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June 15, 2001
Kids Celebrate Toronto at Yonge and Lawrence
The Yonge & Lawrence site of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presented by
Shoppers Drug Mart, is the perfect family destination on July 7 and 8, 2001! No
where else can parents find such an exciting and diverse variety of top calibre
family entertainment for FREE! Take in the best of Canadian children's
performers at the Family Jam Stage and move along to dances from around the
world at the Toronto Hydro Dance of Nations Stage. Plus, enjoy fantastic family
attractions, children's parades, face painting, make and take crafts, chalk art
and so much more!

Family Jam Stage
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

· Juno-winning zany-man Al Simmons will have the whole family rolling in the
aisles with his hilarious musical costume-and-prop routine, crazy antics,
off-the-wall jokes and magic tricks. A show for all ages!
· Little ones will be fascinated by this wonderful stage show featuring the
spirited adventures of Little Bear and his animal friends. Based on the Little
Bear illustrated books originally published in the 1950s, this loveable
character is now the star of an internationally broadcasted animated children's
series aired in over 140 countries world-wide.
· Everyone can participate in the Captain Kidd's Last Adventure interactive
theatre show! Kids are invited to fire up their imaginations and join the show
by throwing on a costume, grabbing a mop and preparing for a pirate attack on
the high seas!

The Toronto Hydro Dance of Nations Stage
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

· The spectacular dance and drumming of The Kanata Native Dance Theatre
celebrates Canadian Native heritage with thrilling hoop dances, exciting drum
songs and majestic head-dresses.
· Showcasing the dynamic traditional drumming and dance of Africa and the
Caribbean, Ballet Creole's youth troupe is full of energy, enthusiasm,
explosive rhythms and innovative choreography!
· Internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer Rina Singha shares the stories
of Northern India through gesture and movement. Born in India and trained in
the classical dance and storytelling traditions of her homeland, Singha is a
leading award-winning Canadian dance educator and author.
· Dance to the contagious musical rhythms of Madéraz, one of Canada's most
vibrant Latin World bands! Their lively music, fascinating instruments and
exciting stage presence will thrill the whole family.

Family Attractions
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

· Strap on a lifejacket and learn to kayak at the Olympic Lake. Holding close
to 50,000 gallons of water this lake sits right on Yonge street and features
children's paddle races and kayak demos throughout the weekend!
· Take a ride on the Festival Express! Hop aboard the festival train for an
incredible view of all the fun.
· From castles to sea slides, the Lawrence site has close to 300 feet of
inflatable fun for the kids.
· Don't miss the Toronto Hydro Bucket Rides and the Shoppers Drug Mart KIDZONE!

See you Saturday night, from 8 - 11 p.m. for an all ages dance party featuring
the best of the 70s with two amazing tribute bands:
· ABBAmania - With outrageous costumes, fantastic choreography and back-up
singers, this live band recreates ABBA in concert!
· Superfreak - Canada's funkiest disco musicians! Relive the disco era with
this high-energy show.

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival 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! The festival begins
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. The celebration continues throughout the weekend along Yonge
Street at Lawrence, Eglinton, St. Clair and Bloor, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on
Saturday, July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

Admission to the festival is FREE! So, get your feet on Yonge Street and
Celebrate Toronto at one of the greatest street festivals on the continent!

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
(maximum two adults over 19 years of age) unlimited travel all day long on
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. TTC patrons can also enjoy free parking
at Kipling, Islington, Victoria Park, Warden, Kennedy, Finch, Yorkdale and
Wilson subway stations.

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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