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June 15, 2001
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival Has Great Curb Appeal!
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, 1200
performers and more than 700 things to see and do! So, get your feet on Yonge
Street and Celebrate Toronto - July 6, 7 & 8, 2001.

This fabulous FREE 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 so 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

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

Yonge & 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 & Eglinton
Featuring an electric 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 & James, Martina Sorbara, The
Immigrants and superGarage, highlighted by a blockbuster free performance by
54-40 on Saturday night!

Yonge & St. Clair
Offering a blend of roots, blues and Celtic tunes, daring cirque performances,
percussion chaos and hilarious buskers. Concert highlights include Celtic Tide,
Sons of Maxwell, Jenny Whiteley, Laura Hubert and Carson Downey.

Yonge & Bloor
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 & 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 upcoming host city announcement on
July 13. The celebration continues throughout the weekend at all four festival
sites, open 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 per 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 .

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