June 15, 2001
Toronto Celebrates With Fantastic Free Summer Music!

This summer, Toronto stakes its claim as Canada's hotbed for fantastic free
music with the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, July 7 & 8, 2001. The
festival features more than 30 diverse musical styles represented on 10 stages
- no where else can you experience such an amazing gathering of the nation's
hottest award-winning musicians all in one weekend, and all for free!

A reflection of the international flavour of Toronto's booming music scene,
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart celebrates
our city with two days of non-stop concerts featuring everything from blues,
Celtic, Reggae and R&B beats to hip hop, soul, swing and Latin music. The
star-studded line-up includes Toronto favourites Maestro, Lenn Hammond, Jane
Bunnett, Jenny Whiteley and Staggered Crossing joined by special guests 54-40
from the west and eastcoast sensation Sons of Maxwell. Find your groove and
dance in the streets this summer!

Yonge & Eglinton: Pop, Rock & Big Band
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Montclair Pop Rock Showcase
· Chart-topping hits from Canadian pop sensations McMaster & James
· Fantastic rock anthems from rising rock-pop stars Staggered Crossing
· Raucous roots-rock fusion from dynamos, The Mahones
· Dynamic, raw beats from rock-pop band Plasticine
· Martina Sorbara's passionate folk-pop style with a touch of jazz and blues
· The infectious spirit of indie pop-rock band The Immigrants
· Greg Wyard delivers his unique folk-flavoured brand of pop
· Alternative hard-hitting rock music from indie band, superGarage
· Earthy folk-rock sounds from quintet Silas
· The Guthries sensational supercharged alternative-country
· Great tunes from pop/rock new comers Starchild
· Earnest and sweet pop ballads from Marlowe Stone
· The unique alternative rock style of Sean Stephens and the Chaos System
· Vancouver rockers 54l40 deliver their own funky blend of rock, pop and soul
· Catchy rock tunes from Hamilton's power pop/rockers Smoother

Shoppers Drug Mart Big Band Stand
· The pure sounds of traditional swing and classic jazz from Alex Pangman & Her
Alleycats
· Swing, big band, jazz and the sounds of Sinatra with Matthew-Aaron Dusk & His
Swingin' Little Big Band
· Beautiful harmonies from the men's chorus The Fabulous Invictones
· Silverleaf Jazz Band perform their own brand of New Orleans jazz
· Swingin' big band music from Lenny G. & His Capital City Swing Band
· 18-piece big band Top Brass Orchestra featuring vocalist John Alcorn
· The always entertaining OPP Bear Hug Band
· Big band music from the 30s and 40s with the Etobicoke Swing Orchestra
· Fiery gypsy-swing and jazz from the Club Django Sextet
· Introducing the romantic jazz of the Whitney Smith Sextet á Tête
· 18 piece Swing Shift Big Band perform from their extensive repertoire of big
band, jazz and swing tunes

Yonge & St. Clair: Roots & Rhythms and Rock-Revival
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Roots & Rhythms Stage
· Gorgeous harmonies from one of Canada's premiere bilingual roots bands, Hart
Rouge
· The Carson Downey Band's mix of southern soul, blues and electric rock 'n'
roll
· 2001 Juno winner for Best Roots & Traditional Recording, Jenny Whiteley
· An eclectic mix of jazz, blues and country swing from Leslie Spit Treeo
alumnae, Laura Hubert
· Infectious grooves from Juno winning blues and R&B band Fathead
· Alternative roots music from Toronto band, Brothers Cosmoline
· Beautifully crafted acoustic roots tunes from Dottie Cormier
· Kim Doolittle's soul searing ballads and bluesy country sounds
· David Leask, with an appealing mix of adult pop and sharp-edged folk
· High-energy folk band Tanglefoot draws on Celtic, Maritime and
French-Canadian influences
· Ontario-based Cajun roots band The Crockodiles and their specialty?
rollicking Zydeco
· Jerome Godboo on the blues harmonica teams up with vocalist Suzie McNeil
· Celtic Tide, PEI's youthful and energetic Celtic rock group
· Sons of Maxwell, a crowd favourite across Canada, with their upbeat folk-pop
sound

Yonge & Bloor: Global Grooves and Urban Soul
Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

FIDO Global Grooves Stage
· 2001 Juno-winner Jane Bunnett mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms and spicy Latin jazz
· Fiery Columbian guitar with a whisper of jazz from Diego Marulanda
· Santeria delivers the warm sounds and rich melodies of the flamenco guitar
· Romantic lyrics and sultry Latin rhythms from Juan Miguel & His Orchestra
· Jungle Bouti Orchestra's rich Afro-fusion embraces jazz, funk, calypso,
Reggae and blues
· Infectious rhythms and fervent lyrics from award-winning Reggae artist Donna
Makeda
· Marrón Matizado blends sizzling modern salsa with elements of funk and jazz

FIDO Global Grooves Stage (cont'd)
· Mighty Popo creates an African soundscape with traces of blues, R&B and Reggae
· Captivating folkloric music from the Andes with The Imbayakunas
· Enchanting pop-roots vocals and passionate lyrics from Lisa Patterson
· Spiritual lyrics set to a Reggae groove with traces of jazz from Tabarruk
· World beat band Tikisa offers up a wide variety of fantastic African rhythms
· The hot rhythms of merengue and salsa from Dominicanäda
· Celebrate with the danceable, funky, hip, Latin grooves of CHA-LOCOS

Urban Soul Stage
· Juno award winning rhyming skills from Canadian hip-hop pioneer Maestro
· The versatile rap style of hip-hop artist Thrust
· Michael St. George with the art of dub poetry set to a Reggae beat
· A ground-breaking hybrid of acid jazz, funk and hip-hop from Toronto's Pocket
Dwellers
· Intricate rhyme and insightful lyrics from Toronto's hip-hop pioneers Citizen
Kane
· An electrifying performance from underground hip-hop artists IRS
· Dynamic jazzy R&B sounds layered with spoken word from Trifecta with Dwayne
Morgan and Divine Earth Essence
· Blackburn delivers a diverse fusion of soul, R&B, pop and Reggae
· Skillful beats and rhymes from local hip-hop favourite MC Collizhun of
Nefarius
· R&B and soul from multi-talented Michael Clarke
· Get up and dance to the music of the hybrid ska band Arsenals
· Dan-E-O's quick-paced rhyming style and phat rap lyrics
· Beatboxer DJ Subliminal & Tech. spin the hottest hip-hop tunes on the street
· 2001 Juno winner for Best Reggae Recording, Lenn Hammond
· Rising star Ryan's infectious fusion of soul, R&B and Reggae
· Michael Garrick & The Posse deliver soulful rhythms true to the roots of
Reggae music

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is an amazing celebration of music, but
there's so much more? breathtaking cirque and thrill shows, world dance,
Olympic sports, the glitz of the midway, awesome sidewalk sales and great food!
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!
It all starts on Friday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Yonge & Eglinton site where
The Big Bid Bash officially opens this year's festival with a special salute to
Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid. The celebration continues throughout the weekend at
all four festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

Ride the Rocket to all four festival sites with the TTC's Special Family Day
Pass. For only $7.50 per day, the Family Day Pass offers up to six people
unlimited travel all day long on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8.

For more information, residents and visitors can call the Special Events
Hotline at 416-338-0338 or check out the City of Toronto Web site at
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/special_events/index.htm .


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