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May 31, 2004
One great birthday with two great locations
Toronto Special Events - Canada Day will be celebrated in style at Mel
Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square this summer. The celebration of the
137th birthday of the nation combines popular traditions, such as birthday cake
and fireworks, with the best acts in Canadian music. Canada Day at Nathan
Phillips Square runs from noon to 8 p.m. while the event at Mel Lastman Square
from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

New for 2004, the Canada Day celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square will be
part of Toronto's Downtown Jazz Festival. The celebration will feature a full
day of free entertainment including free birthday cake, a programming line-up
of Canadian performers in a free concert starting at 12 p.m., Groove 'n
Graffiti music series starts at 5 p.m. The evening wraps up with a ticketed
concert at 8 p.m. by The Wax Poetic and New Deal. An Artisan Village, special
workshops and interactive booths round out this celebratory day. For more
information visit

At Mel Lastman Square Lighthouse, Canada's award-winning rock orchestra, will
heat up the Canada Day celebrations running from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with their
innovative blend of rock and jazz. This four time Juno Award-winning band has
released nine albums that have reached gold and platinum status containing such
hits as Sunny Days, Hats Off to the Stranger, Pretty Lady and One Fine Morning.
The evening kicks-off with Bradley and The Bouncers and their high energy blues
music. Lead singer Bradley brings his deep, gravely, Louis Armstrong-like voice
with an extensive repertoire of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller
and more. The evening ends in grand musically choreographed fireworks.

Admission to these Canada Day celebrations are FREE and getting there couldn't
be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West and Mel
Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge Street. For Nathan Phillips Square,
take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station)
or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For Mel Lastman Square, take the
TTC Yonge subway line (exit North York Centre station).

For more information on Canada Day celebrations and other Toronto Special
Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit For Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
information visit

Media contact:
Heather Kaufman
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events



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