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January 30, 2003
The nation's premiere winter festival is almost here
  
Toronto Special Events - Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug
Mart is a week and a half away. Two city squares, Nathan Phillips Square and
Mel Lastman Square, will heat up with red-hot talent and spectacles. The
weekend, running from February 7 - 9, 2003, has just confirmed additions in
artists, events and activities.

The South Pole, Nathan Phillips Square, provides cool fun for adults.
Previously announced highlight appearances at this location include the
hair-raising Toronto premiere of Barcelona, Spain's OSADIA (being presented by
Colgate Simply White TM), the physical
theatre of Portland, Oregon's Do Jump! and the outdoor Enbridge Kitchen Party
featuring cooking demonstrations with Ken Kostick and Company host Ken Kostick
and Loving Spoonfuls' host David Gale with a guest grandmothers. The following
great additions to the South Pole activities have been made:
  • The opening ceremonies will feature a traditional skating show with a twist. Ice on Fire presented by the Government of Canada combines the skating talents of award-winning Viktor Petrenko and Emanuel Sandhu with the flames of fiddler Dr. Draw, whose performance will be surrounded by fireskaters. 2002 silver medal winning pairs team Chantal Poirier and Jesse Sturdy have also been added to the evening's line up. Also included in the show are performances by syncronized skating teams Stamford and Company and Ice Men, music by Downstroke and a choreographed routine by top competitive skating talent from across Ontario with The B-Girlz.
  • The Scotiabank Indoor Garden will bring lush, green landscaping into Toronto's City Hall. Crafts for adults can also be found in the garden as well as living sculptures that will bemuse the eye. The Scotiabank Jazz Café, nestled in the Garden, is the ideal location to sip beverages from Timothy's and enjoy the music of such artists as Carol Welsman and Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards. The public can stroll through Japanese Garden, presented in cooperation with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, where they are invited to craft their own Origami and add their creation the traditional Wishful Thinking tree. The Royal Ontario Museum will present Italian artists demonstrating the art of tile mosaics.
  • The final addition to the great music line-up happening Saturday and Sunday on the 104.5 CHUM-FM Festival Stage presented in association with the Government of Canada is Ottawa-based pop songstress Tammy Raybould. Performance highlights on the stage include a Sunday afternoon concert with chart-topping duo Wave and an amazing Saturday night bash with 54·40 and special guests East Coast rockers Crush.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Ice Games combines a mini golf obstacle course through living room furniture, a ring toss onto a bed post while a bleary-eyed person watches and a bean bag toss into a sink while sitting on a toilet. The catch? Everything is made of ice by Ice Culture Inc.


The North Pole, Mel Lastman Square, is filled with cool fun for kids.
Previously announced highlight appearances at this location include kids'
favourite TV stars Barney and Scholastic's The Magic School Bus (being
presented by Scotiabank), the dangling cirque and arial dance of High Strung
(being presented by VIA Rail Canada), the animated short film festival NFB
Animation Films for Kids and the giant pay-as-you-play midway on Yonge Street.
The following great additions to the North Pole activities have been made:
  • As well as seeing the agility and ability of dog from Team Canine, guests of The Dog House presented by Super Pages can meet special working dogs. Service dogs from St. John Ambulance Toronto Branch, Toronto Police Dog Services, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and National Service Dogs will be on hand, with their human co-workers, to show a few of their talents.
  • The Kid's Kitchen Party, hosted by a mad chef, will provide kids with the ever-fun edible craft. Kids will be invited to create I'm Going to Eat Worms, which they can take home and munch on! Other previously announced crafts at the North Pole include fridge magnets, pom pom monster rings, hand held masks and more.
  • A giant ice maze, created by Iceculture Inc., will be on the North Pole site for kids to find their way through. At the end they will be given a Cool Canadian Cube sponsored by the Government of Canada to take home. The cubes contain a surprise frozen inside.
  • Rhythms & Rhymes presented by Shoppers Drug Mart has also added a performance by The Body Percussion Guy, Mark Sepic. Kids will learn how to make music using their own body!


Toronto's largest winter festival urges audiences to celebrate, not hibernate.
Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart, redefines the conventional
ideas of winter, bringing vibrant, topsy-turvy spectacle and colourful
celebration to two city squares - Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman
Square.

Running from February 7 - 9, 2003, Winterfest features physical theatre,
celebrity food demonstrations, film, live music, and other great attractions
including an unforgettable opening ceremonies with a fabulous ice skating show,
and a big outdoor Saturday night concert at Nathan Phillips Square. The
festival is free so it is easy for everyone to beat the cold this winter.

For more information on Winterfest, the WinterCity Passport and Winterlicious,
the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit
http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.


Media Contact
Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca

 

 

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