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TELUS TAIWANfest: Crossover
Aug.27 – Aug. 29
Part of World Routes Summer Festivals 2010 at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 5, 2010) – The fifth edition of TELUS TAIWANfest:Crossover returns to Harbourfront Centre Aug. 27 - Aug. 29, 2010. This year’s festival is organized in eight parts and includes an electrifying focus on Taiwanese indie music, a glamorous fashion show from some of Taiwan’s top designers, food demonstrations from local chefs along with traditional puppet and Hakka opera performances.

Friday night kicks off with the return of the CLASH: The Battle of Elegance fashion show that sets top Taiwanese designers against each other for runway supremacy. Designers Chiui Hsu and Jasper Huang, showcase their signature styles (which are some of edgiest in Asia) alongside Vancouver-based designer Angela Chen.

Also returning is the highly anticipated UMUSICLIVE concert series that explores the concept of ‘crossing over’ in the context of musical expression with 10 high-energy indie rock bands from Canada and Taiwan. Some of the acts representing Taiwan include Aboriginal reggae singers Matzka, Taiwan’s ambassadors of rap Kou Chou Ching and Peaches-esque rocker chicks Go Chic. Hip-hop jazz performer Leo 37 and female MC MasiaOne represent Canada and supply the audience with a dose of uniquely Torontonian hip hop flavours.

Taiwanese cuisine is also showcased at the Crossover Kitchen food demonstrations. Foodies will rejoice as chefs prepare signature Taiwanese dishes including an assortment of Hakka, aboriginal and local derivatives of Chinese cuisine. They will also prepare vegetarian dishes made with an innovative use of spices packed with flavour.

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:


Invading the Dragon Palace: Rom Shing Hakka Opera
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
For the past 20 years the Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe has actively participated in a variety of performances around Taiwan to help promote the art form of traditional Hakka opera. The troupe combines the nine styles and 18 modes of Hakka opera with comedic and humorous dialogue.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Nick Fothergill
Saturday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Toronto-born musician, Nick Fothergill incorporates traditional North American folk, acoustic rock and ballad-style story telling into his performances. After moving to Taiwan in 2002, Fothergill has performed across Asia and North America.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Suming
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Suming, from the Amis tribe of Taiwan, is the front man and song writer for three rock bands including the popular Taiwanese band Totem. He uses his songs to transport an audience back to a simpler time (in his indigenous language).

The Rise of Indie Nation: 1976
Saturday, Aug. 28, 3:15 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Named after the year the members were born, 1976’s work contains elements of psychedelic-folk, Brit-pop, electronic-rock, glam rock and modern rock. In 2009, the band opened for the Oasis Live Forever Tour in Taipei and was the first Taiwanese band to open for a world-class rock band.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Double X
Saturday, Aug. 28, 5 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Double X is the pioneer of Taiwanese indie music and has been singled out by Taiwan’s Government Information Office as an artist with significant international potential.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Aphasia
Saturday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Aphasia (a medical term meaning the inability to speak) use their instruments and music to speak for the voiceless. The band uses the name to poke fun at politics with their post-rock, punk and metal sound.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Go Chic
Saturday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Go Chic, a Taiwanese band consisting of all girls and one male drummer, has been pumping out raw, catchy and dance-electro music since 2007. The band is known for engaging the audience with their humour and energy and encouraging them to dance and sing along!

The Rise of Indie Nation: Matzka
Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Matzka are one of few indigenous bands to illustrate traditional songs infused with reggae. Together they celebrate Taiwanese aboriginal culture with a live concert full of humour and energy.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Kou Chou Ching
Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Known as Taiwan’s ambassadors of rap, Kou Chou Ching expresses the creativity and vitality of Taiwan’s independent music scene with their explosive lyrics and energetic live performances. The group won “Best Remix of the Year” and “Best Group of the Year” at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, the world’s biggest awards show for independent music.

The Rise of Indie Nation: LEO 37
Sunday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
LEO 37’s music uses influences from a number of genres including hip-hop, soul, jazz,
electronica and pop. His performance is grass roots, original and worldly.

The Rise of Indie Nation: Masia One
Sunday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Masia One, a Singapore native who now resides in Toronto hits the stage with a performance showcasing her rap skills. She was the first female to be nominated for a Much Music Video Award for rap and is currently completing a project with American record label Kops & Robbers. Her most recent project features Pharrell, The Game, Talib Kweli and RZA.


Crossover Kitchen
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
At Crossover Kitchen, local chefs are challenged to prepare signature Taiwanese dishes using ingredients from Canada. Chefs include, David Chung, Ku Lai Wen and Elsa Chang.


Treasure our Mother Nature
Sunday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Tzu Chi Foundation (a volunteer-led charitable organization) hits the stage with a performance that combines sign language, martial arts and dance. Treasure our Mother Nature was created to raise awareness of the foundation’s green mandate with the help of volunteers and students.


E Sha Age
Saturday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
E Sha Age, a documentary by filmmaker Waro Hsueh, explores the history of the E. Sha Singing and Dancing Group. E Sha was an all-female musical theatre group that dominated Taiwan’s entertainment industry for 25 years. The documentary focuses on rejuvenating old memories of the group and creating new ones for the younger generation.

Viva Tonal – The Dance Age
Saturday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Viva Tonal – The Dance Age blends together interviews, songs and footage from Taiwan’s ‘dance age. As a historical documentary, it aims to portray the ‘Dance Age’ of the 1920’s and 30’s when youth culture and artistic freedom started to become popular.


Taiwanese Traditional Lantern Making
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2-3:30 p.m. & 5-6:30 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)
Kids can learn the Taiwanese tradition of lantern making, a practice that dates back to the 3rd century. An annual lantern festival is still held in Taipei County of Taiwan, where lanterns are released into the sky.


Legendary Puppeteers I-Wan-Jan Puppet Troupe
Saturday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
At Telus TAIWANFest the story of Monkey King is presented by the I-Wan-Jan puppet troupe which was founded by world renowned Master Puppeteer, Tien-Lu Lee. Lee is known for his innovative approach, such as incorporating martial arts sequences and acrobatic stunts into the scenes acted out by his puppets. Lee’s lively choreography results in tightly knit, action-packed stories filled with thrilling fight scenes.


Remembering Teresa Teng Singing Contest
Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The public is invited to a special tribute to the late Teresa Teng (Asian music icon) that includes a Teresa Teng singing contest.


Formosa Mambo
Saturday, Aug. 28 & Sunday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
The National Museum of Taiwan History presents a visual arts event that displays the ordinary lives of Taiwanese people by combining music with historical scenes from traditional times to modern day.


CLASH: The Battle of Elegance
Friday, Aug. 27, 9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Two designers from Taiwan, Chiui Hsu and Jasper Huang, battle alongside Taiwan-born, Vancouver-based designer Angela Chen for runway supremacy at CLASH: The Battle of Elegance fashion show. Each designer will showcase their signature styles which are some of edgiest in Asia.

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.


Althea Linton
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