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May 6, 2003
Ashley MacIsaac headlines a celebration of 136 years
Toronto Special Events - 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. This celebration
136th birthday of the nation combines popular traditions, such as birthday cake
and fireworks, with the best acts in Canadian music. Canada Day at Nathan
Phillips Square runs from noon to 2 p.m. while the event at Mel Lastman Square
runs from 7 - 10:30 p.m.

Celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square, which run from noon to 2 p.m., feature
top vocal and musical talent, a giant Canada Day cake, and collective family
projects like face painting and make-and-take crafts to celebrate the nation's
day. The launch of 136 white doves, one for each year of Canada's existence as
a nation and a giant chalk yard round out the festivities.

The Juno Award-winning group Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale will provide musical
entertainment at Nathan Phillips Square. This 33-voice choir will surely
inspire the audience with their rendition of O Canada and other gospel
favourites. The afternoon event will be closed by the smooth and sensual
rhythms of Marrón Matizado. The 10-piece band led by Nick "The Brownman" Ali,
blends traditional salsa sounds with elements of funk, hip-hop and jazz. Canada
Day festivities at Nathan Phillips Squares take place on Tuesday, July 1 from
noon to 2 p.m.

Mel Lastman Square will heat up this celebratory summer evening, running from 7
- 11 p.m., with a giant, Celtic-influenced concert. The evening will be capped
off with a mesmerizing and colourful fireworks display choreographed to the
sounds of current hit songs.

Nine-year-old opera singer Aria Tesalin kicks things off with a roaring
rendition of the nations' anthem. Explosive Celtic rock unit Enter the Haggis
will continue the energy with their combination of traditional highland bagpipe
and fiddle with a powerhouse rhythm section. Enter the Haggis will be followed
by Juno Award and East Coast Music Award-winning The Irish Descendants. The
concert will close with the explosive sound of Canadian fiddle icon Ashley

Visitors to Canada Day celebrations or any of the Toronto Special Events civic
square events can take advantage of great rates at the Sheraton Centre Toronto
Hotel (123 Queen Street West). The Splash, Play and Stay deal includes a buffet
breakfast, complimentary parking, an in-room movie or Nintendo game, late check
out and more for two adults and two children under the age of 12. The room rate
is $249 per evening. The public can call 1-800-325-3535 for bookings.

Admission to these Canada Day celebrations are FREE and getting there couldn't
be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West and Mel
Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge Street. For Nathan Phillips Square,
take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station)
or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For Mel Lastman Square, take the
TTC Yonge subway line (exit North York Centre station).

For more information on Canada Day celebrations and other Toronto Special
Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

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