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January 8, 2003
International award-winning skaters take over Nathan Phillips Square
  
Celebrate Toronto at Winterfest February 7, 
8 & 9
Toronto Special Events - In what has become a treasured
tradition, Toronto Winterfest presents an ice show spectacular to open the
festival on Friday, February 7 beginning at 6:30 pm at Nathan Phillips Square.
Ice on Fire presented in association with the Government of Canada includes
international award-winning skaters Viktor Petrenko and Emanuel Sandhu and
pairs teams. Synchronized teams Ice Men and Stamford and Co. and the wacky
skating antics of The B-Girlz sultry vocals, startling range and sassy
expressive technique, the flaming violin of Dr. Draw and cirque performances
round out the show.

Olympic, World and European Gold Medallist Viktor Petrenko is known for his
beautiful artistry and superior technical skills making him one of the most
popular and well-known international skaters. As an amateur and now as a
professional, Victor is hailed for his versatility as a performer. Whether he
is performing to the classics, romantic love songs or modern rock, his programs
always blend explosive power, deep emotion and a special audience appeal.

Canadian national champion Emanuel Sandhu continuously thrills audiences with
his fluid movements and dynamic routines. Sandhu has a background in dance and
studied at the National Ballet of Canada which has given him a unique approach
to musical interpretations on the ice. His graceful ability to land triples and
quads has earned him a well-deserved title as one of the world's best.

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 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 Street, take the Yonge Line subway
(exit North York Centre). Getting there couldn't be easier!

For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, 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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