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November 5, 2003
Yonge-Dundas Square becomes The Lord of the Rings' final fantasy
Toronto Special Events - To accommodate growing audience attendance, Toronto's
foremost ice sculpting competition and display, Designs in Ice presented by
Scotiabank, is moving to the centre of the newly revitalized Downtown Yonge
area, Yonge-Dundas Square (Saturday, December 27 - Monday, December 29). The
theme for this holiday tradition, established in partnership with Alliance
Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, continues with the third installment of
the Lord of the Rings films, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Large signature carvings, informative step-by-step demonstrations, interactive
audience voting for the People's Choice Award and tons of Canadian carvers
competing and creating before the audience's eyes make up this popular event.

Audiences can experience three days of cool outdoor art, showcasing the work of
Ontario's top ice carvers. They will chisel over 20,000 kg (47,000 lb.) of ice
into magnificent sculptures and transform Yonge-Dundas Square into J.R.R.
Tolkien and Peter Jackson's fantastical film creation, Middle-earth. The
viewing public can then place a vote for the sculptures of their choice
determining which carvers receive the cash awards sponsored by Scotiabank for
1st ($1000), 2nd ($750) and 3rd ($500) prizes. All three winning sculptures
will also receive a trophy. The awards will be distributed in a ceremony on
Sunday, December 28 at 5 p.m.

New to this year's Designs in Ice event is a captivating performance by Circus
Orange. Tom Comet, Circus Orange's daredevil leader, finds himself in the life
of an ice carver in this fiery performance. The show will also include chainsaw
juggling, ice chiseling, a beautiful Snow Queen with a fiery wand and tons of
pyrotechnic effects that will leave the audience warm with delight. Circus
Orange creates a high-impact circus, stunt and pyrotechnic based performances
that create dramatic new experiences for their audiences. Their accomplishments
include a world record title for chainsaw juggling, People's Choice Awards from
busker festivals in Halifax and Kingston and tours around the world. Circus
Orange's show will wrap up the Designs in Ice activities for both Saturday and
Sunday, December 27 and 28 beginning at 5 p.m.

Before the carving competition heats up, internationally renowned company
IceCulture Inc. will capture some pivotal characters from The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King in ice. The interactive sculpture features
characters and scenes from the final film and is a perfect and unique backdrop
for photos. Professional ice carver and past Designs in Ice winner Ross Navarro
will demonstrate techniques involved in creating masterpieces out of simple
blocks of ice while a host explains and answers questions for the audience.
Demonstrations take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 27 and 28 from 1 to
3 p.m. on both days.

Toronto Special Events is pleased to welcome the Downtown Yonge BIA as a new
sponsor for Designs in Ice.

Admission to Designs in Ice is FREE and getting there couldn't be easier!
Yonge-Dundas Square is located at 1 Dundas Street East. Take the TTC Yonge Line
subway (exit Dundas station).

For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank and
other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact:

Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events



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