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Spice up your life with the Hot & Spicy Food Festival
presented by NOW Magazine
Harbourfront Centre gives you the chance to push your tastebuds to the limit!


TORONTO, ON (Aug. 15, 2011)Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner the Toronto Port Authority, are excited to announce the return of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival presented by NOW Magazine. In this 14th edition, one of the summer’s most popular festivals is back and packed with a full menu of culinary arts, music, dance, workshops and more!

The Hot & Spicy Food Festival highlights culinary “hot spots” as part of Hot Spot Summer, paying close attention to important issues of modern food movements and burgeoning gastronomic scenes. On Labour Day weekend, from Sept. 2 to 5, the finest of sizzling and fiery food demonstrations, along with zesty samples, push spicy food lovers to the limit. There will also be unforgettable FREE performances all weekend long by with leading artists from Canada and around the world.

Culinary events kick off with the returning Longo’s Iron Chef Competition hosted by co-host of CityTV's “What's Cooking,” Richard Cazeau. Expert gourmet chefs from around the globe show off their skills and pair up to compete against each other for the 8th Anniversary Hot & Spicy Iron Chef title. Chef Paul Yellin from Barbados and the winner of the Hottest Chef in the GTA competition go head to head with Chef Guillermo Javier Gomez from Mexico. The chefs are judged by a high profile panel of judges including “Iron Chef America” floor reporter and Food Network personality Kevin Brauch and Food Network Canada celebrity chef and co-host of “Heat Seekers” and “Everyday Exotic” Roger Mooking.

Brave Harbourfront Centre spectators push their tastebuds to the limit with fiery flavours; others expose themselves to spicy music from around the world. Performing live on the WestJet Stage is Montreal’s favorite hip hop band, Nomadic Massive. They are a unique band that finds their inspiration in the traditions of the past: combining live instrumentation, samples and a wide array of vocal styles. This multilingual, multicultural band has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows.

Jamie Kennedy from Gilead Café Bistro in Corktown shares his hot & spicy frites all weekend long! For over three decades, Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. This weekend we honour his contributions at An Evening at the Nation’s Table, with host Sasha Chapman (former food editor of Toronto Life magazine and current editor at The Walrus) and guest speakers Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Josh Josephson (The Cookbook Store) and Charles Baker (Stratus Vineyards).

Just as exciting is a performance from the winner of SoundClash: Harbourfront Centre’s Music Award Winner Showcase. New this year, artists and bands from all genres across the GTA competed for Harbourfront Centre’s inaugural Music Award, SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine. Submissions were received in April and a jury created a short list consisting of five up-and-coming local artists (Young Empires, Kids & Explosions, Miles Jones, The Worst Pop Band Ever and Saidah Baba Talibah) that showcased and competed for $10,000 in cash prizes throughout July.

This summer 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 harbourfrontcentre.com/summer 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.

Full Event Listing by Genre:
MUSIC:

• SoundClash: Harbourfront Centre’s Music Award Winner Showcase
Friday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
New this year, artists and bands from all genres across the GTA competed for Harbourfront Centre’s inaugural Music Award, SoundClash presented by NOW Magazine. Submissions were received in April and a jury created a shortlist consisting of five up-and-coming local artists that showcased and competed for $10,000 in cash prizes. The winner will be announced mid-August.

• The Heavyweights Brass Band
Friday, Sept. 2, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
The Heavyweights Brass Band gives a blowout album release concert at Harbourfront Centre for their debut record. This much-anticipated CD includes Cuban rapper Ogguere and soul/rock vocal powerhouse Saidah Baba Talibah. The twenty-something professional musicians joined together in 2009. Since then the current configuration – which consists of Chris Butcher (trombone), Paul Metcalfe (saxophone), Jon Challoner (trumpet), Rob Teehan and Lowell Whitty (drums) – has gained a strong following. They have also already earned national recognition, including the Western Canadian Music Award, Galaxie Rising Star Award and Juno Award.

• Bajan Lime with DJ Niterider
Saturday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Mychael Clarke, better known as DJ Niterider, spins reggae, soca, calypso, classic house, soul, funk, R&B and hip hop. DJ Niterider has long been educating listeners in the fine art of urban music and in 2010, he celebrated 20 years with his show Confunksion on CHRY 105.5FM. His innovative musical knowledge and impeccable skill mixing music seems effortless in Bajan Lime. Special thanks to partners Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados.

• Odel Johnson
Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Singer and Juno Award-winner Odel Johnson (also part of Fully Fullwood) tours extensively and globally with Joe Higgs, Dennis Brown, Micheal Rose, the Mighty Diamonds, Andrew Tosh, Mikey Dread and Scientist. The proximity to such talent serves as musical inspiration for his album "Mind & Body Sold." Reggae music historian Roger Steffens called "Mind & Body Sold" one of the best roots albums of the year by anyone, anywhere!

• Souljazz Orchestra
Saturday, Sept. 3, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Since their creation in 2002, Souljazz Orchestra has become one of the most powerful ensembles in their field. Drawing on the rough, raw grooves of the '60s and '70s and effortlessly fusing soul, jazz, afro and Latin rhythms within their music, the group has moved forward the blueprint of Fela, Fania and funk in entirely new ways, while keeping the vital analogue grit intact. Years of relentless touring has formed the band into an in-demand fixture at venues and festivals worldwide.

• Leah Flanagan
Sunday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Australia’s Leah Flanagan is a flash from the past, in the style of Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt; she dances and sings, strumming a ukulele and singing her own thoughtful yet carefree songs. She’s been winning the hearts of audiences at festivals and selling out venues across the country. Most recently, her ukulele-fused tropical stylings caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett, who invited Flanagan to support him on his tour in Australia.

• Tanika Charles & the Wonderfuls
Sunday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Toronto-born Tanika Charles operates in a sonic time capsule possessing the assurance of Inez Foxx, the vulnerability of Tammi Terrel, and the smoldering intensity of Betty Wright. NOW Magazine voted Tanika as best R&B singer of 2008. She was a touring vocalist with Bedouin Soundclash and music wunderkind Zaki Ibrahim.

• Nomadic Massive
Sunday, Sept. 4, 9:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Montreal’s favorite hip hop band Nomadic Massive represents an open-minded hip hop style which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past: combining live instrumentation, samples and a wide array of vocal techniques. This multilingual, multicultural band has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows.

• Lula Lounge Brunch with Luis Mario Ochoa
Monday, Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Lula Lounge, home to live salsa, world music and Latin jazz, offers a salsa brunch party featuring traditional Cuban dance music by the celebrated Luis Mario Ochoa. Ochoa performs salsa, Cuban son and Latin jazz. He has become one of the most in-demand Cuban-Canadian artists in the country and has worked extensively with jazz giants Paquito D'Rivera, Hilario Duran and Guido Basso. Catch this Hot & Spicy Food Festival Monday rendition followed by a delicious Lula Lounge food demo and traditional Cuban dance music performance.

• Afroteque
Monday, Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Afroteque is a collection of Toronto musicians with a strong desire to explore how age-old Afro-diasporic rhythms and voices meet now. Led by drummer Altaf 'Bwana Moto' Vellani, along with musicians Juan Pablo, Bird Bellony, Chip Yarwood, Joauqin Nunez Hidalgo, Rick Lazar, Max Trefler, Maryem Tollar, Njacko Backo and Celina Caroll, they draw from traditional and modern electric instruments to re-create their songs spontaneously.


FOOD:

• Jamie Kennedy’s Hot & Spicy Frites
Friday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 3 p.m., Sunday Sept. 4, 3 p.m. & Monday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. (North Orchard)
Jamie Kennedy’s headquarters and restaurant, Gilead Café Bistro, is located in Toronto’s historic Corktown. His event catering is based out of the beautiful Gardiner Museum, where one can also enjoy Kennedy’s delicious recipes at the Gardiner Café. Kennedy shares his hot & spicy frites all weekend long!

• Red Hot Market
Friday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 12 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, 12 p.m. & Monday, Sept. 5, 12 p.m. (Sculpture Court & Community Tent #1)
Created specifically for the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, the Red Hot Market is the place to buy and sample a diverse variety of sauces, marinades and dips, all with hot, spicy, fresh and fiery flair. Participating vendors include: Betty K Foods, Bistro Oil Blends, Caribbean Food Passport, Chetty’s Hot Sauce, Eadrey Food Company, Edna's Pickles, Erica's Country Style, Eudora’s Fine Foods, FLO Trading, Hot Mamas Food Inc., Island Spiced, Mad Mexican Foods, Organics and Gold Inc., Pepper Brew, Susie's Hot Sauce, The Joy of Harvest and Titanium Exclusive Cookware.

• John Ellison
Friday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Legendary singer and songwriter John Ellison gives a live performance and barbecue demonstration. In 1967, Ellison wrote the classic song “(She’s) Some Kind of Wonderful” and continues to record and tour the world as a performing artist. In addition to his career in music, Ellison owns the Some Kind of Wonderful Food Company, which has a specialty lineup of spices that celebrate his southern heritage.

• An Evening at the Nation’s Table with Jamie Kennedy
Friday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
A special night honouring local food champion Jamie Kennedy. He was recently honoured for his contributions with two major appointments: in 2010, he was recognized for his leadership at the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table, and later last year, he became the first chef to be appointed to the Order of Canada. The evening is hosted by former food editor of Toronto Life magazine and current editor at The Walrus, Sasha Chapman and features speakers Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Josh Josephson (The Cookbook Store), and Charles Baker (Stratus Vineyards).

Burger Battle: Toronto’s Best Burger Restaurant: Winner of the survey (TBA)
Friday, Sept. 2, 9 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
Winner of an online survey for Toronto’s best burger restaurant demonstrates the winning burger recipe with a ‘hot & spicy’ side. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca. Vote online until Aug. 2.

• Spotlight on Barbadian Cuisine with Chef Paul Yellin
Saturday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In celebration of the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, the Barbados Tourism Authority in partnership with Harbourfront Centre presents a day of Barbadian culinary events featuring Chef Paul Yellin. For the past four years, Chef Paul Yellin has consulted and delivered high-end catering for events such as President Obama’s Pre-Inauguration Gala and the Fourth of July Independence Ceremonies. Chef Paul Yellin takes Harbourfront Centre spectators on a culinary tour of inspired Barbadian cuisine. Special thanks to partners Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados.

• Can You Handle The Heat? with Jose Arato from Pimenton
Saturday, Sept 3, 2 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
Can You Handle The Heat? is a food series that both challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest barbecue dish and challenges the audience to test their spicy heat tolerance. This event is hosted by actor in the Dora Award-winning play The Martha Stewart Project and singer in a capella group The Delightful Divas, Tricia Williams.

• Emerging Chef Competition: Semi-Finals
Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Four talented culinary school students square off for the glory and the title of “Best Emerging Chef.” The event will be hosted by Gemini Award-nominated food TV producer Mary Luz Mejia. Judges include busy chef and regular guest on CBC’s “Steven & Chris”, Joshna Maharaj and co-host of “What’s Cooking,” Richard Cazeau.

Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Garlic & Chocolate Barbecue Ribs by Toronto Garlic Festival
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2:30 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
A chef from The Toronto Garlic Festival demonstrates what garlic and chocolate have in common. During the demonstration the chef shows different ways to cook with garlic, including sautéing or not; how garlic flavour changes the longer it cooks; and what happens to the medicinal properties when it's cooked vs. raw. An Ontario garlic farmer talks about varieties of Ontario garlic, and shows audiences how they can grow garlic in a small area. At the end of the demo, audience members get to taste a sample rib and roasted Portobello mushroom drizzled with a barbecue mole sauce flavoured with garlic and chocolate. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca. Special thanks to partner Toronto Garlic Festival.

• Can You Handle The Heat? with David Neinstein from Barque Smokehouse
Saturday, Sept 3, 4:30 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
David Neinstein, chef and co-owner of Barque Smokehouse in Toronto, brings a refined approach to a classic cuisine and shares his spiciest barbecue dish. Can You Handle The Heat? is a food series that both challenges chefs to prepare their spiciest barbecue dish and challenges the audience to test their spicy heat tolerance. This event is hosted by actor in the Dora Award-winning play The Martha Stewart Project and singer in a capella group The Delightful Divas, Tricia Williams.

• Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die:
Cranberry Bannock by Chef Leonard Abel Jr. from FoodShare
Saturday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Cranberry Bannock food demonstration led by Chef Leonard Abel Jr. from FoodShare features the herbs and spices grown as part of the urban agricultural activity for families. FoodShare Toronto leads an engaging food demonstration for families featuring herbs and spices grown as part of urban agriculture activity.
This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

• Can You Handle The Heat? with Chef Latoya Fagon from Twist Catering
Saturday, Sept 3, 6:30 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
Chef Latoya Fagon prepares her spiciest dish. Fagon has a passion for quality, healthy food and a long-standing family tradition of Caribbean cuisine. Her catering company, Twist Catering, specializes in event catering services ranging from 20 guests to 200. Her current portfolio includes Loblaw's, Benson & Hedges, MetroLabel, KarmaPRO Entertainment and the Caribana Festival, to name a few. This event is hosted by actor in the Dora Award-winning play The Martha Stewart Project and singer in a capella group The Delightful Divas, Tricia Williams.

• Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die:
Sauce it Up! Homemade Barbecue Sauce Contest presented by Redpath Sugar with Darryl Koster
Saturday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Audience members gather to watch the winner of our Sauce it Up! Homemade Barbecue Sauce Competition presented by Redpath Sugar have their homemade Barbecue sauce recipe demonstrated live by chef Darryl Koster (Buster Rhino’s). This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca. Submit your recipe to us by Aug.21 by going to Harbourfront Centre’s website here.

• Barbecue World Record Attempt: Steve Gonzalez
Sunday, Sept. 4, 8 a.m. through Monday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m. (Community Tent #2)
This Barbecue World Record Attempt is a challenge for the Guinness World Record for the Longest Barbecue Marathon. “Top Chef Canada” Competitor Steve Gonzalez will have to endure barbequing for 34 hours with only five-minute breaks every hour. Chef Steve Gonzalez is a first-generation Canadian and prides himself on being innovative and putting modern spins on classic Latino food. His presentation skills have been requested by International Food and Wine Festivals, corporate sponsors and television special appearances. This is Harbourfront Centre’s second Guinness World Record attempt this summer after winning the record of Most Layers in a Layer cake on Canada Day.

• Longo’s Iron Chef Competition – Hot & Spicy Semi-Finals
Sunday, Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Longo’s Iron Chef Competition is hosted by co-host of CityTV's “What's Cooking,” Richard Cazeau. Four expert chefs are paired up against each other to compete for the 8th Anniversary Hot & Spicy Iron Chef Title. Chef Paul Newman from Turks & Caicos and Chef Guillermo Javier Gomez from Mexico go head to head with Chef Paul Yellin from Barbados and the winning chef from the Hottest Chef in the GTA survey. The chefs will be judged by a high profile panel of judges including “Iron Chef America” floor reporter, the “Thirsty Traveler” host and Food Network personality, Kevin Brauch, Food Network Canada celebrity chef and co-host of “Heat Seekers” and “Everyday Exotic” Roger Mooking, as well as food writer, producer and chef Joanne Lusted. Special thanks to partners Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto.

• Hottest Chef in the GTA: Winner of the survey (TBA)
Sunday, Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Winner of an online survey for Hottest Chef in the GTA, Toronto’s favourite chef battles against three international chefs in the 8th annual Longo’s Iron Chef Competition. These expert chefs push their culinary skills to the limit and vie for the coveted Longo’s Iron Chef Title. The event will be hosted by Richard Cazeau, co-host of CityTV’s “What’s Cooking”.

• Ten Tastes To Try Before You Die:
Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Currently celebrating its 82nd anniversary, Schwartz’s Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen is world-renowned for its succulent smoked meat. A true Montreal landmark, Schwartz’s has welcomed celebrities and visitors from all around the world such as Céline Dion, Jean Béliveau, Halle Berry and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. At Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die, Schwartz’s master-cutter reveals the steps required to prepare Schwartz’s world-famous smoked meat, and hand-carves hot beef briskets on the premises. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

• Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Adobo-Marinated Bison Brisket by Chef Aaron Robe from Toronto’s Keriwa Café
Sunday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Owner and chef Aaron Robe of Toronto’s Keriwa Café prepares adobo-marinated bison brisket with spiced bannock and grilled scallion salsa verde. Robe has worked in some of the best fine dining establishments across Canada and is excited to showcase his unique blend of indigenous Canadian ingredients and techniques. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

• Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Toronto Roller Derby Taster
Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Members of the Toronto Roller Derby League (ToRD) prepare a Roller Derby Taster. Along with a food demonstration, members of the ToRD will be skating around the site and leading an Intro to Roller Derby workshop. ToRD is the largest flat-track derby league in Canada, boasting four house teams, one league travel team, and an active roster of nearly 80 skaters! This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

• Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Chilean Empanadas with Spicy Sauce by Slow Food Toronto’s Chef Luis Valenzuela
Sunday, Sept. 4, 9 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Join Chef Luis Valenzuela (Torito Tapas Bar) as he demonstrates Chilean empanadas with vegetables or chicken with a side of spicy sauce. Join us beforehand for a talk with Paolo Di Croce, Executive Director of Slow Food International. Special thanks to partner Slow Food Toronto.

• Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Double Chocolate Fudge Spiced Sweet Potato Brownies and Vanilla Sesame Milk by Meghan Telpner
Monday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Nutritionist Meghan Telpner demonstrates the family-friendly, gluten/dairy free snack, double chocolate fudge spiced sweet potato brownies and vanilla sesame milk. Telpner runs a cooking school in downtown Toronto. This is the home of her simple, healthy, creative and awesomely delicious recipes for cooking school guests and her well-loved blog, “Making Love in the Kitchen”. Most recently, Telpner founded Canada's first Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert Program which will commence in the fall of 2011. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

• Longo’s Iron Chef Competition – Hot & Spicy Finals
Monday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
In this round, the winners of the semi-finals return for the riveting and delicious final competition. The event is hosted by co-host of CityTV's “What's Cooking,” Richard Cazeau. The final competing chefs will be judged by a high profile panel of judges including Food Network Canada celebrity chef and co-host of “Heat Seekers” and “Everyday Exotic” Roger Mooking, “Iron Chef America” floor reporter and Food Network personality Kevin Brauch, and food writer, producer and chef Joanne Lusted. Special thanks to partners Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto.

• Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die:
Southern-Style Bourbon Chicken by Chef Enrique Wilson, Lula Lounge
Monday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
Executive chef Enrique Wilson and sous-chef Ihosvani Aguila Leon have created their own take on tropical fusion blending Jamaican, Cuban and other Caribbean influences. Here, they demonstrate southern-style broiled chicken with a sticky bourbon Barbecue glaze, okra and pumpkin rice pilaf as well as roasted corn and tomato salsa. This event is hosted by Catherine Jheon, writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.


DANCE:

• Pepper by Baby Boyz Dance Group
Saturday, Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Baby Boyz Dance Group puts on a performance featuring electrifying, visually stunning, hot and spicy dancehall choreography.

• Flamenco Vivo by Compania Carmen Romero
Sunday, Sept. 4, 5 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Canada’s premiere flamenco dance artist Carmen Romero has been involved in the art of flamenco for over 30 years. Romero has an innate ability for improvisation in the flamenco forms that few can attest to. A recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Award and the K.M Hunter Emerging Artists Award, she continues to forge new paths in her career. Romero has coached such artists as Latin pop star Shakira.


FAMILIES/CRAFTS:

• DigIn! For KidZ Led by FoodShare
Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, & Monday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone Tent)
With the help of FoodShare, kids walk away with the ultimate experience in local eating by taking home a food plant that will grow indoors! Later on, there is a chance to take part in a food demonstration led by FoodShare chefs featuring the food plant from DigIn! For KidZ.


WORKSHOPS:

• Socacize Workshop with Ayanna Lee-Rivears
Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Ayanna Lee-Rivears is a dancer and founder of Socacize. As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Lee-Rivears was interested in learning the dance styles of her home country. She has opened for such artists as Destiny’s Child with the Boom Tang Boys at Roy Thompson Hall. Lee-Rivears founded Socacize to promote a fun way to exercise with a combination of dance moves, weight and strength training. She currently conducts these spirited and energetic classes throughout the GTA and will be introducing her lessons to Harbourfront Centre!

• Hot Steppa Dancehall Workshop with Baby Boyz Dance Group
Saturday, Sept. 3, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Baby Boyz Dance Group shares their hot moves and skills with a Hot Steppa Dancehall Workshop. They highlight the artistry indicative in hip hop and progressively connect both genres to dances of African and contemporary influences. Noted as "Toronto Star’s 2006 Top 10 Best in Dance," the Baby Boyz Dance group will be showing audiences at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival the reasons why they were top-ranked in dance performances.

• Zumba Fitness Workshop with Dione Mason
Sunday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Fitness and lifestyle coach Dione Mason hosts the Zumba Dance Workshop, dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to optimal health. With over 10 years of experience in group fitness and personal training, Mason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the industry. This workshop will help participants put the fun back in fitness with easy-to-follow movements and inspiring music. However, as part of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, this Zumba workshop will be inspired by the passionate rhythms of flamenco. Originally from Spain, flamenco dance is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic foot stomping.

• Intro to Roller Derby: Toronto Roller Derby League
Sunday, Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
Members of the Toronto Roller Derby League (ToRD) led a workshop teaching the basics of roller derby. Along with this workshop, members of ToRD will be skating around the site and leading a food demonstration as part of our Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die. No roller blades or skates needed.

• Kids’ Flamenco Dance Workshop with Compania Carmen Romero
Sunday, Sept. 4, 3 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Carmen Romero teaches children the flamenco in a dance workshop on the Redpath Stage.

• Lula Lounge Brunch: Salsa Lessons with Miko Sobreira
Monday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Lula Lounge, Toronto’s home to live salsa, world music and Latin jazz, offers a salsa brunch party featuring traditional Cuban dance music and a beginner salsa lesson by Miko Sobreira. Catch this Hot & Spicy Food Festival Monday rendition with salsa lessons followed by a delicious Lula Lounge food demo and traditional Cuban dance music performance.


LECTURE:

• Hot Thoughts: Slow Food International’s Paolo Di Croce
Sunday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
A talk by Paolo Di Croce, Executive Director of Slow Food International, International Secretary of the Slow Food International Board of Directors, and Secretary General of the Terra Madre Foundation. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Join us afterwards for a Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die food demo featuring Slow Food Toronto’s Chef Luis Valenzuela (Torito Tapas Bar). Generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.


SITE ANIMATION:

• Red Hot Spicy Matador: SwizzleStick Theatre
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
SwizzleStick's Red Hot Spicy Matador roams our Harbourfront Centre site during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival! SwizzleStick Theatre creates and performs full-scale theatrical productions based on ritual, traditional and modern ideas inspired by the Festival/Carnival Arts.

• Site Animation by The Chef
Monday Sept. 5, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Ann Tindal Park)
The Chef is hard to miss. Greg Tarlin is an excellent socializer with a super-inflated personality. Designed in Australia, this character is sure to add some “spice” to the Hot & Spicy Food Festival.


SEASON-LONG EVENTS

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. harbourfrontcentre.com/soundclash

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!

HarbourKIDS
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.

ABOUT HOT SPOT SUMMER 2011
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?

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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 harbourfrontcentre.com.

ABOUT TORONTO PORT AUTHORITY
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 torontoport.com.

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For more media information contact:

Rosie Shaw
416-973-4381
rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com


General media email: summerfestivalsmedia@harbourfrontcentre.com
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