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January 8, 2003
Nathan Phillips Square warms up downtown revellers
  
Celebrate Toronto at Winterfest February 7, 
8 & 9
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.
  • 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 to watch.
  • 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 artists
  • 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 of wonder.
  • 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 Room.
  • 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 show.
  • 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.
Toronto's largest winter festival
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
released soon.

Media Contacts:
Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca


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