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February 19, 2001
Toronto Winterfest Thrills 360,000!
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - Toronto Winterfest 2001 welcomed 360,000 people
February 9, 10 and 11 despite the extreme weather conditions. On a weekend
that registered record high and low temperatures, festival organizers were
thrilled to maintain attendance figures from the previous year's event. Over
400 things to see and do - including more than 850 performers and 278 of them
performing on skates - kept people celebrating all weekend long.

"It's wonderful to see Torontonians and visitors coming together to celebrate
this great city in the winter," says Mayor Mel Lastman, "This event will only
get bigger!"

Toronto Winterfest 2001 celebrated the theme of "Friendship" with exciting
events and activities that offered something for everyone. The entertainment
options ranged from ski and snowboard aerialists and circus arts to children's
performers, Arthur, Fred Penner and Elliot Moose. Other Winterfest highlights
included free pancake breakfasts, The Chinese Acrobats, a celebrity canine
show, make and take crafts, a special Caribbean cultural exhibition, a video
dance party, midways and more!

Olympic Silver Medallist Elizabeth Manley kicked off Toronto Winterfest 2001 as
part of the opening ceremonies on Friday night. Manley was joined by Olympic
Bronze Medallist, Jozef Sabovcik and pairs team Jacinthe Larivière & Lenny
Faustino as well as precision teams Ice Infiniti and Ice Nightmare.

Stay tuned for details of Toronto Winterfest 2002!


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