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September 2, 2003
Cinema in the City! The Toronto International Film Festival features the best of the silver screen
Summer might be winding down, but many great Toronto events are just getting
underway! Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force invites
you to grab some popcorn and strut down the red carpet to catch the Toronto
International Film Festival's roster of features and shorts. You won't want to
miss the exciting line-up of events that usher in the beginning of fall. From
the Cabbagetown Festival to the Bloor West Village Sidewalk Sale, Toronto
neighbourhoods are showing their stuff. Come out and taste the best of the
Kingsway and the Toronto Entertainment District. Here are this week's

Annual Cabbagetown Festival, September 3 - 7
Country meets city for five fun-filled days, during the Annual Cabbagetown
Festival. Come experience the unique spirit of Toronto's first neighbourhood,
from September 3 - 7. The last small town in the heart of the city will feature
a parade, corn roasts, arts and crafts, house tours, fashion shows, theatre and
dancing. There is so much to do and see, all thanks to the spirited merchants
and citizens of Cabbagetown. For more information, call 416-921-0857 or visit

Annual Organic Corn Roast, September 4
Late summer means great corn, so come get your fill at the Annual Organic Corn
Roast, September 4. Sausage and beverages will be served along with delicious
heirloom white corn. Bring your family, friends and neighbours out for a bite
and to enjoy the sounds of popular Maritime fiddler, Sandy McIntyre. Admission
is free, and refreshments are $2 per item. The Corn Roast takes place at
Montgomery's Inn, located at 4709 Dundas Street West. For further details, call

Bloor West Village September Sidewalk Sale, September 4 - 6
For some great shopping and entertainment, you won't want to miss the Bloor
West Village September Sidewalk Sale. This three day sale extravaganza features
lots of good deals and entertainers such as clowns and strolling musicians. The
sale happens between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 4 and
5, and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6. For more
information, visit or call 416-767-6233.

Toronto International Film Festival, September 4 - 13
Lights, camera, action! It's the Toronto International Film Festival, September
4 - 13. Featuring 339 top-caliber films (254 features and 85 shorts) the
festival runs annually in downtown Toronto and attracts some of the world's
biggest stars! Be sure to check for updates, box
office information, film lists and festival insights. For more information,
call 416-968-FILM.

Taste of the Kingsway Festival, September 5 - 6
Even the "King" will be at Taste of the Kingsway! Come join "King Aloha Elvis"
on Bloor Street West, between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road,
September 5 and 6 for non-stop fun. Featuring live music, food samplings from
over 25 restaurants, rock climbing walls, pony rides, a beer and wine garden,
and much more, the Taste of the Kingsway is a neighbourhood street festival
that is fun for everyone. For more information, visit or call 416-239-8243.

Taste of the Toronto Entertainment District, September 5 - 6
Come be entertained at the Taste of the Toronto Entertainment District. The
premier restaurants on Duncan Street, from King Street West to Adelaide Street,
in "The District" will be showcasing their culinary genius on September 5 and
6. While you're sampling tastes from the grills and Italian, French and seafood
restaurants, your ears can feast on live music! Admission is free. For more
information, call 416-397-0815 or visit

Summer in a Jar, September 6
Want to preserve summer? If you can't bear the end of Ontario's luscious fruit
harvest, mark September 6 on your calendar. Summer in a Jar at Montgomery's Inn
will teach you jam-making methods and send you home with samples of classic
Canadian jam. Culinary historian Liz Driver will demonstrate traditional
jam-making in the historic kitchen and home economist Amy Micallef will cover
the latest techniques in the modern kitchen. Cost is $45 per person, sessions
are at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 416-394-8113, or

Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day, September 6
Join Tai Chi enthusiasts from over 25 countries in Nathan Phillips Square on
September 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tai Chi Awareness Day is open to all who want
to celebrate Tai Chi and learn more about this unique form of exercise. Watch
for the Tai Chi Awareness Day parade, and the Scottish pipe band leading this
culturally diverse event. For more information, call 416-338-0338.

Jesus in the City, September 6
Worship takes to the streets on September 6 at 12:30 p.m. Starting at Queen's
Park, the annual Jesus in the City Parade is a spectacular Bible Parade that
thousands of people come to enjoy. Featuring live Gospel music on flatbed
trailers, biblical costumes, singing, dancing and floats depicting biblical
scenes, the parade is a celebration that will conclude with a Praise Festival
back at Queen's Park. For further details, call 905-678-9343, visit or email

News 4 Kids' 1st Birthday, September 6
It's a party, and you're invited! Join the fun at the Toronto Zoo on Saturday,
September 6. Toronto's first newspaper for kids, News 4 Kids, will be
celebrating its 1st Birthday at the Toronto Zoo front entrance. Festivities
will include prizes, goody bags, party favours, and of course a birthday cake.
"Pud", the News 4 Kids Mascot will see you there! Visit for details, or call 416-392-5929.

Canada International Christian Music Festival, September 6 - 7
Music, games, food and celebration will be taking over Mel Lastman Square from
1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 6 and 7. The Canada International Christian
Music Festival will feature the best of Latin music, Salsa, Meringue, Jazz,
Rock Gospel and Samba to celebrate the "King of Kings". Kids will enjoy clowns,
games and competitions. For more information, call 416-247-4406.

Leaps and Bounds for the United Way, September 7
Grab your water bottle and lace up your running (or walking) shoes! P&G Leaps
and Bounds for the United Way of Greater Toronto takes off Sunday, September 7
from Nathan Phillips Square. By walking 4km or running 5km, you can help raise
funds for the 200 health and social service agencies supported by the United
Way. Bring your family and friends for this fun-filled day of activities and
food. For details, call 416-338-0338 and to register, visit

Three Tenor and Friends Concerts, September 5, 12, 19 and 26
Come hear the beautiful music in Mel Lastman Square. This year's Three Tenor
and Friends concerts start on September 5 and run on September 12, 19 and 26.
Free of charge and open to everyone, the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and run
until 9:30 p.m. Donations will be collected at the event to support the PAVE
organization, Parents Against Violence Everywhere. For more information, call

Corporate partners in the "Toronto: You Belong Here" campaign include AirMiles,
McDonalds, Sears Travel, Bell Canada, VISA, Avis Rent A Car, TABIA (Toronto
Association of Business Improvement Areas), Eaton Centre, Telus Mobility, Tommy
Hilfiger, Partners Film Inc. and Toronto attractions.

Media contact:
Michael Ura'
Communications Coordinator,



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