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June 18, 2002
Award-Winning Street Festival Celebrates the People,Culture and Energy of Toronto
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - On July 5, 6 & 7, 2002, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart invites residents and tourists onto Toronto's famous Yonge Street to celebrate the most ethnically diverse and culturally vibrant city in all of Canada. This multiple award-winning festival transforms five of the busiest intersections on the world's longest street 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!

This incredible festival is one of the summer's hottest gatherings of musical talent with two days of non-stop urban, classical, world, jazz, hip-hop, rock, pop, and opera performances all weekend long. Add to the excitement amazing street theatre, daring extreme sports and spectacular thrill shows for a fantastic kick-off to Toronto's phenomenal line-up of summer festivals and special events.
Each of the festival's five sites offers its own distinct mix of programming:

Downtown @ Yonge & Dundas sponsored by The Eaton Centre
2002 marks the much-anticipated return of the Dundas festival site with a celebration of Toronto's vibrant downtown core featuring the cutting edge percussion theatre of Vancouver's Scrap Arts Music, an interactive basketball clinic and a no-holds barred bed race. New and classic rock concert highlights include Staggered Crossing, Grindig and Three Days Grace.

World Within A City @ Yonge & Bloor sponsored by SuperPages
Toronto's main intersection plays host to a celebration of the diversity that is the heart and soul of the city with one stage featuring traditional world music and dance, and another dedicated to the urban beats of hip hop, rap and R & B. Add to the mix an urban dance showcase, percussion performances, daring BMX bike tricks, and a salute to Hollywood North full of demonstrations. Concert highlights include Wade O. Brown, G-Stokes, Con Caché, Blessed and Spirit Wind.

Arts Alive @ Yonge & St. Clair sponsored by Scotiabank
A brand new programming mix for this festival site showcases Toronto's rich arts and cultural-entertainment scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and orchestral concerts along with street theatre, dance and visual arts. Performance highlights include John Alcorn, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, the Toronto Sinfonietta with Patricia O' Callaghan and Opera Atelier.

The Midtown Mix @ Yonge & Eglinton sponsored by Perrier
Home to Friday night's opening ceremonies, the festival's largest site features an electric mix of pop and rock, breathtaking aerial theatre by Australia's Strange Fruit, the hilarious dance moves of the Fabulous Fat Brothers, an exciting breakdance showcase, a daring high dive show, wild and crazy bungee bouncing and the glitz of a giant midway. Concert highlights include Universal Honey, Tammy Raybould, Ennis Sisters and After School Special.

The Kid Zone @ Yonge & Lawrence sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation
This north end site is the perfect family destination - a colourful adventure for young children with make-and-take crafts, a butterfly pageant, things that go bounce, a giant inflatable playground and a chance to dance to the best beats in the world. Highlights include the Majinx magic show, Motus O Dance Theatre and a concert with the ever-popular Jack Grunsky.

Club Yonge
Back by popular demand, the festival's signature Saturday night concert series, Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian transforms Yonge Street into Toronto's hottest dance club with live music at all five festival sites. It's the best of Toronto's vibrant club scene with no line-ups, cover charge or dress code with top musical acts. Club Yonge includes The Proclaimers and Crush at Eglinton, the members of Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Mary Lou Fallis at St. Clair, Graph Nobel and Choclair plus Con Caché and Johan y La Bestial at Bloor, Honeymoon Suite with Goddo at Dundas and A Tribute to Destiny's Child and A Tribute to Madonna at Lawrence.

Opening Ceremonies
The Festival's Opening Ceremonies take place at Yonge and Eglinton on Friday, July 5, 8 - 11 p.m. with a spectacular concert showcase turning the intersection into a massive street party.

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!

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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