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April 2, 2002
Top entertainers join Mayor Lastman for Toronto's Salute to Canada's Olympic Athletes
TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - Top Toronto entertainers will join Mayor Mel Lastman,
the Canadian Olympic Association and residents of Toronto at Nathan Phillips
Square on Thursday, April 4 from noon to 1:30 pm for a Red and White Salute to
the 2002 Canadian Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

Hosted by Olympian Curt Harnett, the event will kick-off with the Canadian
nation anthem sung by acclaimed tenor and theatre-great, Michael Burgess. The
celebration's showcase concert line-up also includes the rhyming skills of
Canadian hip-hop pioneer and Juno award-winner, Maestro, vintage rock and R & B
classics from legendary Robbie Lane and the Disciples, and the high-energy
musical talent of Toronto's up-and-coming alt-rock band, Grindig.

To round out the afternoon, fans will have an opportunity to meet their
favorite Olympians during an autograph session scheduled from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Canada's Gold, Silver and Bronze heroes - the true stars of the
celebration -- will share their Olympic triumphs and favourite moments with the
audience. Olympians currently scheduled to appear include:

Women's Bobsleigh pilot Christina Smith, Free Style Skiing Andy Capicik and
Silver medallist Veronica Brenner, Women's Hockey Gold Medal winners Therese
Brisson, Cherie Piper, Cheryl Pounder, and Vicky Sunohara, Alpine Slalom skiing
gold-medallist Chris Williamson and Sledge Hockey team members, Paul Rosen,
Bradley Bowen and Graeme Murray.

The Mayor's Office is awaiting final confirmation from Canada's gold-winning
speed skater Marc Gagnon.

Immediately following the rally, the athletes will travel to SkyDome to
participate in the opening ceremonies of the Toronto Blue Jays season opener.

The Pre-game celebration will commence at 3:30 p.m. with game time scheduled
for 4:05 p.m.

Toronto's Olympic Salute is generously sponsored by Petro Canada, General
Mills, Canada Life Assurance Co., Home Depot Canada, Labatt Breweries of
Canada, Roots Canada and the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

For more information on this event, call 416-338-0338 or log on to

For information: Jim Warren, Office of the Mayor 416-395-6482; Deborah Allen,
Canadian Olympic Association 416-324-4122; Joan Mizzi-Fry, Toronto Blue Jays

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