Media Release

ARCHIVE: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | All Media Resources


TELUS TAIWANfest: Taiwan Rising
Re-discover the Taiwan you thought you knew!

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 3, 2011)Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner, the Toronto Port Authority, present the sixth edition of TELUS TAIWANfest – a festival celebrating Taiwan’s cultural diversity and artistic treasures with performances from local and international artists.

This year’s three-day festival features a vibrant and colourful dance spectacle courtesy of The Techno Prince. This dance performance was one of the most popular programmes during the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and features elaborately-costumed characters doing their interpretation of "Gods Must Be Crazy." Traditionally only seen in temples and rituals to keep evil away, this contemporary brand of dance is now a must-see attraction at Taiwanese festivals!

Concert highlights include a performance from The Chairman Band – one of Taiwan’s most popular music exports. This alternative rock band recently released their eighth studio album that merges Taiwanese folk traditions with rock and roll. Saturday night also features another electrifying performance on the WestJet Stage with three of Taiwan’s leading pop music performers. Della is a talented Chinese female vocalist whose journey to stardom took many surprising turns until she arrived in Taiwan and released her first album. Joining Della onstage is Magic Power (a group of gifted young musicians that combine hip hop, funk, rock and rap) and Champion (an alternative rock band that began their pop music careers performing at Taiwanese indie festivals).

Other must-see events include a special acrobatic performance and film screening with Mr.Candle (Huang Ming-cheng). Mr.Candle is a renowned stuntman and dancer who recently traveled around Taiwan taking pictures in dangerous settings (on the edge of cliffs, on rocks in the sea, on top of buildings and the back seat of a scooter) while doing hand-stands.

Delicious Taiwanese cuisine is also showcased throughout the festival with a special appearance from three-time world champion beef noodle champion Chef Hung. At TAIWANfest, Hung will prepare his winning recipes that elevated Taiwan’s national dish to a whole new level.

Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

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.



Taiwan Rising Concert - Musou Band
Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
The musical boundaries between East and West, ancient and contemporary, are blurred at TAIWANfest with Musou Band. The name Musou represents the bands unique place in Chinese traditional music. With comparisons to China’s “Twelve-Girl Band,” Musou effortlessly relate contemporary classical music for younger generations.

Always Open Your Heart - Champion
Saturday, Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Champion is an alternative Taiwanese rock band that perform in a typical Taiwanese boy-band fashion. Champion's concerts are major affairs in arena-sized venues with largely teenage audiences. At TAIWANfest they will perform a selection of popular songs from their two highly acclaimed albums.

Violets & Viruses
Saturday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Formed in 2008, Toronto-based rock band Violets & Viruses combine music from Asia, Europe and North America into a unique blend of hard-driven rock songs and emotional ballads surrounded by melodic vocal lines.

The Notorious MSG
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage) & Sunday, Aug. 28 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Notorious MSG is three renegade restaurant workers on a mission to make your body move to their high-sodium beats. Their gritty sound is a compound of the rawest sounds from New York City streets, hip-hop and punk rock, through a lens of streetwise Chinese-American tradition. They transcend traditional stereotypes while inventing a style and lexicon all their own.

Stardom in Sight – Della featuring Champion and Magic Power
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Stardom in Sight is a high-energy concert performance featuring one of the most talented female vocalists in the Mandarin-speaking world, Della. Joining her on stage is Magic Power, one of the most promising indie bands in Taiwan and alternative rock band, Champion!

The Guardians of Taiwan - The Chairman Band featuring Techno Prince
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 28, 5 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
The Chairman Band has topped charts in Taiwan for over a decade. They recently released their eighth studio album that merges Taiwanese folk traditions with their love for rock and roll. This alternative rock band was honoured with the best band award at Taiwan's 2006 Golden Melody Awards.

Strings in Harmony – Ho Deng
Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Ho Deng is a group of local musicians with the objective to broaden the knowledge of Chinese music (through a mix of instruments) to various cultures. Ho Deng plays various tunes from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Get Out – Magic Power
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Combining hip hop, funk, rock and rap, Magic Power is known amongst Taiwan’s indie circuit as daring and innovative – the very characteristics that represent the Taiwanese youth today.


Where’s The Beef? World’s Best Beef Noodle
Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage) & Sunday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Where’s The Beef? World’s Best Beef Noodle food demo features three-time World Beef Noodle champion winner Chef Hung. At TAIWANfest he demonstrates how to create some of his winning recipes that have helped elevate one of Taiwan’s favourite dishes to a whole new level.

Dumplings Etc. with Chef Deng
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
This 33-year-old restaurant is known for one of the best Northern China delicacies in Taiwan. From various types of dumplings to a delicious selection of noodles, Chef Deng captures the essences of cuisine styles from various parts of China. Dumplings Etc. provides a good perspective on the sources of Taiwan’s culinary influences.

Melting Pot
Saturday, Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Melting Pot explores the culinary culture in villages where families of military veterans (who came to Taiwan with Chiang Kai Shek after 1949) used to live.

Hakka Secrets
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Hakka Secrets reveals how this close-knit ethnic group uses simple, yet delicious ingredients to create delectable dishes.

Kinda Fusion
Sunday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
The Kinda Fusion food demo showcases how newcomers to Canada are changing the culinary landscape. This demo is led by culinary instructor Mavis Lee.


Faces of Taiwan
Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Three inspirational documentaries reveal Taiwan compassionate culture. By overcoming enormous life obstacles, the film participants’ success stories are helping to build stronger foundations for humanity, followed by a Director’s Talk for 30 minutes.

Transparent Kingdom
Saturday, Aug. 27, 3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Mr. Candle (Huang, Ming Cheng) is a renowned Taiwanese acrobat who handstand-walks around Taiwan. His self-made documentary Transparent Kingdom documents his life as an acrobat and a dancer and reveals the naked truth about Taiwan. This film presentation includes a special performance from Mr. Candle.

Hip Hop Storm
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 28, 4 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
This is a story about two generations of hip-pop dancers in Taiwan. Directed by Su, Che-Hsien, Hip Hop Storm explores the struggle of the first generation hip-hop dancer Alun and the overall acceptance of the street dancing culture today. In his generation, Alun had to travel to Japan, US, Brazil and Europe to pursue his dream to become a world-class hip-hop dancer while his passion and devotion was alien to most of people in Taiwan.

Savour the Flavour
Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Savour the Flavour is a documentary that showcases Taiwan’s exotic culinary culture.

Go Grandriders
Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
To rouse the conventional thinking on Taiwanese culture, the documentary Go Grandriders tells the story of 17 ailing and mobility-restricted seniors who decided to motorcycle across Taiwan and to write another glorious chapter in their lives.


Granny Mob
Friday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn)
The documentary Go Grandriders showcase the never-ending courage of the seniors in Taiwan and now Toronto’s senior community wants their share of lime light. Originated as a form a line dance and inspired by the popularity of flash mobs, Granny Mob will changes everyone’s perspective of seniors living in our community.

The Techno Prince
Friday, Aug. 26, 9:30 p.m. & Saturday, Aug. 27, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Techno Prince was one of the most popular programs during the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Traditionally only seen in temples and rituals to keep evils away, this contemporary brand of dance is a Taiwanese interpretation of "Gods must be crazy" with funky dance steps everyone can do!

Yuan-Ji Dance
Sunday, Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn)
In search of the fountain of youth, Yuan-Ji Dance is a popular exercise in Toronto. It combines the ancient wisdom in science, nature, medicine, music, dance and martial arts.


Water World
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m., & Sunday, Aug. 28 1 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Water is a precious resource for the human race. Marine life conservation is critical today, as the world continues its rapid growth. With the support of Yang Ming Ocean Freight Company from Taiwan, TELUS TAIWANfest will feature a collection of outstanding art works created by children. Children can also make dragon boats at this event as an early celebration for 2012 year of Dragon.

Survey Says
Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
The Survey Says game show is designed to explore stereotypes in a diverse nation like Canada. Multiculturalism encourages all ethnic groups to share their cultures with others, but our society is still filled with stereotypes. Through the surveys conducted, the game Survey Says will enhance our overall understanding of each other in a very light hearted manner.

Mr. Candle
Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
At TAIWANfest, Mr.Candle (Huang Ming-cheng) presents an incredible acrobatic performance! This renowned stuntman and dancer with the Lafa Dance Company has been traveling around Taiwan taking more than 1,000 pictures from his unusual vantage point – upside down and doing a handstand!

Water World – Dragon Boats
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Tent)
Children can make dragon boats with master paper sculptor Hung Hsin-Fu to celebrate the upcoming year of Dragon in 2012.


SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine, Harbourfront Centre's Music Award
The summer’s hottest music competition happens at Harbourfront Centre with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! Toronto’s hottest artists and bands take centre stage to compete for the SoundClash music award. A panel of music critics, bloggers, artists and industry reps selected the following five artists out of 250 submissions: Young Empires, Kids & Explosions, Miles Jones, The Worst Pop Band Ever and Saidah Baba Talibah. 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.

Hot off the Grill
Come and enjoy the flavour of the season as our festivals put a spotlight on grilled foods from around the globe. Whether you prefer your grill from the Deep South or the Far East, a whole summer’s worth of food demonstrations is waiting for you!

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 park, 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, July 1 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 ($4 for 15 minutes)
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.

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

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 a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. For more information visit

The Toronto Port Authority, Harbourfront Centre’s lead summer partner, owns and operates the Port of Toronto, the Billy Bishop Airport, and the Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. For more information visit


For more media information contact:
Althea Linton

General media email:
For high-resolution images and additional media resources:

Where you are:   Home / Who We Are / Media Resources