Music's in the air in Toronto If you like Jazz, Blues and Calypso, "You Belong Here"|
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Looking for a reason to dance? This weekend, Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You
Belong Here" Recovery Task Force invites you to jump, jam, move and groove to
the sweet sounds of the city. With events such as the Beaches International
Jazz Festival, Toronto Star Bluesfest and the Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals
all happening this weekend, this is a music lovers' weekend. Here are this
weekend's highlights. For a complete listing of events, visit www.toronto.ca.
Toronto Kids' Tuesdays, July 22
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, participate
in Sun-Rype's Active Kid Challenge and more. For more information, visit
www.toronto.ca/special_events or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.
Toronto Star Bluesfest, July 23 to 27
The spirit of the blues is alive and well, thriving and developing in a variety
of musical genres and new settings. Starting this Wednesday evening at
Exhibition Place, Toronto will experience that spirit in an outdoor music
festival unlike any it has ever seen before. More than 60 performers will
converge on the waterfront along with thousands of fans for a five-day
celebration of music, community and the spirit of the blues. Event headliners
include Sheryl Crow, Afro-Celts, Robert Cray and more. For more information,
visit www.torontobluesfest.com or call 416-489-2583.
Beaches International Jazz Festival, July 24 to 27
This annual jazz festival provides music lovers with an opportunity to hear
popular Canadian and international performers. With a mile-long streetfest and
dozens of musicians slated to perform, this free festival remains one of
Toronto's top music events of the year. The evening air will be filled with the
sounds of Latin, swing, big band, blues, new age and jazz as performers fill
the cafes and bistros, and line the sidewalks along Queen Street East between
Woodbine and Beech Avenues. Sample the sounds, tastes and atmosphere of one of
the city's most hospitable streets. For more information, visit
www.beachesjazz.com or call 416-410-8809.
Fuller Outdoors Youth Dance, July 25
Albert Croslands Parkette, located at 14 Fuller Ave. (two blocks west of
Lansdowne Avenue, just north of Queen Street West) is the place to be this
Friday night. From 8 p.m. to midnight, youth are invited to enjoy the tunes and
dance the night away at this free outdoor event. The dance will feature break
dance performances by local youth and music will be supplied by 4 Unity
Productions. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 416-536-6692.
Harbourfront Centre: Francophonix, July 25 to 27
Bienvenue à tous! French culture from around the world comes together for an
early celebration of the 400th year of French settlement in North America. Le
bon temps will roll when Louisianan, Acadian and Quebecois traditions mix it up
with African, Caribbean and Arabic genres in this new festival of
"Francophonie" music, dance, film, theatre and literature. Don't miss out on
the free concerts, stage performances, dance presentations and more. For more
information, visit www.harbourfront.on.ca or call 416-973-4000.
AutoNation 2003, July 26
AutoNation 2003 is the introduction to a new phase of the automotive scene.
This Saturday starting at noon, let a spectacular display of lasers, lights,
and strobes guide you through the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as AutoNation
recreates the atmosphere where the sport compact culture started from - the
late hours of the night. Check out the special effects, cars, feature acts and
performances, models, DJs and more. For more information, visit
www.autonation2003.com or call 905-814-4822.
Children's Carnival and Parade, July 26
This Saturday, Malvern Recreation Centre (Neilson Avenue, just south of Finch
Avenue) will come alive with the colourful showcase of costumes and lyrical
talent as children and youth aged four to 16 participate in the Children's
Carnival Parade as part of the celebrations of 2003 Caribana. Taking place from
noon to 6 p.m., this free event proves that Caribana is as much for the young
as it is for the old, so come out and support the Junior Kings and Queens as
they compete for coveted crowns and prizes. For more information, visit
www.toronto.com/caribana or call 416-234-6403.
Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals, July 26
Now in its 23rd year, this event is one of the highlights of the Calypso
calendar. Through social and political commentary, humour and flair, the
artists try to capture the attention of the judges, in their bid for the title
of 2003 Canadian Calypso Monarch. Come out to the Shangri-La Convention Centre
(50 Esna Pk) and see two-time champion Dennis James of Montreal as he defends
the title against the winners of the semi-finals. The show begins at 7 p.m. and
continues until 11 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For
more information, visit www.toronto.com/caribana or call 416-234-6403.
Junior Carnival Parade, July 27
This Sunday at 10 a.m., come celebrate the warmth and fun of the 10th annual
Junior Carnival Parade on Eglinton Avenue West in the heart of the Caribbean
business community. Close to 600 children dressed in colourful costumes will
dance and shake to the calypso music of Trinidad and Tobago. Meet old friends
and make new ones as we celebrate a decade of culture and heritage from the
Caribbean. For more information, call 416-789-3755.
Taste of the Entertainment District, July 25 and 26
Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, treat your taste buds at
the Taste of the Entertainment District. Twenty restaurants will set up booths
along the street where "tastes" of their great food can be purchased at low
prices. The event will also feature a refreshment garden (serving Ontario
wines, beer, and spirits) and live performances on a stage, located at Pearl
St. All proceeds from the event go to a local charity. For more information,
Sunday Serenades, July 27
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 Toronto All-Star Big
Band. The Toronto All-Star Big Band is a dynamic orchestra that pays tribute to
the legendary big band era and gives students an opportunity to express their
musical creativity. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes! For more information,
visit www.toronto.ca/special_events or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.
Latin American Folklore Show, July 27
This Sunday, celebrate the vibrancy of Latin American music, dance and culture.
Head down to Nathan Phillips Square between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to enjoy the 18th
Annual Great Latin American Folklore Show. This popular festival will feature
performances by 23 dancing groups and 500 top artists from 20 countries in an
extravaganza of folk dances, costumes and traditional instruments. Don't miss
out on the fabulous tango, salsa, samba, cueca, flamenco and other free
performances. For more information, call 416-588-3449.
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.
Michael Ura, City of Toronto, Communications Coordinator, 416-397-7145