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Parks and Recreation - The First Annual Festival Argentine Internacional, a
tantalizing feast for the senses, takes place on August 9 and 10 from 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m. at Queen's Park. The official kick-off, led by organizers, key
sponsors and government representatives, begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday,
The Festival Argentine Internacional, a new addition to Toronto's vibrant
festival scene, is organized by Northwood Neighborhood Services, supported by
the Toronto Parks and Recreation Division - Access and Equity Unit, and
sponsored by numerous community business partners. This free event is a local
initiative that has an international flavour and will gather together Canadians
of all backgrounds.
Hosted by Latin fireball comic Martha Chavez, the festival includes local
talent in the performing arts of Flamenco, Afro-Cuban rhythms, children's
activities, and park animation. Stage shows will run daily from 1 to 6 p.m.,
followed by an evening spectacle called "Tango Under the Stars" at 7 p.m. This
show is an enchanting evening of Tango, courtesy of the 14-member Argentine
dance sensation, Ballet Salta, singer Chaqueno Palavecino and his live band.
A taste of Argentina and beyond will be available at food stalls, as well as
traditional and contemporary crafts, books, music, jewelry, leather goods and
more. Fari, the Toronto Parks and Recreation mascot, will make a special
appearance to delight the children.
"The festivals will foster social and business relationships in a cultural and
artistic exchange that will benefit everybody", says Festival organizer Susana
Tsiokos. There are high hopes for the festival and excitement is building among
the 25,000-strong Argentinians living in Toronto and the Latin- Canadian
community at large.
Queen's Park is located on the north-west corner of Wellesley Street West and
Queen's Park Crescent (the northerly extension of University Avenue). For more
information on the Festival Argentine Internacional, please contact Susana
Tsiokos at 647-283-1037.
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