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January 8, 2003
Volunteers help Toronto's Winterfest run smoothly
  
Celebrate Toronto at Winterfest February 7, 
8 & 9
Toronto Special Events - Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart - Ontario's second largest winter festival, enlists
the services of more than 800 volunteers from 18 organizations to help
transform Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square into two fun winter
wonderland destinations on February 7 - 9, 2003.

Toronto Special Events volunteers fill key positions at our year-round
festivals and events providing a sense of warm community spirit. Currently,
there is a team of more than 1,000 volunteers with very diverse backgrounds -
from service clubs to cultural groups - coming together to celebrate our city
and actively participate in their neighbourhood.

Toronto Special Events is proud to receive the support of BBYO (B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization), City Centre Childcare -North York (Little Hearts),
CultureLink, Foresters, Girl Guides of Canada - Toronto Area, Harriet Tubman
Community Organization, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Havergal College,
Montage Support Services, Rotary Club of North York, Rotary Club of Willowdale,
Rotary Club of York, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66, Scouts Canada - Greater
Toronto Region, Scouts Canada - Old Mill 153rd Troop, Yat San Chinese School.

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 unforgettable opening ceremonies with a fabulous ice
skating show, and a big outdoor Saturday night concert. The festival is free so
it is easy for everyone to beat the cold this winter.

Take the TTC to both festival sites! For Nathan Phillips Square located at 100
Queen Street West, take the TTC Queen Street streetcar (501), or the Yonge Line
subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For
Mel Lastman Square, take the Yonge Line subway (exit North York Centre).
Getting there couldn't be easier!

For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, call Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media Contacts:
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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