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June 18, 2002
Celebrate Toronto's Rock 'n Roll Heart at Yonge and Dundas
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - On July 6 and 7, 2002, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival returns to the heart of the city with Downtown @ Dundas presented by The Eaton Centre, a celebration of Toronto's vibrant downtown core featuring the best in Canadian new and classic rock.

This south end festival site, located at the intersection of Yonge and Dundas, features the edgy sound and strong lyrics of local alt-rock favourite Staggered Crossing, the high-energy musical talent of Toronto's up-and-coming guitar-based Grindig, the punk rock edge and pop sensibility of all-girl group Tuuli, and the electric intensity of heavy rockers, Three Days Grace. Complementing the weekend is the Toronto premiere of cutting-edge percussion theatre by Vancouver's Scrap Arts Music, an interactive basketball clinic, boxing showcases and beach volleyball.

On Saturday night, as part of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian, this intersection goes retro with the 80's sounds of MuchMusic and MTV icons, Honeymoon Suite and Toronto rockers, Goddo.
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.

Downtown @ Yonge & Dundas Programming Backgrounder

Music

The Eaton Centre Downtown Rocks! Stage hosts 13 free new and classic rock concerts on Saturday and Sunday.

  • A free Saturday night concert, part of the Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian with 80's retro rockers, Honeymoon Suite along with the intricate guitar-work, raw sound and pounding thunder of rock trio, Goddo.

  • The digitized funk and electro-pop energy of Slave to the Square;

  • The fantastic rock anthems from rising roots-rock stars, Staggered Crossing;

  • Toronto based, Grindig's high energy sound and upbeat melodies;

  • Retro-pop playfulness and driving rhythms from Ottawa based, Sully;

  • Montreal singer/songwriter Sam Roberts edgy Beatle's influenced melodies;

  • 69 Duster's combination of 70's glam rock punched up with 80's new wave;

  • All-girl group Tuuli's punk rock attitude with a pop sensibility;

  • Montreal quartet, The Gruesomes combine the post-British music invasion with their garage punk sound; and

  • The hard hitting guitar sound and graceful melodies of heavy rockers, Three Days Grace.

    Fun Things to See and Do

  • Scrap Arts Music presented by The Eaton Centre

    Nominated in 2002 by the Pacific Music Industry Association for a West Coast Music Award in the category of Best Live Performance, Scrap Arts Music is an unforgettable live show. Making their Toronto debut, this innovative percussion theatre features futuristic sculpture on wheels, powerful original music and five hyper-kinetic performers. Played on mobile sculptural instruments designed from recycled and salvaged scraps, their sound brings together global rhythms with a pop edge.

  • Extreme Trampoline

    Some of Canada's best trampoline performers have been wowing huge audiences with their dynamic high-flying shows. From somersaults to Olympic level combinations, their amazing repertoire of skills is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

  • Beach Blast

    For volleyball fans, this interactive sports clinic brings the beach to the street. The audience is encouraged to participate in clinics and games to learn the latest beach volleyball techniques.

    Plus

    Along with all the amazing attractions, festival-goers can jump into the Boxing Ring, and learn how to play lacrosse with the Toronto Rock Road Show. Shoppers Drug Mart brings more fun into the festival with their Sports Court Clinic for adults and youth and to escape the heat, a Hydration and Sunscreen station.

    For more information call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or check out http://www.city.toronto.on.c a/special_events.

    Media Contacts:
    Aretha Phillip
    Event Supervisor, Marketing
    Toronto Special Events
    416-395-7381
    aphilli@city.toronto.on.ca

    Kimberly Bain
    Event Supervisor, Marketing
    Toronto Special Events
    416-395-7411
    kbain@city.toronto.on.ca


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