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May 19, 2004
Amazing numbers and kind words
  
"Best Festival" is what the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival was named at the
2004 Canadian Event Industry Association's Star Awards. Other honours the
festival has been awarded include Canadian Event Industry Award ("Best Public
Entertainment Event" - 2002), two Economic Development Council of Ontario
Awards in the Tourism category ("Best Special Event Campaign" - 2001 and the
prestigious "Best of Show" award - 2001), one Economic Development Association
of Canada Award (Best Special Event) and three Festival and Event Ontario
"Molson Achievement Marketing Awards" (2001)

"Celebrate Toronto! Turning the streets into a people place."
National Post

¨ In 2003, the Celebrate Toronto Street festival attracted an audience of one
million people.

"Toronto sure knows how to throw a party…"
Toronto Sun

¨ The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival generates an economic impact of $12.5
million in the GTA and $15.2 million in the province of Ontario (2001 Study).

"Get ready for the summer's biggest party. The Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival is taking over the city's streets this weekend."
Citytv

¨ Of the performers involved in the 2004 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, 2
are making their Canadian debut, 6 are making their Toronto debut and 84 are
making their debut at the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

"The longest street in the world, the famously hip Yonge St., will be sizzling
this weekend at the sixth annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival."
Metro

¨ There are 140 acts participating in this year's Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival. More than 700 performers make up those 140 acts.

¨ There are over a dozen genres of dance, over 50 genres of music and over 50
different instruments within this year's Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

"Yonge Street is being transformed into one long series of parties."
Global Television

¨ There will be 106 musical groups, 11 dance troupes, 7 circus and cirque
troupes and 7 theatre groups in this year's Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

"The longest street in the world is getting ready for a huge party"
Global Television

¨ There are 569 musicians, 60 dancers, 15 theatre performers and 40 cirque
performers in this year's Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

"Normally, walking straight down the middle of Yonge Street would be impossible
without getting run over by an SUV, but this weekend…the city shuts down the
famed thoroughfare for [the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival]"
National Post

¨ There are 114 groups from Canada, 4 groups from the USA and 2 groups from
Europe in this year's Celebrate Toronto Street Festival.

"Besides singing and carousing, there'll certainly be dancing in the street at
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival."
Toronto Star

¨ Of the groups that are participating in this year's Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival there are 86 from the Greater Toronto Area and another 18 from inside
of Ontario.

Scheduled for July 9 - 11, 2004, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
transforms five intersections along the world's longest street, giving right of
way to a curb to curb celebration of tastes, talent and all that is Toronto!
Yonge Street, where it intersects with Dundas St., Bloor St., St. Clair Ave.,
Eglinton Ave. and Lawrence Ave., is converted into a stage for free
entertainment that covers the artistic spectrum. Named the "Best Festival" at
the 2004 Canadian Event Industry Association's Star Awards, this sizzling
summer festival stimulates audiences' senses with hot entertainment to see,
cool music to hear and delicious food to savour. Summerlicious, Toronto's
second annual summer restaurant program, offers special three-course prix fixe
menus at 100 participating restaurants. The Celebrate Toronto Passport offers
discounts at 20 of Toronto's thrilling destinations.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival takes place on July 9 (Yonge and Dundas
site only for Opening Ceremonies) from 8 to 10 p.m. The festival continues
throughout the weekend at all five festival sites, open 12 to 11 p.m. on
Saturday, July 10 and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 11. Summerlicious and the
Celebrate Toronto Passport offers are valid from July 2 to 15.

Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE and getting there
couldn't be easier. All five festival sites are accessible via the Toronto
Transit Commission (TTC). Festival subway stops on the Yonge line are Dundas,
Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton and Lawrence stations. TTC one-day Passes can be
purchased for $7.75 on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events
produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or
visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.

Media contact:
Amber Authier
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
aauthie@toronto.ca

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7411
kbain@toronto.ca



 

 

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