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January 8, 2003
Mel Lastman Square offers a winter wonderland for kids
  
Celebrate Toronto at Winterfest February 7, 
8 & 9
Toronto Special Events - Toronto Winterfest presented by
Shoppers Drug Mart heats up its North Pole location - Mel Lastman Square - for
two days of exciting entertainment on February 8 & 9, 2003. The Square, located
at 5100 Yonge Street, continues the tradition of providing children with
internationally renowned celebrities. There are tons of interactive crafts,
short films, kids' artists and skating parties, plus Barney and Ms. Frizzle
too.
  • What could be warmer this winter than a hug by a big purple dinosaur? Kids' favourite character, Barney, will sing and dance the weekend away at the outdoor Amphitheatre Stage. Also appearing on that stage is Juno Award-nominated Kidz Kidding.
  • Scholastic's The Magic School Bus® - Live presents 'Travelling Sound Show©' presented by Scotiabank, pulls into town with a special presentation of music, laughter and education featuring Ms. Frizzle, live in person.
  • Flyin' High combines high-energy shows and hands-on activities that encourage audiences to look up in the City Centre Mall. High above the crowd, High Strung performs their aerial spectacle from the rafters of the mall ceiling. Extreme Trampoline demonstrates ski and snowboard stunts while the DiscoverAbility art and fitness project combines crafts and physical activity. I'm Living Art uses audience faces as canvases to create cirque inspired works of art. Julia von Flotow leads crafts in the Imagination Garden, including hand-held masks.
  • New to the Winterfest line-up in 2003 is the kid's screening room with two specially designed short film programmes
  • NFB Animation Films for Kids. Canada's best, animated film shorts from the National Film Board (NFB) will keep audiences rolling in the aisles. Award-winning film titles include Canadian animation classics such as The Cat Came Back, The Sweater and The Log Driver. These films, which are divided into two themes (TBC (To Be Canadian) and Makin' Mischief), are recommended for ages seven and up. Children are also invited to learn trade secrets from the NFB animators at special workshops on basic animation techniques. Children can create their own flipbooks, while experts also demonstrate claymation, storyboard and puppet techniques used in the creation of animation.
  • Motus O Dance Theatre presented by the Government of Canada transforms the North York Civic Centre Council Chambers into a magical storybook world with their adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and the story of Petrouchka. Both shows are colourful, athletic and exhilarating adventures that will whisk young audiences away.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart presents Rhythms & Rhymes where pre-school aged children can explore 'rhythms' with popular performers Bing Jensen, Taborah Johnson with Paul Houle and Snapping Toes. Children dig into their favourite nursery 'rhymes' to help create a wonderful mural along with other hands-on activities. Shoppers Drug Mart will also be giving away hugs from their Life Bear and providing other fun for preschoolers.
  • Toronto Winterfest has become synonymous with fun, hands-on activities for kids. Some of the craft projects children can choose from include adding Inukshuk and Fridge Magnet art-holders. Children can also create an Enerbee Button and Pompom Monster Rings sponsored by Enbridge.
  • On the 97.3 EZ Rock Ice Rink, patrons can watch routines by the city's best skating clubs. The Saturday evening skating party takes on an added element: Circus Under the Stars. Stations around the rink will display juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, and fiery feats by performers Trulee Old, Zero Gravity Circus, ET the Mime and Madame Buskerfly with host Magoo.
  • The 97.3 EZ Rock Skating Party, featuring live music by Tara Tuma will energize Saturday afternoon skaters from 2 to 4 pm. Skaters will joined on the ice by players from the St. Mike's Majors hockey team.
  • The Dog House presented by SuperPages features Team Canine performing agility and awesome tricks with special appearances by working dogs. Their speed, precision and dedication are sure to amaze.
  • As well as all these incredible shows, Toronto Winterfest will also features a free pancake breakfast compliments of Enbridge accompanied by atmospheric musical interludes by the Snapping Toes. Men in Tights will appear throughout Mel Lastman Square with their pass-you-by performances of The Voyagers and Maintenance Men. Very sleepy characters in an enormous bed and silly running commentary from someone in a large over-stuffed chair will also greet audiences. Audiences can also find their way through an ice maze and receive a Toronto Winterfest ice cube with a surprise frozen inside. Last, but certainly not least, is the huge pay-as-you-play Midway on Yonge Street.
Toronto's largest winter festival urges audiences to celebrate,
not hibernate. Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart, redefines
the conventional ideas of winter, bringing vibrant, topsy-turvy spectacle and
colourful celebration to two city square (Nathan Phillips Square and Mel
Lastman Square). Running from February 7 - 9, 2003, Winterfest features
physical theatre, celebrity food demonstrations, film, live music, and other
great attractions including an unforgettable opening ceremonies with a fabulous
ice skating show, and a big outdoor Saturday night concert at Nathan Phillips
Square. The festival is free so it is easy for everyone to beat the cold this
winter.

Take the TTC to both festival sites! For Nathan Phillips Square located at 100
Queen Street West, take the TTC Queen Street streetcar (501), or the Yonge Line
subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For
Mel Lastman Square, located at 5100 Yonge St., take the Yonge Line subway (exit
North York Centre). Getting there couldn't be easier!

For more information on Winterfest, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Watch for more details to be
released soon.

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

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca


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