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June 18, 2002
Celebrate Toronto's Children at the Kidzone @ Lawrence
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Kid Zone @ Lawrence sponsored by the Toronto Hydro Corporation comes alive on July 6 & 7, 2002 with the best in children's concerts, interactive dance, brain-tickling science and fantastic family attractions.

Performance highlights at this north end festival site, located at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Yonge Street, features the fabulous instrumentals and sophisticated world music sensibility of Juno award-winner Jack Grunsky and the large scale magical illusions of family troupe, Majinx. Plus, the whole family can parade the site in the Butterfly Pageant with winged creatures created at the make-and-take craft area, learn flamenco dance movements with Ritmo Flamenco, watch the colourful Motus O Dance Theatre interpret scenes from "Alice in Wonderland", see a celebrity dog show and play in the giant Inflatable Village, a fun playground chock full of bouncers and slides.

On Saturday night, teens can dance to their favourite tunes as Club Yonge pays tribute to some of the hottest pop dance music on the airwaves today with a street party featuring a Tribute to Destiny's Child, plus special tribute performers covering the music of B2K, Usher, Ginuwine and Shaggy.

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.

Kid Zone @ Yonge & Lawrence Programming Backgrounder

Music and Magic

The Toronto Hydro Family Jam stage is the perfect family destination for music and magic:

  • Juno award-winner Jack Grunsky's multicultural approach to music for young listeners and their families incorporates authentic instruments, rhythms and melodies that will leave you humming his songs and dancing his dances;

  • The large-scale magical illusions performed by family troupe, Majinx are innovative, outrageously funny and always spellbinding! The Canadian Champions of Magic present a dynamic audience participation show that bridges all age groups;

  • The Kidz Kidding trio are sure to delight the whole family with their action-packed shows and winning combination of music, comedy and family fun. Their unique, entertaining and educational recordings earned them a 2002 Juno nomination.
    PLUS,

  • Club Yonge presents a Tribute to Destiny's Child, showcasing some of the hottest pop dance music on the airwaves today, plus special tribute performers covering the music of B2K, Usher, Ginuwine and Shaggy. Dance to your favourite tunes at Yonge & Lawrence on Saturday, July 6, 8:00 pm.

    Interactive Dance
    Dance to the best beats in the world at the Canadian Heritage Dance of Nations stage:

  • The Ritmo Flamenco dance company's passionate nouveau flamenco dance and music beautifully blends the fire of traditional flamenco with innovative contemporary dance;

  • Presenting scenes from "Alice" - an adaptation in dance of Alice in Wonderland - Motus O Dance Theatre links dance and theatre to create a show that is visually stimulating, physically challenging and full of youthful energy;

  • Championing cross-cultural education, COBA (Collective of Black Artists) presents a highly spirited fusion of traditional African dance, music and folklore with contemporary movement;

  • "A fusion of diversity in motion," the Rhythm Kidz in Motion perform a variety of dances including Celtic, tap, salsa and merengue;

  • Specializing in traditional and contemporary Korean-Canadian dance, the Mi Young Kim Dance Company offers an interactive element to their performance;

  • In the spirit of a Celtic Ceilidh, children's dance troupe Greenfire Celtic Dance Theatre perform the traditional jigs and reels of Ireland; and

  • The stories and rituals of the South Pacific come to life through dance, as the Iwalea Dance Company perform the beautiful and traditional dances of Hawaii, Maori and Tahiti.
    Fun Things to See and Do

  • Brain-tickling science from Fizzical Fizzicks with their lively and exhilarating show;

  • The talented dogs of the Celebrity Canine Show wow the crowds with their tricks for treats;

  • Parade the site in the Butterfly Pageant with winged creatures created at the craft area;

  • The Toronto Hydro Bucket Rides offer a bird's eye view of Toronto 30 feet above the street;

  • Cool Shoppers Drug Mart Mini Grand Prix cars for kid drivers-in-training;

  • More than 250 feet of inflatable fun in the colourful Inflatable Village; and

  • Plus the Chalk Art Squad, Festival Face Painting, Toronto Fire Fighters, and the Toronto Zoo Touch Tables

    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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