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June 4, 2008
Food, fun and fireworks liven up Toronto this summer
This year the City of Toronto will once again offer free summer programs at Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square. Canada Day Celebrations, Fresh Wednesdays, Tasty Thursdays and Sunday Serenades add to Toronto’s sensational summer festival lineup.

Canada Day presented by Tim Hortons
Toronto celebrates Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square on Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. The popular event features musical performances by top Canadian talent and a spectacular fireworks show.

Fresh Wednesdays and Tasty Thursdays
Fresh Wednesdays and Tasty Thursdays at Nathan Phillips Square offer the perfect summer lunchtime combination - delicious food at great prices and free noon hour concerts featuring blues, jazz, world, roots and reggae from July 9 to August 28.

Starting today and continuing each Wednesday until October 15, Ontario Farmers will provide an array of crisp vegetables, juicy fruits, pastries, fresh-cut flowers and more at the Farmers’ Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fresh Wednesdays - concerts:
July 9 - Suzie Vinnick (roots and blues)
July 16 - Nine-Mile (acoustic rock duo)
July 23 - Melissa Larkin (folk rock)
July 30 - Silk Road Duo (classical Chinese and world fusion)
August 6 - Shawna Caspi (indie folk)
August 13 - Tannis Slimmon (roots)
August 20 - Carey West (singer songwriter)
August 27 - Lindsay Ferguson (acoustic rock)

Tasty Thursdays features a variety of Toronto restaurants bringing their international cuisine to the square for $5 or less. Lunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., from July 10 to August 28.

Tasty Thursdays - concerts:
July 10 - Dane Hartsell (pop, rock and soul)
July 17 - The Marigolds (contemporary folk roots trio)
July 24 - Alex Cuba (pop-soul Cuban)
July 31 - Korexion (Juno award-winning Reggae group)
August 7 - The Café Olé (latin jazz)
August 14 - Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search
August 21 - Liam Titcomb (pop/rock/blues)
August 28 - Chris Bottomley’s Brainfudge (funk)

Sunday Serenades
Featuring swing and big band music to complement Toronto’s warm summer evenings, Sunday Serenades runs each Sunday between July 13 and August 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mel Lastman Square.

July 13 - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee by the Jay Boehmer Band
July 20 - Lenny Graf and his Platinum Swing Orchestra
July 27 - The Bluesual Suspects
August 3 - Casablanca Orchestra
August 10 - Simon Maxwell
August 17 - George Lake Big Band
August 24 - Skylark

Summerlicious presented by American Express returns July 4 to 20 and reservations begin June 19. American Express Cardmembers can go to the Front of the Line to book early reservations on June 17 and 18. Toronto’s ever-popular summer edition of the annual restaurant promotion will feature more than 130 participating fine dining restaurants throughout the city offering three-course prix-fixe menus at $15 or $20 for lunch and $25 or $35 for dinner.

For more information about these and other 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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