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May 19, 2004
Experience a diverse artistic spectrum at the city's busiest crossroads
  
Toronto Special Events - The famous crossroads of Yonge and Bloor Streets
celebrate Toronto's diverse communities during the Celebrate Toronto Street
Festival. This festival site features an array of global and urban music on two
stages, dance, arts and culture. Visitors to the Yonge and Bloor site can enjoy
the festival atmosphere and sample the true flavour of the city.

The personality of this festival site is deeply rooted in the local musical
community. Marking the halfway point of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
will be a fevered Saturday night concert featuring the talents of Ray Robinson,
Keshia Chanté and In Essence. Toronto's own Ray Robinson is poised to make his
mark alongside gifted soul and R&B singers with his new CD, What It Is (Reach
Records/Universal). With three top-ten radio hits and the up-coming release of
her self-titled debut album (Vik Recordings/BMG), Keshia Chanté is a
16-year-old who is rising to the level of a new global superstar. Smooth vocals
and harmonies dripping with emotion earned In Essence a 2004 Juno Award for
Best R&B Soul Recording. The Saturday night concert takes place on Saturday,
July 10 starting at 8 p.m. on the Toronto Star Urban Soul Stage.

Live music continues at Yonge and Bloor throughout the weekend on two stages.
Toronto Star Urban Soul Stage shines the spotlight on Toronto's local music
scene by featuring soul, R&B and reggae sounds. The stage will be animated on
Saturday, July 10 by Errol Lee (12 p.m.), Kayte Burgess (1 p.m.), Butta Babees
with Motion (2 p.m.), Sekoya (3 p.m.), Frankie Wilmot and Prophecy (4 p.m.),
Blessed (5 p.m.) and the Toronto Urban All-Stars featuring Divine Earth Essence
and Nick "The Brownman" Ali (6:30 p.m.). The stage will also carry an equally
impressive line-up on Sunday with performances by Syreeta Neal (12 p.m.),
Eternia featuring The Playground (1 p.m.), Ryan (2 p.m.), Pocket Dwellers (3
p.m.), Canadian Idol's Gary Beals (3:30 p.m.) and Toya Alexis (4 p.m.), Skitz
(4:30 p.m.), N-Jay (5:30 p.m.), and a Soca Celebration with Neu Jenarashun 6:30
p.m.). For more information on these artists, please see the Artist Information
Backgrounders.

For a traditional taste of music from around the globe, audiences can check out
the Global Grooves stage. This stage features music from Greece, China, Latin
America and beyond. Saturday performers include George Gao, Beyond the Pale,
Jeannie Niokos, Plan C, and Ricky Franco. Sunday features the sounds of Aditya
Verma, Johannes Linstead, Tabarruk, LOKA, Cache, and Sattalites. For more
information on these artists, please see the Artist Information Backgrounders.

The World Café allows guests to explore global sites and sounds with music,
food and dance. These all-day performances will feature appearances by Yasmina
Ramzy, The Imbayakunas, Spirit Wind, Santerias, MOKA and Loco Zydeco Acoustic.
The Café will also allow festival-goers to get up-close and personal with some
of the global instruments that make the Yonge and Bloor site sound so
beautiful. These interactive workshops will explore the history and sound
produced by the Erhu, the Mandolin, the Bouzouki, the Washboard, the Tabla, and
the Sarod. Delicious food from all four-corners gives the World Café priority
stop status.

Urban Acrobat Street will enliven the festival site with the incredible,
high-energy tumbling, tricks and stunts from Illinois' Chicago Boyz Acrobatic
Team. The team, which was launched in 1999 as a positive outlet for young boys
and men in the Chicago area, has performed at NBA halftime shows, circuses and
festival across North America. The Yonge and Bloor festival site also allows
audiences to see the best in urban dance and movement in the Street Moves area.
Breakdancing, step dance and the distinctive Poppin' and Lockin' style of dance
will all be featured by groups such as Funk Fanatics, Fantastic Poppers, Black
Ice and Drama Dance Entertainment.

Rounding out this festival site will be interactive games and activities with
Canada's only NBA team the Toronto Raptors.

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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