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May 22, 2003
Big Sugar mix it up at Celebrate Midtown @ Eglinton
  
Toronto Special Events -- Home to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival opening
ceremonies, Eglinton is this festival's premiere site. Located at the corner of
Yonge and Eglinton, the bustling festival site features hours of great live
music, unique and unusual spectacle performances, a giant pay-as-you-play
midway, interactive sports activities with your favourite local teams and so
much more. Celebrate Midtown @ Eglinton is open on Friday, July 4 from 8 - 11
p.m., Saturday, July 5 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 from 11 a.m. -
7 p.m.

In a jam-packed kick-off to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival weekend, the
festival's opening ceremonies on Friday evening will feature a showcase concert
by top Canadian musical talent and spectacular attractions. A sample of the
festival weekend to come, the opening ceremonies will mix the official welcome
with a concert by Sarah Slean and Gordie Johnson & Kelly Hoppe from Big Sugar.
The amethyst-hued vocals, delicately textured siren songs and prowess on the
piano will make Slean's performance a highlight. Gordie Johnson & Kelly Hoppe
from Big Sugar go acoustic, playing pared-down versions of Big Sugar hits and
classic blues tracks. Australians Strange Fruit provide hypnotizing theatrics
15 feet high in the night sky and the whole evening is capped off with dancing
in the streets at a huge street party with live music.

The site hosts a memorable musical evening at Club Yonge (Saturday, July 5 from
8 - 11 p.m.) with the full compliment of Canadian legends Big Sugar. The
group's sound - a blues vocabulary with a rock edge - catapulted the band into
Canadian conscience. Canadian up-and-comers The Trews take on the task of
warming up the masses. Originally from Nova Scotia, this four-piece blues-rock
band is making quite the splash with their catchy sound.

The Midtown Mix stage is a conveyor belt of top-notch international music
headline grabbers with non-stop concerts by homegrown talents and those making
waves abroad. Some of the highlights include singer-songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist Nathan Wiley, the hooky pop gems of Melanie Doane, the
smart, upbeat music of Australian roots group The Waifs and the cool
intellectual rock of Torontonian Andy Stochansky. Other musical guests include
The Jay Harris Band, Jason Collett, Lovemethod, Graph Nobel, The Rude
Mechanicals, the Burt Neilson Band, Universal Honey and Chris Brown and Kate
Fenner.

Unbelievable spectacle is a large part of the Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival. Australian spectacle lands at Eglinton. In a Toronto premiere, Bedlam
Oz present the whirling and writhing of vast squirming slinkies, Strange Fruit
present a breathtaking and colourful aerial ballet performed 15 feet in the air
on swaying poles. Also, Toronto troupe Cirque Sublime premiere Pendulum using
the Russian Swing, featuring a six member troupe and aerial feats reaching
heights of 35 feet.

All these highlights are complimented by other activites such as a giant
pay-as-you-play midway, and interactive sports activities from the Toronto
Raptors, Toronto Rock, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. An
open-to-the-public technology display in the Hewlett-Packard imaging trailer,
spontaneous interactions with The Couch Guys and roving street performances
round out the celebration.

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.

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. TTC one-day Passes can be
purchased for $7.75 on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events
produced by Toronto Special Events, the public can call Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.


Media Contact
Amber Authier
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca

Kimberly Bain
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca

 

 

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