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June 17, 2002
Get your Feet on Yonge Street and Celebrate Toronto!
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - On July 5, 6 & 7, 2002, Toronto's famous Yonge
Street, the longest street in the world, hosts one of the greatest street
festival's on the continent! The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival miraculously
transforms five of the city's busiest intersections into fabulous festival
sites featuring 500,000 square feet of free entertainment, 10 stages, 1200
performers and more than 700 things to see and do!

Toronto offers something for everyone and so does the Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival, where residents and tourists alike can experience the best of the
world, in the heart of the city. This incredible free festival is one of the
hottest gatherings of musical talent in the country, with two days of non-stop
urban, classical, world, jazz, hip-hop, rock, pop, and opera plus amazing
street theatre, daring extreme sports and spectacular thrill shows in
celebration of Toronto's unique culture, talent and multicultural flavour.

Each of the festival's five sites offers its own distinct mix of programming.
Here are a few highlights of what's in store for the 2002 festival:

Downtown @ Yonge & Dundas sponsored by The Eaton Centre
2002 marks the much-anticipated return of the Dundas intersection with a
celebration of Toronto's vibrant downtown core featuring a mix of big-city
entertainment, including new and classic rock concerts, interactive sports,
thrill shows and spectacles.

World within a City @ Yonge & Bloor sponsored by SuperPages
With two stages featuring traditional world music and dance, and a third stage
dedicated to hip hop, rap and R & B, this main intersection celebrates the
diversity that is the heart and soul of this city.

Arts Alive @ Yonge & St. Clair sponsored by Scotiabank
A brand new programming mix for this festival site showcases Toronto's rich
arts and cultural-entertainment scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and
orchestral concerts along with street theatre, dance and visual arts.

The Midtown Mix @ Yonge & Eglinton sponsored by Perrier
Home to Friday night's opening ceremonies, the largest site of the festival
features great big entertainment for all tastes and age with an electric mix of
pop and rock, breathtaking thrill shows, extreme sports and the glitz of a
giant midway.

The Kid Zone @ Yonge & Lawrence sponsored by Toronto Hydro
This north end site is the perfect family destination with two stages featuring
the best in children's performers including music, dance, theatre, fantastic
family attractions, children's parades, face painting, make and take crafts, a
giant inflatable playground and so much more.

Back by popular demand, the festival's signature Saturday night concert series,
Club Yonge transforms Yonge Street into Toronto's hottest dance club with live
music at all five sites. It's the best of Toronto's vibrant club scene with no
line-ups, cover charge or dress code!

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival begins on Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. at the
intersection of Yonge and Eglinton with the incredible opening ceremonies
setting the stage for a full weekend of fantastic music, vibrant dance,
breathtaking thrill shows and more! The festival continues throughout the
weekend at all five festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6
and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

Admission to the festival is FREE! So, get your feet on Yonge Street for one of
the greatest street festivals on the continent and Celebrate Toronto!

For out of town visitor's, the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre is the festival's
exclusive hotel partner where a reduced rate of $189.00/per night can be
secured by calling the hotel at 1-800-228-9290 and asking for the FSTO rate.

For more information call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or check out
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/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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