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May 25, 2000
Yo-Yo Ma launches Toronto Music Garden's sensational summer program
Parks & Recreation Division - World-acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma today joined
James Fleck, President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and leadership donor of
the Toronto Music Garden, and Councillor Brian Ashton (Scarborough Bluffs),
Chair of the Economic Development and Parks Committee to launch the Garden's
first summer of programming.

The Garden's summer programming, which runs from June 3 to September 27, is
made possible by funding from Ontario 2000 and the Ontario Ministry of
Citizenship, Culture and Recreation. This program includes a special millennium
celebration of free concerts, garden tours, storytelling and dance

Visitors to the Garden will also be able to enjoy an all-new digital audio
guide to the Garden. The audio guide features Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy,
the Garden's designer, who take visitors on a musical tour of the Garden's six
sections. A key component of the audio guide is Yo-Yo Ma playing Johann
Sebastian Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, the music that inspired
the Garden's creation. The 75-minute audio guide will be available to visitors
while they tour the Garden from June 10 to September 15.

Information about the Toronto Music Garden and the Ontario 2000 Toronto Music
Garden Summer Program is available at Access Toronto offices at City Hall,
Metro Hall, and civic centres, as well as from Toronto libraries and community
centres, and Ontario Travel Information offices. Members of the public are also
invited to call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338, or to visit the City of Toronto
web site at

The Toronto Music Garden, located at 475 Queen's Quay West, between Bathurst
Street and Spadina Avenue, was officially opened in June 1999 and has won wide
acclaim for its unique design and concept.

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