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June 27, 2001
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival has great curb appeal
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism -- Each July the longest
street in the world comes alive with one of the greatest street festivals on
the continent.

The annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, presented by Shoppers Drug Mart,
transforms the city's famous Yonge Street into 400,000 square feet of fabulous
free entertainment featuring 10 stages, 1,200 performers and more than 700
things to see and do. So, get your feet on Yonge Street and celebrate Toronto
on July 6, 7 and 8.

This festival is one of the hottest gatherings of musical talent in the
country, with two days of non-stop urban, roots, world, jazz, hip-hop,
alternative, rock, pop and children's entertainment. Plus, there's much more:
breathtaking cirque and thrill shows, world dance, Olympic sports, the glitz of
the midway, awesome sidewalk sales and great food. It's a fantastic kick-off to
Toronto's phenomenal line-up of summer festivals and special events.

For the 2001 festival, four of Toronto's busiest intersections will be
transformed into four festival sites, each offering its own distinct mix of

Yonge and Lawrence
The festival's family destination site features an interactive pirate adventure
show, make-and-take crafts, mini-train rides, a world dance stage, the larger
than life antics of Al Simmons, and Little Bear's live stage show. An evening
concert features the classic music of the '70s with Abbamania and Super Freak.

Yonge and Eglinton
This site features a mix of pop and rock, plus the bold sounds of big band.
Breathtaking thrill shows including Elastic Gymnastics and a giant midway.
Concerts throughout the weekend include McMaster and James, Martina Sorbara,
the Immigrants and superGarage, highlighted by a blockbuster free performance
by 54 40 on Saturday night.

Yonge and St. Clair
This site offers a blend of roots, blues and Celtic tunes, daring circus
performances from Cirque Sublime, percussion chaos and hilarious buskers.
Concert highlights include Celtic Tide, Sons of Maxwell, Jenny Whiteley, Laura
Hubert and Carson Downey.

Yonge and Bloor
This site presents a celebration of Toronto's multicultural soul, with
everything from reggae and hip-hop to salsa and merengue, an astounding
mountain bike trick show and an enormous ski ramp. Concert highlights include
Lenn Hammond, Maestro, Citizen Kane, Pocket Dwellers, Jane Bunnett,
Dominicanada, Diego Marulanda and the Jungle Bouti Orchestra.

It all starts on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. at the Yonge and Eglinton site, where
the Big Bid Bash officially opens this year's festival with a special salute to
Toronto's 2008 Olympic bid in honour of the host city announcement on July 13.
The celebration continues throughout the weekend at all four festival sites,
which are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7
p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

Ride the rocket to all four festival sites with the TTC's special family day
pass. For only $7.50 a day, the family day pass offers up to six people
unlimited travel all day long on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.

Admission to the festival is free. So, get your feet on Yonge Street for one of
the greatest street festivals on the continent and celebrate Toronto!

For more information, residents and visitors can call the hotline at
416-338-0338, or check out the Toronto Special Events Web site at a/special_events.

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