Ex Marks the Spot in Toronto this Weekend! Come celebrate the tradition at the 125th Canadian National Exhibition|
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A Toronto summer simply wouldn't be the same without the rattle of roller
coasters, the whistles of the midway and the smell of cotton candy. That's why
Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force invites you
to one of the city's best-loved traditions: the CNE. Bring your family and
friends and join the fun as the Ex celebrates its 125th anniversary. Plus, be
sure to check out the other exciting events and festivities taking place this
weekend including the Toronto Chinatown Festival, the Vietnamese Summer
Festival and Gobsmacked! A Revel of Offbeat Expression. Here are this week's
highlights. For a complete listing of events, visit
The Celtic Connection Concert Series, August 13
The Celtic Connection Concert Series will feature performances by two great
bands, for one great price. This Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m., check out the
dynamic sounds of featured artists Calasaig and Pipeline as they perform live
at Bambu by the Lake (245 Queen's Quay West). Each band will play a one-hour
set, followed by a joint session. Tickets can be purchased by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the
door for $20. For more information, call 416-222-3609 ext. 26 or visit
Harbourfront Centre: Gobsmacked! A Revel of Offbeat Expression, August 15 -
Fact is indeed stranger than fiction at this offbeat cross-disciplinary
festival. Experience the bizarre and quirky, funny and unique sides of art and
life all weekend. The event will feature a variety of films, exhibits and
musical performances. Program highlights include the presentation of the film
Wild Wheels (Aug. 16, 2:00 p.m.), a comic and revealing exploration of
personally customized automobiles by filmmaker Harrod Blank; BING BANG BOOM!
(Aug. 17, 1:00 p.m.), a musical improv workshop ($2 materials fee); and the Art
Bikes Exhibit (select times all weekend). Admission is free. For more
information, visit http://www.harbourfront.on.ca or call 416-973-4000.
The Toronto Chinatown Festival, August 16 & 17
Showcasing the community's best in performing arts, Asian foods and traditions,
the Toronto Chinatown Festival represents two full days of family fun for the
young and old. Visit the heart of Toronto's dynamic Chinatown (Dundas St. W.
and Spadina Ave.) to enjoy arts and crafts showcases, an international market
place featuring close to 100 merchants, and performances of Lion Dance, Dragon
Dance, Martial Arts, Ethnic Dances, Cantonese Opera, Chinese traditional music
ensembles and more. For more information, visit
http://www.torontochinatownfestival.com or call 416-338-5466.
Canadian National Exhibition, August 15 - September 1
Starting this Friday, the Exhibition Place will once again come alive with the
sights, sounds and excitement of the CNE. One of the largest annual fairs in
North America, the Ex celebrates its 125th anniversary with an explosive
Fireworks Extravaganza that will illuminate the sky every night of the fair.
For thrills not found on the midway, visitors can catch Jay Cochrane, the death
defying Skywalker, 200 feet above the crowds as he attempts to walk an 800-foot
long wire without a safety net! The Eukanuba Superdogs present their own
special canine salute in their production Rock, Roll & Woof. Plus, EX-perience
Kid World, KidScience, Sportzone, heritage festivals, Bowzer's Rock n' Roll
Party, Farm Food & Fun, the Garden Show, Horse Show, Food Building,
international exhibits & shopping and a three-day air show. It's all part of
the 500 attractions, 65 rides and 700 exhibits guaranteed to entertain the
entire family. Grounds open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight except on Labour
Day. For more information, visit http://www.theex.com or call 416-393-6300.
Eglinton Hill Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale, August 16
Join the festivities at the Eglinton Hill BIA 4th Annual Street Festival and
Sidewalk Sale, a fun-filled multicultural event. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. visit Eglinton Hill (Eglinton Ave. West between Bicknell and Glenhaven
Ave. near Keele St.) to enjoy a back-to-school sidewalk sale. Live
entertainment begins at noon and will feature over 20 performing acts from all
reaches of the world, including South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.
Best of all, the event is free. For more information, call 416-652-0941.
Marcus Garvey Day Celebration, August 16
The Marcus Garvey Day Celebration is an all day extravaganza designed with the
family in mind. The event takes place this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at
Coronation Park (2700 Eglinton Ave. West at Black Creek) and will feature over
75 performers including Willi Williams, Errol Blackwood, Jah Cutta &
Determination and Jah Iziz & Zion King. Other festivities include an
international marketplace and food court, drum and dance workshops, a
Pan-African Parenting Forum, a variety of children and youth activities and
presentations by government and community speakers. Tickets are $12 in advance
and $15 at the gates for adults, and $5 for children and seniors. For more
information, visit http://www.marcusgarvey.net or call 416-929-3212.
Lizzy's Fabulous Fresh Food Family Picnic, August 17
This Sunday between noon and 4 p.m., head down to High Park Children's Garden
to enjoy a fabulous family picnic. Participate in activities such as funky
vegetable crafts, bird feeder construction, scavenger hunts and other
food-related fun. A garden harvest lunch will be provided. The High Park
Children's Garden is located on the south end of Colborne Lodge Road. The event
is free. For more information, call 416-338-5055.
Vietnamese Summer Festival, August 17
Celebrate Vietnamese culture at Nathan Phillips Square this Sunday. From noon
to 7 p.m., the Vietnamese Summer Festival promises to entertain visitors with
Lion Dance performances, fashion shows, live Vietnamese music, a magic show,
martial arts demonstrations and a parade. For more information, call
Sunday Serenades, August 17>
Nothing can quite compare to dancing under the summer stars. Every Sunday until
August 24, come out and enjoy some sophisticated sounds at Mel Lastman Square
as part of the City's free Sunday Serenades series presented by Scotiabank.
This Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., enjoy performances by Skylark as they
bring the music and memories of the '30s through to the '70s to life. Skylark
will present beautiful songs and harmonies in a glamorous show with costumes
and choreography to match. For more information, visit
http://www.toronto.ca/special_events//serenades/index.htm or call 416-338-0338.
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McDonalds, Sears Travel, Bell Canada, VISA, Avis Rent A Car, TABIA (Toronto
Association of Business Improvement Areas), Eaton Centre, Telus Mobility, Tommy
Hilfiger, Partners Film Inc. and Toronto attractions.
Michael Ura; Communications Coordinator,