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May 22, 2003
The four corners of the world point to Celebrate Diversity @ Bloor
  
Toronto Special Events -- Toronto's main crossroads at Yonge and Bloor
celebrates the diversity which is the heart and soul of Toronto, with live
world and urban music, street puppetry, art installations and dance. Celebrate
Diversity @ Bloor sponsored by SuperPages is open on Saturday, July 5 from 11
a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The world is a stage at Celebrate Diversity @ Bloor for Club Yonge (Saturday,
July 5 from 8 - 11 p.m.). This festival location has two Club Yonge stops. The
SuperPages Global Grooves stage beats into the night with a red-hot Cuban
concert. Female band D'Talle combines doses of timba and son montuno to launch
the show. Then, direct from Cuba to tantalize the senses, Valentin y los del
Caribe combines spicy vocals, tropical percussions, intense trumpets and
dynamic trombones in their Canadian premiere. The Toronto Star Urban Soul stage
hosts a smoking urban doublebill with Jully Black and Saukrates. Hailed as the
future of Canadian hip-hop, Saukrates is a freestyler that bases his lyrics on
personal experience while demand grows for Jully Black's intensely powerful R&B
flavour.

Music from around the globe is presented on the SuperPages Global Grooves
stage. Highlights include Nick Ali and CRUZAO with their amalgamation of
authentic Latin rhythm with jazz harmony and modern funk, a showcase of music
and dance at Ranbir Chauhan's Bollywood Blitz and a myriad of popular and
traditional music from North America, the Arab world and India with Mernie.
Other artists performing at SuperPages Global Grooves are Kalabash, Spirit
Wind, Radio Nomad, Gypsy, Cimarrón, Moses Revolution, Cassava, and Chiva.

The site's second live music stage, the Toronto Star Urban Soul stage,
spotlights the T-Dot urban scene - soul to hip-hop to reggae. Highlights on the
stage include Motown recording artist Melanie Durrant, 10 year-old reggae
vocalist Sugar Prince and Juno Award-nominated hip-hop with Brassmunk. Other
artists on the stage are Londa Larmond, Natasha Waterman, Juice, Adversaree,
King Ujah, Gruvasylum, Tasha T, Nasri, Belinda Brady, and IRS.

One of Vietnam's national treasures, the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre presented
by SuperPages, transforms Yonge and Bloor into a magical puppet theatre. The
company, from Ho Chi Minh City, furthers the time-honoured traditions of
puppetry on water, telling a story about the daily life of the fishing and
farming villages on a grand pagoda framed pool of water accompanied by a live
orchestra.

Drumming traditions from around the world meet at SuperPages Percussion Chaos.
Audiences can see performances by Jeng Yi Korean Drum and Dance Ensemble, the
Caribbean Drum Ensemble, Northern Leg Southern Fist, Chinese Lion Dancers and
African drummers Allakomi. Toronto DJ's provide the live beats for local
hip-hop, breakdance, Capoeira and step troupes at Street Moves. All the while
Montreal-based art collective Heavyweight Art Installation will document the
vibe on huge street side canvasses. At Vive La Carnival audiences can
experience the sounds and sights of Carnival from Trinidad and Brazil with
Dance Caribe Performing Company, the Hummingbird Tassa Drummers, The
Swizzlestick Theatre, and Samba Squad.

Other attractions include an interactive display of the traditional South Asian
floor decoration art, rangoli at Rangoli Ka Rang with live music, a South Asian
wedding installation and Thingmaker Music, an interactive sculptural sound
installation. Shoppers Drug Mart will also provide a Sports Court Clinic and
more.

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, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Watch for more details to be
released soon.


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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