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December 10, 2001
Toronto's Designs in Ice carves an icy path to Middle-earth
Toronto Special Events - J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical literary
masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings provides the theme for the 2001 edition of
Toronto's Designs in Ice exhibition December 27 and 28 in Nathan Phillips

Designs in Ice presented by Scotiabank is a 19-year holiday tradition in the
heart of downtown Toronto, showcasing the work of some of Ontario's top
ice-carvers. This year's theme, established in partnership with Alliance
Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, coincides with the December 19th release
of the major motion picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
produced by New Line Cinema.

During this two-day competition, approximately 15 carving teams will transform
Nathan Phillips Square into Middle-earth, chiseling and shaping close to 45,000
lbs of ice into magnificent sculptures depicting an enchanted world of hobbits,
elves, dwarves and wizards. The sculptures will remain on display in Nathan
Phillips Square as long as weather permits.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three sculptures on Friday, December 28 at
5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to vote for their favourite sculpture by filling
out a People's Choice Award ballot on Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Awards Ceremony will be part of a family skating party featuring live music
from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring their skates and join
in the fun!

Admission to this event is FREE and getting there couldn't be easier! Nathan
Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the TTC Queen Street
streetcar (501), or the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the
University Line (exit Osgoode station).

For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, call 416-338-0338
or visit: ca/special_events/

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