Balikbayan Renaissance


Balikbayan Renaissance is an open-format series that featureS arts-based workshops, roundtable discussions, lectures, interactive participation and more. Learners will be able to discover and delve deeper into Filipino culture as we understand it here in Toronto, and back home. 


as part of Dishing Up Toronto

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Kapisanan HQ (167 Augusta Ave.)
2 - 4 pm
$55 General | $35 Youth (16-25)*

*Youth discount code: DUT110

Eventbrite - Balikbayan Renaissance: Kain Na! Filipino Food Tour


This food tour will highlight three downtown Filipino restaurants on a mission to give a deeper understanding of Philippine culture and introduce Filipino cuisine to Toronto’s broader communities. Joyce will tell the story of the Filipino diaspora: how many Filipinos left their homeland in search of a better life for themselves and their families, and what it was like for those to grow up in a country where their culture was not reflected anywhere but at home, in the food lovingly prepared by their parents. This tour will explore the ever-growing neighbourhood of Kensington Market and the rapidly changing Queen Street West, and where the next generation of Filipino-Canadians fit into the puzzle of one of the most risky industries: food. Joyce wants to share the deep passion the Filipino community has for food, how central it is to the Filipino experience, and how it binds community and identity.


Joyce Voegler is an emerging arts professional committed to creating inclusive spaces for emerging artists, community arts, and arts-based education. Although blessed with a European-trained chef as a father, the dish she finds most comforting is not his Filet Mignon, but the Sinigang soup prepared by her Lola. Since joining Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture last summer, Joyce has learned to embrace and speak about her roots as a young Filipina, and that one of most powerful ways to tell her story is with food. Through this tour she hopes to reach back and share stories of Filipinos in her community yearning to explore their roots and foster pride in the dishes they grew up eating.


The Toronto Ward Museum, in partnership with Heritage Toronto, Culinaria, and Kapisanan Philippine Centre, will launch Dishing Up Toronto, a series of food tours that will take audience members to pockets of the city that will be introduced through the life stories of local residents. Focusing on food, dishes selected by local residents will bring these stories to life and will function as a point of departure for sharing and critical reflection around questions of identity, migration, and belonging.

There are only TWENTY-FIVE spots available! Buy your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

Help us continue to deliver Filipino cultural workshops!

A contribution of $75 to the Balikbayan Renaissance Program allows five low-income youth participants to access a workshop/lecture for free.

Kapisanan is a safe, positive space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre is a registered Canadian charity: 88838 7404 RR0001