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A Taste of Island Spice at Harbourfront Centre’s
7th Annual Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Food Festival 
July 30 -- August 2


hundreds of global foods, an array of cool hot music, creative chefs recipes, tasty films, dynamic dancing, visually spiced arts, a Red Hot Market and the World Cafe

TORONTO, July15, 2004–Harbourfront Centre’s Stella Artois Hot and Spicy Festival: The Island Soul Edition gyrates with new moves July 30th - August 2. Toronto’s perfect compliment to Saturday’s fantastic Mas parade, Hot & Spicy’s 7th edition brings together Caribbean, r'n'b, funk, soul, house and Latin vibes enhanced with celebrity chefs and sizzling delicacies from around the globe programmed in Islands of the World. Always Hot & Spicy – the unique and eclectic edible offerings from the Red Hot Market and World Café are available all weekend long.  Join in the fun with CFRB 1010's the Food Guys: Marty & Avrum broadcasting live. Visitors can take in the vast array of culinary demonstrations, free films, visual arts and an solid lineup of international and Canadian music and dance performances.  FREE ADMISSION!
    

For complete listings: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/


HIGHLIGHTS...
FOOD:
This year’s Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Festival takes visitors on a culinary and artistic journey to Islands of the World sampling the sizzling spices of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. TV personality Emily Richards from Canadian Living Cooks takes on Dwight Boswell of Chalice Catering in a battle of culinary skill competing for the crown of Hot and Spicy Iron Chef 2004. Renowned chefs from fabulous Toronto eateries will show off their flare for cooking, share their recipes with audiences and offer low-cost samples during food demonstrations! Selected Food demonstrations will be accompanied by a dance performance that reflect the same cultures as the food being prepared. At the Red Hot Market the public can sample and stock-up on an eclectic variety of spiced foods, sauces, marinades and dips.

MUSIC:                           
This year’s Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Festival is a musical paradise featuring exciting new international artists with some of the best DJ’s spinning hot on the waterfront with samba, r&b, funk, hip hop, house and jazz emanating late into the night. Hot new Brazilian singer Cibelle makes her anticipated Toronto debut on the CIBC Stage. Cibelle explores sensual bossa nova, down tempo electronica, samba and jazz. Detroit’s renowned vocalist and keyboardist Amp Fiddler makes his Toronto debut as a solo artist. Presented by Queens Quay Terminal, this versatile performer has graced the records of Prince, George Clinton and the Brand New Heavies. Amp Fiddler will be joined by Montreal’s Afrodizz, a hot, new Afro-beat group that layers the groove with horns, soulful vocals and elegant jazz guitar. Madagascar's Jaojoby, the world’s leading exponents of Salegy delivers a mix of electrified African pop rhythms with Malagasy folk songs. Not-to-be-missed, Los Angeles Hip-Hop funk orchestra Breakestra, led by Miles Tackett, makes their Harbourfront Centre debut.

With four album releases, Daúde is another hot Brazilian vocalist enjoying international success with her imaginative blend of samba, funk, and hip hop. Montreal soca big band Jab Jab will provide the festival jump up!

Late Night NOW presentd by Bluelight: Feel the heat with late night live performances in the “Brig” (Brigantine room) Friday through Sunday. Celebrate CIUT radio show, Higher Ground’s 8th anniversary with a funk throwdown by Jason Palma and friends. Boogie all night long with Expansions as they spin funk, house and hip hop by DJ’s Kola and Nav. Special guest A Kid Names Miles. Do Right! Soundsystem DJ Kong, Circle Research, Basic Soul Unit and DJ Fase with MC Abdominal spin hip hop and funk with visuals by Mix Motion.

DANCE, FILM, VISUAL ART, FASHION, THEATRE:

Highlights include food theme films, a global variety of dance groups, a visual arts show inspired by the passion for all things hot and spicy as well as original fashion and design and a commissioned theatre piece.

Dance: In addition to sizzling culinary sensations and explosive musical performances, local dance groups including Ill Skillz, Goodness Gracious Fire Dancers, Afro-Caribbean Dance, Latin Dance Theatre, Dance Caribe, Caribbean Drum Ensemble, Caribbean Folk Performers and The Swizzlestick Theatre. On Saturday and Monday Guiomar Campbell will get hips swaying with a Samba Dance Workshop. One of the festival’s dance highlights will be a performance by the Canboulay Dance Theatre featuring Ronald A. Taylor and Spirit Synott presenting Flight on a Leach.

Film: This year’s film line-up promises to be more sizzling than ever with an All Food Film Series including acclaimed works Big Night and Chocolat. On Saturday The Toronto International Film Festival Group presentsthe hilarious film Undercover Brother as a thank you to the City of Toronto.

Visual Arts:  Explore the visual arts show inspired by passion for all things Hot and Spicy. Nika Feldman curates an exhibit, commissioned for the festival, of eight emerging artists from Canada and the United States using found objects to explore the Hot and Spicy qualities of life.

Fashion-Design: Kristen Fahrig has prepared a specially-commissioned fashion piece Fuego, using hot and spicy food as her inspiration and her medium.

Theatre: Director PJ Hammond stages a commissioned reading that will take audiences through the energetic and sensual effect that food can have on your life. If music be the food of love, then this is a rumba straight from the Islands!

For the Kids! The Kidzone Tent will be open Saturday through Monday. Red Pepper Spectacle Arts invites kids to make and take their own lanterns. FREE!

All events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. For more information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/    

Attention Media: Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php

Media Contacts:               
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com 
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com


Stella Artois Hot and Spicy Food Festival: The Island Soul Edition
Event Listings- July 30 to August 2


HIGHLIGHT LISTINGS:
Events subject to change.
FOOD PROGRAMMES:
This year’s food program theme is divided into four sections, each exploring hot and spicy culinary delicacies from different Islands of the World:

Pacific Ocean: Saturday July 31st - Lakeside Terrace
Join Emmanuel Martin at 1:30 p.m as he whips up delicacies from the Philippines accompanied by a dance performance by Folklorico Filipino.  At 3:30 p.m. from the Liaison College of Culinary Arts Chef Mick Elliot will entice your palette while the Melati Indonesian Dance Group inspire the visual senses. At 5:00 p.m. Howard Chew from the Restaurant Malaysia will share the spicy secrets of dishes from Singapore.

Indian Ocean: Sunday August 1st - Lakeside Terrace
Sunday the festival conjures up the sites, smells and tastes of the Indian Ocean. At 1:30 Arvinda Chauhan of the Woman’s Culinary Network cooks up Sri Lankan Spicy Cashew Curry accompanied by Mandakini Dance. At 5:30 Lola of Great Cooks and The T Spot prepares Madagascar Vanilla Citrus Salad in Philo cups.

Mediterranean Sea: Monday August 2nd- Lakeside Terrace
On Monday take a trip to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea where starting at 1:30 Darren Glew of Court House Market Grille cooks up Sardinian Fish Cakes and Cucumber Salad followed by Amy Fleischman of Musa who will prepare Sauteed Dandelions and Cigarette Rolls stuffed with Spicy Meet and Pine Nuts.

Caribbean Sea: Saturday July 31st- Brigantine Tent
The spicy flavour of Caribbean cuisine can be sampled throughout the weekend under the Blue Brigantine Awning. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Chalice Catering chef Dwight Boswell will prepare Festival with Fried Ripe Plantains and Curry Chicken. At 4:30 p.m. Josefa Reyes will share the secret of her recipe for Arroz con pollo a la chorrera (Rice with Spicy Chicken cooked with Vegetables and Beer).

Sunday August 1st at 2:00 p.m. Labatt Brewmaster Bill White and Chef Anthony Mair of Mardi Gras Restaurant kick starts the afternoon with their recipes for Jambalaya paired with beer (sampling will include a tasting of the food dish and beer). At 4:00 Ed Pottinger of Toronto’s famous The Real Jerk will prepare Jerk Chicken Pasta followed at 6:30 by The Westin Harbour Castle’s Executive Chef Bruce Hanna who will prepare Red Snapper Escovitch with Rice and Peas.

The taste sensation continues into Monday when at 2:00 Ikeila Wright of Leaf of Life Catering will demonstrate the art of preparing Sizzling Sweet Plantain suffed with Calalloo. At 4:30 Henri Pierre Jerome of Coco Banana Restaurant demonstrates how to make AKRA (fried vegetables). On Monday at 5:30 at the Lakeside Terrace join TV personality Emily Richards (Canadian Living Cooks) and Dwight Boswell (Chalice Catering as they square off in a battle of culinary genious in an Iron Chef Competition 2004.

Friday, July 30th

Dance - July 30 (7:00 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage). Ill Skillz
Music - July 30 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Cibelle (Brazil)
Dance - July 30 (9:00 p.m and 10:30p.m..- Toronto Star Stage) Goodness Gracious Fire Dancers
Music - July 30 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Breakestra (Los Angeles)
Music - July 30 (11:00 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Expansions.

Saturday, July 31st
Dance - July 31 (2:00 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Latin Dance Theatre
Film - July 31 (3:00 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Big Night (USA)   
Dance - July 31 (3:00 p.m- Toronto Star Stage) Ill Skillz
Dance - July 31 (4:00 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Guiomar Campbell Samba Dance Workshop
Dance - July 31 (5:30 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Swizzlestick Theatre’s Mirage
Radio - July 31 (6:00 p.m. ..??) Marty and Avrum from CFRB 1010  Broadcast live.
Film - July 31 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: What's Cooking (USA/UK)
Dance - July 31 ( 7:30p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Afro-Caribbean Dance
Film - July 31 (9:30pm - CIBC Stage) TIFF presents Undercover Brother (USA)
Music - July 31 (11:00 p.m.-Brigantine Room) Higher Ground       

Sunday, August 1st
Dance - August 1 ( 1:30 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Caribbean Folk Performers
Film - August 1 (3 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Mostly Martha
Dance - August 1 (3 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Swizzlestick Theatre’s Mirage
Dance - August 1 (4:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Caribbean Drum Ensemble
Theatre Reading - August 1 (5:00 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Spiced Up Staging -reading
Dance - August 1 (5:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Dance Caribe
Film - August 1 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Woman on Top (USA)
Dance - August 1 (7 p.m.- Toronto Star Stage) Latin Dance Theatre
Music - August 1 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Daúde (Brazil)
Music - August 1 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jaojoby (Madagascar)
Music - August 1 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jab Jab (Montreal)
Music - August 1 (11:00 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Do Right!

Monday, August 2nd
Music - August 2 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Afrodizz (Montreal)
Film - August 2 (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Chocolat (UK/USA)
Theatre Reading- August 2 (4:00 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Spiced Up Staging - reading
Music - August 2 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Amp Fiddler (Detroit)
Food - August 2 (5:30 p.m. -Lakeside Terrace) - Iron Chef Competition

Events occurring all weekend long:
Red Hot Market and World Café
Visual Arts- Hot and Spicy Art show by Nika Feldman
Fashion and Design- Kristen Fahrig create Fuego a costume of Fire
For The Kids - July 31-August 2 (1:00-6:00 p.m. - Kidzone Tent)  make and take lanterns by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts.

All Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Attention Media: Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php

Media Contacts:               
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com 
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

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