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January 21, 2002
Nathan Phillips Square Is All Grown Up at Toronto Winterfest
  
Toronto Special Events -- Toronto Winterfest is no longer just for kids! Due
to audience demand, the 2002 edition of Ontario's second largest winter
festival expands the programming at its South Pole location at Nathan Phillips
Square to focus on entertainment and activities for grownups.

Taking place February 8, 9 and 10, Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers
Drug Mart puts grownup fun back into winter at Nathan Phillips Square with
concerts ranging from alternative to opera, champion ice skating, cultural
dance, daring thrill-shows and delicious edible treats. Highlights are a free
Saturday night concert by Warner Music Canada's multi-platinum recording
artists Great Big Sea, the world's only performance ice sculptors, Fear No Ice
and the premiere of Cirque Sublime's captivating aerial acrobatic dance show
Sub Zero.

New for 2002, Nathan Phillips Square becomes the home of the festival's Friday
night opening ceremonies and ever-popular ice show, this year featuring world
champion ice skaters Josée Chouinard and Alexei Urmanov. Chock full of
exciting activities for the kids, Mel Lastman Square still remains our North
Pole location full of family fun.

Toronto Winterfest is an incredible three-day, indoor-outdoor festival for
those who prefer to celebrate, rather than hibernate, during the coolest season
of the year! The festival fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8 at
Nathan Phillips Square with the Opening Ceremonies and continues throughout the
weekend at both festival sites from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday,
February 9 and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10 with a free
pancake breakfast hosted by Enbridge Consumers Gas to kick start each morning.

Ride the Rocket to both our 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, take the Yonge Line subway (exit North York
Centre). Getting there couldn't be easier!

For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, call Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit www.city.toronto.on.ca/spec
ial_events


Nathan Phillips Square Backgrounder

Music
Over two days, festival goers will experience the sounds of over 20 musical
concerts ranging from Celtic stomp to sizzling salsa, pumped up roots to
belting blues with a dash of opera - a taste of the diverse flavour that makes
our city so great. Concerts include:

 A free Saturday night concert by Warner Music Canada's multi-platinum
recording artist, Great Big Sea
 Rootsy pop-rock sound of True North recording artist Garrity
 High-energy Celtic stomp in traditional Cape Breton style with Slainte Mhath
 Juno award-winning blues, R&B, funk and soul band, Fathead
 Jughead's traditional country bluegrass spiced with a Maritime flavour
 World beat sound of Tikisa, full of infectious soukous and pan-African rhythms
 Hypnotic sounds of the Japanese taiko drum from the Kiyoshi Nagata Taiko
Ensemble
 Salsa and merengue from 10-piece pioneer Latin band, Pacande
 Betty & the Bobs' mix of country, blues, R&B, gospel and old jazz
 Anne Lederman leads a musical tapestry of Canadian Celtic tradition with
Fiddlesong
 Experience the sound of Afro-brazilian samba with Parabolica
 Light opera and classical hits from sensational vocal trio, the Three
Canadian Tenors
 Planet Percussion with drumbeats from the four corners of the globe featuring
First Nations drummers, Chinese Waist Drum and Dance Group, Hummingbird Tassa
Drummers, Dragon Drums ending with a percussion extravaganza led by master
drummer, Muhtadi with over 50 international drummers.

On the Ice
This year, Winterfest's signature ice show has changed locations. Nathan
Phillips Square will now play host to Axels and Arias, a magical evening of
incredible figure skating and live music. Highlights include:

 Three-time Canadian champion, Josée Chouinard and Russia's skating sensation
Olympic gold medallist Alexei Urmanov, who take to the ice for a rare free
performance.
 A special ice skating routine choreographed to the live operatic performance
of the Three Canadian Tenors.
 Winterfest favourites, black ice will show off their award-winning precision
skating techniques as they team up with the comedic style of Canada's only
all-male synchronized skating team, Ice Nightmare.

The show will take place on Friday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. as part of
Winterfest's official Opening Ceremonies and will be repeated on Saturday,
February 9 at 6:30 p.m. The ice rink will also be open for public skating on
Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
as well as Sunday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Cool Things to See and do
Toronto Winterfest would not be complete without its incredible cirque and
thrill shows. All weekend long be entertained by a series of performances that
will astound the mind and amaze the senses.

 Fear No Ice presented by The Eaton Centre
In only 10 to 20 minutes, the world's only performance ice sculptors produce
breathtaking works of art from blocks of ice in ten to twenty minutes -
accompanied by the sounds of pounding music and power tools. Since 1989, Scott
Rella, Kevin Roscoe and Peter Slavin have been competing all over the globe and
represented the USA as Olympic ice sculptors in the last two winter Olympics.
Incredibly entertaining, they have appeared on numerous television programs
including "Regis and Kathy Lee".

 Cirque Sublime's "Sub-Zero" presented by Mercedes-Benz
Since 1979, this cirque troupe has been dazzling audiences with their
gravity-defying aerial acrobatics and graceful movement. This year, led by the
character, the Ice Princess, they take us on a magical journey through an ice
kingdom full of incredible acts including triple aerial silks, hand balancing,
double hoops, trapeze and more.

 Mapapa Acrobats presented by Shoppers Drug Mart
Direct from Mombassa, Kenya, this fast-paced and energetic troupe combines
traditional circus arts with African music and dance to create incredible human
structures, contortions and aerial flips. Part Harlem Globetrotter and part
Cirque du Soleil, they have performed at several NBA half-time shows and have
even appeared on David Letterman with their "afro-batic" style of circus arts.

 Elastic Gymnastics presented by Shoppers Drug Mart
With music as a backdrop, artists fly through the air using special elastic
cords in this unique blend of gymnastic style movement performed while being
suspended from a 40-foot high apparatus.

 Celebrity Canine Show presented by Scotiabank
Those crazy canines from the big and small screen are back to wow the crowd
with spectacular stunts from obstacle courses to skill challenges and frisbee
tricks.

 Winter Beauty Boost presented by Shoppers Drug Mart
Join host Derek Selby for Shoppers Drug Mart's winter beauty boost for
wonderful beauty demonstrations by the pros.

 Plus
A parade with samba band, Samba Squad, incredible street performers in
Streetmosphere, and interactive displays from various attractions from around
the City including the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery, the Royal Ontario Museum
and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. The Great Canadian Soup Company will
also be on hand, selling their savoury selection of mouth-watering soups and
stews - hot foods to warm the soul!

Artworks
Children can can explore the mystery of dry ice, gloopy slime and more at the
Enbridge Consumers Mad Science Tent or stop by the Enbridge Consumers Gas Kids
- Fun Tent for face painting, tattoos, colouring and tons of family fun. At
the Superpages Northern Exposure craft area, kids can build an Inukshuk and
create an Aurora Borealis from pastels and paints.


Media Contact
Access Toronto
416-338-0338

 

 

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