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July 3, 2003
AMENDED: Come out and celebrate Toronto this weekend
Come out and celebrate Toronto! That's the message from Mayor Mel Lastman's
"Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force as they invite residents to
enjoy marvelous music, extreme entertainers, and fabulous food at the events
that fill this weekend's itinerary in Toronto. This weekend offers an
opportunity to pick up your very own "Toronto: You Belong Here" Playbook filled
with information and discounts on the summer's best events and attractions. The
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is the first opportunity of the summer to
"stamp" your way to free gifts and prizes, so be sure to hail a "Toronto: You
Belong Here" ambassador for your Playbook and stamp.

Here are this weekend's highlights.

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, July 4 to 6
It's summer, it's hot and it's time to celebrate! The annual Celebrate Toronto
Street Festival is hopping from July 4-6. The festival, presented by Shoppers
Drug Mart, packs extreme buskers, local and international musicians and a
variety of entertainers into five sites on the world's longest street. Check
out Yonge Street this weekend at Dundas, Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton, and
Lawrence for more than 500,000 square feet of free entertainment. "Toronto: You
Belong Here" Ambassadors will be at the festival with summer event information
in hand, so be sure to get your update, your Playbook and your stamp. For more
information, call ACCESS Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit and
click "special events."

Summerlicious: Toronto Restaurant Week, July 4 to 10
With 5000 restaurants across the GTA featuring more than 200 international
cuisines, a celebration of Toronto wouldn't be complete without food! This year
the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival shines the spotlight on Toronto's
hospitality industry and introduces the inaugural edition of Summerlicious.
Celebrate the diverse and innovative cuisine of Toronto with fantastic prix
fixe menus available at more than 60 restaurants citywide. Visit
and click "special events" for more information or call ACCESS Toronto at

Sunday Serenades, July 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Mel Lastman Square will be swing central this Sunday with "Sophisticated
Swing," an 18-piece big band led by Carl Hamilton. In addition to the
traditional swing music of the 40s and 50s, Sophisticated Swing has a large
repertoire of great tunes from the 60s through the 90s. Every Sunday until
August 24, come out and enjoy some sophisticated sounds as part of the City's
free Sunday Serenades series presented by Scotiabank. For further details, call
416-395-7584 ext. 2 or visit and click "special events."

AfroFest in the Park, July 5 to 6
Music Africa presents Toronto's 15th annual AfroFest in the Park, a celebration
of African music and culture, free at Queen's Park. AfroFest is the largest and
longest running annual African music festival on the continent and one of the
premiere musical event's of Toronto's summer. Performances will take place on
the main stage, located on the north side of Wellesley Street, from 1:00 p.m.
until 10:30 p.m. The festival also features a separate acoustic stage with a
traditional drumming circle including many leading local African drum teachers
and their students. Activities for children are also included in the festival
program. The African Marketplace features a large and colourful display of
African art, craft, food, clothing and vendors of all sorts. For more
information, call 416-469-5336 or check out

Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, July 2 to 13
This annual indoor/outdoor festival is a testing ground for playwrights and
performance troupes looking to attract an audience. This year, the 12-day event
showcases 125 plays from across Canada and around the globe, in 20 venues
across town. From experimental, drama, one-person shows, comedy, opera,
musicals and every other genre under the sun, there's surely something to
satisfy all tastes. For more information, call 416-966-1062 or visit

Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, July 3 to 6
One of the only classical music celebrations to be held in Toronto during the
summer months, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival provides a
backdrop for instrumental chamber music lovers who also enjoy vocal music. The
festival features performances by the Penderecki String Quartet, the Piano Duo
Kutrowatz, violinists Eva Gruesser and Rohan Smith, vocalists Lenard Whiting,
Nina Scott-Stoddart and more. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55. For further
details please call 416-763-5066 or visit

Harbourfront Labatt Blues Festival, July 5 to 6
Get to the roots of the blues through the eyes of "real deal" bluesmasters, and
hear the latest innovations at Canada's longest-running blues festival. This
year's sizzling international and Canadian performers will delight audiences
with rhythms ranging from acoustic roots to electric blues. Explore the range
of blues music, with artists like Corey Harris, Fruteland Jackson and Jack de
Keyzer as well as film selections at Reely the Blues. Admission to the
festival is free. For more information, call 416-973-4000 or visit

Sounds of the Danforth, July 5 to 6
This weekend, head down to GreekTown for a taste of Mediterranean hospitality
and enjoy some great live music in an outdoor setting. Stroll the Danforth,
soak up the eclectic mix of sights and sounds and take a rest at Logan to relax
and enjoy some live music. From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day, a variety of
musicians will be performing a wide range of music at the Alexander the Great
Parkette, located at the northeast corner of Logan and Danforth Avenues -
everything from Latin, Greek, and Ecuadorian music to more mainstream pop,
jazz, and R&B. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy! For further details, call
416-469-5634 or visit

The "Toronto: You Belong Here" Ambassadors will be spreading the word about
Toronto's hottest summer events and attractions thanks to the generous
sponsorship of Tommy Hilfiger, TELUS Mobility, Avis Rent A Car, McDonald's,
Sears, VISA, AirMiles, and Cadillac Fairview.

Media contact:
Melinda McInnes, City of Toronto Media Relations, 416-392-7348 or
647-224-8022 (cell)



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