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September 23, 2003
A Literary Wonderland in the City
Celebrate Toronto's Vibrant Writing and Publishing Communities at The Word on
the Street

The Mayor's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force wants you to get out
and enjoy the city. Check out the Canadian Hispanic Day Parade at this
weekend's Spanish Cultural Festival, or learn to pamper yourself at the Body,
Soul and Spirit Expo. Sunday marks the return of the hugely popular The Word on
the Street book and magazine fair, capping off what promises to be a memorable
weekend in Toronto. Remember, The Word on the Street is your final opportunity
to get your Official Toronto Playbook stamped this season. So be sure to hail a
"Toronto: You Belong Here" ambassador and stamp your way to free gifts and
prizes. Here are this week's highlights:

14th Annual The Word on the Street, September 28
Toronto's contribution to Canada's largest one-day national celebration of
literacy and the printed word is back again - and you can be a part of it! This
Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Queen St. West hosts a seven-block literacy
theme park, between University and Spadina Avenues. There will be music, food,
thousands of publications for sale, book-signings and a whole host of fun
things to do. Or if you prefer, just drop by and hang out at one of the many
tents and stages that will be filled with authors, poets, storytellers, bands
and entertainers. This is one of Toronto's best-loved events so don't miss out!
Admission is free. More information is available at,
or by telephone at 416-504-7241.

Third Annual Small Business Forum, September 30
Learn how to succeed in changing times at the Small Business Forum 2003, taking
place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. This free trade
show and conference is Toronto's largest small business event of the year. The
event will feature a full day of cutting-edge seminars by industry experts who
will provide practical information to educate and motivate you on your path to
entrepreneurial success. Plus, tour the trade show for solutions to all your
start-up or growing business needs. For more information, or to register
on-line, visit, or call 416-395-7495.

Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, September 28
Lace up your running shoes and raise money for charity by taking part in
Scotiabank's Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-marathon, 5k Run/Walk or 5k
Wheelchair. Starting at Metro Hall (Wellington and John Streets) on Sunday
morning, the run is a popular race among athletes and a scenic fundraiser for
fun-runners. Water and Gatorade will be available at water-stations around the
course, and bands and DJs will be playing live music along the route to keep
you entertained. The marathon is an official qualifying event for the 2004
Boston Marathon. Advance registration is required. Visit the two-day runners'
expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to register on-line,

Body, Soul and Spirit Expo, September 26 - 28
Treat yourself to a day at this year's Body, Soul and Spirit Expo. The expo
opens this Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place and will
run all weekend. Over 100 exhibits, lectures and workshops make this event a
one-stop bonanza for those seeking a more holistic lifestyle! The healing arts,
intuitive arts, products and resources will be available from local stores and
practitioners, as well as international experts, authors and personalities.
Admission is $10 per day and $25 for the weekend. For more information, visit or call 1-877-560-6830.

Tenth Annual Toddle for Tots, September 27
Enjoy a day at the zoo and help raise funds for Toronto's Ronald McDonald House
at the tenth annual Toddle for Tots. Children and their families can
participate in a fun-filled fundraising safari through the Toronto Zoo,
tracking down animals and participating in games at every station. Plus, they
can enjoy lunch and entertainment by performers including Erick Traplin, Ronald
McDonald and more. All proceeds go to Toronto's Ronald McDonald House, a "home
away from home" for out-of-town families whose children are receiving
specialized medical care in Toronto for serious illnesses. For more information
or to register online, visit

Spanish Cultural Festival, September 27 and 28
Join the fun and celebrations at the Spanish Cultural Festival taking place at
the Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., in North York. Enjoy two full days of
artistic and musical performances, comedy shows, children's entertainment,
dancing and food, all geared towards sharing and embracing Toronto's hispanic
community. The weekend culminates in the third annual Canadian Hispanic Day
Parade, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Yorkgate Mall (Jane and Finch). The
parade will feature decorative floats, Latin-American music, traditional
Hispanic costumes and dancing in the streets! Plus, catch a glimpse of Miss
Chile, the newly crowned Miss Hispanidad 2003. Admission is free. For more
information, visit, or call 416-654-2217.

Windsor Castle: Its History and Occupants, September 30
The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park presents an illustrated lecture
about the history of one of the world's oldest and most beloved historical
castles. Take a fascinating look at how Windsor Castle has been enlarged and
modified throughout its 900-year history, from an impregnable fortress into a
favourite royal country residence. Oliver Everett, formerly the Assistant
Private Secretary to Prince Charles, Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of
Wales, and librarian of the Royal Archives will give the lecture and present
his unique view on the evolution of Windsor Castle. Check out, or
call 416-586-5797, for more information about this event.

ArtsWeek 2003, through September 28
Toronto continues to show its artistic side this week during ArtsWeek 2003.
This citywide celebration of the arts is the largest multi disciplinary,
neighbourhood-focussed festival of its kind in Canada. Featuring a rare,
behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artists' creative processes, ArtsWeek 2003
showcases the arts in virtually every conceivable form. From dance, music,
theatre, visual arts, crafts, literature, film, architecture, museums and
heritage, ArtsWeek 2003 recognizes and celebrates the wealth of artistic talent
in Toronto. For more information, visit or call 416-392-6800.

The Three Tenors and Friends Concert, September 26
Come experience the beautiful music of the Three Tenors and Friends Concert at
Mel Lastman Square, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., this Friday. Free
of charge and open to everyone, the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and runs until
9:30 p.m. Donations will be collected at the event to support the PAVE
organization, Parents Against Violence Everywhere. For more information, call
Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

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.

Media contact:
Winnie Li, Mayor's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force Secretariat;



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