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May 22, 2003
Keeping our festivals fun and free for all
  
Toronto Special Events -- 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
on July 4 - 6, 2003. Corporate sponsors generously support these summer
programs ensuring the festivals remain free and fun for all to enjoy. This
year's squares sponsors include presenting sponsor Shoppers Drug Mart, joined
by McDonald's, Scotiabank and SuperPages, among others.

Shoppers Drug Mart is proud to be the presenting sponsor and long time partner,
with the City of Toronto for the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival. It is a
true celebration of life and Shoppers Drug Mart is proud to help offer such an
incredible event for the entire city to enjoy. "We view this event as an
opportunity to give something back to our loyal customers", says Arthur
Konviser, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs. "At absolutely no cost,
festival patrons can to enjoy outstanding programming, phenomenal entertainment
and wonderful activities for the whole family. This festival captures the
essence of why we love life in Toronto."

McDonald's Restaurants are proud to be the official sponsor of the Kid Zone @
Lawrence. Being a part of Toronto's Street Festival further exemplifies
McDonald's strong commitment to the communities in which we do business. This
year, McDonald's Special Events will present the Ronald McDonald Sports Zone, a
premiere sports & entertainment attraction that encourages the development of
self-esteem and a 'CAN DO ATTITUDE' through fun and interactive games.

"Midtown Toronto will come alive with the varied sights and sounds of Celebrate
the Arts @ St. Clair - an eclectic mix of music and dance showcasing cultures
from around the world," said Pat Minicucci, Senior Vice-President, Toronto
Region, Scotiabank. "We're delighted to continue our support of the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival for the fourth consecutive year. It's a great family
day out and a timely way to celebrate our fine city."

SuperPages is the site sponsor for Celebrate Diversity @ Bloor. In their
association with the festival, the company helps bring a unique programming mix
to the festival. Highlights include the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre from Ho Chi
Minh City, musical performance on the SuperPages Global Grooves stage by Cuban
artists such as Valentin Y Los Del Caribe and D'Talle and the global drum
showcase Percussion Chaos.

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 on both Saturday and Sunday.

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 http://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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