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June 17, 2011
City of Toronto announces its Canada Day festivities at Mel Lastman Square
Toronto residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Canada's 144th birthday at Mel Lastman Square on Friday, July 1 - Canada Day. A mix of music and spectacular fireworks will fill the square from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kicking off the entertainment for the evening at 8 p.m. is Toronto native Ray Robinson. Robinson will open with a performance of the Canadian National anthem followed by a live concert showcasing his unique blend of soul, gospel and R&B. This Canadian Urban Music Award winner and Juno Award nominee has been recognized for his solo work and collaborations that have garnered multiple awards.

Toronto-based nine-piece powerhouse King Sunshine has perfected the elements that move a crowd, turning out explosive melodies by blending disco, house, funk and dance. The band's music features keyboard, percussion, bass, guitar and vocals.

The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. The detailed schedule for the square on July 1 is available at

Canada Day is supported in part by Canadian Heritage.

For more information about special events presented by the City, the public can call 311 or visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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