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Toronto's largest street festival is back this summer and it's bigger and
better than ever!
On July 7, 8, and 9, Yonge Street comes alive with the third annual Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival presented by Shoppers Drug Mart - an event that brings
residents and visitors to the street to enjoy the city's unique culture, talent
This year's festival features special Olympic-themed programming in celebration
of the Olympic Spirit and Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid.
Yonge Street will be closed at five key intersections: Lawrence, Eglinton, St.
Clair, Bloor and King. Each site will offer its own mix of programming with
music, thrill shows, world dance, midway rides, giant inflatables, colourful
street performers, children's parades and more.
It all starts on Friday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. when the Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival kicks-off with the Official Opening Ceremonies. The entire
intersection of Yonge & Eglinton will be closed for a showcase concert
featuring performances by Kim Stockwood, Faith Chorale, J. Gaines & the Soul
Attorneys and more. The event also features testimonials by leading Toronto
personalities such as Sonja Smitts and Veronica Tennant, culminating in a
rooftop fireworks show.
The festival continues on the weekend with something for everyone at the five
festival sites along Yonge Street, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Here's a sampling of what's happening?
Yonge & Lawrence
The family destination site, sponsored by Toronto Hydro. Don't miss
performances by Judy & David, Doug Barr & the Big Boy Band, as well as Bob
Schneider and the Rainbow Kids at the Family Jam Stage.
The Kids Space Stage features "Magic through the Ages" with the Magically Hip
and Col W.D. Quackhorn's Travelling Medicine Show.
Other cool things to see and do include a children's Olympic obstacle course,
sandboxes, parades, Toronto Hydro bucket rides, arts and crafts, a Shoppers
Drug Mart playground and an evening EZ Rock 97.3 Disco Dance Party.
Yonge & Eglinton
Visit this site for a midtown mix sponsored by Montclair Natural Spring Water.
Feel the whirl of a 750 foot midway, be amazed by a summer ski & snowboard
show, see gymnastics and fencing demos and cool down at the Shoppers Drug Mart
At the Midtown Mix Stage, you won't want to miss Damhnait Doyle, Luba, Rubber,
Sue Medley and a Saturday Night Swingfest featuring Jake and the Blue Midnights
and the Jive Kings.
Put on your dancing shoes at the Big Band Stand with the sounds of The Mantini
Sisters, The Eddie Graf Band, The Lincolnaires and more.
Yonge & St. Clair
Go back in time! Check out music from the past and hear the great sounds of
jazz at this site sponsored by Scotiabank.
The Blast from the Past stage features performances by The Ugly Ducklings,
Little Caesar and the Consuls, the Fab Four and an evening sock hop to the
sounds of the 50s and 60s.
The Jazz á la Carte stage showcases jazz for every taste, from top-notch
performers such as NOJO and Molly Johnson to Denzal Sinclaire and Sisters
Euclid featuring Kevin Breit.
Between sets, check out the other cool things to see and do, including the
Shoppers Drug Mart Lumberjack Show and Games Area, the Lincoln Leapers Skipping
Show, the CHUM FM Roller Rink, the Scotiabank High Dive Show and the Celebrity
Canine Performance Team.
Yonge & Bloor
An international crossroads sponsored by Bell. Live music and activity
celebrate Toronto's exciting cultural mosaic.
At the Global Grooves Stage, listen to music from Njacko Backo, Lazlo, Cyrus
and experience an evening of Latin dance music with Vibrason, Pacande and Mambo
At the Journeys in Dance Stage, see performances by the Arabesque Dance
Company, Virsky Stars, Fire Dance and the Bahamas National Youth Choir.
The Urban Soul Stage showcases Ivana Santilli, Maestro, Patria, Kardinall
Offishall and more.
There's art in the street with face-painting and henna, canoe and trampoline
demos, a curb lane performance area, the Shoppers Drug Mart Sport Court and
Half-Pipe Show, and Museum mania.
Yonge & King
"Real" Canadian music along with death-defying thrill shows and participatory
sports activities make for an exciting mix at the southern most festival site.
See live musical concerts by Gordie Sampson, Jason Mitchell, Kim Deschamps, Sue
Foley and in the evening, a "new rock" show featuring Flashing Lights and
Starling, on the Roots and Rhythms Stage. Also, not to be missed are the
motorcycle globes, beach volleyball and Tae Kwon Do demos, the Shoppers Drug
Mart Mountain Bike Tricks and Trials Show as well as interactive sports
presented by Leafs, Blue Jays and the Raptors.
Ride the Rocket to all five festival sites. It's the "better way" to the
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival. With the TTC's Special Family Day Pass,
it's easy to hop on and off. For only $7, the Family Day Pass offers up to six
people, maximum two adults over 19 years of age, unlimited travel all day long
on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. TTC patrons can also enjoy free
parking at Kipling, Islington, Victoria Park, Warden, Kennedy, Finch, Yorkdale
and Wilson subway stations.
Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE!
For more information, call the event hotline at 416-338-0338 or check out the
City of Toronto's website at www.city.toronto.o