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June 17, 2003
Toronto's weekend events bring a world of art, culture and entertainment to your doorstep
With so many fantastic events happening in the city this weekend, it is clear
that you belong here in Toronto or you will really miss out on an incredible
weekend of music and so much more! Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong
Here " Recovery Task Force invites residents to check out these fabulous events
being held across the city. Here are this weekend's highlights. For a complete
listing of events, visit

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, June 20-June 29
This annual jazz festival features more than 2,000 international and Canadian
musicians at more than 50 different venues. More than 100 jazz performances
will happen over this weekend alone. For detailed information regarding
performers, venues and tickets check out

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, June 21- June 22
This weekend, 210 teams competing in 110 races will flock to Toronto's Centre
Island to participate in the 15th annual Dragon Boat Race Festival. Apart from
the racing, competitors and spectators can enjoy the cultural festival and
continuous entertainment on the Festival stage. Free, accessible and fun for
all ages, the event brings paddlers and fans together to celebrate a legend
that dates back over 2,000 years. For more information on the festival visit or call the hotline at 416-595-1739.

Metro Toronto International Caravan, June 21-June 29
The 35th annual Caravan is a nine-day festival that displays foods from around
the world and a great line-up of dancers and entertainers for a unique cultural
festival. With approximately 25 cultural pavilions in various locations across
the city, there is something for everyone. For more information visit

Outdoor Art Exhibition, June 21-June 22
Torontonians and tourists alike are invited to discover the many talents of
more than 300 local artists and craftspeople while walking the cobblestone
streets of Toronto's newest arts community in The Distillery Historic District.
Enjoy the free art show at the Gooderham and Worts Distillery from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine.

Celebrate the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day, June 21
As part of the 9th annual Aboriginal City Celebration, you can ring in the
summer solstice and celebrate National Aboriginal Day with a sunrise ceremony
and flag-raising on the City Hall Podium Roof on Saturday, June 21, at 5:30
a.m. The Buffalo Jump World Prayer and Peace Day parade will begin from Nathan
Phillips Square at 10 a.m. and proceed to Fort York where the public can
participate in a picnic, and enjoy music and story-telling

Media contact:
Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations



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