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Welcome to The 19th Toronto Chinatown Festival
About Toronto Chinatown Festival
Summer is around the corner which means it is the time for The Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival! Toronto Chinatown Festival started in 2000 and it has been growing ever since to ensure the celebration surpasses the previous success. In 2018, the Toronto Chinatown Festival attracted approximately 250,000 visitors during this 2-day event. This year, the theme is “12 Chinese Zodiac”. The Chinese Zodiac is an animal that assigned to each year in a 12-year cycle, from Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. In Chinese Astrology, people believed each zodiac represents a specific personal character and different compatibility between each zodiac, just like the Western Horoscope. A few highlights of the 2019 Toronto Chinatown Festival will be various cultural performances on two stages with about 80 vendors to showcase Asian culture and communal diversity in Canada while improving local tourism and economy. There will be also interactive activities for visitors to learn more about Toronto Chinatown and Chinese culture, such as a Free Chinatown Walking Tour by Professor Leo Chan to explore the history of Chinatown.
Dates and Times:
August 17: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
August 18: 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 & 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.
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.
To Be Announced!
FREE Chinatown Walking Tour
Walk with Professor Leo Chan to understand the fascinated history of Chinatown. Do you know that Chinatown was not established on Dundas in the very beginning? Do you know that Chinatown Centre almost became a ski resort? This free walking tour will provide you with the most unknown Chinatown story and unique food spots in Chinatown.
Date & Time: August 17 & August 18, 1 pm to 2 pm
Start from Chinatown Centre, end at Art Gallery of Ontario
Sign up in Chinatown BIA information booth at the festival or online (sign up link will be available soon!). Limited to 25 people per tour.
About Professor Chef Leo Chan:
Professor Chef Leo Chan is a renowned Chinese Canadian Chef who has accomplished great things beyond his culinary artwork for the City of Toronto. Emigrated to Canada in 1966, Chan is the recipient of numerous awards from the hospitality industry in CanadaHis many titles led him to teach “Chinese cuisine” at George Brown College and Humber College, and serves as the Director of Operations for the Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation. He was also a guest lecturer and host for various media networks.
He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at York University, Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management at Ryerson University, and Graduated from Cornell School of Hospitality at Cornell University in New York.