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May 20, 2008
Toronto’s third-annual Green Toronto Festival doubles in size
Toronto’s third-annual celebration of all things green - the Green Toronto Festival - will take place on Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square.

More than 100 exhibitors of green products and services will display items to help people live green at home, work, and on the road, including environmentally-friendly fashions, solar power, low emission vehicles, green roofs, biodegradable packaging, organic foods and more.

Friday is “kids’ day” with a special focus on green events and activities for children, teachers and parents including performances by children’s entertainers Chris McKhool and Jen Gould. ING Direct’s Imagination Garden, which features a natural playground designed and built by Gardens for Living, offers youngsters an opportunity to experience a new type of play area.

Saturday’s musical line-up includes performers such as Chantal Kreviazuk, David Usher, Kardinal Offishall and a host of local Toronto musicians.

“The fact that the festival has grown from a single day to a two-day event shows that Torontonians are embracing the idea of going green,” said Mayor David Miller. “This festival provides a terrific opportunity for residents to learn more about the many programs, products and services - offered by the City and other organizations - that will help all of us live more environmentally friendly lives and make a real difference in our city.”

Mayor Miller will welcome Torontonians and participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bicycle bell ensemble, organized by entertainer Chris McKhool.

To accommodate the event, Yonge St. will be closed to traffic Saturday from Dundas St. to Queen St. People attending the event are encouraged to walk, ride or take public transit. A free bike repair clinic will also be available. The event will be powered with clean, renewable energy from Bullfrog Power.

Musical performances on Saturday are as follows:
Chris McKhool Performance & Record Setting 12:15 - 1 p.m.
Jen Gould 1:15 - 2 p.m.
Larra Skye 2:15 - 3 p.m.
Sultans of String 3:15 - 4 p.m.
The Spoons 4:15 - 5 p.m.
Kellylee Evans 5:15 - 6 p.m.
Kardinal Offishall 6:15 - 7 p.m.
David Usher 7:15 - 8 p.m.
Chantal Kreviazuk 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The program and complete list of exhibitors is available at

The Green Toronto Festival is sponsored by Green Living, Curbside Cycle, Delta Chelsea Downtown Toronto, Hard Rock Café, Eye Weekly and Bullfrog Power.

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Nancy Ruscica, Manager, Partnerships and Innovation, 416-392-2984, cell 416-707-5856



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