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TORONTO, July 4, 2007Harbourfront Centre’s Dim Sum Chinese Festival serves up more than just food! This festival offers a dazzling array of traditional and contemporary art forms that delve deep into Chinese cultural identity.

Canadian and international artists provide a stately glimpse into the many wonderful and unique facets of Chinese culture through the centuries. Dim Sum Chinese Festival also commemorates the 10 Year Anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China with multi-disciplinary exhibitions and time-honoured Chinese art forms that mingle with modern perspectives in music, dance, visual arts, theatre and literature, in addition to fabulous Dim Sum food and culinary demonstrations.

Music highlights feature contemporary and traditional acts that share a Chinese background. The rapidly rising pop star Cory Lee heats up the Concert Stage; the master of the Chinese erhu, George Gao and friends; an engaging fusion of traditional and modern music courtesy of Taiwan’s A Moving Sound; dynamic electronic and violin assault specialists Chi2 have performed as the string section with international superstars Moby, Nelly Furtado and Goldfrapp; plus a very performance by local icon Sook Yin Lee and the Documentary.

Dim Sum Chinese Festival also includes a special film series and Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Julia Kwan. The unique Extreme Martial Arts Theatre performance Battle of the Lion Clans features intense audience participation. Witness the North American Premiere of 77-year old Peking Opera Master Bi Gu Yun’s lotus shoe technique, and South Asian Dance septuagenarian Rina Singha crosses generational and cultural boundaries with twenty-something chinese contemporary dancer Emily Cheung during a specially commissioned dance piece The Road.

Dim Sum Chinese Festival is part of Harbourfront Centre’s summer long series of festivals, World Routes 2007 presented by RBC. Each weekend from June through September, Generations of top Canadian and international artists perform in all of the creative disciplines including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, readings and film. Harbourfront Centre’s unparalleled 10-acre waterfront site is prized for its fun and educational family activities at multiple venues, as well as the ethnic diversity of the International Marketplace and World Café. These rotating shops and cafés are nestled along an expanded boardwalk, and enable visitors to explore and access each weekend's cultural theme through the purchase of unique items and food. All World Routes 2007 summer festivals are FREE admission.

For information on Dim Sum Chinese Festival events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Dim Sum Chinese Festival– all EVENTS are FREE

Visual Art:
All Weekend - Hong Kong Creativity – Interaction II – marking the 10 year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, a multi-disciplinary display (Marilyn Brewer Gallery)
Saturday and Sunday – Opera Shoes Exhibition, in conjunction with Bata Shoe Museum - (Loft Gallery)

Friday, July 20

Music:
8:00 p.m. – Susanne Hou - award winning violinist (Concert Stage)
9:30 p.m. – George Gao Ensemble & Friends – breathtaking World and Chinese music (Concert Stage)
11:00 p.m. - FOBulous: The Asian Arts Freedom School (Brigantine Room)
Theatre:
11:00 p.m. – Spoken Word Showcase hosted by Gein Wong (Brigantine Room)
Dance:
9:00 p.m. – Extreme Martial Art Theatre – Battle of the Lion Clans (Toronto Star Stage)
Lecture:
7:00 p.m. – China World Hertiage Sites - presented by the Canadian Foundation for Chinese Heritage Preservation (Studio Theatre)
Film:
9:00 p.m. –Short Films of Julia Kwan - 3 SISTERS ON MOON LAKE and LAUNDRY - (Studio Theatre)
Comedy:
7:30 p.m. – Asiansploitation Sketch Comedy Showcase and Workshop (Toronto Star Stage)

Saturday, July 21

Workshop:
2:00 p.m. – Chinese Calligraphy Demo and Workshop - Master Han Chung Chen (Classroom 1)
Music:
2:00 p.m. – Silk Road Ensemble – East meets West with Juno nominees (Concert Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Cory Lee – Rising pop sensation and Juno nominee (Concert Stage)
7:30 p.m. – Traditional Chinese Instrument Masters and Pupils Showcase – by the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto Star Stage)
8:00 p.m. – Sook Yin Lee and the Documentary – a rare performance featuring an All-Star line up (Concert Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Chi2 – Groundbreaking English born Chinese duo fuses violins and electronic music in an inimitable style (Concert Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Raging Asian Women (RAW) – Taiko drumming (Toronto Star Stage)
10:00 p.m. – Dim Sum Idol Karaoke - (Lakeside Terrace)
11:00 p.m. – DJ’s Middlefield and I Am Robot and Proud – homegrown electronic music (Brigantine Room)
Dance:
1:30 p.m. – “The Road” by Rina Singha and Emily Cheung – (Toronto Star Stage)
3:00 p.m. – Chinese Art of Dance Academy (Toronto Star Stage)
3:00 p.m. – Lotus on Stage – Peking Opera Showcase featuring Master Bi Gu Yun (Brigantine Room)
4:30 p.m. – Echo Dance Association (Toronto Star Stage)
5:00 p.m. – Tai Chi Demonstration (Ann Tindal Lawn)
5:30 p.m. – Asian Hip Hop Dance Workshop (Toronto Star Stage)
7:00 p.m. – Contemporary Chinese Dance Showcase by Susanne Chui (Brigantine Room)
Film:
1:00 p.m. – RUNNING ON KARMA – dir. Johnnie To Kei–Fung (Studio Theatre)
4:00 p.m. – EVE AND THE FIRE HORSE – Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Julia Kwan, moderated by Elaine Chang (Studio Theatre)
7:30 p.m. – WAIT ‘TIL YOU’RE OLDER – dir. by Teddy Chan Tak-Shun (Studio Theatre)
Food: (Saturday and Sunday)
1:00 p.m. – Dim Sum Cooking Demo (Lakeside Terrace)
3:00 p.m. – Dim Sum Cooking Demo (Lakeside Terrace)
5:00 p.m. – Dim Sum Cooking Demo (Lakeside Terrace)
Children:
1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – Storytelling with Marty Chan (Kids Zone Tent)
3:30 p.m. – The Wishing Trees – A Community Art Project (Natrel Kids Zone)

Sunday, July 22

Visual Art:
1:00 p.m. – SKAM Live! Graffiti Mural Demonstration - (Ann Tindal Lawn)
2:00 p.m. – Chinese Brush Demo and Workshop Master Han Chung Chen (Classroom I)
Music:
3:00 p.m. – George Gao Ensemble – traditional Chinese folk Music (Concert Stage)
4:30 p.m. – A Moving Sound – an innovative new sound from Taiwan fuses Asian musical influences with Western ideas - part of the Pepsi Concert Series (Concert Stage)
Dance:
1:00 p.m. – The Orient Dance Company (Toronto Star Stage)
2:00 p.m. – Battle of the Lion Clans – The Sammy Cheng Toronto Lion Dance Kung Fu school teaches the Lion Dance technique (Toronto Star Stage)
4:00 p.m. –DJ Serious and the Quartertones (Toronto Star Stage)
Theatre:
3:00 p.m. – “God’s Eye” by Marty Chan – a Staged Reading (Studio Theatre)
Children:
12:00 p.m. – The Wishing Trees – A Community Art Project (Kids Zone Tent)

Dim Sum Chinese Festival at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22. For information please call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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Media Contact:
Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 | cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard | 416-973-4518 | sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek | 416-973-4428 | wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

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