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May 10, 2006
World premiere of Tricycle from Circus Orange (Canada) to open Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
Tricycle, a large-scale roaming spectacle production from Toronto’s Circus Orange will make its world premiere at Yonge-Dundas Square opening the 8th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival. Tricycle premieres Friday, July 7 at 9:30 p.m. and is free for everyone. An encore performance of Tricycle will be performed Saturday, July 8 at 9:30 p.m.

Tricycle is a nomadic journey through public space by an ensemble of 16 Toronto-based performers featuring a combination of clown, circus, aerial, dance, mechanical, pyrotechnic and fire arts. Tricycle will combine pyro-fueled dance routines - including a human-powered pyro wheel suspended 60 feet in the air - with a spectacular fireworks finale. This show utilizes every inch of Yonge-Dundas Square with the lines between audience and performer blurred as the show passes through the crowd.

Since 1999 Circus Orange has created cutting-edge performance-based pyrotechnic and fireworks shows. Circus Orange is a collective of like-minded designers, artists, performers and technicians who strive to create works that are larger than one person could ever be. They are circus and street performers, actors, dancers, musicians, stunt performers, pyrotechnicians, painters, set builders, riggers, welders, fireworks experts and more.

“The City’s Special Events team has collaborated creatively many times with Circus Orange to produce an array of stunning performances enhanced by pyrotechnics in Toronto,” said Jaye Robinson, Director, Toronto Special Events. “From Cavalcade of Lights and the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival to the 40th anniversary of City Hall celebration, we’ve watched their arsenal of talents grow as they’ve enhanced our events with their fiery spectacles. We’re thrilled that Circus Orange has taken on the challenge of creating their first large-scale headline show in Toronto and we’re proud to be premiering this show at the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival this summer.”

Following the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Tricycle will play Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival as part of their grand opening weekend.

In seven short years, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival has grown to be one of Toronto’s highest-profile events with an annual attendance of more than one million people over three days. Scheduled for July 7 to 9, at the peak of the city’s robust festival and event season, the 8th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival provides a unique artistic experience for residents and visitors alike. For the 2006 festival, Yonge Street, where it intersects with Dundas Street, St. Clair Avenue, Eglinton Avenue and Lawrence Avenue, will be converted into a stage for free entertainment that covers the artistic spectrum.

Along with fantastic free entertainment, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also highlights Toronto’s 4th annual Summerlicious, presented by American Express, offering exceptional prix fixe menus at 130 of Toronto’s top restaurants from July 7 to 23.

Produced by Toronto Special Events, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival has been awarded seven Festivals & Events Ontario Awards, three Canadian Event Industry Awards and two Ontario Economic Development Awards.

Toronto Special Events develops and promotes dynamic, innovative and accessible special events and festivals that celebrate the richness and diversity of this city by enriching the quality of life for residents and attracting world-wide tourist audiences.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events



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