Celebrate! Don't hibernate with Toronto Winterfest|
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Special Events - 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 squares. Running from February
7 - 9, 2003, Winterfest features physical theatre, celebrity food
demonstrations, film, live music and other great attractions including an
unforgettable opening ceremony with a fabulous ice skating show and a big
outdoor Saturday night concert. The festival is free so it is easy for everyone
to beat the cold this winter.
Nathan Phillips Square - 100 Queen St. W.
Winterfest's South Pole site offers wall-to-wall entertainment and cool fun for
adults, guaranteed to lure the most dedicated couch potato from their
· What happens when you combine highly athletic acrobatics with a little
comedy? Find out with Portland, the Oregon-based physical theatre troupe Do
Jump!, as they create a whole new world of wonder.
· The Ultimate Trampoline Pajama Party presented by Super Pages changes the
meaning of bouncing on the bed. Montreal-based troupe, Flips, performs skits on
a trampoline complete with music and sound effects.
· The City of Toronto's famous skating rink heats up with spectacular ice
shows. Top international skaters like Viktor Petrenko, precision teams and
other dynamic elements will be integrated into this attraction.
· The outdoor Enbridge Kitchen Party marries the warm, inviting atmosphere and
aroma of the kitchen with music, conversation and laughter. Join celebrity chef
Ken Kostick and Loving Spoonfuls host David Gale for entertaining and
unpredictable food demonstrations.
· The festival's main stage will offer up a mix of eclectic and edgy musical
styles from pop to soulful blues. Canadian artists from coast-to-coast bundle
up to rock, reggae and blues on the square leading up to an amazing Saturday
· For those seeking warmth, audiences are invited into Toronto's City Hall
Rotunda to sample an à la carte menu of Toronto jazz artists ¾ from trios to
torch singers to old-time swing. The Scotiabank Jazz Café, in the midst of a
greenhouse, is the ideal location to sip beverages that will warm the body and
· The festival will be animated with wacky hair-stallations by Barcelona,
Spain's OSADIA. Audiences can set sail with the Shoppers Drug Mart Festival
Cruise, complete with ports-of-call entertainment. Other activities include
make-and-take crafts and face painting for adults, an outdoor art installation
and spectacular ice shows.
Mel Lastman Square - 5100 Yonge St.
Toronto Winterfest's North Pole draws children with vibrant indoor and outdoor
winter frolic that's fun and free.
· Look up in the City Centre Mall. High above the crowd dangles High Strung
with their aerial spectacle in the mall ceiling. New to the Winterfest line-up
in 2003 is the kids' 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.
Children are also invited to learn trade secrets from the NFB animators.
· 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.
· Scholastic's The Magic School Bus - Live Presents "Travelling Sound Show"
presented by Scotiabank, pulls into town with Ms. Frizzle to talk about the
science of sounds.
· Children can also revel in physical activities, enjoy Team Canine presented
by Super Pages and create crafts throughout the square.
· Shoppers Drug Mart presents Rhythms & Rhymes where pre-school aged kids can
explore and popular performers Bing Jensen and Tabby Johnson will show kids how
to make music.
· On the ice rink, patrons can watch routines by the city's best skating clubs.
An evening skating party takes on an added element, Circus Under the Stars.
Stations around the rink will display juggling, contortion, circus performances
and fiery feats.
Running consecutively to Winterfest this year is the first ever Toronto
Restaurant Week. This celebration of the city's diverse cuisine runs from
February 7 - 13. Watch for more details on this debut event soon.
Ride the Rocket to both festival sites. For Nathan Phillips Square, located at
100 Queen St. W., 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 5700 Yonge St., take the Yonge Line subway (exit
North York Centre).
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