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December 18, 2002
Big Canadian bands warm up February with more than 40 free concerts
Toronto Special Events - Running from February 7 - 9, 2003, Toronto
Winterfest's South Pole location at Nathan Phillips Square will feature more
than 40 free concerts including a Saturday dedicated to top-notch Canadian
bands. 54·40 will cap the night off on the 104.5 CHUM-FM Festival Stage in
association with the Government of Canada beginning at 8:00 p.m. The festival
is free so it is easy for Torontonians to heat up their February.

54·40 has been turning out top ten hits for more than two decades, making them
deeply ingrained in the fabric of Canadian music history. Their latest CD Radio
Love Songs: The Singles Collection journeys throughout their vast career. 54·40
continues to play energetic live shows to sold-out audiences and remains one of
the leaders on the Canadian tour circuit. In 2000 the band took their
legendary road show around the globe with stops in Kenya, Morocco and Thailand.
54·40 is currently in the studio recording a new record.

The 54·40 concert on Saturday, February 8, opened by multi-East Coast Music
Association Award-winners Crush, is only the half way point of a weekend filled
with incredible Canadian music at Nathan Phillips Square's outdoor 104.5
CHUM-FM Festival Stage in association with the Government of Canada. Musical
themes mark sets including February Blues with Raoul and The Big Time and Mark
Bird Stafford, Reggae in the Snow with Leejahn, Wild Women with Graph Nobel,
Ember Swift and Vinnick, Sheppard + Harte, and Popstar Invasion with Wave,
Bodega and Sarah Slean. Winterfest's most glamourous talent, The B-Girlz, will
present What's So Funny About Winter for the audience's amusement.

Inside Toronto City Hall's Rotunda will be the Scotiabank Jazz Café. Audiences
will get a sampling off an à la carte menu of T.O. jazz, from trios to torch
singers. International acclaimed jazz vocalist and pianist Carol Welsman leads
the list of stellar talent on the stage. Welsman has sold close to 50,000 CDs
in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced. Her
most recent release is the critically acclaimed Hold Me (BMG). Other artists
appearing in the Jazz Café include Ron Davis Trio, Vic Lawrence 7, Emily-Claire
Barlow, Swing de Paris, Chet Valiant Combo and Melissa Stylianou.

Closing off the Scoatiabank Jazz Café is Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards. The
legendary guitarist is joined by a group, consisting of a rotating list of
musicians, that highlights Healey's diverse musical talents as he sings, plays
guitar, trumpet, and valve trombone, and features the jazz styles and
traditions of the early 20th century.

If that isn't enough music to warm up audiences, the public is invited to enjoy
great music on the Shoppers Drug Mart Festival Cruise stage. The space will
highlight three ports-of-call with live music, dance and beautiful costumes:
Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Loco Zydeco, Luau in Honolulu with Hawaiian
Pacific Magicand Mariachi in Acapulco with Mexico Amigo. The Enbridge Kitchen
Party will also mix live music with its food demonstrations and the bluegrass
sounds of the Foggy Hogtown Boys.

Toronto's largest winter festival urges audiences to celebrate, not hibernate.
Toronto Winterfest presented by Shoppers Drug Mart brings vibrant, topsy-turvy
spectacle and colourful celebration to two city squares that will redefine the
conventional ideas of winter. The festival is so jam packed with non-stop
things to see and do it takes two winter wonderland destinations to showcase -
the North Pole at Mel Lastman Square and the South Pole at Nathan Phillips

Ride the Rocket to both 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 located at 5700 Yonge Street, 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 Watch
for more details to be released soon.

Media Contact
Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing Toronto Special Events

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing Toronto Special Events



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