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January 14, 2009
New programming for Toronto’s 2009 WinterCity Festival
Toronto’s award-winning WinterCity Festival presented by RBC returns, offering a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine from January 30 to February 12. This year’s programming includes the North American premiere of two unique and compelling open-air performances by Dutch group Close Act. Well-known internationally for combining theatre, dance acrobatics and music to create large-scale street theatre spectacles, Close Act returns to Toronto after captivating audiences in 2005 with their show, Malaya. For 2009, the company presents the under-water love story Pi-leau, which will dazzle audiences over two festival weekends starting January 30 at 7 p.m.

“Toronto comes alive with culture every winter as music, theatre, dance, art, and food take centre stage,” said Mayor David Miller. “The WinterCity Festival encourages residents and tourists to get out during the coolest months of the year and experience the city’s vibrancy and urban winter wonders.”

A 14-day festival of big city fun, WinterCity offers 3 festivals in 1: the WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square, the Warm Up Series at Toronto’s cultural and tourist attractions, and the ever-popular restaurant promotion, Winterlicious presented by American Express.

WOW! Series on Nathan Phillips Square:
With free entertainment each festival weekend featuring outdoor spectacle shows, live music concerts and performing arts on Nathan Phillips Square and in City Hall, the 2009 WOW! Series offers something for everyone.

The free concert series on Saturday nights will feature Thunderheist and Shad - two of Canada’s heaviest urban music hitters on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m., and Canadian crowd favourite, The Stills, on Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m..

The RBC WinterCity Lodge will feature Friday night comedy shows, Saturday night DJ dance parties, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon entertainment for kids. Tim Hortons Ice Breakers (themed skating parties on the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink), cultural dance performances, Olympic athletes, and a spectacular fireworks finale, round out two packed weekends of free programming.

Warm Up Series at Toronto attractions:
Offering special activities, performances and discounts at some of Toronto’s leading cultural and tourist attractions, the Warm Up Series offers new and unique programming this year, including theatre, art classes, DJ lessons, and a series of fun, smart workshops for kids.

Winterlicious at Toronto restaurants:
Winterlicious presented by American Express offers two delicious ways to experience Toronto’s culinary diversity. The hugely popular prix-fixe restaurant promotion returns with 150 participating restaurants. Additionally, the Winterlicious Culinary Event Series features 12 one-of-a-kind ticketed gastronomic experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest restaurants and venues. Guests can pair beer with food, create their own culinary masterpiece, dine in the dark, combine food with fashion, and more.

For more information about the three streams of WinterCity programming, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, 416-395-7318,



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