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Toronto, meet Manila – Carlos Celdran’s Manila

If These Walls Could Talk, the world-famous walking tour of Intramuros,
the old walled city of Manila, Philippines

Co-produced by Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
in partnership with Harbourfront Centre’s Hot Spot Summer 2011

TORONTO, ON (Thursday, April 21, 2011) – In celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture and Harbourfront Centre take you to Manila… without leaving Toronto!

Kapisanan welcomes Carlos Celdran as their visiting artist. Celdran, a Philippine-based performance artist dubbed “The Pied Piper of Manila,” comes to perform his world-famous walking tour of Intramuros, titled If These Walls Could Talk. The weekend of May 28-29, 2011, Harbourfront Centre’s grounds will star as Intramuros, the Spanish-built walled capital of colonial-era Philippines. Celdran’s walking tour is “…an exercise in historical chika (gossip), anecdotal intrigue and swashbuckling narrative” (The Manila Bulletin).

“Celdran’s artistic, irreverent, and wildly entertaining brand of nation-building through his performative historical tours of Manila is something that would be very relevant to not only the broader audience looking for a new cultural experience, but also young Filipino-Canadians searching for their roots and Filipino immigrants yearning for a familiar story from home,” says Kapisanan Executive Director Caroline Mangosing.

A multi-disciplinary artist trained at the University of the Philippines and later on at Rhode Island School of Design, Celdran has exhibited his works in his home country and abroad, and for six years served as the artistic director of Walang Pamagat (meaning “No Title” in Tagalog), the first experimental theatre company in the Philippines. Most recently, as a relentless advocate for the Philippines’ controversial Reproductive Health Bill, Celdran’s notorious performative protest against the Catholic church has attracted coverage by international press, including CNN and the Financial Post. Celdran was featured in Forbes Magazine’s 2011 list of “Names You Need to Know”.

Celdran’s Toronto performances are part of an exchange program with Kapisanan’s resident artists, Kristina Guison and Eric Quebral. His performance of If These Walls Could Talk at Harbourfront Centre will be followed by a week-long run of a staged version of his walking tour of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines. This disco-infused, gossipy, geopolitical, unauthorized biography of Imelda Marcos, the woman who commissioned the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, is aptly titled, Living La Vida Imelda.

Co-produced by Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and Harbourfront Centre
Kapisanan would like to acknowledge The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of this project.
Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

“The most entertaining ticket in town! …Highly recommended.”
- Lonely Planet

“Gossipy… compelling… unforgettable… All of a sudden, Manila begins to make sense.”
- Time Magazine

“I can’t change the way Manila looks, but I can change the way you see Manila.”
- Carlos Celdran

For more information and event details, please contact the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture at 416-979-0600 or Find out more online through their blog, Facebook and Twitter.


By taking a look at regions of conflict, biodiversity, genetic re-combination, geological instability, and high energy, this idea gives artists a chance to explore these unique characteristics through reinvention, innovation and new dimensions. This idea is programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! This is a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists through music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, literature and food in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award
Submissions accepted from April 11-25, 2011
The summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! We’re looking for Toronto’s hottest artists and bands to take centre stage this summer and compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps will create a short list from the submissions received, then each artist and/or band will play the WestJet Stage this July to compete for three cash prizes and a variety of giveaways. The winner will be determined by a combination of jury selections and public votes. For more information, visit

Longo’s Free Flicks: City Flicks
Tuesdays at dusk, July through August (WestJet Stage)
Join us outdoors by the lake for a screening of six different films, each highlighting the experience of living in a different city! Come explore Toronto, New York, Paris, New Delhi, Tokyo and vote on the final film selection (Vienna, Toronto or Cairo).

Longo’s Hot Friday Picnics
Fridays, July through August, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
Buy a sandwich, a snack, or an internationally inspired meal at the World Café and then enjoy it sitting on the Ann Tindal lawn, or pack your cooler with your favorite feast! Live entertainment will vary each week.

Sundays, 3 p.m. (locations vary)
A hot summer series devoted to young people and families, HarbourKIDS presents a hot lineup of artists and activities that will move, shake-up and entertain.

Dancing on the Pier
Thursdays, June 23 to Sept. 1 (Various locations on the waterfront)
Explore culturally hot dance trends and movements from across globe that will heat up the Harbourfront Centre site and its surroundings! The waterfront will be filled with sizzling flavors, movement and sounds from the best choreographers, social dance clubs and DJs to heat up the boardwalk!

World Café
Open weekends, May 21 to Oct. 10
World Café offers a variety of international cuisine prepared by a rotating selection of popular Toronto restaurants and caterers. Come check out our new location and patio seating area!

International Marketplace
Open weekends, May 28 to Oct. 2
Shop for delightful gifts and treasures from around the globe!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel Pond
Daily, May to October
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. $4 per person for 15 minutes.

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 West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

A series of FREE festivals that run from Victoria Day through to Thanksgiving, Harbourfront Centre’s 2011 festival season explores ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from around the globe. Through the lens of Hot Spot, our festival lineup promises to entertain, stimulate and provoke.

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