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May 22, 2003
Fine arts out on the street at Celebrate the Arts @ St. Clair
  
Toronto Special Events -- The St. Clair site showcases Toronto's rich arts and
cultural entertainment scene. The site features live jazz, big band, opera and
orchestral music, visual arts, dance and street theatre. The outdoor stages
provide the most unique settings for these types of performances. Celebrate the
Arts @ St. Clair sponsored by Scotiabank is open on Saturday, July 5 from 11
a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Audiences looking for the fine arts can wander down to Celebrate the Arts @ St.
Clair for Club Yonge (Saturday, July 5 from 8 - 11 p.m.). The Toronto Operetta
Theatre teams up with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for an
unforgettable evening under the night sky. Celebrating its 18th anniversary,
The Toronto Operetta Theatre is Canada's premiere operetta company. Canada's
foremost symphonic ensemble, the members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
perform a repertoire of well-loved classics including Mozart and Handel.

The Shoppers Drug Mart Street Symphony stage features a weekend of local
symphonies with a touch of jazz and big band sounds. Highlight performances
include the master of swinging, sophisticated jazz Peter Appleyard Sextet, the
world-renowned large vocal ensemble the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and
debonair crooner John Alcorn in a rare appareance with strings. Other
performers on that stage are Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia
Toronto, Canada Pops Orchestra, Toronto Sinfoinetta Strings, Toronto
Philharmonia and Top Brass Orchestra.

A mix of jazz disciplines and sounds with café style seating is provided at the
Scotiabank Jazz Café. Highlights include the early jazz and swing music of
Swing Noir, the extraordinary and award-winning talent David Johanns Jazz Group
and the engaging live performance of the Laura Hubert Trio. Other guests on the
Scotiabank Jazz Café stage are Double A Jazz, Karen Manion Duo, Soul Jazz
Express, Colleen Jones, Marie Gogo, Jay Boehmer Jazz Trio, Jake Langley,
Christopher Plock Quartet and Robin Boers Trio.

The Scotiabank Journeys in Dance stage presents a variety of dance styles
spanning different time periods and cultures. Highlights include The Chimera
Project's riveting risks and energizing muscular intensity, a history in dance
with Opera Atelier's "Dance Through Time" and traditional and contemporary
Korean-Canadian dance with Mi Young Kim Dance Company. Other groups performing
on the stage are CHHANDAM, a showcase by fFIDA performers, Dance Oremus Danse,
DanzArte, Arabesque Dance Company, Grupo Chile, Eden Fieldstone, Touch of
Tartan, The Dance Company, and HoneyKats.

St. Clair also features the sophisticated and electrifying cirque of High
Strung Aerial Dance intertwining aerial hoop, swinging ladder and trapeze to
create Dy-no-mite presented by Scotiabank. Also on site is a handmade craft
corner, which features pottery, textiles and more and the AGO Arts Corner that
includes interactive activities. Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug
Mart Toronto troupe, Men in Tights create a mini-renaissance festival complete
with royalty and all its trappings.

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, the public can 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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