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January 26, 2009
Street theatre and the Olympic torch: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival
Capture behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of the Netherlands’ renowned theatre company Close Act. Well known internationally for combining theatre, dance acrobatics and music to create large-scale street theatre spectacles, Close Act returns to Toronto after captivating audiences in 2005 with their internationally renowned show Malaya. For 2009, the company presents the underwater love story Pi-leau, which will dazzle audiences over two festival weekends starting at 7 p.m. on January 30.

Also experience a first look inside the RBC WinterCity Lodge, hold the official Olympic torch and chat with Olympian Kimberly Orr and 2012 hopeful Fatih Stanley about the chance to win an opportunity to carry the torch to the 2010 Olympic Games in Whistler.

Visit the RBC WinterCity Lodge for a preview of the space that will feature comedy nights, activities for kids and DJ dance parties that will keep Nathan Phillips Square heated up all weekend long.

Date: Thursday, January 29
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

The award-winning WinterCity Festival presented by RBC returns for its sixth year, encouraging residents to beat the winter blues and get outside to celebrate Toronto’s 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.

For more information about WinterCity 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 more than 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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto,



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