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January 29, 2010
Toronto’s WinterCity Festival opens tonight with fiery performances and fireworks
Media are invited to join the public tonight as Toronto’s WinterCity Festival presented by RBC kicks off with free entertainment at Nathan Phillips Square in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

“Burning Man” fire artists the Flaming Lotus Girls will present their interactive steel-and-flame Angel of the Apocalypse. France’s aerial performers Compagnie Les Passagers will premiere Time Is…, a spectacular aerial dance performance inspired by contemporary and traditional Chinese culture. Dragon and lion dances will wind their way beneath hundreds of red lanterns, and a Tim Horton’s Ice Breakers skating party featuring DJ Sumation will culminate in a stunning fireworks finale at 9 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 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 & Culture, 416-395-7318,



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