Duan, An-Kuo; Carving Life in the Wood - Taiwanese Wood Art by Huang, Ma-Chin (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Dance – Echo Dance Association (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Visual Art – Aboriginal Artisan Market (1 p.m. - Sculpture Court Tent)
Kids – Make and Take Taiwanese Crafts (1 p.m. - Zoom! Kids Tent)
Food - What's Cooking? (Lakeside Terrace -1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
featuring Chef Huang Lai-Fa, Chef Ku Lai-Wen, Chef Hu Ming-Hua, Chef Hung, Wen-Fa
Dance – Team Dim Sum (2:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Film – Eat Drink, Man, Woman (2:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Dance – Zu Yun Cultural Music & Dance Troupe
(4:30 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage, part of the Pepsi Concert Series)

For more summer media information and festival releases visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr/info/media.php

Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428 or wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent, 416-973-4518 or wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com
Mandarin language media requests to:
Violet Yeh, 905.480.9182 or vyeh@taiwanfest.ca
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