TELUS TAIWANfest Aug. 24–26 2012 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

TELUS TAIWANfest (August 24-26, 2012)
co-produced by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association

Journey through art, music, food and discover a Taiwan you never knew existed

Discover the culture and vibrancy of contemporary Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s TELUS TAIWANfest, from Aug. 24–26, 2012, co-produced by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association.

The festival presents a multi-generational and multidisciplinary journey through Taiwanese art, music, food and film, designed to stimulate conversation and promote cross-cultural understanding.

TELUS TAIWANfest highlights include:
• Award-winning a cappella superstars, O-Kai Singers and Mandarin pop star Pin Kuan;
• Tap dancing extravaganza Dance Works embraces the sounds of traditional Taiwanese music and dance, while Tijimur Dance Theatre present Kurakuraw –a dance Inspired by Paiwan traditions (pictured);
• Taiwanese Chef Tim Teng reveals secrets to the delicate art of Taiwanese stewing;
• LunarFest 2013: Children’s lantern making for the Year of the Snake;

…And more!


Pin Kuan

Friday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Malaysian-born, Mandarin pop star Pin Kuan broke into Taiwan’s music scene in 1995 and has released 7 records in Asia. Nicknamed “The Prince of Love Songs,” Kuan is passionate about making music and is a gifted composer, singer and producer.

Wild Harvest Music of Taiwan
Friday, August 24 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.
Wild Harvest Music of Taiwan aims to create a uniquely Taiwanese form of world music that allows Taiwan's aboriginals to realize their own cultural ideals.

Our Children, Our Voice – Astounding A Cappella: O-Kai Singers
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5:30pm., Sunday, Aug. 26 at. 2:30pm
Founded in 2004, this a cappella group, with members from one of the Taiwanese Indigenous groups, Taiya Tribe, has received numerous awards in a cappella competitions both in Taiwan and around the world.

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Yen-j, also known as Yan Jue (pictured), is a Taiwanese jazz-pop singer-songwriter. He has achieved rising success as a newcomer on the ‘mando-pop’ scene with his fresh combination of jazz and pop.


Kurakuraw - Tijimur Dance Theatre

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m.
Inspired by Paiwan traditions, Tijimur Dance Theatre (one of Taiwan’s most exciting indigenous contemporary dance companies) presents one of the most beautiful Paiwan love tales that signals the start of a new journey for Paiwan couples.

Rose, Rose, I Love You – Line Dancers of Metro Square Stage

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
Get ready to sway with the line dancers of Metro Square as they celebrate the life of Feng Fei Fei, also know as the Queen of Hats.

Dance Works: Daydreamers+
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4: 30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
Founded in 2001 by a group of young dancers in Taiwan, this Taiwanese tap dancing group has successfully turned tap dancing into one of Taiwan’s most beloved dances. Combined with percussion, Dance Works embraces the sound of traditional Taiwanese music and creates a unique perspective to the art of tap dancing.

SumTais Dance - SumTais Dancers

August 24, 6:15-7 p.m.; August 26, 12:15p.m. – 1 p.m.
After a successful debut at the 2011 TELUS TAIWANfest, this group of dancers have taken traditional Taiwanese elements and incorporated them into new dance moves.

TELUS TAIWANfest Film Series
Sing it! – Saturday Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.
Bird without Borders - Saturday Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Baseball Boys – Saturday Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.
Double Feature: Tracing the River to its Source and Song of the Forest– Saturday Aug. 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Yes! Taiwan’s Night Market – Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
Classmates – Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.