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October 3, 2003
Media Advisory: Tecumseh Arts Festival at Historic Fort York
A Celebration of Native Art and Culture -- October 3, 4 and 5, 2003
Free Admission

Historic Fort York will be the site of the Tecumseh Arts Festival, a lively,
informative, highly visual three-day schedule of performances October 3, 4 and
5. The multi-disciplinary celebration honours Tecumseh, warrior, patriot and
visionary leader of the Shawnee, whose dream of a united First Nations
continues to challenge and inspire present-day Canadians. Organized by the
Tecumseh Collective, the Festival contributes to a greater appreciation of the
First Nations artist's role as interpreters of cultural traditions and
contemporary thought.

The Tecumseh Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration from dawn to dusk - the
grounds are bursting with sights and sounds of Native drums and traditional
dancers, storytelling sessions, interpretations of the history of Toronto and
her First Peoples, traditional games and more! Admission is FREE and is
sponsored by the Native Men's residence and Fort York.

Date: Friday, October 3, 2 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(A sunrise ceremony will be conducted by Elder Vern Harper at 8 a.m. All are

Sunday, October 5, Noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd., off Fleet Street, east of
Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street

Fort York, the 1793 birthplace of modern Toronto, is the site of the Battle of
York during the War of 1812. Fort York has seven of the oldest buildings in the
city, and is the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings in
Canada. It is designated a National Historic Site.

Media contacts:
Jo Ann Pynn, Historic Fort York, 416-392-6907 x222
Rebecca Baird, Tecumseh Collective, 416-201-8891
Blanche White, NaMeRes, 416-652-0334 x2227



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