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July 17, 2003
Media Advisory: 2003 Caribana kicks-off in Nathan Phillips Square tomorrow
Caribana, North America's largest cultural festival will officially launch two
weeks of events celebrating Caribbean dance, music and arts on Friday, July 18
at Nathan Phillips Square. The launch will include costumed Caribbean folk
dancers, Limbo dancers, Caribbean food samples and souvenirs at the Caribana
Marketplace. Guest celebrities, including Shaquille O'Neal and Jamaal Magliore,
will make an announcement about participation in the event.

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall

Noon to 2 p.m. (opening ceremonies)

Hosted by:
Caribbean Cultural Committee
Toronto Mas Band Association
2003 Caribana Sponsors

Special Guests:
The Honourable Jean Augustine, Federal Secretary of State
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Jean Lam, Assistant Deputy Minister, Tourism, Sport and Recreation Division
John Kam, Chairman of the Caribbean Cultural Committee
Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21) and other City Councillors
Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino
MPP Alvin Curling (Scarborough-Rouge River)
Consulate Generals from Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba

Live Entertainment:
Roy Cape & the Allstars (direct from Trinidad)
Queen Sharona
Lady Nikki
Dennis James - reigning Caribbean monarch
Farmer's Rhythm Section
Jessie Ketchum Steel Band

Caribana is North America's largest cultural festival and annually draws more
than one million people to Toronto. Thousands of visitors from the United
States, Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil, Trinidad, Antigua and other
countries will celebrate their culture in the world's most culturally diverse
city. For more information about 2003 Caribana, visit or call toll free 1-877-67CARIB
or 416-234-6403.

Media contacts:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Stephen Weir, Stephen Weir & Associates, Publicist, 2003 Caribana Festival,



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