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May 22, 2003
Little known things about Toronto's largest street festival
  
· Yonge Street, Toronto's main strip, is the longest street in the world at
1,900 kilometres (1,190 miles). It stretches from Lake Ontario to Rainy
River, a mining community in northern Ontario, near Thunder Bay
· Over 500,000 square feet of free entertainment on the street
· 15 stages at 5 festival sites at Lawrence, Eglinton, St. Clair, Bloor and
Dundas
· More than 1,200 performers from Toronto, Canada and the world!
· 750 things to see and do including spectacle, dance, cirque, music, theatre,
sports, art installations and so much more
· More than 1,000,000 revelers will put their feet on the street to celebrate
the city
· 100 musical groups in 120 concerts
· 7,200 minutes of music
· 114 percussive drums
· 235 dancers in 107 performance
· 3,540 minutes of dance performances
· 2 fire eaters, 1 glass eater and 1 chainsaw juggler
· The furthest distance travelled by a performer to take part in the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival: 17,000 kilometres by Australia's Strange Fruit
· Dozens of musical styles including rock, pop, blues, jazz, Celtic, reggae,
R&B, hip-hop, soul, roots, acoustics, kid's, Latin, salsa, African, classical,
opera, Bollywood, soca, funk, gospel, calypso?
· Dozens of dance styles including ballet, salsa, tap, stepping, hip-hop,
Kathak, contemporary, bellydancing, highland, jazz, fusion, breakdancing,
African, historical?
· 36 performers whose feet hover above the street (stiltwalkers, sway pole
performers, acrobats, Craz-E-Crew cyclists, and jumping volleyball players).
· Hundreds of dazzling costumes
· 28,883 litres of water to fill the pool for the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre
· More than 250 feet of inflatable fun at Lawrence requiring 15,750 cubic feet
of air to fill
· 14 miles of cable laid to produce 500,000 watts of stage sound and 300,000
watts of stage lighting
· Approximately 2,500 volunteer hours for smooth running festivities
· All this and more?.and it is all FREE

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart
transforms five major intersections along the world's longest street, Yonge
Street, into a world-class, free one-of-a-kind festival. Scheduled for July 4
- 6, 2003, the multi award-winning Celebrate Toronto Street Festival honours
the city's rich culture and diversity with spectacular performances by local,
national and international artists. The festival, which draws more than one
million revellers each year, is a great stop for locals and tourists alike to
toast this great city.

Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE and getting there
couldn't be easier. All five festival sites are accessible via the Toronto
Transit Commission (TTC). Festival subway stops on the Yonge line are Dundas,
Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton and Lawrence stations. TTC one-day passes can be
purchased for $7.75.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events
produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit www.toronto.ca/special_events. Watch for more details to be released
soon.


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

Kimberly Bain
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca

 

 

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