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June 26, 2003
Toronto you belong here: Celebrate Canada Day Weekend and Show Your Pride for Your Home and Native Land
June 26, 2003 - Toronto, ON - Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here"
Recovery Task Force invites residents to celebrate the Canada Day weekend and
show the world why we're proud to be Canadian. Come out and experience all the
unique cultures, communities and flavours the city has to offer at events such
as the CHIN International Picnic, the Pride Parade and more. From free outdoor
concerts to spectacular fireworks displays, there is no shortage of fun-filled
festivities taking place this weekend. Toronto definitely has something for

Here are this weekend's highlights. For a complete listing of events, visit

Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, through June 29
The annual Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival comes to an end this weekend after
infusing the city with 10 days of bebop, post-bop, swing, Afro-Cuban jazz,
blues and big band sounds. This year, the festival will culminate in a major
musical extravaganza at Nathan Phillips Square on the final two days of the
festival. Be sure to check out the many talented acts before it's too late. For
more details, check out

Pride Week, through June 29
Come out and enjoy Toronto's 23rd annual Pride Week, a cultural celebration and
festival that celebrates, empowers and supports the diverse community of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.

The celebration includes entertainment, a community street fair, a marketplace
and, of course, fantastic parties! Pride Week will culminate with the Dyke
March on Saturday and the renowned Pride Parade on Sunday. Remember, it's your
community parade so plan to participate and not just stand by the sidelines!
For more information visit

Festival of Fire, June 28 and July 1
Ontario Place is proud to host the Festival of Fire, a spectacular on-water
fireworks series. Starting at 10:30 p.m. nightly, Ontario Place will light up
Lake Ontario along the Toronto waterfront with brilliant fireworks displays,
choreographed to music and fired into the sky from a 700-foot lake freighter.

An international theme will be reflected in both the pyrotechnic and musical
components of the show, with a Spanish-theme display on June 28. On Tuesday,
July 1, an all-day celebration of Canada's birthday will culminate in an
exciting, Canadian-theme fireworks display showcasing some of the country's
finest musical artists. For more details, visit or call

CHIN Picnic, June 28-July 1
Starting this Saturday, the 37th Annual CHIN International Picnic at the
Exhibition Place is the place to be. With more than 2,000 performers, the
picnic will feature many exciting and varied entertainment and festivities.

For the children there is a circus, play area, midway rides and games. Adults
can shop at an international bazaar in the Better Living Centre. In addition to
a beer garden, food from around the world will be available from dozens of food
concessions set up around the picnic. Of course, the Mr. and Miss CHIN Bikini
Contest is always a picnic favourite. Admission to the picnic is free. For more
information, check out or call 416-531-9991.

Media contact: Brad Ross:
Supervisor, Media Services, 416-392-8937



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