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December 9, 2003
WinterCity fun will spread citywide
Toronto Special Events - There's no time for winter hibernation in Toronto
while the world-class cultural and family attractions are hopping with
activity. Audiences are treated to Toronto Showcase, an incredible series of
special WinterCity events at Toronto's top urban destinations.

The Toronto Showcase shines a spotlight on the city's finest attractions with
special winter-themed programming, running from Friday, January 30 to Sunday,
February 8. Toronto Showcase highlights include:

¨ The Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) presents WinterCity Icy
Blast on Sunday, February 1 and Sunday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With
a 25,000-piece collection that spans Canadian, Inuit, European, modern and
contemporary art, the AGO is one of North America's largest public art museums.
During the WinterCity festival, winter winds blows into the AGO for two special
Family Sunday programs. Guest can search the AGO Inuit collection for northern
treasures, hear snowy stories, carve through a block of ice, create winter
white sculptures and make a snow globe to take home. Admission is $25 for 2
adults and up to 4 children.
¨ The Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West) presents Talking Stockings on
Saturday, January 31 at 1 p.m. Visitors can make their socks talk in this
puppet-making workshop.
The Museum supplies the socks and fun craft supplies and guests supply their
imagination. Admission to Talking Stockings (suitable for all ages) is $8 per
child (includes materials and museum admission). The Museum will also be
presenting Shoebox Technology with photographer Annie Wood on Saturday,
February 7 at 10:00 a.m. Visitors can learn how to create a pinhole shoebox
camera, take pictures of some of the Museum's hands-on artifacts and see what
develops in the dark room. Admission to Shoebox Technology (suitable for adults
and children 10 years of age and older) is $25 per person (includes materials
and museum admission).

¨ Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) presents Days of Knights on Saturday and Sunday,
January 31 and February 1 and Saturday and Sunday, February 7 and 8. Perched
atop a hill overlooking the city core, this majestic 98 room castle, complete
with 21 fireplaces, decorated suites, towers, secret passages, and an 800-foot
tunnel, will whisk visitors back in time to a period of European elegance and
splendour. During WinterCity guests can explore Medieval life through an
interactive exhibit and demonstrations of the art of Medieval combat by knights
in full battle gear, featuring World Grand Champion Jouster Shane Adams. Shows
take place at 11:00 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. and are free with admission to
Casa Loma.
¨ The Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street) presents Winterscape.
Toronto's unique Distillery Historic District - the former Gooerham and Worts
Distillery - is Canada's finest collection of Victorian era industrial
architecture and provides the perfect setting for a Victorian-themed skating
experience. Boasting unique retail shops, restaurants, galleries, theatres and
arts studios, the Distillery offers a charming and romantic winter setting.
During the Distillery's Winterscape event the public can take a spin around the
pond, stop for hot cocoa and a Beaver Tail and warm up with the purchase of a
Victorian hand muff or one-of-a-kind knitted scarf created by a Toronto
artisan. Special figure skating performances wrap up this special event.
¨ Mirvish Productions presents Theatre Tours at the Royal Alexandra (300 King
Street West) and Canon (244 Victoria Street) Theatres on Sunday, February 1.
Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of these two historic Toronto theatres.
The Royal Alexandra is home to Mamma Mia!, the longest running show in the
theatre's 96-year history. Inspired by ABBA's timeless songs, this enchanting
story of love, laughter and friendship has entertained thousands. The Canon
Theatre stages the Canadian premier of Mel Brooks' musical adaptation of his
great, classic film comedy, The Producers. Tours are available from 9 a.m. to
12 p.m. and are free.
¨ The National Ballet of Canada (470 Queens Quay West) presents Studio Tours on
Friday, January 30. A national treasure, Canada's premier dance company ranks
as one of the world's top international dance companies. The National Ballet of
Canada performs traditional full-evening ballet classics, contemporary works
and encourages the creation of new ballet choreography. Guests can tour the
National Ballet home and studios for a sneak peek at dancers in rehearsal for
the upcoming winter season, which features The Sleeping Beauty, Alice and
Serenade. Visitors can also visit the costume workshop and pointe shoe room.
Hourly tours run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and are free (Call 416 345-9686
ext. 359 to reserve. Reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.
¨ The National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque (150 John Street) presents Be A
Filmmaker for a Day on Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1 and
Saturday and Sunday, February 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the forefront
of media technology, the NFB Mediatheque houses custom-designed personal
viewing stations that offer visitors a personalized cinema experience, as well
as a window into Canadian culture, history and cinematic expression. During
WinterCity, guests can take in free films for the whole family and interactive
fun for all ages. Be a Filmmaker for a Day at the NFB provides weekend
animation workshops for kids and parents too. Events at the National Film Board
of Canada Mediatheque are free during WinterCity.

¨ Ontario Place Cinesphere (955 Lakeshore Boulevard West) presents the
WinterCity Film Festival on Friday, January 30 through Thursday, February 12.
With the largest screen in the GTA and 24,000 watts of digital sound, the
Cinesphere© is the place to see everything from IMAX® films, to the latest
Hollywood hits. Housed inside a giant white dome near the lakeshore, the
Cinesphere is offering the perfect winter escape at the first ever WinterCity
Film Festival. Film buffs can ignore the icy winds outdoors, load up on popcorn
and get cozy while enjoying a fantastic selection of family films (GA or PG
rated). Admission is $10 (for all ages).
¨ Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road) present The Science of Winter on
Friday, January 30 through Thursday, February 12. Visitors can discover how
much fun science can be and explore more than 800 interactive thought-provoking
exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre. Kids of all ages will be delighted,
informed and challenged through hands-on science and technology displays. The
Science of Winter explores the mysteries of ice and snow. Guests can find out
if it's true that that no two snowflakes are alike and watch as ice carvers
combine artistry and science to transform ice into masterpieces.
¨ The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park) presents ROM Sundays on Sundays,
February 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As Canada's largest museum, with an
internationally renowned collection numbering more than five million objects,
The ROM offers a truly engaging museum experience. Embark on a journey of
discovery by uncovering hidden treasures, ancient wonders, and interactive
galleries. Sunday afternoons at the ROM during WinterCity will feature an
incredible line-up of concerts, films, brunches and lectures on the Renaissance
ROM renovation project. Admission is free with Museum admission ($10 Adult / $7
Senior or Student / $6 Child).
¨ The Steam Whistle Brewery and Museum (255 Bremner Blvd.) presents the Steam
Whistle Art Awards on Friday, February 11. That round building at the foot of
the CN Tower is the CPR John Street Roundhouse and home to the Steam Whistle
Brewery and Museum. Although originally used to store steam locomotives, today
visitors can stop by to sample the award-winning Steam Whistle Pilsner now
brewed within. For 2004, the newly-formed Steam Whistle Art Awards will pay
tribute to Toronto's vibrant visual arts community culminating in a big
"Oscar-style" bash at The Roundhouse. Admission is $10 and the doors open at 7
¨ The Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue) presents special WinterCity
programming on Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrating historic and
contemporary textile expressions from around the world, this museum's permanent
collection contains more than 10,000 textiles and spans almost 2,000 years and
190 world regions. In honour of WinterCity, the Textile Museum is offering two
special programs. Montreal-based independent curator and writer Peter White
presents Out There is Somewhere: The Arctic in Pictures, a discussion of how
the Arctic has been visually represented from both Inuit and non-Inuit
perspectives. This event takes place on Wednesday February 4 at 6:30 p.m. The
admission cost is $6 for members, $7 for non-members and Pay What You Can for
students. Visitors can also enjoy a fun family afternoon of felt appliqué
crafts, Inuit storytelling and family tours of the exhibition Irene
Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality on Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event
is free with admission into the museum.

Dare to forget the weather at the party hosted by the world's coolest winter
city. Toronto's newest winter festival, WinterCity, built on the foundation of
the long-running WinterFest, creates a new tradition of winter revellry.
Running from January 30 - February 12, 2004, this 14-day celebration gives
center stage to the city's renowned culture, creativity and cuisine. With
stellar free indoor and outdoor programming, the hugely popular prix fixe
restaurant promotion Winterlicious presented by American Express plus tons of
winter programming and discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides
the perfect opportunity to sample the lush culture and intriguing diversity
Toronto has to offer.

For more information on WinterCity 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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