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January 31, 2008
Enjoy winter: final weekend of WinterCity Festival features fire art, Alice in Wonderland and The Weakerthans
The City of Toronto’s WinterCity Festival offers free programming to heat up Nathan Phillips Square for one final weekend. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take public transit and beat the winter blues this weekend by enjoying an array of heart-warming fire installations, live theatre, free concerts, a special tailgate party, and a spectacular pyrotechnic finale.

France’s Cie Carabosse will continue to transform Nathan Phillips Square into a wonderland of warmth and light with “Nights of Fire,” the gentle illumination of towering metal sculptures housing 1,500 clay pots burning in unison (Friday and Saturday evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

Theater Gajes from the Netherlands will present their award-winning outdoor theatrical production of “Alice in Wonderland” on stilts. Set to live music, this enchanting interactive production will feature a colourful cast of characters and props weaving their way through the audience on Nathan Phillips Square (Saturday and Sunday afternoon, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.).

Friday night in the RBC WinterCity Lodge will feature some of Toronto’s best comedy. Second City will provide cozy entertainment inside the lodge, offering an evening of improvised sketches, games, songs and general merriment performed by some of the best improvisers in Canada (Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

The fun continues outside on the Nathan Phillips Square skating rink with Tim Hortons Ice Breakers, a series of daytime skating parties for kids and nighttime DJ skating parties for adults. Kids can Run Away With the Circus (Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Hosted by the Church-Wellesley Village BIA, the Boa Bash offers beats by Denise Benson and entertainment by the B-Girlz (Friday, from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

Following two sold out shows in Toronto in November, The Weakerthans return with a celebrated live show and deeply lyrical music that channels the spirit of punk, barroom rock and folk (Saturday, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

The RBC Flying Canucks, a one-of-a-kind trampoline performance combining the best of freestyle skiing, snowboarding and acrobatics will demonstrate high-flying maneuvers that have been performed at the Olympic Games and other events around the world (Saturday at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.).

The sports theme continues with celebrity chef Robert Rainford and the Family Tailgate Party featuring barbecuing demonstrations and a family-friendly afternoon party for sports-minded fans featuring trivia, games and sport-themed entertainment (Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The weekend culminates in a spectacular choreographed multi-level fire show finale that will bring these nights of fire to a blazing conclusion (Sunday at 6 p.m.).

The WOW! Series is part of Toronto’s WinterCity Festival presented by RBC. A celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine, WinterCity is 3 festivals in 1: 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. The WinterCity Festival runs from January 25 to February 7.

For more information about the three streams of WinterCity programming, and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or 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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Giannina Warren, Toronto Special Events, 416-395-7318,



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