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June 18, 2002
Celebrate Toronto's Rich Arts and Cultural Scene At Yonge and St. Clair
TORONTO, ONTARIO - 2002 marks the unveiling of a brand new programming mix for Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's St. Clair site, Arts Alive sponsored by Scotiabank. On July 6 and 7, 2002, this new and exciting direction focuses on Toronto's rich arts and cultural scene with the flavourful sounds of jazz, big band, and opera fused with contemporary and traditional dance and amazing street theatre.

For two days this busy intersection comes alive with a blend of local and national musical talent including widely acclaimed jazz crooner John Alcorn, the stirring classical hymns from World Youth Day Chamber Choir and Sinfonia Sacra, and a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan by the Toronto Philharmonia. Not to be missed, sultry soprano Patricia O'Callaghan joins the Toronto Sinfonietta for an eclectic programme of opera arias, classical songs and cabaret tunes. Combine this with Opera Atelier's Dance Through Time, international flamenco dancer Carmen Romero's first Toronto performance in three years, a jazzy music café and the musical art installation, Arising Phoenix, for a full taste of Toronto's vibrant arts community.

On Saturday night, as part of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian, members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform a repertoire ranging from some well-loved classics to early Canadian music with Canada's favourite soprano Mary Lou Fallis.

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's Opening Ceremonies takes place at Yonge and Eglinton on Friday, July 5, 8 - 11 p.m. 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.

Admission to the festival is free so everyone can get their feet on Yonge Street and Celebrate Toronto.

Arts Alive @ Yonge & St. Clair Programming Backgrounder

The Shoppers Drug Mart Street Symphony stage showcases Toronto's big band, opera and orchestral musicians, while the Scotiabank Music Café serves up the best in jazz and a cappella:

  • Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian welcomes members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing a repertoire
    ranging from the some well-loved classics to early Canadian music with Canada's favourite soprano Mary Lou Fallis.

  • The unbridled passion of Spanish, Brazilian and classical guitar from Michael Pokrovsky;

  • Smooth and stylish renditions of jazz standards from John Alcorn with Strings;

  • 20 members of the newly formed World Youth Day Chamber Choir perform with members of the Sinfonia Sacra orchestra for a heavenly musical experience;

  • The 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra, with vocalist Tracey Wilkins, performs everyone's big band favourites;

  • Deftly crossing from classical to jazz, The Toronto Sinfonietta is joined by sultry Toronto soprano Patricia O'Callaghan;

  • A classic Las Vegas style show featuring the Top Brass Orchestra plus vocalist;

  • Conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, the 23-piece Toronto Philharmonia is one of Toronto's most dynamic orchestras;

  • The Rebecca Enkin jazz sextet keeps it cool with piano, bass, drum, sax, trombone and vocals;

  • The young and very talented vocalist Matthew Aaron Dusk leads his band in a mixture of jazz, swing and jump blues hits;

  • The 14-piece Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra shares their love of classical music;

  • Anna Romain's smooth jazz vocals blend with the music of pianist Norm Amadio;

  • Cadence brings a new attitude to a cappella with their contemporary and classic interpretations;

  • Lounge lizard duo Loungevity offers a fresh take on your favourite cabaret and lounge acts;

  • The humourous and entertaining music of funky, eclectic a cappella trio, The Delightful Divas;

  • Versatile jazz singer and arranger Tracey Wilkins is an electrifying live performer;

  • Cabaret performer, Colleen Jones entertains with a mixture of traditional piano rags;

  • Jazz vocalist Andrea De Shield delivers vibrant and smoky vocals;

  • The Street Haven Women's Choir offers homeless women a chance to perform and share a collective musical experience;

    Musical theatre, dance and visual arts at the Scotiabank Journeys in Dance stage:
  • Baroque Theatre Company, Opera Atelier performs their historical Dance Through Time show;

  • Carmen Romero offers smouldering flamenco dance with live musical accompaniment;

  • Canadian Children's Dance Theatre is an innovative modern troupe of 16 dancers aged 8 to 18;

  • With a live music mandate, Dance Oremus Danse performs modern neo-classical dance;

  • Canada's premiere operetta company, Toronto Operetta Theatre presents a mini version of the Viennese masterpiece "The Merry Widow";

  • The sensual rhythms of Middle Eastern Dance from the Arabesque Dance Company;

  • With ankle bells ringing, CHHANDAM performs the intricate footwork of Indian folk and Kathak dance;

  • COBA presents a highly spirited fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary movement;

  • Passionate nouveau flamenco dance and music from the Ritmo Flamenco dance company;

  • The popular high-energy dancing and extravagant costumes of The Dance Company;

  • The Los Milongueros Tango Show takes to the stage for a dramatic Argentine tango performance;

  • The multiracial contemporary dance company, OMO, presenting thought-provoking performances;

  • fFIDA (Toronto's Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists ) presents a showcase of dance pieces arranged by four talented Toronto choreographers;

  • The bold choreography of The Chimera Project troupe is danced with muscular intensity;

  • Scarborough Music Theatre will be performing songs from popular music theatre productions;

  • The Curtain Call Players performing a medley of favourite musical theatre pieces;

  • An original performance by Kika & Rraz Collaborations blending both dance and visual art;

  • The Celtic Dance Company perform the traditional jigs and reels of Ireland.

    Fun Things to See and Do
  • Not for the faint of heart, step onto the red carpet and prepare for a hilarious critique from "The Directors"

  • Fencing demos and public workshops by the Ontario Fencing Association

  • A unique art experience, Arising Phoenix is a musical art installation made from found objects

  • Paint by number for adults, presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario, along with chalk drawing, sculpture and painting demos by local professional artists

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

    Media Contacts:
    Aretha Phillip
    Event Supervisor, Marketing
    Toronto Special Events

    Kimberly Bain
    Event Supervisor, Marketing
    Toronto Special Events

    Media Contact
    see Media Contacts above



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