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June 18, 2002
Massive Street Party Kicks off 5th Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
TORONTO, ONTARIO - On Friday, July 5 from 8 - 11 p.m., a spectacular showcase concert transforms the intersection of Yonge & Eglinton into a massive street party to kick off the 5th Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

Setting the stage for a full weekend of incredible free entertainment, the Festival's Opening Ceremonies includes the hot Latin vibes of La Banda Bella, the East Coast kitchen party rhythms of Newfoundland's Ennis Sisters, the award-winning pop-rock sounds of Crush, the 250 voice World Youth Day Choir, opera diva Mary Lou Fallis, the cutting-edge percussion theatre of Scrap Arts Music, and a breathtaking ballet in the sky by Australia's Strange Fruit. This spectacular evening begins with a white dove salute and culminates in a street dance party with George Olliver and Gangbuster, all to the backdrop of a pay-as-you-play giant midway.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart transforms five intersections along Toronto's famous Yonge Street - the longest street in the world - into five fabulous festival sites featuring 500,000 square feet of free entertainment, 12 stages, 1250 performers and more than 750 things to see and do!

The festival continues at all five sites along Yonge Street at Dundas, Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton and Lawrence on Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (with the exception of the Lawrence site which opens daily at 10 a.m.) The TTC Family Day Pass, usually only available on Sundays, will be offered on both Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 during the Festival.

For more information call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or check out a/special_events.

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Aretha Phillip
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events

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