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January 21, 2002
Celebrate! Don't Hibernate at Toronto Winterfest 2002
Toronto Special Events - Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart is
an incredible free three-day indoor-outdoor winter festival for those who
prefer to celebrate, rather than hibernate, during the coolest season of the

Scheduled for February 8, 9 and 10, Ontario's second largest winter festival is
so jam-packed with non-stop things to see and do, it once again takes two major
winter wonderland destinations to showcase it all-the festival's North Pole
location at Mel Lastman Square and South Pole location at Nathan Phillips

New for 2002, Toronto Winterfest expands beyond its traditional family
programming to include entertainment and activities for adults at Nathan
Phillips Square while Mel Lastman Square remains the ultimate destination for
families with young children. Also new for 2002, Nathan Phillips Square plays
host to the festival's Friday night opening ceremonies and popular ice show.

2002 Festival Highlights:
South Pole @ Nathan Phillips Square - Cool Fun for Grownups!
(100 Queen Street West)
Go south for the winter and chill out in the heart of the city at the
festival's "South Pole" location programmed this year to accommodate the tastes
of the festival's growing adult audience. This urban wonderland showcases the
best in world music, cultural dance, thrilling attractions and delicious edible

· A free Saturday night concert by Warner Music Canada's multi-platinum
recording artist, Great Big Sea
· World's only performance ice sculptors Fear No Ice presented by The Eaton
· Two spectacular ice shows featuring Canadian champion Josée Chouinard and
Olympic gold medallist Alexei Urmanov
· A stellar concert line-up with something for every musical taste including
the operatic vocals of the Three Canadian Tenors, the Celtic spirit of Slainte
Mhath, the bluegrass beats of Jughead, and the incredible World Drumming Finale
featuring over 50 drummers.
· The premier of Cirque Sublime's new aerial acrobatic dance show Sub-Zero
presented by Mercedes-Benz
· Winterfest Soup Gallery featuring savoury soups from around the world and
other tasty treats

North Pole @ Mel Lastman Square - Cool Fun for Kids
(5100 Yonge Street)
Head north for cool fun with the kids at the festival's traditional "North
Pole" location, chock full of exciting activities for the kids. This family
destination is bursting with fantastic attractions, fun parades, face painting,
make and take crafts, and some of North America's top children's performers.

· Mad Science and Kennedy Space Center's Visitors Complex's Mad Mission to Mars
2025, a theatrical journey through the cosmos with special guest Astronaut
Richard Searfoss presented by Mercedes-Benz
· The Canadian premiere of The All Aboard Tour with Thomas the Tank Engine &
Friends presented by Scotiabank
· Richard Scarry's Busytown Express Tour presented by SuperPages featuring the
best-selling children's author's storybook characters Huckle Cat, Hilda Hippo
and Lowly Worm in a musical revue.
· The hysterical antics of Daredevil Opera in their latest production Circus

The 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. And it's all for free!

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

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