Activities, Film, Music & Speakers

July 27, 2016

360° Virtual Garlic Farm Tour presented by Costco (all day)

Visitors to the Toronto Garlic Festival take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of garlic grower Simon the Farmer’s farm. The festival has created the 360-degree live action video of Simon working in his fields during the summer garlic harvest. This virtual reality tour invites visitors to the Toronto Garlic ...
August 24, 2019

Art Workshop in the Speakers’ Corner: Garlic Art Workshop with Marilyn Bercovich (4:00-4:45)

Toronto Garlic Festival visitors receive free professional instruction – including supplies – to create their own original garlic art to take home. The 2019 Toronto Garlic Festival invites art instructor Marilyn Bercovich to give a pencil sketching workshop. Class starts at 4:00 pm in the Speakers’ Corner and is free with admission to the ...
August 25, 2019

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: Garlic Cake Carving Demo with Megan Stasiewich (1:00-1:45)

Garlic-Shaped (and garlic-flavoured!) Cake Carving Demo. The Great Canadian Baking Show finalist and third generation cake carver Megan Stasiewich will show her extraordinary and artistic skills and carve a garlic shaped cake which the audience will devour at the end of the demonstration. Megan Stasiewich is a 32 year old mom ...
August 24, 2019

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: #AMA (Ask Me Anything) about Garlic and Cinema with Daniel Garber (3:00-3:25)

How cinema, food and garlic transformed the mind of film critic, CIUT 89.5 radio host and founder of Culturemining.com Daniel Garber. Not unlike the filmmakers and directors that he admires, Daniel is a great storyteller and when we invited him to join our Culture Talks series at Speakers Corner this ...
August 24, 2019

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: Bee-ing Connected Through Garlic with Brian Hamlin (11:00-11:25)

Beekeeper Brian Hamlin takes you on a journey through the history of bee keeping from ancient times to the present day. He discusses the importance of bees for pollination and food security and shares his recipe for making garlic honey. Brian was raised near Peterborough, Ontario in a farming community ...
August 24, 2019

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: Garlic and The City with Jacqueline Dawyer (10:00-10:25)

Jacqueline Dawyer shares her knowledge and experience on growing, harvesting and storing garlic, including tips for city dwellers, and growing on balconies. Jacqueline is a passionate community organizer/farmer. Co-founder of the Toronto Black Farmers and Food Growers Collective, her mission is to grow ”clean” food. She wants to see ...
September 8, 2019

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: Hostess Ivonete de Sousa (All Day)

Born in Sao Paulo and educated in Brazil and Canada, Ivonete de Sousa is a seasoned professional with over 15 years experience working in funding programs for the film and television industries. She currently works at the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and ...
June 22, 2018

Culture Talks in the Speakers’ Corner: Vampires and Garlic: Haters Gonna Hate with Suyin Olguin, Queen’s University (2:00-2:25)

Suyin Olguin returns with more fascinating information about the exploration of how the history of food and nineteenth-century nutritional science gives a compelling look at the medical, folkloric, and material roots of garlic from which Bram Stoker drew his inspiration for his novel, Dracula (1897). The enduring feud between garlic and ...
August 24, 2019

Festival Theatre: Before the Plate

Films are screened in the Festival theatre during Festival hours. Access is free with admission to the Toronto Garlic Festival. Before the Plate , directed by Sagi Kahane-Rapport, follows John Horne, one of Canada’s most renowned chefs, on an epic journey as he follows each ingredient from one plate of ...
March 13, 2015
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers documentary

Festival Theatre: Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers by Filmmaker Les Blank

Films are screened in the Festival theatre during Festival hours. Access is free with admission to the Toronto Garlic Festival. Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers is a 1980 documentary film about garlic directed by Les Blank. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film ...
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 ...
April 1, 2014
OralChroma's machine scientifically determines who has the stinkiest garlic breath.

Garlic Breath Contest Presented by Live Green Toronto

Contestants are encouraged to cheat by eating lots of delicious garlicky food before entering the Garlic Breath Contest. Started in 2012 and the first garlic festival in the world to use a gas chromatograph to measure garlic breath, contestants’ breath is measured in the parts-per-billion of three crucial garlic elements — Hydrogen ...
April 22, 2016

Great Garlic eScape BBQ presented by Dickson Barbeque Centre

Enjoy a free sample of fresh grilled garlic scape at the Toronto Garlic Festival courtesy of Dickson Barbeque Centre. Garlic scapes are the soft, lime-green-colored stems and unopened flower buds of hard-neck garlic varieties. Scapes have a mild garlic flavor and a slight sweetness, which makes them a prized addition ...
August 24, 2019

Music Stage: Best of Canadiana with Jim Gelcer and Bob Cohen (12:00-12:45)

Jim Gelcer has led dual careers in music and technology. As a musician he’s an internationally acclaimed composer, producer, and recording artist. As founding partner of Gelcer Myhr Productions, a Toronto-based production house for film, television, and advertising music, Jim produced work for clients including CBC, Bell Canada, MuchMusic, ...
August 23, 2019

Music Stage: Brazilian Percussion and BATA with Rick Lazar (2:00-2:45)

RICK SHADRACH LAZAR (drums, percussion) was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He is descended from the ancient Assyrian people & his Middle Eastern musical roots can be heard in his Afro-Latin-New World Fusions. His knowledge of world drums and music combined with passionate energy have made him first call ...
August 26, 2019

Music Stage: Eagle Women Singerz (11:00-11:45)

Toronto Garlic Festival is honoured to welcome the beautiful drum of Eagle Women Singerz. This Toronto hand drum group featuring lead drummer Sue Croweagle (Blackfoot Nation) loves to sing and drum and share the aboriginal culture and talents with others. Sue Croweagle taught the women to sing on the ...
August 27, 2019

Music Stage: Eaoh Argos w/Donald Quan (3:00-3:45)

Donald Quan – Born in Toronto and schooled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Quan was the recipient of the Joe Venuti scholarship for stringed instrument performance. After Quan left college, he ventured into pop/rock music with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse and played with them for three ...
August 24, 2019

Music Stage: Greg Hamilton Spins Motown Classics (4:00-5:00)

DJ Greg Hamilton plays Motown classic hits Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Al Green, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, and more.
August 24, 2019

Music Stage: Juni Yeung (QIN) and Donald Quan (GUZHENG) (10:00-10:45)

Juni L. Yeung, BA(Hons.)(Toronto), MA(CUHK), Chinese name Yang Junli, courtesy name Xueting, is the founder of the Toronto Guqin Society, and is one of the founding members of the Toronto Hanfu movement in 2006, and has been dedicated to the teaching and linking of the guqin and its ...
August 24, 2019

Music Stage: Yiddish Songs and Jazz Standards with Stella Walker (1:00-1:45)

Stella Walker is a singer, writer, performer, producer, painter, comedian and voice coach based in Toronto, Canada. Stella is currently writing a one woman comedic musical: Stellavision – the 3 D World of Stella Walker.   As a writer, performer, producer and singer Stella has many national broadcasts to her credit. Her work ...