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Hot & Spicy Food Festival
August 13-15

Part of World Routes Summer Festivals 2010 at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, ON (July 22, 2010) – The 13th edition of the popular Hot & Spicy Food Festival adds extra heat to Toronto’s sweltering summer season with sizzling culinary, music, film and dance offerings Aug. 13-15 on the lakefront at Harbourfront Centre.

Culinary events kick off with the return of the International Iron Chef Competition, where gourmet chefs from around the globe show off their skills with secret ingredients and top culinary creativity. This year’s competition gets fierce with Chef Kevin Zink (New Mexico), Chef Joshna Maharaj (Winner of the Longo’s Canadian Iron Chef Competition) and Chef Jorika Mhende (Turks & Caicos) competing for the top spot.

Spice lovers are invited to push their taste buds to the limit at the returning Red Hot Market (featuring an array of hot sauces, dips and marinades from around the world) and the 10 Tastes to Try Before You Die food demos (feature a selection of delectable ‘Hot & Spicy’ dishes made especially for the festival). Those with a sweet tooth can sample treats from the Best Spicy Dessert in Toronto competition where Jalapeno peppers find their way into chocolate and wasabi becomes part of ice cream. Festival attendees in tune with Terra Madre can peruse the Salon Del Gusto Greenbelt Tasting Hall and join farmers in a conversation about the work they do and learn about the exotic offerings that grow in Ontario.

Weekend music highlights include a Friday night performance from The Persuasions, a legendary group of musicians who are often acknowledged as the “Kings of Acapella”. A special presentation of Spread the Word: A Persuasions Documentary is being screened prior to their performance. Saturday night heats up with Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin who mash up electronica and world music, keeping it heavy on the Bhangra, Celtic and Dub flavours. The Rhyming Chef (aka Philman George), is also featured throughout the weekend with a performance that cleverly infuses a spicy food demonstration with the hottest elements of hip hop culture.

The big idea behind all programming in this year’s World Routes summer festivals is “globalocal”, or global to local, a theme programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from around the corner to around the globe!

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 W. Toronto, ON.

Full Event Listings by Genre:


The Rhyming Chef
Friday, Aug. 13, 7–8 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Rhyming Chef (Philman George) combines a professional food demonstration with elements of hip-hop cultures to create a unique and highly entertaining show. He is a certified chef, an accomplished MC and is featured on the channel Bite, broadcasting The Rhyming Chef television program across Canada.

Hilario Duran Trio
Friday, Aug. 13, 8-9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
One of the premier exponents of Latin jazz, the Cuban-born, Toronto based pianist Hilario
Duran is a composer, arranger, orchestra leader and educator. His latest 2010 CD Motion
was recently nominated for two Juno awards.

The Persuasions
Friday, Aug. 13, 9:30-11 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
The Persuasions have been a part of the a cappella society for over 40 years and are part of the reason it exists today. Their singing, style, and musical inventory include the heavy influence of gospel, a major measure of soul and a dose of pop.

La Plancha
Saturday, Aug. 14, 8-9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
With a sound described as ‘electric salsa’, La Plancha stake out unique musical territory through the skillful blend of soul and funk played salsa style.

Delhi 2 Dublin
Saturday, Aug. 14, 9:30–11 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Delhi 2 Dublin is a Vancouver-based band made up of five musicians who mash up electronica and world music to create an original sound and high-energy show. Their sound infuses flavours from Bhangra, Celtic and Dub and instruments including a tabla (a pair of hand drums), fiddle, dhol (drums) and electric sitar (electric guitar that mimics the sound of the traditional Indian instrument).

Jack de Keyzer & Friends Blues Revue
Sunday, Aug. 15, 3-4:30 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
British born, Canadian resident Jack de Keyzer is a Juno and Maple Blues award- winning artist. Now three decades into his career, he has released six CDs and is working on his seventh The Corktown Sessions.


Jamie Kennedy’s Hot and Spicy Frites
Friday, Aug. 13, TBC, Saturday, Aug. 14 TBC & Sunday, Aug. 15, TBC (Ann Tindal Park)
Chef Jamie Kennedy presents a Hot & Spicy first, his special frites with hot and zingy
sauces. For over three decades Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the
culinary landscape in Canada.

10 Tastes to Try Before You Die
Friday, Aug.13, 8-9:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Saturday, Aug. 14, 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m. & 5-6 p.m. & 7-8 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Sunday, Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m. & 5-6 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace) & 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
The best chefs share their secrets and recipes, and you get to taste the results! Chefs include Suman Sandillya of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and John Mitchell of Azure Restaurant and Bar.

Red Hot Marketplace
Friday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. & Saturday, Aug. 14, 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. & Sunday,
Aug. 15, 12-6 p.m. (Sculpture Court & Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Created specifically for the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, the Red Hot Marketplace is the
place to buy and sample a diverse variety of sauces, marinades and dips.

Longo’s International Iron Chef Competition
Semi Finals Saturday, Aug. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. & Finals Sunday, Aug. 15,
2-3:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Gourmet chefs from around the globe show off their skills with secret ingredients and top
culinary creativity. Competing chefs include, Kevin Zinc of New Mexico, Jorika Mhende of
Turks & Caicos Islands, Joshna Maharaj, the winner of the Canadian Iron Chef
Competition and a soon-to-be-announced chef from Mexico. Hosted by the dynamic TV personality and chef, Christian Pritchard. Judges include Kevin Brauch, host of the show The Thirsty Traveler on the Food Network.

Salon Del Gusto- The Greenbelt Tasting Hall
Saturday, Aug. 14 & Sunday, Aug. 15, 1-6 p.m. (Brigantine Tent)
Modeled after the international Terra Madre (Mother Earth) conference which takes place
in Italy every two years, Harbourfront Centre and the Greenbelt Foundation present a
tasting from farmers whose livelihood is integrally connected to the earth.

Emerging Chef Competition
Saturday, Aug. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Chefs from Ontario’s culinary schools (Liaison College and Elliot House Chef School)
compete to see who is the best emerging Chef.

Best Spicy Dessert in Toronto
Sunday, Aug.15, 5-6 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Who makes the best Spicy Dessert in Toronto? Vote online July 1-31 and join us on Aug.
15 to meet the winner and have a taste. Jalapeño peppers find their way into chocolate,
wasabi becomes part of ice cream and of course cacao circles the globe in many forms.
Vote for one of the following sweet providers in Toronto: Xococava, Dessert Lady, LPK’s
Culinary Groove, ChocoSol, Ed’s Real Scoop and Sitting Around Eating Bonbons.


Dance Hot Spicy Sultry and Sweet & Sweet Rockabilly
Saturday, Aug. 14 & Sunday, Aug. 15 (Sirius Stage)
Dance workshops with Street Dance Academy turn up the heat with hot Dancehall, spicy Reggaeton, sultry Bellydancing and sweet Rockabilly.

Square Dancing to an African Beat with Stan Dueck and Madagascar Slim
Saturday, Aug. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Stan Dueck known as “the Mick Jagger of square dancing” joins Madagascar Slim for square dancing to an African beat. They marry the country dance with poly-rhythmic Madagascar songs for a unique square dance event on the lawn. No square dance experience is needed.


Spread the Word- A Persuasions Documentary
Friday, Aug. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
A documentary on The Persuasions, the acknowledged kings of a cappella, will be shown prior to their evening performance.

Tulpan (2008)
Friday, Aug. 13, 8-10 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
In this 2008 Kazakh comedy-drama, Asa, a young sailor, returns home to Kazakhstan fresh from completing his service in the Russian Navy. He is desperate for a farm of his own, but before his brother-in-law will entrust him, he must first find a wife. Set against the extraordinary landscape of the Kazakh steppe, Tulpan makes for a cinematic experience that is breathtaking, hilarious and moving in equal measure. *Tulpan is Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to the Foreign Language Film category.

Nowhere in Africa (2001)
Saturday, Aug. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Directed by Caroline Link, Nowhere in Africa is an epic German film based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Stefanie Zweig. It tells the story of a Jewish family that immigrates to Kenya during World War II to escape the Nazis and run a farm. * Nowhere in Africa won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Black Gold
Sunday, Aug. 15, 4-5:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Multinational coffee companies dominate an industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save 75,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. *Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2-3:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Babe is a little pig who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. With the help of some odd friends Babe realizes he has the potential to become the greatest shepherding pig of all time.


Dig In! for KidZ!
Saturday, Aug. 14, 1-8 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 15, 1-6 p.m. (KidZone Tent)
Dig in and get your hands dirty! With the help of local farmers from our partner Evergreen, kids can plant a food plant to take home and grow indoors!

Create Your Own Soda Pop
Saturday, Aug. 14, 3-4 p.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2-3 p.m. & 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Kids can join local Chef Tony Way and make their own soda pop.


Friday, Aug. 15 & Saturday, Aug. 14, 9-9:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Fireguy (Brant Mathews) is an expert in fire eating, juggling and breathing and enlightens his audiences with energetic expertise.


Small Scale Vegetable Growing and Composting In partnership with the Urban Agriculture
Program at Evergreen.
Saturday, Aug. 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Growing your own food can be a rewarding and worthwhile experience. This workshop explores the
basics of edible garden design preparing the soil, plant selection and maintenance and
organic soil building through small-scale composting systems.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

World Routes is Harbourfront Centre’s annual summer series of FREE festivals running every weekend from Canada Day through Labour Day. World Routes explores ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from around the globe. For summer 2010, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "globalocal" (global to local and local to global) with a festival line-up promising to entertain, stimulate and provoke.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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