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June 18, 2002
Celebrate Toronto with Big Bold Entertainment at Yonge and Eglinton
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - On July 5, 6 and 7, 2002, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Eglinton site, Midtown Mix sponsored by Perrier, features great big entertainment for all tastes and ages including a huge concert line-up of top Canadian and international talent, incredible theatre and extreme sports.

Concert highlights includes the award-winning funk and pop sounds of After School Special, the pop-rock & bluesy ballads of Universal Honey and the East Coast kitchen party rhythms of the Ennis Sisters. For those who enjoy breathtaking performance theatre, the Toronto premiere of Australia's Strange Fruit offers comedia dell'arte, dance and mime 25 feet above the street creating a spectacular panoramic view. Add to the mix a fiery 40 foot High Dive, edgy dance moves at Jump Street and, for those who dare, an interactive Bungee Bounce all to the backdrop of a giant pay-as-you-play midway.

On Saturday night, as part of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian, this premiere site will feature the soulful folk-pop sounds of Scotland's Proclaimers and opening act, Newfoundland pop rockers, Crush.

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.

Midtown Mix @Yonge & Eglinton Programming Backgrounder

Music
The Festival's premier music stage, The Perrier Midtown Mix will feature a variety of singer/songwriters and bands playing everything from rockin' rhythms to contemporary pop.

  • A free Saturday night concert, part of Club Yonge presented by Molson Canadian with the trademark harmonies and soulful sound of The Proclaimers along with winners of the 2002 East Coast Music Awards New Group of the Year and Rock Group of the Year, Newfoundland's Crush.

  • The simple guitar based melodies and soulful lyrics of Bodega;

  • Hailing from St. Catherines, After School Special's uniquely fun sound influenced by rock, blues, funk and pop;

  • Perfect harmony best describes the Juno award-winning Ennis Sister's East Coast kitchen party sound;

  • Calgary's pop singer/songwriter Tariq enchants with his compelling rhythms, smooth velvet voice and complementary beats;

  • Recently chosen as Artist of the Week on the Dawson's Creek website, singer/songwriter Tammy Raybould has been gaining momentum with her powerful vocal stylings and enchanting melodies;

  • The catchy pop rock sound of Toronto-based Tim Isherwood;

  • The distinctive brand of pop-rock and bluesy ballads from the dynamic duo of Universal Honey;

  • Favourites of Ottawa's live music scene, the Barstool Prophets rock the crowd;

  • Guitar pop with a hook, The Supers move back and forth between tough rock and solid ballads;

  • Toronto indie artists, The Outfit blend gritty rock and sweet soul music; and

  • Placing 2nd in Toronto's Mix 99.9 songwriting contest, singer/songwriter, Mary Simon - a rising star delighting audiences with her "organic urban pop".

    Fun Things to See and Do

  • Strange Fruit
    Internationally acclaimed, this Australian performing arts company has entertained audiences in over 150 festivals in 28 countries over the past 6 years. In their Toronto premiere, Strange Fruit blends dance, circus, comedy and spectacle creating a breathtaking performance in the sky. Twenty-five feet high in the air on flexible poles, their exceptional choreography synthesizes sculpture with physical theatre.

  • Italian Village Busker Stop
    The art of street theatre fills the intersection as the outrageous and zany antics of some of City's best buskers hit the streets. Standing 9 foot tall, 5 foot wide and squeezing in at just under one tonne The Fabulous Fat Brothers roam amongst the crowd with their strange brand of comedy sometimes starting a dance or two. Ben Burland's "The Ben Show" blends incredible amazing feats of juggling and stilts with comedy sure to have people of all ages rolling with laughter.

  • Shoppers Drug Mart Jump Street
    Featuring the best in urban dance, this showcase features the all-female breakdancers she-bang, the HoneyKats and in the tradition of gumboot dancing, steppers Mocha.

    Plus

    Festival-goers can also check out the 40 foot High Dive featuring Olympic style dives culminating in one fiery jump, dare to try the interactive Bungee Bounce and learn how to bat at the Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Cage. Shoppers Drug Mart brings even more fun into the festival with their Mini Putt, and for relief from the heat, a Hydration and Sunscreen station. All this and more to the backdrop of a spectacular pay-as-you-ride midway.

    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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