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Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force invites you
to enjoy the summer heat at this weekend's cool attractions. With a multitude
of fun things to see and do including the Molson Indy, a variety of cultural
festivities and more, this weekend offers a chance for Torontonians to get
their summer groove on. Be sure to pick up a "Toronto: You Belong Here"
Playbook and get your stamp at the Molson Indy for a chance to win free gifts
and prizes. "Toronto: You Belong Here" Ambassadors will also be handing out
Playbooks at a number of other exciting events this weekend including
Dragonfest 2003 and the Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta and Walk Sale.
Here are this weekend's highlights. For a complete listing of events, visit
Molson Indy, July 11 to 13
The eighteen year long tradition of the Molson Indy in Toronto will continue
this weekend when the drivers of the Champ Car World Series take to the 1.75
mile track at Exhibition Place. Come out and celebrate speed and experience
the sights, sounds and sizzle of wheel-to-wheel racing action at one of
Canada's largest annual sporting events. The Molson Indy is a celebration of
summer and a week-long party. Although racing takes place over a three-day
weekend, Molson Indyfest events take place daily, raising funds for local
children's charities, while Molson Canadian Blow-Out Bashes keep the town
rocking every night. At the track, be sure to check out MotorFest, Thunder
Alley, live bands, the Champ Car Fan Forum, the Miss Molson Indy Contest,
Driver and Celebrity Autograph Sessions and more. For further details, call
416-872-INDY or visit www.molsonindy.com.
Harbourfront Centre: World's Fare, July 10 to 13
A celebration of global culture and food, World's Fare is Harbourfront Centre's
flagship summer festival. This year's theme - The Americas Now - exemplifies
the traditions and fusions born out of our multicultural society. The event
kicks off with a pier party featuring the first Canadian appearance by
legendary Senegalese Afro-Cuban dance band Orchestra Baobab (July 10, $15) on
the CIBC stage. The event spans two weekends with the first weekend, July 10 to
13, focusing on behind-the-scenes explorations of the diverse cultural blends
in the Americas through workshops and performances. Highlights include a fusion
of Celtic, French, and Cajun cultures. Admission to most events are free,
while some food samplings are $1 to $2. For more information, visit
www.harbourfront.on.ca or call 416-973-4000.
6th Annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta and Sidewalk Sale, July 10 to 13
The 6th annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta is a three-day celebration of all
that's Italian. Come out and enjoy the open-air marketplace, Italian food and
other traditions and festivities. Earlscourt Park (Caledonia and St. Clair
Avenue West) hosts the main stage with live musicians performing daily. In
addition, more than 20 bands will perform live on street corners, patios and
balconies on St. Clair Avenue West, between Westmount Avenue and Lansdowne
Avenue. The festival presents local and international touring acts in Latin,
Portuguese and world beat music genres. What's more, local merchants will have
an all day Sidewalk Sale on July 11 and 12. For the kids, there are amusement
rides, clowns, face painting and more. The event is free. For more information,
call 416-240-9338 or visit www.torontofiesta.com.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 11 to 13
The largest outdoor art exhibition in North America, the Toronto Outdoor Art
Exhibition serves as a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and
galleries. The work of established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative
students will be displayed at Nathan Phillips Square at this free event. For
more information, call 416-408-2754 or visit www.torontooutdoorart.org.
Dragonfest 2003, July 12
A popular annual event, Dragonfest is a celebration of Chinese culture, food
and entertainment in Toronto's East Chinatown. This Sunday, come down to
Gerrard St. East between Broadview and Logan Ave. to enjoy free performances by
Toronto's multicultural communities. Check out the bustling food and retail
marketplace and treat your kids to some fun at the children's play area. For
more information call 416-392-0335 ext. 310.
Summer Slam Jam Community Festival, July 12
A kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and community activities, the third annual
Slam Jam is a celebration of the Eglinton West area and it's rich culture. This
Saturday, come down to Coronation Park to check out this family-friendly, youth
showcase event. Festival highlights include a three-on-three basketball
tournament for youth, a youth talent showcase featuring more than 15 local
acts, free corn and hot dogs, local food, craft and other vendors. For more
information, contact 416-653-3311.
Garden Creatures and Critters Community Festival, July 13
This Sunday, join the various creatures and critters at the High Park
Children's Garden between noon and 4 p.m. for an afternoon of arts, crafts,
food and fun. Families can enjoy free garden habitat activities including clay
sculpting, drama workshops, face painting and more. A garden harvest lunch will
be provided to the first 200 attendants. The High Park Children's Garden is
located on Colborne Lodge Drive, south of the Grenadier Restaurant. For further
details, call 416-338-5055.
AGO In Light series, on view July 12 to October 5
Starting this Sunday, the Art Gallery of Ontario will present the video work,
The Last Clown, by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs as part of their In Light
series. This two-year series features recent video works by Canadian and
international artists who have been selected for their unique approaches to the
medium. Set to the music of Charles Mingus, The Last Clown is an endless
animated loop about a man who strolls along a path, lost in his thoughts. For
more information, call 416-979-6648.
Corporate partners in the "Toronto: You Belong Here" campaign include AirMiles,
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.
Melinda McInnes, City of Toronto Media Relations, 416-392-7348