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Toronto Special Events - Toronto Winterfest presented by
Shoppers Drug Mart creates a dynamic atmosphere at its South Pole location -
Nathan Phillips Square - running from February 7 - 9, 2003. The Square, located
at 100 Queen Street West, combines non-stop concerts with stimulating
activities that will warm up any downtown reveller.
Toronto's largest winter festival
- The festival hosts
the Toronto premiere of wacky hair-stallations by Barcelona, Spain's OSADIA.
The group will invite audience members to take a seat in the barber's chair and
be transformed into walking sculptures. It's as fun to participate in as it is
- The 104.5 CHUM-FM Festival Stage presented in association with the
Government of Canada offers up a mix of eclectic and edgy musical styles from
pop to soulful blues. Canadian artists from coast-to-coast bundle up to rock,
reggae and blues on the square highlighted by a Sunday afternoon concert with
chart-topping duo Wave and an amazing Saturday night bash with 54·40 and
special guests Crush. See separate media release for all the musical details
for Toronto Winterfest.
- For those seeking warmth, audiences are invited into
Toronto City Hall's Rotunda to sample an à la carte menu of Toronto jazz
- from trios to torch singers to old-time swing. The Scotiabank Jazz
Café is the ideal location to sip beverages and enjoy the music of such artists
as Carol Welsman and Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards to warm the body and soul. See
separate media release for all the musical details.
- What happens when you combine highly athletic acrobatics with a little
comedy and live music? Audiences are invited to find out with Portland,
Oregon-based physical theatre troupe Do Jump! as they create a whole new world
- The Ultimate Trampoline Pajama Party presented by SuperPages
changes the meaning of bouncing on the bed. Montreal-based troupe, Les
Productions Haut-Vol, performs skits on a trampoline complete with music and
sound effects as a part of Toronto Winterfest's giant outdoor Rumpus
- Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor skating rink heats up with two
spectacular ice shows. Fire on Ice presented in association with the Government
of Canada will feature top international skaters including Viktor Petrenko and
Emanuel Sandhu, precision teams and other dynamic elements are integrated into
this attraction. See separate media release for more information on the skating
- Toronto Winterfest's outdoor Enbridge Kitchen Party marries the warm,
inviting atmosphere and aroma of the kitchen with music, conversation and
laughter. Join Ken Kostick and Company host Ken Kostick and Loving Spoonfuls'
host David Gale with a guest grandmother for entertaining and unpredictable
food demonstrations. Other cooking demonstrations by The Sheraton Centre's head
chef Michael Picken and Novotel North York Toronto's head chef Ron H. Pellerin.
Enbridge also hosts a free pancake brunch over the weekend. Live music by the
Foggy Hogtown Boys helps to create this kitchen party feel.
- Take a cruise in
Toronto. Audiences can set sail with the Shoppers Drug Mart Festival Cruise,
complete with ports-of-call entertainment. Styled after cruise ship parties,
the performances will mirror the culture of the stops. Destination: New Orleans
Mardi Gras includes live music by Loco Zydeco, Destination: Honolulu luau will
include a dance lesson to the sounds of The Hawaiian Pacific Magic.
Destination: Acapulco for Mariachi Mayhem featuring sombreros and maracas with
a performance by Mexico Amigo.
- Toronto City Hall's Rotunda, provides a bit of green in the midst of a grey
Toronto winter with lush landscaping and activities. Adults are invited to
create their own Garden Lanterns with guest artists from The Red Pepper
Spectacle Theatre. I'm Living Art uses audience faces as canvasses to create
works of art. The AGO Arts Corner offers adults paint by numbers. Audiences can
play a part in the recreation of one of Tom Tompson's masterpieces.
- The AGO Outdoor Art Installation will display work by artists from the 7th
Generation Image Makers. Made up of young Aboriginal artists who regularly
beautify the Greater Toronto Area, they create both indoor and outdoor
Aboriginal themed murals and artwork.
- Other activities include three
animated 'gateways' onto the Square that include impromptu and cheeky
performances by Men in Tights (including props like an oversized couch, a huge
chair and a high flying bathtub). Other traveling performances include
Businessmen, Butlers in Training and Men in Dryers.
- Ice Games created by IceCulture Inc. combine a mini golf obstacle course
through living room furniture, a ring toss onto a bed post and a bean bag toss
into a sink while sitting on a toilet.
urges audiences to celebrate, not hibernate. Toronto Winterfest presented by
Shoppers Drug Mart, redefines the conventional ideas of winter, bringing
vibrant, topsy-turvy spectacle and colourful celebration to two city squares -
Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square. Running from February 7 - 9,
2003, Winterfest features physical theatre, celebrity food demonstrations,
film, live music, and other great attractions including an unforgettable
opening ceremonies with a fabulous ice skating show, and a big outdoor Saturday
night concert at Nathan Phillips Square. The festival is free so it is easy for
everyone to beat the cold this winter.
Take the TTC to both festival sites! For Nathan Phillips Square located at 100
Queen Street West, take the TTC Queen Street streetcar (501), or the Yonge Line
subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For
Mel Lastman Square, located at 5100 Yonge St., take the Yonge Line subway (exit
North York Centre). Getting there couldn't be easier!
For more information on Winterfest, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Watch for more details to be
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Toronto Special Events
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