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May 22, 2003
Let's show the world how to Celebrate Toronto
  
Toronto Special Events -- 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.

Each of the five festival sites offers a distinctive programming mix:

Celebrate Downtown @ Dundas
Audiences can celebrate the energy of Toronto's vibrant downtown core -
including Toronto's newest entertainment venue, Yonge-Dundas Square - with
thrill shows, extreme sports and non-stop rock concerts. Highlights at this
site include live music by the likes of Not by Choice, The Salads, The Dears,
By Divine Right, Hotel and so much more. Tower of Power presents a ski and
snowboard show that integrates trampolines and two towers to help performers
obtain maximum air, while the Robot Riots competition puts a battle bawtz
showdown on the streets for the first time ever in Canada. Plus, Craz-E-Crew
Stunt Team with BMX bike, skateboard and inline skate tricks, Beach Blast
Volleyball, extreme busking with Circus Orange and more.

Celebrate Diversity @ Bloor with SuperPages
With one stage featuring traditional world music, and another dedicated to
Toronto's urban music scene, the main intersection on the longest street in the
world celebrates the diversity that is the heart and soul of this city.
Non-stop live musical performances include Nick Ali and CRUZAO, D'Talle and
Valentin y los del Caribe on the Global Grooves stage while Jully Black,
Saukrates, IRS and Melanie Durrant light up the Toronto Star Urban Soul stage.
Other highlights include a visually stunning show by the Saigon Water Puppet
Theatre presented by SuperPages direct from Ho Chi Minh City and SuperPages
Percussion Chaos drumming from the four corners of the globe. Carnival
festivities from around the world with Dance Caribe and Samba Squad and live
art creation by Montreal's Heavyweight Art Installation with DJs and dance at
Street Moves wrap up the weekend.

Celebrate the Arts @ St. Clair with Scotiabank
This festival site showcases Toronto's rich arts and cultural entertainment
scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and orchestral concerts along with street
theatre, dance and visual arts. Concert highlights include members of the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, John Alcorn with
Strings, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Peter Appleyard Sextet. The Scotiabank
Jazz Café stage hosts the city's best jazz talents including David Johanns Jazz
Group, Laura Hubert Trio, Swing Noir and more. Multicultural, traditional and
contemporary dance will also be featured with groups such as Opera Atelier, The
Chimera Project, and CHHANDAM. The site is rounded out with the AGO Arts
Corner, a Street Theatre area with a mini-Renaissance festival and High Strung
Aerial Dance.

Celebrate Midtown @ Eglinton
Home to Friday night's opening ceremonies, the largest site of the festival
features great big entertainment for all tastes and ages with an eclectic mix
of music - roots, rock and pop - breathtaking spectacle, interactive sports and
the glitz of a giant midway. The site's concert line-up features Big Sugar, The
Trews, Melanie Doane, Andy Stochansky, The Waifs and more. Spectacular
performances by two Australian troupes Bedlam Oz in a show called Familie
featuring the whirling and writhing of vast squirming slinkies and Strange
Fruit's beautiful acrobatic dance on 15-foot sway poles, and Toronto's Cirque
Sublime make this a must-be location on this weekend.

Celebrate Kids @ Lawrence with McDonald's Special Events
This north end site is the perfect family destination featuring the best in
children's performers including music, dance, magic, fantastic family
attractions, make-and-take crafts, a giant inflatable playground and so much
more. Television star Angelina Ballerina and musical performers Norman Foote
and Jim MacMillian are highlights for this location.

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
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca

Kimberly Bain
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca

 

 

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