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July 3, 2002
2002 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival cancelled
  
The 5th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, scheduled for July 5, 6 & 7,
has been cancelled due to the current labour disruption between the City of
Toronto and CUPE Local 416. This decision was made in the best interest of
public safety and was necessary in order to maintain delivery of essential City
services.

"We regret this decision as it was a very difficult one. But our primary
concern is providing a safe and enjoyable festival experience for residents and
visitors," said Joe Halstead, Commissioner, Economic Development, Culture and
Tourism. "We want to thank all the dedicated sponsors, partners, performers,
volunteers and staff for all the planning, hard work, commitment and support
that has gone into the development of what would have been the biggest and best
celebration to date. The cancellation of this award-winning festival is indeed
unfortunate, but the City remains committed to producing the Celebrate Toronto
Street Festival again in 2003."

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival transforms five key intersections on
Toronto's famous Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, into five
festival sites featuring 500,000 square feet of FREE entertainment, 1250
performers and more than 750 things to see and do. The 2001 festival drew an
audience of more than 1 million and resulted in $8.7 million of direct spending
in the Greater Toronto Area.

The 2003 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is scheduled to take place on July
4, 5 & 6, 2003.


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