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January 31, 2001
Toronto Winterfest Celebrates Friendship!
  
Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart blasts into winter on
February 9, 10 & 11 with a weekend of free indoor-outdoor fun for the whole
family.

This wintertime celebration has grown in leaps and bounds since becoming a
Toronto-wide event in 1999. In addition to its traditional 'North Pole'
location of Mel Lastman Square, Winterfest also offers a 'South Pole'
destination at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. The
action takes place on Friday night with the Ice Show Spectacular and Opening
Ceremonies at Mel Lastman Square. Both sites come alive on Saturday from 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. including the Family Skating Party and MuchMusic Video Dance
from 7:30 to 10 p.m.. Sunday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at both sites.

Toronto Winterfest 2001 celebrates the theme of "Friendship" with exciting
events and activities that offer something for everyone, all weekend long.
Highlights include two evening Ice Show Spectaculars, music and entertainment
on seven stages, hands-on activities and craft stations for kids,
face-painting, free pancake breakfasts, thrill shows, a special Caribbean
cultural exhibition, a video dance party for teens, seniors programs, midways
and more!

Here's just a taste of some of the great things happening:

Spectacular Ice Shows
Mel Lastman Square, Friday, 6:30 & 8 p.m. (For those not able to make it to Mel
Lastman Square, the ice show will be broadcast live on Rogers Television, Cable
Channel 10 at 8 p.m.) Hosted by CTV's Alicia Kay, these world-class skating
shows feature Olympic silver medallist Elizabeth Manley, Olympic bronze
medallist Jozef Sabovcik and pairs skaters Jacinthe Larivière and Lenny
Faustino.

Also, featured is the precision skating team Ice Infiniti, the comedic antics
of Ice Nightmare, the Brazilian beat of Samba Squad on skates and special
appearances by Markus and other Winterfest performers!

Enbridge Consumers Gas Free Pancake Breakfasts
Enjoy tasty pancakes, sausages and hot chocolate with live music and
entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at each
site.

Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square
Non-Stop Entertainment on Seven Stages

Featuring internationally renowned entertainers Fred Penner, Elliot Moose and
Markus at Nathan Phillips Square; Heather Bishop, Arthur, Famous People
Players, Bananas in Pyjamas at Mel Lastman Square - to name but a few!

Thrill Shows
There's a world of entertainment inside our giant outdoor tents! Be amazed by
the artistry of The Chinese Acrobats presented by Scotiabank. See the coloured
world of circus arts brought to life with Quebec?s Cirque Eos. Relive Canada's
Olympic achievement in Sydney with Mathieu Turgeon and Karen Cockburn and their
winning trampoline routine. Be thrilled by death-defying flips and jumps on
the Acrobatic Ski & Snowboard Ramp.
Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square

Cool Things to See and Do
See amazing tricks in the Celebrity Canine Show presented by Scotiabank. Visit
the Montclair Water Activity Tent and get on the ice for the All-Star
Challenge. Experience FIDO's Virtual Reality and Slam Jam Air Show. Enjoy the
midways, haywagon rides and more.

Preschool Pyjama Party
Preschool kids can wear their pj's and enjoy performances by the world famous
Bananas in Pyjamas, crazy bedtime stories by Performers for Literacy and much
more. All at Mel Lastman Square.

Snow and Ice
At Nathan Phillips Square, the Shoppers Drug Mart Ice Garden features
sculptures inspired by the Harry Potter books. See Harry, Ron, Hermoine,
Hagrid and some of their adventures captured in ice. At Mel Lastman Square,
the Fantasy Snow Sculpture salutes "Friendship" and the Shoppers Drug Mart Ice
Garden depicts famous friends from the Land of Oz: Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow,
Tinman, Lion and Glenda the Good Witch of the North.

Disco Night!
Boogie down in your skates at this brand new family skating party featuring the
live music of DiscoKnights! Enjoy the midway until 10 p.m. At Mel Lastman
Square, Saturday, 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Make and Take Crafts
Hands-on crafts include Winterfest favourites Decorate your Sunglasses and
Shoppers Drug Mart Create a Cookie. Leave a special tribute to your friend on
our Friendship Tree and make a groovy friendship bracelet. At both Nathan
Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square.

Caribbean Friends
Feel the warmth of the islands with live music including soca, reggae and
calypso, crafts, dance, storytelling and visual arts as we celebrate the
richness of Toronto's Caribbean community. Fill in a ballot to win a trip to
St. Kitts and Nevis! All at Nathan Phillips Square.

Whazz Up for Teens!
Multiple video screens, hot dancers, glow in the dark face tattoos make for a
hopping Saturday night for teens with a Much Music video dance featuring live
performances by Joée and B2Krazy. There?s skating and midway rides too. At
Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday, 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Fun for Seniors
Dance away the winter blahs with Jazz, Swing and Big Band music from some of
Canada's top bands and performers! The Toronto All-Star Band, vocalists
Hampton Avenue, Ragweed Jazz Band and more. Enjoy the tearoom and games area
all geared for those 50 and over. At Mel Lastman Square

Easy to Find
Our two festival sites at Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square are
easily accessible by the TTC. It's not just the better way - it's the only
way!

Admission is FREE to Toronto Winterfest, making it an exciting wintertime
destination.

For more information on Toronto Winterfest 2001 presented by Shoppers Drug
Mart, call the Event Hotline at 416-395-7350 or visit us on the Winterfest
website at:
http://www.city.toronto.on.c a/special_events.


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