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June 18, 2003
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival grows with great programming additions
  
Toronto Special Events - The excitement is building as the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival dates grow closer and new programming details are
confirmed. The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is scheduled for July 4, 5 &
6, 2003 and is the only celebration of its kind. With over 500,000 square feet
of entertainment and 1250 performers on 12 stages, this festival is one of the
hottest gatherings of talent in the nation with non-stop concerts, dance,
daring thrill and spectacle shows, children's entertainment and much more.

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 4 at the Yonge and Eglinton site with
the event's spectacular Opening Ceremonies presented by the Government of
Canada. The evening, which runs from 8 to 11 p.m., gets to a hot and spicy
start with Toronto-based Quimica Perfecta. Led by one-time Irakere singer
Alberto Alberto, Quimica Perfecta has been labeled as Toronto's experts de
timba. Opening Ceremonies offers a taste of the weekend's music from the Yonge
and Bloor site with Motown recording artist Melanie Durrant. Sarah Slean with
her sweet mix of playful cabaret tunes, which bridge an assortment of musical
genres, while Gordie Johnson and Kelly Hoppe of Big Sugar perform an acoustic
blues set that includes a new approach to Big Sugar hits which acts as a
preview of Yonge and Eglinton festival site.

Live music provides only half of the thrill at the Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival's Opening Ceremonies. A sample of what can be seen at the Yonge and
Eglinton site through the rest of the weekend, Australian exports Strange Fruit
perform their breathtaking ballet in the sky and Bedlam Oz will delight with
giant slinkie costumes. Hangtime Circus will twist and turn in a dangling
performance. Team Ryouko, inspired by the achievements of Jackie Chan and Bruce
Lee, will preview their appearance at Yonge and Bloor with a combination of art
forms such as martial arts, gymnastics and tricks into a single physical
discipline. Circus Orange will sample their visual assault, seen at Yonge and
Dundas over the weekend, with ribbons, bouncing stilts, fire and pyrotechnics.

Weekend additions to the festival's Eglinton site line-up include provincial,
national and international rope-skipping competition champions, The Leamington
Acro-Ropers. The troupe has won 16 gold, silver and bronze medals and recently
had team members qualify to participate in the Junior Olympics. Toronto
illustrator James "Fishead" Fisher welcomes instruction from the audience to
create five-minute masterpieces as Drawer Reshife. Playstation @ Eglinton is a
53-foot trailer with interactive kiosks on the outside and Playstation 2
lounges on the inside where Celebrate Toronto Street Festival revelers can play
the latest PS2 games.

The big screen comes to the street at the Lawrence site with a Saturday night
outdoor screening of Walt Disney's Jungle Book 2 presented by McDonald's
Special Events. Ronno and the Lunchbag Lizard will warm up the audience before
the movie with a jungle-themed sing along starting at 8 p.m.

Other additions to the Lawrence site include buskers Darren Bedford, Circus
Jonathan and master balloonist Mark Verge. Each will bring their spontaneous
entertainment to various locations on the site throughout the weekend. The Kids
in Groove stage adds two shows with Celtic Fire Dance Theatre and Neworldance,
while the The Government of Canada World Discoveries Stage has added a martial
arts demonstration by Shah Franco's Martial Arts.

Additions to the St. Clair site include Animal Actors and Lifestyle Dog
Training presented by Purina Pro Plan where amazing dogs demonstrate and
trainers explain the skill of canine musical freestyle. The Academy of European
Medieval Martial Arts perform armored judicial battles in Medieval Duels
presented by the Government of Canada. Although the duels themselves can be
quick, the show envelops the preparation and includes interaction with the
audience. The previously announced Shoppers Drug Mart Street Symphony stage
line up is rounded out with the addition of the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra with
its unique instrumentation and the close harmony of Oasis Vocal Jazz. The
Journeys in Dance stage added a contemporary dance show by Marlee Cargill Dance
and the jumping good time of Van Arden Arts "Swing Kids".

Additions to the Bloor site includes Street Moves, a program that combines the
talents of street dancers with the sounds of local DJs. Dance troupes
participating in Street Moves are Black Ice, shebang!, A.B.S. Crew, Team
Ryouko, and Blaze Entertainment with Do Dat Dance Agency. DJs for the crews
include Subliminal and DJ Sawtay. The final addition to the Toronto Star Urban
Soul stage is Mama's Basement. Gupreet Chana is added to the Rangoli Ka Rang
installation providing live tabla accompaniment to the activity. Arising
Phoenix is a unique art experience that creates a musical art installation made
from found objects. At 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Global Grooves Stage city
councilors will proclaim Sunday, July 6 as Diversity Day in Toronto.

Added to the Dundas site are street performances by Zero Gravity Extreme Circus
Team, an innovative performance-based company with a history of unconventional,
high-impact presentation.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also added a corporate sponsor. The
Government of Canada is proudly sponsoring previously announced events at each
festival site. The Government of Canada World Discoveries Stage at the Lawrence
site features a diverse display of interactive entertainment including the
Kiyoshi Nagata Taiko Drumming Ensemble, the Magically Hip and Really Little
Theatre. Strange Fruit presented by the Government of Canada is a breathtaking
ballet in the sky at Eglinton, while an art installation is created on the
street to live tabla music at Rangoli Ka Rang presented by the Government of
Canada. For the first time ever, bawtz battle on the street at the Robot Riots
Competition presented by the Government of Canada. The Government of Canada
generously supports this summer program ensuring the festival remain free and
fun for all to enjoy.

For those looking to be close to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival action,
there are some great accommodations packages being offered by the festival's
official hotel partners. For information or to book any of these hotel
packages, the public can call 1-877-342-0243.
  • The Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre (525 Bay St.) has a package from $189, which includes one night accommodation, breakfast for two in the Parkside Restaurant and $15 Gift Certificate at City Grill.
  • The Days Inn Hotel & Conference (30 Carlton Ave.) is offering the $89 Kids Getaway Package which includes one night accommodation, full breakfast for the family (2 adults, 2 children), a Kodak disposable camera to capture all the fun, 20% off other in-house dining and more.
  • The Delta Chelsea (33 Gerrard St. W.) is offering the $209 No Tax Package, which includes one night accommodation, a $25 food credit and hotel parking.
  • The Westin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Sq) offers a package for $149.99 per room that includes one night accommodation (2 adults, 2 children) and four Hockey Hall of Fame tickets.
  • The Holiday Inn on King (370 King St. W.) is offering the Celebrate Toronto package for $199 (based on double occupancy, includes taxes and gratuities) including one night accommodation, overnight underground parking, buffet breakfast for two in the Canadian Bar and Grill and a Toronto keepsake.
  • The Fairmont Royal York (100 Front St. W.) is offering the Weekend Special for $159 (based on double occupancy) which includes one night accommodation and a 2 for 1 dinner entrée coupon.
  • The Renaissance Toronto Hotel At Skydome (1 Blue Jay Way) is offering a package that includes one night accommodation for two for $99 plus tax. Add on breakfast for two for $129.00 plus tax.
  • The Sheraton Centre (123 Queen St. W.) is offering the Splash, Play and Stay package for $249 per night. The offering includes one night accommodation for 4 (2 adults, 2 kids under 12), scrumptious full buffet breakfast for 4, parking credit $18 self park, plus a choice of either: one in-room movie feature OR one hour in-room Nintendo games. Also included is a free Eaton Centre discount booklet (savings at over 80 shops), late check-out (based upon availability) and access to the huge 25 metre indoor/outdoor pool!
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.

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



 

 

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