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About Toronto Chinatown Festival
The Toronto Chinatown Festival has came a long way since its first opening in 2000. Each year the Festival continues to grow to ensure that the celebration surpasses the success of its predecessors. In 2016, the Toronto Chinatown Festival attracted about 200,000 visitors during this 2-days event. Our theme for 2017 is “The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd Meet on Magpie Bridge;” it’s a folktale about Chinese Valentine’s day that officially dated on July 7th each year on lunar calendar, representing love and loyalty between lovers and the supporting surrounding. Traditionally, Chinese also celebrate this day by practicing handicraft. The Festival will host related engaging performances alongside vendors and interactive activities that will both showcase Canada’s cultural and communal diversity, while helping to improve local tourism and economy.
Dates and Times:
August 19: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
August 20: 11:00am – 8:00pm
West side of Spadina Avenue
(between St Andrew St & Sullivan St)
Features & Attractions
Dragon Dance & Lion Dance
Lion dance brings good fortune and prosperity to the community. The Toronto Chinatown Festival will feature lion dance as part of the Opening Ceremony.
Traditional Dancing and Opera Performances
A mix of traditional and modern Asian dance groups, bands, musicians, and other artists are invited to perform during the festival. Not only will the performances be a feast to the eye, but they will also prove to be culturally educational.
Kung Fu Performances
City-wide Kung Fu (Martial Art) masters from different schools of disciplines will be showcasing their skills and expertise alongside their students on a second stage. Mastering such arts require significant levels of discipline and dedication – their hard work will most definitely show through.
Activity booths will be set up to help showcase Chinese cultural elements such as storytelling, handicrafts and games. The booths are fun, interactive, and encouraging audiences to participate and gain a better understanding of Chinese traditions.
Art & Culture Booths
Lots of Asian artist will be invited to the event to present the modern art and craft. TCF provide a chance for the local artist to showcase different angle of Asian culture and the extension of Chinatown spirit.
Multi-Cultural Street Food
There will be multicultural street food vendors selling treats from all over Asia. These authentic street snacks are a taste into all the different cultures that the Toronto Chinatown Festival has to offer.