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June 4, 2003
Toronto: You Belong Here upcoming events
Mayor Mel Lastman's "Toronto: You Belong Here" Recovery Task Force wants to
remind residents that there are many great events happening in Toronto this
weekend. From exciting music presentations, to the "Woofstock" festival, to the
much-anticipated Portugal Week parade, you're sure to find something to please
every member of your family - even the dog!

Here are this weekend's event highlights. For a complete listing of events,

Portugal Week Parade
Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Portuguese Immigration to Canada at this
year's Portugal Week Parade, taking place this Saturday, June 7th. The parade,
which is part of the 16th annual Portugal Week celebration, has grown to become
the third largest parade in Ontario, with over 4,000 participants representing
all regions of Portugal. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. at Dundas St.
and Lansdowne and run along Dundas to Bathurst St.

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Drums were the first form of communication and their rhythm is the foundation
for all styles of music. Drumbeats are also a common language that connects all
cultures. So what better place than Toronto, Canada's most proudly
multicultural city, to host the country's only international drumming

The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a series of exciting and
energetic drumming events in Toronto. Now in its fourth year, the festival aims
to promote greater understanding between audiences and musicians from all
cultures and traditions.

This year's festival activities kick off with the free concert, "Drums at the
ROM", which will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday, June 6, at 7
p.m. The concert features a line-up of exciting international drummers and
promises great entertainment for the entire family.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, follow the sound of drumbeats to Queen's
Park, where the festival continues with performances by drummers from around
the globe and spanning a variety of musical styles. The Queen's Park
performances are also free and will take place from 12 noon until 8 p.m. For
more information, visit or call 905-294-9622.

North by Northeast Music Festival
North by Northeast is Canada's biggest and most important music festival. Now
in its 9th year, the festival has a developed a worldwide reputation as a forum
for exposing new and emerging talent.

This year's event takes place June 5 to 7. Check out all the new music during
an awesome, three-night, club hopping frenzy. More than 25 clubs in downtown
Toronto will showcase over 400 of the best artists from Canada, the U.S. and
around the world. A $22 wristband will get you priority access to all the
events. For more information, visit or call 416-863-6963.

Woofstock at the Distillery
The Historic Distillery District, Toronto's newest centre for arts, culture and
entertainment, is going to the dogs! On Saturday and Sunday June 7 and 8, the
Distillery (formerly The Gooderham and Worts building) will host Woofstock, a
festival for dogs and their human companions. Bring your favourite canine to
this free festival, which will feature shopping, fashion shows, vet advice,
doggie makeovers, a Stupid Dog Trick contest (with celebrity judge Mike
Bullard) and even a casting call for dogs.

Enter your dog and the two of you could win a weekend at the Fairmont Royal
York Hotel, a Doggie Makeover by Petiquette, a contemporary portrait by Pop Art
Pups, a Roots Dog Package and many items for your pampered pooch.

The Distillery is located at 55 Mill St., near the St. Lawrence Market
District. For more information, visit or call 416-410-1310.

Alton Towers Street Festival
The Alton Towers Street Festival takes place Saturday, June 7th from 3 p.m.
until 10 p.m. in front of the Goldhawk Library and Park at 295 Alton Towers
Circle (west of McCowan). The Festival brings community and businesses together
to reflect the great shopping, dining and lifestyle of this vibrant and
friendly neighbourhood. Activities include stage entertainment with dancing and
performances by local community organizations, clowns, a dunk tank, face
painting, prizes, zoo animals and lots of refreshments.

Additionally, many local restaurants will provide great discounts throughout
the day. The evening will end with a Fireworks Show in Goldhawk Park.

Media Contact
Brad Ross
City of Toronto Media Relations



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