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January 26, 2010
Media Advisory - Aerial acrobatics and fire art: Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival
Media are invited to capture a behind-the-scenes rehearsal by France’s aerial performers Compagnie Les Passagers and “Burning Man” fire artists the Flaming Lotus Girls as they prepare for Toronto’s seventh annual WinterCity Festival presented by RBC.

Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Using a system of scaffolding, levers and pulleys, with original choreography and music, Compagnie Les Passagers will perform three separate shows high above your heads on a vertical stage. They will feature their Chinese theme masterpiece Time Is…, which debuts at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday, January 29 at 8 p.m.

The Flaming Lotus Girls are a collective that creates large-scale steel structures that manipulate flame and provide a unique, interactive environment. The Flaming Lotus Girls will feature their massive installation Angel of the Apocalypse starting Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. and continuing daily through the festival.

The award-winning WinterCity Festival presented by RBC encourages residents to beat the winter blues and get outside to celebrate Toronto’s culture, creativity and cuisine. WinterCity is three festivals in one: the WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square, the Warm Up Series at Toronto's cultural and tourist attractions, and the popular restaurant promotion Winterlicious presented by American Express.

For more information about Toronto’s WinterCity Festival and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, 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. 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. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Giannina Warren, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto,



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