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November 2, 2009
Celebrate your City Market this weekend - St. Lawrence Market Complex marks 205th anniversary with free entertainment for the entire family
As Toronto commemorates its 175th birthday in 2009, there are even more years to celebrate at
St. Lawrence Market Complex. On Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, meet us at the market for free activities and events to mark 205 years of this Toronto tradition that continues through the generations. Come celebrate your City Market: the St. Lawrence Market Complex, which has served as Toronto’s social centre, City Hall and marketplace throughout the city’s history.

First night-lighting of St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood
Friday, November 6, 6 p.m.

Kicking off the celebrations is the first night-lighting of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Bring your cameras to Market Lane Park - it’s going to be spectacular. Witness for the first time the lighting of St. Lawrence Market, the Flatiron building, St. James Cathedral, facades south of Berczy Park along Front Street and St. Lawrence Hall. The Heritage Lighting Project is sponsored by Toronto Hydro and the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area with the support of Allied Properties REIT, Woodcliffe Landmark Properties and York Heritage Properties.

St. Lawrence Market is alive on its 205th anniversary with family, food, fun and festivities
Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free, all-day entertainment

o Live music will be the harmonious backdrop to the bustling atmosphere of the market - After Hours (acapella quartet), Dirty Dishes (bluegrass trio), Fort York Guard (fife & drum) Jorge Lopez (flamenco guitarist), Human Statues (funk, pop & rock) and Shibaten Spirits (world music).
o Buskers will have you on the edge of your seat as you watch their crazy antics and anticipate their next move - Batman, FireGuy, magicians Dylan Studibaker and Max T Oz, Mysterion the Mentalist, Silver Elvis, and stilt dancer Ezra Houser.
o Test your knowledge of the city and win prizes with Toronto trivia contests.
o And the beets go on - storyteller Jim Blake and soundscape will share stories and sounds of 205 years of St. Lawrence Market and the ever changing neighbourhood.
o City and community displays will provide information on Toronto’s past and present and how residents can get involved in building their city of the future.

Culinary delights to incite the foodie in you

o Culinary historian Fiona Lucas will prepare buckwheat pancakes, a favourite breakfast dish of old Canadian settlers.
o Chef and One Love Vegetarian restaurant owner Ikeila Wright will serve Peace and Love, a vegetarian stew with Caribbean kick and spiced corn bread.
o Chef and Caju restaurant owner Mario Cassini will prepare Moqueca - a traditional fish stew from Bahia, the northeast region of Brazil.

Kids’ zone for the young and young at heart

o 2009 Juno Award nominee Chris McKool will perform Earth, Seas & Air, an interactive concert that is part musical and part environmentalism.
o Native Earth Performing Arts will present The Really, Really, Fast History of Toronto, a fast-paced, funny, musical and moving history of all the peoples, fables and legends that make up Toronto's vast tapestry.
o Storyteller Sandra Whiting will draw upon the rich oral traditions of West African mythologies, folklore, and tales from the Caribbean to tell stories of Harry Gairey, a celebrated community and social activist and the Underground Railroad.
o Let the games begin - as well as crafts and other activities. Children can spend the entire day creating simple and festive crafts, making buttons, having their faces painted, playing recreation games and much more.

Special one-day offers not to be missed

o Market merchants, farmers and artisans will feature $1.75 and $11.75 fare and specialty items to commemorate Toronto’s 175th birthday.
o Toronto 175 merchandise will be on sale, including books, posters and DVDs. Pick up your collectors’ items to celebrate Toronto’s growth and achievements.

1812 Great Canadian Victory Party and Banquet
Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 7 p.m.

In concert with St. Lawrence Market’s anniversary, Old Town Toronto Promotional Alliance will present the 1812 Great Canadian Victory Party and Banquet. This is a light hearted dramatization of the events that put Canada on the path to nationhood, starting in 1812 and ending in 1834 when Toronto was incorporated as a city. A tasting of authentic fare served during this era - fruit preserves, cheese and heritage bread - will be prepared using recipes and cooking methods from the 1800s. Admission is $25. For tickets and details, visit: http://

Owned and operated by the City of Toronto, St. Lawrence Market Complex consists of three buildings - south St. Lawrence Market building, north Farmers’ Market building and St. Lawrence Hall. The Complex is located at 92 Front St. E. at Jarvis Street. Complete details on the 205th anniversary celebrations are available on the web at: Information is also available by phone: 416-392-7219 or email:

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Media contacts:
St. Lawrence Market’s anniversary: Karina Patterson, Marketing & Communications Consultant,
Heritage Lighting Project: Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-3496,
Old Town Toronto 1812 Great Canadian Victory Party and Banquet: Anne Martin at 416-969-9390,

Fact Sheet

November 2, 2009

St. Lawrence Market Complex 205th anniversary celebrations schedule of events - November 6 to 7.

South St Lawrence Market Building
93 Front St. E.

Upper Level stage

9:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies: Town Crier Frank Knight, Fort York Guard and a blessing by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations
10:30 a.m. Human Statues (funk, pop and rock music duo)
11:30 a.m. Mysterion the Mentalist
12:15 p.m. Dirty Dishes (bluegrass trio)
1:45 p.m. Dirty Dishes (bluegrass trio)

Lower Level stage

10:15 a.m. Jorge Lopez (flamenco guitarist)
11:30 a.m. Fort York Guard (fife and drum music)
12:15 p.m. Jorge Lopez (flamenco guitarist)
1:15 p.m. After hours (acapella quartet)

The Market Kitchen, west mezzanine

9:00 a.m. History of St. Lawrence Market Complex presentation and tour by Bruce Bell
Cooking demonstration - buckwheat pancakes: a traditional breakfast dish of Canadian settlers prepared by Fiona Lucas

11:30 a.m. History of St. Lawrence Market Complex presentation by Bruce Bell
Cooking demonstration - Peace and Love: a vegetarian soup with a Caribbean kick, and spiced corn bread.

2:00 p.m. History of Lawrence Market Complex presentation by Bruce Bell
Cooking demonstration - Moqueca: a traditional dish stew from Brazil prepared by Mario Cassini

The Market Gallery, second floor

11:00 a.m. & And the beets go on - stories from 205 years of St. Lawrence Market
12:30 p.m. presented by storyteller Jim Blake and soundscape

North Farmer's Market Building
92 Front St. E.

9:00 a.m. Human Statues (funk, pop and rock music duo)
10:00 a.m. Preview: 1812 Great Canadian Victory Party
presented by Old Town Toronto Promotional Alliance
10:45 a.m. Shibaten Spirits (world music musician)
12:00 p.m. After Hours (acapella quartet)

ST. Lawrence Market Hall (Kids Zone)
157 King St. E.

9:00 a.m. to Crafts, face painting and button making
2:30 p.m. presented by Toronto Culture and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

9:00 & Recreation games
11:30 a.m. presented by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

11:00 a.m. & The really, really fast history of Toronto
12:30 p.m. presented by Native Earth Performing Arts

12:15 & Tales of Harry Gairey and the Underground Railroad
1:15 p.m. presented by storyteller Sandra Whiting

1:30 & Earth, Seas & Air music concert
2:15 p.m. presented by Chris Mckool

Roaming Entertainment

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fort York Guard
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Magician Max T-Oz
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Magician Dylan Studibaker and FireGuy
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tin Soldier
12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Mysterion the Mentalist
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Batman
12: 45 to 1:45 p.m. Stilt dancer Ezra Houser
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Magician Dylan Studibaker and FireGuy
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Silver Elvis

Media contact: Karina Patterson, Marketing & Communications Consultant, 416-392-7986,



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