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August 25, 2003
Prepare for takeoff! It's a Mach-Speed Weekend in Toronto
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Canadian International Air Show, this
weekend in Toronto. Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task
Force invites you to come celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight and
marvel at amazing aerial demonstrations over Lake Ontario. Be sure to get the
most out of your labour day weekend by catching all the great events taking
place, including the Toronto Urban Music Festival, the 23rd Annual Hispanic
Fiesta, and Crayola Day at the Toronto Zoo.

Now you can also stay up-to-the-minute by registering for the brand new
"Toronto: You Belong Here" official events email update. This weekly newsletter
delivers the latest theatre, sports and concert happenings straight to your
in-box in a new, convenient format. The email newsletter is available free of
charge at Just go to the "Toronto: You Belong Here" page and
click on the "Email Update" link to subscribe to the most comprehensive guide
to hot happenings in the city. Here are this week's event highlights.

12th Annual Beachfest, September 1
Canada's largest free outdoor concert is back! The Mix 99.9 12th Annual
Beachfest will take place at Sunnyside Beach on September 1. Colin James, Sam
Roberts, C.B. Dobson, Barlow and Rocket 88 and special guests will entertain
from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, September, 1. Beachfest is fun for
everyone; there is a special fun zone for children. Keep listening to Mix 99.9
for updates, or visit

23rd Annual Hispanic Fiesta, August 29 - September 1
Muy caliente! The Hispanic Fiesta brings the colours, flavours and sounds of
Hispanic and Latin cultures to Mel Lastman Square from August 29 - September 1.
The Fiesta features local and international Hispanic artists, including
mariachi, traditional Andean music, flamenco and tango performances. Puppets,
clowns and magicians will entertain the kids at the special children's
showcase. Call (416) 240-9338 for more information, or visit

Torcon 3, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention, August 28 - September 1
The WorldCon returns to Toronto, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from
August 28 - September 1. Torcon 3 is a five day convention celebrating written
science fiction, with hundreds of authors, artists and editors plus fans of the
genre from around the world. While the emphasis is on books, there is lots for
fans of film, television, gaming, filking and animé. For more information call
(416) 657-4179 or go to

Harbourfront Centre: Fresh 2003, August 29 - 30
All work and no play make us want to break free from our "9 to 5" routine.
FRESH 2003 explores the ways in which music and new media technologies help us
find innovative ways of working and playing together. Featuring free concerts,
comedy, dance, movies, exhibitions and a music summit, FRESH 2003 celebrates
the contemporary artists who are exploring and creating emerging cultures.
Catch performances from August 29 - September 1 at the Harbourfront Centre. For
more information, go to or call the Info Hotline: (416)

Toronto Urban Music Festival, August 29 - 30
WORD Magazine, the soul of urban culture, is bringing the T-dot's hottest urban
music festival to the CNE on August 29 and 30. Get ready to feel the vibe at
the Toronto Urban Music Festival with performances by Canadian and
international hip hop, R&B, spoken word, dance and poetry artists. A fashion
show and marketplace will feature the best in urban culture, including slammin'
clothing, art, jewellery and food. You won't want to miss out. For further
details, email or call (905) 799-1630, ext. 22.

Crayola® Day at the Toronto Zoo, August 30 - September 1
Help kids unleash their inner artist before going back to school! The Toronto
Zoo will celebrate a century of Crayola brand colour and creativity from
Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1. From a polar bear portrait to a
rhinoceros rendition, the zoo will fuel kids' imaginations. Young artists will
also receive a special gift from Crayola to take home (while quantities last).
To find out more about Crayola Day at the Toronto Zoo, visit
or call (416) 392-5900.

Canadian International Air Show, August 30 - September 1
Do you feel the need? the need for speed? Set your coordinates for the Canadian
International Air Show. Starting at 1 p.m. on August 30 through September 1,
aviation enthusiasts will delight in spectacular demonstrations by the Canadian
Forces CF-18, the Royal Air Force, the Snowbirds and the USAF Thunderbirds,
just to name a few. Show time for the special Twilight Show begins at 6:45 p.m.
on August 29. The Canadian International Air Show flies over Lake Ontario and
can be viewed from Ontario Place, the CNE, or other lakefront sites. For more
information, visit or call (416) 263-3650.

International Gospel Festival, August 30
Hallelujah! The International Gospel Festival is coming to Nathan Phillips
Square on Saturday, August 30. This festival offers the public a chance to hear
diverse band and choir group styles, and enjoy the energy of this form of
music. The concerts run from 12 noon until 10 p.m. and are free for
music-lovers of all ages. For more information, visit or call
(416) 320-7549.

The Toronto Games Bridge Match, August 30
Calling all cards! Unit 166 of the American Contract Bridge League is looking
for players to compete in the Toronto Games Bridge Match. The event will be
rated as a Unit Championship, and there are prizes to be won. Come show your
stuff on Saturday, August 30 at the Holiday Inn on King Street West. There will
be sessions at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. The entry fee is $8 per session. For
more information, visit, or call Marion Watson at
(905) 274-5323.

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.

Media contact:
Michael Ura Communications Coordinator, 416-397-7145



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