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March 19, 2003
Mark your calendars for the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
  
Toronto Special Events - 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.

The city of Toronto offers unprecedented beauty and bustling activity in the
summer months. Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, where audiences can
experience the best of the world in the heart of the city, is the only
celebration of its kind with over 500,000 square feet of entertainment, 12
stages, more than 1200 performers and 750 things to see and do. This festival
is one of the hottest gatherings of talent in the nation with non-stop
concerts, dance, daring thrill and spectacle shows, children's entertainment
and much more.

The sites for 2003 are:
Celebrate Downtown @ Dundas
Audiences can celebrate the energy of Toronto's vibrant downtown core -
including Yonge Dundas Square - with thrill shows, extreme sports and non-stop
new and classic rock concerts.

Celebrate the World @ Bloor
With one stage featuring traditional world music and dance, and another
dedicated to Toronto's urban music scene, the main intersection on the longest
street in the world celebrates the diversity that is the heart and soul of this
city.

Celebrate the Arts @ St. Clair
This festival site showcases Toronto's rich arts and cultural-entertainment
scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and orchestral concerts along with street
theatre, dance and visual arts.

Celebrate Central @ Eglinton
Home to Friday night's opening ceremonies, the largest site of the festival
features great big entertainment for all tastes and ages with an eclectic mix
of music - roots, rock and pop - breathtaking spectacle, interactive sports and
the glitz of a giant midway.

Celebrate Kids @ Lawrence
This north end site is the perfect family destination featuring the best in
children's performers including music, dance, theatre, fantastic family
attractions, make-and-take crafts, a giant inflatable playground and so much
more.

The 2003 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also marks the launch of
Summerlicious. Modelled after the hugely successful Winterlicious, Toronto's
first annual restaurant week, this summer program will run from July 4 - 10,
2003. Each of the 50 participating restaurants will offer a special
three-course prix fixe menu where patrons can sample the establishment's tasty
fare. The menus are available at lunch and dinner and have one of two price
categories: $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner or $20 for lunch and $30 for
dinner (some restrictions may apply).

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival begins on Friday, July 4 at 8 p.m. at the
intersection of Yonge and Eglinton with the incredible opening ceremonies
setting the stage for a full weekend of fantastic music, vibrant dance,
breathtaking thrill shows and more! The festival continues throughout the
weekend at all five festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5
and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 6 (Yonge and Lawrence gets started at 10
a.m.).

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival makes a great July 4th getaway for visitors
from the United States. For those traveling from out-of-town, the festival's
host hotel provides great rates and a short walk to festival sites and subway
stations. The Toronto Eaton Centre Marriott is offering a weekend package for
$189.00 CDN. Visitors can contact the Toronto Eaton Centre Marriott by calling
1-888-254-0637 or visiting www.marriott.com. Tourists to Toronto can also
contact the Tourism Toronto call centre at 1-877-342-0243 for more information
on this and other events in the city.

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is generously supported by Scotiabank and
SuperPages.

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.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is one of many events produced by Toronto
Special Events during the summer. The festival is directly preceded by the July
1st Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman and Nathan Phillips Square. These
festivities are followed by a weekly concert series in Mel Lastman Square
called Sunday Serenades (July 6 - August 24), a weekly concert series on
Wednesdays in Nathan Phillips Square (July 2 - August 27), and a four week,
interactive kids program called Toronto Kids' Tuesdays (July 22 - August 12).

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events
produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit 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


Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Toronto Special Events
100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-395-7318
Fax: 416-395-0278


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