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May 22, 2003
Club Yonge transforms Toronto's urban canopy into a nightclub
Toronto Special Events -- The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, running from
July 4 - 6, 2003, once again presents the ever-popular Club Yonge. This free
Saturday night concert series the world's longest street is transformed into
the hottest nightclub with sizzling live music under the stars. Club Yonge
takes place on Saturday, July 5 from 8 - 11 p.m. at the Eglinton, St. Clair,
Bloor and Dundas sites.

The festival's premiere site at Eglinton, hosts a memorable musical evening on
the Midtown Mix stage with one of Canada's longest running rock acts, Big
Sugar. The group's sound - a blues vocabulary with a rock edge - has placed
this truly original band into the forefront of the Canadian conscience.
Canadian up-and-comers The Trews take on the task of warming up the masses.
Originally from Nova Scotia, this four-piece blues-rock band is starting to
make quite the splash with their catchy sound.

Audiences looking for the fine arts can wander down to the Shoppers Drug Mart
Street Symphony stage at the festival's St. Clair site. The Toronto Operetta
Theatre teams up with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for an
unforgettable evening of symphony under the stars. Celebrating its 18th
anniversary, The Toronto Operetta Theatre is Canada's premiere operetta
company. Canada's foremost symphonic ensemble, the members of the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra performs a repertoire of well-loved classics including
Mozart and Handel.

The Bloor festival site has two Club Yonge stops. The SuperPages Global Grooves
stage beats into the night with a red-hot Cuban concert. Havana-based female
band D'Talle combines doses of timba and son montuno to launch the show. Then,
direct from Cuba to tantalize the senses, Valentin y los del Caribe combines
spicy vocals, tropical percussions, intense trumpets and dynamic trombones in
their Canadian premiere. The Toronto Star Urban Soul stage hosts a smoking
urban doublebill with Jully Black and Saukrates. Hailed as the future of
Canadian hip-hop, Saukrates is a freestyler that bases his lyrics on personal
experience while demand grows for Jully Black's intensely powerful R&B flavour.

The city's core is going to rock at the Downtown Rock stage at Dundas with a
high-energy show at Toronto's newest landmark destination, Yonge-Dundas Square.
Intense ska artists The Salads provide a healthy alternative to start the
festivities. Pop-punk brats, Not by Choice, are poised to set audiences'
eardrums on end in a kicking headline set.

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, the public can call Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact
Amber Authier
Toronto Special Events

Kimberly Bain
Toronto Special Events



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