Dragon's Tale Final Landscape

Dragon’s Tale

World premiere

Composed by Chan Ka Nin | Libretto by Mark Brownell | Directed by Michael Hidetoshi Mori | Music Direction by David Fallis


Performed on Toronto’s waterfront, Dragon’s Tale celebrates the origin of Dragon Boat racing.

Dragon’s Tale dives into the rich and sometimes tense dynamics of first and second-generation immigrants, exploring the fable of Chinese poet Qu Yuan as a foil to the journey of a young Chinese-Canadian woman Xiao Liang and her ailing father. Undeniably, Dragon’s Tale bursts with soaring music, song and storytelling, spanning continents and generations.  

Created by the world-renowned team behind Tapestry Opera’s smash-hit Iron Road, composer Chan Ka Nin, one of Canada’s most accomplished Chinese-Canadian composers, and award-winning playwright and librettist Mark Brownell. Directed by Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director, Michael Hidetoshi Mori, with Musical Direction by David Fallis.

All seating is general admission. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the performance for the best seats. Additionally, all performances are at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage. Please allow additional time to reach the venue. This is a free outdoor public performance on Toronto’s waterfront; please dress for the weather and bring layers for cooler evenings next to the water.

Accessible tickets can be booked using the Luminato Access Concierge service by emailing Emily Maxwell at emaxwell@luminato.com or by phone at (437) 776-1569‬.

Dragon's Tale performance location at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage

Getting to Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage


509 Harbourfront streetcars run between Union and Exhibition. 510 Spadina streetcars run between Spadina and Union. Exit your streetcar at the Harbourfront Centre stop. Subway: Head southbound on the Yonge-University Line to Union Station.


Underground parking is available on-site at 235 Queens Quay West or above-ground one block west at Rees Street and Queens Quay West. Motorists exiting from the new off-ramp MAY make a right turn and travel south on Lower Simcoe Street. There is NO TURN on Lake Shore Boulevard for travel south on Lower Simcoe Street. Motorists travelling WESTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY make a left turn at Lower Simcoe Street into our site. Please note the advance left turn signal light. Motorists travelling EASTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY NOT make a right turn into our site.


Ride the Martin Goodman Trail or take any street between Bathurst and Parliament, travelling south to Queens Quay West and bike along the water for the most scenic route. Bike parking is available.


Head South down York Street from Union Station. Take a right on Queens Quay West for about two minutes, and Harbourfront Centre will be on your left at 235 Queens Quay West. Or The PATH provides a direct route south to Queens Quay West.

Artwork by Gracia Lam

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Co-produced with Soundstreams
Co-presented by Luminato Festival Toronto & Harbourfront Centre

Concert Stage, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

90 minutes, no intermission

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Creative Team


  • Suhashini Arulanandam: Violin II
  • Ian Cowie: Trombone
  • Wen Zhao: Pipa
  • Zsófia Stefan: Bassoon
  • Travis Harrison: Double Bass

Choir 21

  • Clara Krausse: Soprano
  • Anika Venkatesh: Mezzo-Soprano
  • Claudia Lemcke: Mezzo-Soprano
  • Benjamin Keast: Tenor
  • Robert Busiakiewicz : Tenor
  • Jacob Feldman: Baritone
  • Bryan Martin: Baritone