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June 30, 2003
Media Advisory: Celebrate the nation at Canada Day in Nathan Phillips and Mel Lastman Squares
For Torontonians looking for a way to spend their most patriotic day, the July
1st Canada Day celebrations presented by Scotiabank return to both Nathan
Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square.

Celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square feature top musical talent including the
Juno Award-winning group, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale, and the smooth and
sensual rhythms of Marrón Matizado. Five thousand Canada Day cupcakes and the
launch of 136 white doves, one for each year of Canada's existence as a nation,
round out the festivities.

Date: Tuesday, July 1

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Time: Noon to 2 p.m.

12:10 p.m. Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale: Performance of the national anthem,
followed by the release of the doves

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale: Performance followed by the
serving of 5,000 Canada Day Cupcakes

1 - 2 p.m. Marrón Matizado Performance

Mel Lastman Square will heat up this celebratory summer evening with a giant,
Celtic-influenced concert. Nine-year-old opera singer Aria Tesalin kicks off
the party with a powerful rendition of O Canada. Explosive Celtic rock unit,
Enter the Haggis, will continue the energy with its combination of traditional
highland bagpipe and fiddle with a powerhouse rhythm section, followed by Juno
Award- and East Coast Music Award-winning, The Irish Descendants. The concert
will close with the fuelled sound of Canadian fiddle icon, Ashley MacIsaac.

Date: Tuesday, July 1

Location: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.

Time: 7 to - 10:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Aria Tesalin: Performance of the national anthem

7:05 - 7:45 p.m. Enter the Haggis: Performance

8 - 9 p.m. The Irish Descendants: Performance

9:15 - 10:15 p.m. Ashley MacIsaac: Performance

10:15 - 10:25 p.m. Fireworks: Mesmerizing and colourful fireworks display
choreographed to the soundtrack of current hit songs

Media contacts:
Pre-event: Amber Authier Event Supervisor, Toronto Special Events,
416-395-7318, or
On Site: Heather Kaufman Event Supervisor, Toronto Special Events, Cell:



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