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November 3, 2003
WinterCity builds a new tradition of winter exuberance with a 14-day celebration that takes Toronto by storm
  
Toronto Special Events - In keeping with the city's thriving festival scene,
Toronto Special Events is launching a new winter festival, WinterCity. Built on
the foundation of the long-running WinterFest, WinterCity creates a new
tradition of winter exuberance. Running from January 30 - February 12, 2004,
this 14-day celebration gives center stage to the city's renowned culture,
creativity and cuisine. With stellar free indoor and outdoor programming, the
hugely popular prix fixe restaurant promotion Winterlicious plus tons of winter
programming and discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides the
perfect opportunity to sample the diversity Toronto has to offer.

Audiences can defy the city slush by pulling on their winter gear and watching
as the WOW! is injected into winter at WinterCity's Wild On Winter series of
fantastic outdoor shows. Wild on Winter launches at Nathan Phillips Square with
the North American premiere of a visually spectacular performance by France's
Les Commandos Perçus on Friday, January 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Their fiery
percussive show, Le Concert de Feu (Concert of Fire), is an unique blend of
explosive imagination, drama and creativity. This musical fireworks show will
repeat on Saturday and Sunday, January 31 & February 1. The WOW! series
continues at Yonge-Dundas Square with the Toronto premiere of Mobile Homme (The
Human Mobile) on Thursday, February 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. Exploring new artistic
territory, France's Transe Express Company blends theatre and music to produce
exceptional airborne art in the form of a giant human mobile. Mobile Homme, a
magical sight at dizzying heights under a winter sky, will repeat on Friday and
Saturday, February 6 & 7.

The Cool Kids Series entertains the little ones at Yonge-Dundas and Mel Lastman
Squares with huge live stage show performances by some very recognizable
characters. Yonge Dundas Square goes wild with the Emmy Award-winning Kratt
Brothers. Audiences can peek behind the scenes of the weekly television
wildlife adventure Kratts' Creatures, with special guest Zoboo from the hit TV
show Zoboomafoo, on Sunday, February 1. On Sunday, February 8, Yonge-Dundas
Square will host the launch of Sesame Street's? 35th anniversary celebration
with a very special Sesame Street? Sing-Along starring members of the
most-famous neighbourhood in the world: Bob McGrath, Elmo, and Grover. The
Toronto Zoo's Amazing Animal Show will get the audiences warmed up for the
Kratt Brothers with a live animal show. Mel Lastman Square will also heat up
with kids programming sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution. Events include
everyone's favourite elephant Babar? presenting his Museum of Art show
(Saturday, January 31), plus a berry special visit from Strawberryland by a
spunky little red-haired girl named Strawberry Shortcake? along with her
friends Orange Blossom and Ginger Snap (Saturday, February 7).

The Warm-up Series sponsored by the Toronto Eaton Centre (Saturday, January 31
- Sunday, February 8) allows audiences to experience exclusive performances and
culinary demonstrations by famous Canadian chefs in Toronto's world-class
shopping centre. Watch for more information on the Warm-Up Series to be
released soon.

Free programming fills Nathan Phillips Square every night from Friday, January
30 to Sunday, February 8. Nightly family skating parties under the world-famous
Freedom Arches will animate the Square. Each skating party will include live
music to enhance the atmosphere from 6 to 10 p.m.

Following the outstanding success of Winterlicious and Summerlicious in 2003,
Toronto's restaurant promotion Winterlicious returns with an expanded
restaurant selection on January 30 through February 12. Following in the
successful footsteps of worldwide restaurant events, the program includes the
participation of 80 of Toronto's finest restaurants. Each restaurant will offer
a special prix fixe menu where patrons can sample the establishment's famous
fare. The three-course prix fixe menus are available at lunch ($10 or $20) and
dinner ($20 or $30). Beverages, taxes and gratuity are not included (some
restrictions may apply). As well as the incredible value of the menus,
participating restaurants will also be offering a selection of Canada's top
scoring wines from Vincor International's VQA estate wineries at $5 or $10 a
glass. Reservations for Winterlicious' prix fixe menus will be accepted
starting on January 12.

The excitement of Winterlicious expands this year with the addition of two new
program elements. Unusual gala dinner packages at some of the participating
restaurants will allow guest to eat delectable meals followed by dancing,
unique tours and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Nathan Phillips Square
hosts a mouth-watering outdoor Winterlicious Barbeque on Sunday, February 8
from 12 to 6 p.m. with delicious grilled food complemented by live music. Watch
for more details on Winterlicious soon.

WinterCity also offers incredible discounts to many of Toronto's landmarks and
attractions with the WinterCity Passport. The Passport provides the holder with
discounts such as 20% off and 2-for-1 admission to destinations including the
CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Film Board
and Yuk Yuks, plus so many more. Selected local attractions will be offering
special programming during WinterCity such as backstage tours of The National
Ballet of Canada studios, the Cannon Theatre and Royal Alexandra Theatre. Watch
for more information on the WinterCity Passport to be released soon.

To plan a WinterCity weekend getaway in Toronto, the public can call
1-877-342-0243. WinterCity weekend specials at some of the city's finest hotels
will also be available.
¨ The Holiday Inn on King is offering one night room accommodation (one king OR
two double beds), a $20.00 meal voucher for the Canadian Bar & Grill,
underground parking, admission for two to CN Tower, a disposable camera and all
taxes and gratuities for $199 per night (based on double occupancy).
¨ The Westin Harbour Castle will be offering the WinterCity Family Fun Package
which includes one night room accommodation for four, four passes to the Hockey
Hall of Fame and a souvenir gift upon check-in for $159.00 per night (plus
applicable taxes and subject to availability).
¨ For Winter City, the Delta Chelsea will be offering the Family Fun package.
The offer includes one night room accommodation, hotel parking, a $25 daily
food credit (with the kids eat free program), unlimited use of the Delta
Chelsea's new four story indoor waterslide, Camp Chelsea's children's
activities (available Friday night and all day Saturday) and a one-time use
camera (courtesy of Kodak). The Family Fun package costs $189.00 per night.
¨ The Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre will be offering the Winter Package. For
179.00 per night, guests can enjoy one night room accommodation, breakfast for
two and self-parking (rate subject to availability).

Getting to WinterCity events couldn't be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is
located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the
Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode
station). Yonge-Dundas Square is located at 1 Dundas Street East. Take the TTC
Yonge Line subway (exit Dundas station). Mel Lastman Square is located at 5700
Yonge St. Take the Yonge Line subway (exit North York Centre). For transit
routes to any local attractions and restaurants, check out www.ttc.ca or call
416-393-INFO (4636).

For more information on all WinterCity events and other Toronto Special Events,
call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit
http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media Contact:

Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca



 

 

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