2017 Activities, Film, Music & Speakers

July 27, 2016
360 degree virtual reality garlic harvesting demo, filmed at Langside Farms in Teeswater, Ontario

360° Virtual Farm Tour (all day)

Visitors to the Toronto Garlic Festival can take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of garlic grower Simon De Boer’s farm, Langside Farms. Virtual reality is a computer technology that allows users to visually and/or physically interact in a replicated environment using panoramic views or video simulation. Capture Scratch is a film and media production company that offers services including lighting, camera, direction, and editing, whose background in technology research and development allows th
March 17, 2017

Festival Theatre: Dance Me Outside

Set on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario. Silas Crow (Ryan Black) is a young man confused about his direction in life. Director: Bruce McDonald Producer: Brian Dennis, Bruce McDonald, Duke Redbird (1994, 84 min). “Director Bruce McDonald has concocted a feisty adaptation of novelist W.P. Kinsella’s “Dance Me Outside”– a contemporary look at life on an Indian reservation and its environs. Bolstered by a winning, youthful cast, the film is a droll ensemble p
March 17, 2017

Festival Theatre: Freedom Family – Don Francks & Family Documentary

Ken Cavanagh hosts this half-hour personality profile documentary series on Canadian actor, singer, & writer Don Francks, and family."Don" Francks (1932 – 2016) was a Canadian actor, singer, and jazz musician. Don Francks left show business to live on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan with his second wife, actress Lili Francks. He became an honorary Cree, taking the name Iron Buffalo. He returned to entertainment in the late 1970s. The Freedom Family had two children, Cree Summer and
March 17, 2017

Festival Theatre: Symphony of the Soil

Symphony of the Soil (2013, 104 min, Deborah Koons) is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. "Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet." - Jeannette Catsou
January 24, 2016

Free Garlic Shot Station

Garlic Baristas offer free, fresh-pressed cloves of Ontario garlic to festival visitors, to add extra oomph and kapow to garlic dishes or, to get a leg up in the Garlic Breath Contest.  Our Garlic Baristas get a good workout from peeling and pressing garlic all day long to keep up with demand! Parsley and lemon at the ready if needed!
September 16, 2017

Free Posture Assessment by Rosedale Wellness Centre (All Day Booth 58)

Established in 1989 the Rosedale Wellness Centre has become one of Canada’s leaders in providing quality care and innovative wellness programs for the community. The founder and director Dr. Bryan Sher’s vision has come to life with over 30 practitioners providing a multitude of different services under one roof. Some of the services include Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, Naturopathy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Personal Training. The Rosedale Wellness Centre has a com
April 1, 2014
OralChroma's machine scientifically determines who has the stinkiest garlic breath.

Garlic Breath Contest

Contestants are encouraged to cheat by eating lots of delicious garlicky food before entering the Garlic Breath Contest. Check out our garlic recipes section for inspiration. Started in 2012 and the first garlic festival in the world to use a gas chromatograph to measure garlic breath, festival officials use a gas chromatograph generously provided by Oral Chroma. Contestants’ breath is measured in the parts-per-billion of th
July 27, 2017

Music Stage: A Klezmer Shmorgasbord (1:15-2:00pm)

Lightstone/Katz Klezmer Duo – A Klezmer Shmorgasbord Brian Katz (guitar, piano), famed jazz and Jewish music artist and Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinetist / flutist combine their talents to explore some rarely performed klezmer repertoire. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, they create a variety of diverse moods by weaving the melodies of klezmer and Yiddish song with the sounds and textures of chamber music, jazz, Indian raga, Israeli music and do
September 13, 2017

Music Stage: Chief LaForme (9:00 – 9:15)

Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN). Born and raised on MNCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over fifteen years, being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme has participated in a number of committees and boards throughout his seven terms served as a Councillor, including involvement with the MNCFN’s Pan Am Games Secretariat (PAGS). As Chair of the PAGS Committee, Chief Laforme was instrumental in raising the profil
August 20, 2017

Music Stage: DJ Bliss (4:15 – 5:00pm)

It all started for Aras aka DJ Bliss back in February 2008 when he took part in YUMCW DJ Battle and took the 2nd place title for ISAYU out of the 14 contestants, at the international associations competition. From that point on, a one night affair took off and has now taken him touring around the globe performing at some of the top venues alongside the majority of Iranian Super Stars. He is also a part of the well recognized “Radio
July 31, 2017

Music Stage: Glen Hornblast (3:15-4:00pm)

Glen Hornblast’s new CD, entitled “Once In A Blue Moon”, is an eclectic mix of Glen’s best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time. The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast’s sweet and mellow sound remi
July 27, 2017

Music Stage: Lucio Raggiunti (12:15-1:00pm)

Lucio’s dynamic and charismatic stage presence creates an enchanting positive energy which inspires the heart to jump, sing and dance! His technical ability combined with polished performances makes Lucio an exclusive world class Organetto artist. Lucio’s ancestry hails from Abruzzo Italy where the Organetto is a popular instrument. His first inspiration was watching his father play. In addition to
June 30, 2017

Music Stage: Paula Wolfson & Chris Dunn (2:15-3:00pm)

Someone gave Paula Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” album, someone else lent her a guitar (painted blue!) and that was that. Paula has been singing professionally for 37 years, but nothing makes her happier than inspiring singing in others. She is the Conductor of Singing With Parkinson’s and the “understudy” to the Chazzan (Cantor) of Shir Libeynu. Paula also operates My Garden’s Keeper, an environmentally responsible gardening company.  www.paulawolfson.com Chri
August 20, 2017

Music Stage: Spirit Wind (9:15 – 10:00am)

Spirit Wind was formed in 1999 as an Aboriginal women’s hand drum and singing group. Zainab Amadahy and Brenda MacIntyre were the two original members of Spirit Wind. In the following years there were a number of guest singers from the Toronto area. Michele Perpaul and Allan Jamieson Jr. sang with the group adding volume and song to the first CD, Breathing the Wind. Unfortunately Allan didn’t join
July 31, 2017

Music Stage: Vandana Vishwas (11:15-12:00pm)

Winner of Best World Music at Toronto Independent Music Awards, Global Music Awards, Mississauga Arts Council’s Marty Awards, US Indies Vox-Pop Awards and several more, Architect turned musician, Vandana Vishwas exploded into the international World Music scene in 2009 with the release of her debut album ‘Meera The Lover’ while still working full time in Architecture, and has since established herself as the
June 30, 2017

Music Stage: Waleed Abdulahmid (10:15 – 11:00am)

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film-maker, Waleed Abdulhamid  has been an active member of the Toronto music scene, since his arrival in Canada in 1992. Waleed was born in Sudan, he began performing at the age of 6. He toured across his country, as well as Egypt, Syria, Kuwait and Emirate. Waleed was known for bringing traditional rhythms into popular music in Sudan. When
September 9, 2015

Speaker’s Corner: Garlic Art Workshop (4:15 to 4:45pm)

Toronto Garlic Festival visitors receive free professional instruction – including supplies – to create their own original garlic art to take home. Past instructors include: Sip & Paint’s Jibola  Fagmaniye and Marilyn Bercovich.  For 2017, Toronto Garlic Festival has invited Burlington, Ontario artist Briar Emond to offer special paintbrush-free instruction in ‘pouring’ paint and watch its manipulation under mathematical sequences and gravity to form a garlic ma
March 17, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: Sarah Hargreaves Spills the Dirt on Garlic (2:00-2:25)

Importance of maintaining healthy soil for farms and gardens and to reducing CO2 content in air. This talk complements David Cohlmeyer’s and Chef Justin Cournoyer’s  talk on Terroir in Relation to Garlic Taste, also in the Speaker’s Corner, and the film,

Speakers’ Corner: The Garlic Diaries: Suzanne Barr on Appreciating Garlic In All Aspects of Life (12:00-12:25pm)

Everyone has a garlic story! Chef Suzanne Barr reflects upon how her world travels and culinary training refined her unique perspective and observations on garlic: from ways to prep it in the kitchen and how to appreciate it’s therapeutic benefits. Suzanne Barr’s background in the culinary world has seen her honing her skills in kitchens around the world. With a career that started in Hawaii at vegan restaura
June 18, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: The Garlic Diaries: Farmer Shawn Stevens Shares Secrets and Confessions on Growing Garlic (10:00-10:25am)

Farmer Shawn Stevens will share his experience and insight on growing garlic, suitable for farmers, home gardeners and anyone new to gardening.  Shawn was given an opportunity a few years ago to begin an urban farm of 15 5×5 planting beds. he knew nothing about farming but as a teacher he brought his students to the urban farm to join in the learning process. He found out he could plant garlic in the fall and it would sit all winter. After his first
March 17, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: Farmer David Cohlmeyer & Chef Justin Cournoyer Spill More Dirt on Garlic (3:00-3:25)

Farmer David Cohlmeyer discusses soil terroir and the relation of soil biology to the taste of food. Toronto Chef Justin Cournoyer makes a guest appearance with a taste test of the principles extolled by David. This presentation complements “Sarah Hargreaves Spills the Dirt on Garlic“, also in the Speaker’s Corner, and the screening,
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August 8, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: First Nations Cuisine 15,000 – Chef Rich Francis (1:00-1:25PM)

“There’s nothing wrong with bannock, I think for the most part bannock has this kind of pre-conceived notion that it is Aboriginal cuisine,” said Chef Rich Francis during an interview with CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. “When the colonial era happened, we were given rations  and that’s where the bannock came from.”  Chef Francis has traveled to Indigenous communities across Canada to learn how food was prepared in the millennia before Europeans stepped foot on the continent. He has discovered re
March 17, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: Johl Ringuette Discusses Wild Garlic from the POV of The First Nations and European Explorers (11:00-11:25)

Johl discusses the use of domesticated and wild garlic by First Nations in 18th and 19th century Canada and how it influenced and was influenced by European settlers. Also, the reaction of First Nations to European use of garlic. Johl Whiteduck Ringuette’s mission has been to learn, educate and share his knowledge of his Aboriginal culture and traditions.  At the top of that list is his passion for cooking Aboriginal cuisine. For the past twelve years, he has been catering through