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April 26, 2004
New summer programs for Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto Special Events -Two new programs have been created for the Nathan
Phillips Square summer season New this year is Fresh Wednesdays (July 14 to
August 25) and Tasty Thursdays (July 15 to August 26). Also, the official
Canada Day celebration on Thursday, July 1 at Nathan Phillips Square will have
a jazzy make over. This summer also welcomes the return of two programs at Mel
Lastman Square: Canada Day celebration on July 1 and Sunday Serenades weekly
from July 18 through August 29.

The Farmers' Market at Nathan Phillips Square offers an incredible selection of
fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more. It will be
complemented this year by the addition of new programming called Fresh
Wednesdays. This summer series will enhance the square with music and
interactive demos on such topics as gardening and cooking. This new addition
offers the perfect lunchtime escape at Nathan Phillips Square. Fresh Wednesdays
run from July 14 to August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second new program for Nathan Phillips Square is Tasty Thursdays. This
weekly event provides residents and tourists with an opportunity to sample
dishes from Toronto's international cuisine. Ten restaurants each week will
bring their fare to the square with menus ranging from BBQ fare to sushi, stir
fry to fresh salads. From samples to full meals, the price is right with
everything $5 or less. Stir in live music from Toronto's up-and-coming bands
and you have the perfect summer afternoon at Nathan Phillips Square. Confirmed
bands include the Glengarry Bhoys, Rita Chiarelli and Starlight Orchestra with
Swing Rosie. Tasty Thursdays run from July 15 to August 26 from 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. More details on Tasty Thursdays will be announced soon.

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

Mel Lastman Square's Canada Day celebration returns in 2004 with a line-up of
live performances and musically choreographed fireworks. The event runs from 8
to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 1. More details of the Canada Day talent roster
will be announced soon.

Mel Lastman Square's weekly concert series, Sunday Serenades once again
features the smooth sounds of the city's best swing and big band acts - perfect
for dancing under the stars. Confirmed acts include Peter Appleyard with
Priscilla White, The Skylarks, Sonata Sings Sinatra, The Capital City
Orchestra, Jennifer Valentyne and The George Lake Big Band. Sunday Serenades
runs from July 18 to August 29 at Mel Lastman Square from 7:30 to 9 p.m. More
details about the Sunday Serenades' talent roster will be announced soon.

Admission to the Canada Day celebrations, Sunday Serenades, Fresh Wednesdays
and Tasty Thursdays is 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 Street station) or the
University Line (exit Osgoode station). For Mel Lastman Square, take the TTC
Yonge subway line (exit North York Centre).

For more information on these and other Toronto Special Events, call Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

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



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