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February 4, 2010
Fire and ice take centre stage this weekend as Toronto’s WinterCity Festival ends its seventh year
Toronto’s WinterCity Festival presented by RBC will conclude its 2010 programming with a weekend of free entertainment featuring fire and ice performances at Nathan Phillips Square.

Starting Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m. with a celebration of Holi - a festival of colour inspired by South Asian traditions - the festival continues Saturday and Sunday with a Brazilian Carnaval and the Festival du Voyageur.

Friday evening, a Tim Hortons Ice Breakers skating party (featuring DJ Zahra and the Funkasia Crew spinning Bollywood tunes and Indo hip hop remixes) will precede France’s aerial performers Compagnie Les Passagers, who will premier Namastey at 8 p.m. Their spectacular performance is inspired by the music and dance of the Bollywood movie industry.

Fire artists the Flaming Lotus Girls will feature their interactive steel and flame environment Angel of the Apocalypse each night of the final weekend from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, February 6, the sounds of soca, reggae and dance hall will fill the air as Nathan Phillips Square is transformed with a tribute to Carnaval (6 to 10 p.m.). Award-winning mas band Tribal Knights will bring their 2009 Carnaval King and Queen to Nathan Phillips Square along with the Afro-Brazilian sounds of the percussion group Batucada Carioca, plus stilt dancers and more.

On Sunday, February 7 starting at 4 p.m., the gods and goddesses of mythology will be brought to life in Mythical Ice. And Festival du Voyageur - an exploration of Canada’s French, Aboriginal and Metis Heritage - will feature fiddling, storytelling and traditional Aboriginal dance from 4 to 8 p.m.

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 ever-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 more than 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 more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Julian Sleath, Economic Development & Culture, 416-395-0249,



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