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July 28, 2003
Pull up your foot and jump! at Caribana (TM) this weekend
Get ready to pull up your foot and jump! at Caribana(TM) this weekend
All the sites, sounds and excitement of the Carribbean - with no long,
expensive flight!

This weekend Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force
invites you to celebrate the sights, sounds and flavours of the city's rich
cultural mosaic at Caribana, the largest Caribbean festival in North America.
With an exciting array of hot, lively and rhythmically hypnotic events taking
place, including A Taste of Caribana, the Arts and Cultural Festival and the
renowned Caribana Parade, there is no doubt that you belong at Caribana this
weekend. Here are this weekend's highlights. For a complete listing of events,

Egyptian Reverie, July 30
Les Sylphides de L'Arabie presents a sneak preview of their newest live belly
dance show - Egyptian Reverie at Mel Lastman Square (North York Civic Centre,
5100 Yonge St.). This Wednesday, celebrate the diversity of all women at this
free event featuring dancers who will perform a blend of modern and traditional
belly dance. Plus, learn some belly dance techniques of your own during the
onstage demonstration. The show will feature two performances beginning at 6:30
and 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 416-224-8080.

The King & Queen Xtravaganza, July 31
Lamport Stadium (1155 King St. W.) will soon come alive as the top Mas
designers of Caribana unveil their stunning costumes at the King & Queen
Xtravaganza. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. this Thursday, watch the designers compete
for the coveted crowns and bragging rights for the year. Admission is $20 for
adults and $15 for seniors and children. For more information, visit or call 416-234-6403.

A Taste of Caribana(TM), July 30 - August 3
Starting this Wednesday, the Caribana Festival takes over Toronto's newest
public venue, Yonge-Dundas Square for a five-day marketplace and showcase of
Caribbean talent on the open-air stage. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., find out all
you need to know about Caribana events, buy your event tickets, drop by the
food court and shop for an array of festival souvenirs. Admission is free. For
more information, visit or call 416-234-6403.

Pan Alive, August 1
This Friday evening, head down to Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd. (north
off Fleet Street, between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue), to check out
Pan Alive. From 7 to 11 p.m., enjoy a thrilling night of pounding steel as 10
steel orchestras from the Ontario Steelband Association compete before a panel
of judges. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children. For more
information, visit or call 416-234-6403.

Caribana(TM) Fusion, August 2
Presented by the Toronto Association of Promoters (TAP), Caribana Fusion is a
post-parade concert featuring some of the hottest local and international soca,
calypso, reggae, chutney and hip hop and R&B artists along with steel and brass
bands. The concert takes place on Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at
Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Special guests include Jamaica's
Grammy-winning Bennie Man and Trinidad and Tobago's Mighty Sparrow. Admission
is $25 in advance. For more information, visit or call

Arts and Cultural Festival, August 3 and 4
Starting this Sunday, Olympic Island will be transformed into a vibrant
Caribbean destination as the Arts and Cultural Festival inhabits the
waterfront, parkland setting. Taking place from noon to 8 p.m., this two-day
lakeside festival of Caribbean music, arts, crafts, food, comedy, dance and
culture is sure to entertain the entire family. Admission is $20 for adults;
$12 for seniors, and $10 for children. For more information, visit or call 416-234-6403. For ferry ticket prices and
schedule information, call 416-392-8193.

Bengali Drama Festival, August 1 to 3
The third annual one-hour, one-act international drama competition and festival
will take centre stage at the Leah Posluns Theatre in the Bathurst Jewish
Community Centre at 4588 Bathurst St. Starting Friday, nine talented groups
from Toronto and the United States will participate in this three-day festival
of theatrical performances. For more information, visit or
call 416-638-3455.

Irie Music Festival, August 1 to 4
Come and experience a unique celebration of music and culture from August 1 to
4 in the heart of downtown Toronto. The second annual Irie Music Festival at
Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.) will feature many musical
genres, including hip-hop, world, reggae, Latin, gospel and soul. In addition
to great music the event will showcase everything from literature to visual
arts, dance, film, food and shopping! The festival promises to be fun for all
ages and best of all, it's free! For more information, visit or call 905-799-1630 ext. 28.

Toronto Zoo: KidSummer Day, August 1
It's time to go wild because this Friday is Today's Parent KidSummer day at the
Toronto Zoo! Children 12 and under can enjoy free admission if accompanied by
an adult (Two children maximum per adult). For more information, visit

Harbourfront Centre: Guiness Island Soul, August 1to 4
Harbourfront Centre's ever-popular weekend festival during the city-wide
Caribana celebration returns with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean.
Caribbean vibes will fill the air as the event presents a feast of food, music,
dance, film, theatre, design and the visual arts. Event highlights include
musical performances by Trevor B, Moses Revolution, Sidestepper, Bobi Céspedes
and more. For more information, visit or call

Korean Canadian Festival, August 2
Celebrating 40 years of friendship between Korea and Canada, the third annual
Korean Canadian Festival will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
at Mel Lastman Square. The festival will feature stage shows, musical
performances, Korean traditional martial arts (TKD) demonstrations, food, a
beer tent, and merchant booths. The event is open to everyone. For more
information, call 416-395-7584 ext. 2.

Sunday Serenades, August 3
Nothing can quite compare to dancing under the summer stars. Every Sunday until
August 24, come out and enjoy some sophisticated sounds at Mel Lastman Square
as part of the City's free Sunday Serenades series presented by Scotiabank.
This Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy the music of the Bobby Herriot Band.
House band for the Royal York Hotel Imperial Room and the Old Mill restaurant
for many years, The Bobby Herriot Band will perform a selection of music from
the big band era and the current hit parade. For more information, visit or call 416-338-0338.

Toronto Kids' Tuesdays, August 5
Each Tuesday until August 12, discover fabulous free lunch-hour programs just
for kids in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square. From 11 a.m. to 1
p.m., kids can enjoy fabulous activities including fun with food, dancing,
exploration and drama. Plus, kids can get creative and colour a T-shirt with
Scotiabank, enjoy creative crafts with Montclair, have a blast in the LEGO
Creative Play Area, get their faces painted with It's Living Art, and
participate in Sun-Rype's Active Kid Challenge. For more information, visit or call 416-338-0338.

Media contact:
Michael Ura, Communications Coordinator, 416-397-7145



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