On August 19 & 20, 2023, the Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA) will host its 23rd Toronto Chinatown Festival (TCF) under the theme of “Flaming Phoenix: Rebirth & Uprising” (開心消費，振興經濟). One of the main missions of the CBIA is to create exciting community events to promote the area and draw locals and visitor to dine, shop and explore Toronto Chinatown. The TCF is CBIA’s signature event of the year, attracting estimated over 250,000 visitors during the two-day event.
2023 marks the rebirth of our economy in our beloved city. As people return to work and major events resume operating, it is expected that Downtown Toronto will once become the hot spot like it once was, before the pandemic. To collect the power of the community for the rebirth of our city, we propose the theme of this year’s TCF: “Flaming Phoenix: Rebirth & Uprising”. In Chinese mythology, the Phoenix (Fenghuang / 鳳凰) is an immortal bird whose rare appearance is said to be an omen foretelling harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new emperor.
FESTIVAL SITE MAP
TD Stage (Dundas & Spadina)
BMO Stage (Outside of Chinatown Centre at 222 Spadina Avenue)
LEE LUNG KEI (李龍基) “I LOVE CHINATOWN” CONCERT
Hong Kong Singer/Actor Lee Lung Kei (李龍基) will be performing at our TD Stage (Spadina & Dundas) on Saturday, August 19 at 8:30pm! For those of you who are a fan Lee Lung Kei or classic TVB dramas, make sure you don’t miss this once in a life time performance by this HK legend!
FREE MURAL WALKING TOUR
Join our Free Mural Walking Tour led by Professor Chef Leo Chan at this year’s Toronto Chinatown Festival! Prof. Chef Leo Chan will take you through various murals scattered across Chinatown that are painted by various artists telling different tales and stories of Chinese legends. Sign up now as we have limited spots!
Sunday August 20, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00pm
“FOUR CLASSIC CHINESE LITERATURE” MURAL LANE NAMING CONTEST
Classic Chinese Novels (古典小說) are the best-known novels of pre-modern Chinese literature.
They include the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義), Water Margin (水滸傳), Journey to the West (西遊記), and Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Join the tour, participate in our Four Classic Chinese Literature Mural Naming Contest for a chance to win these Classic Chinese Novels!
August 19th, 2023 – 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm
August 20th, 2023 – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm