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May 19, 2004
Explore sounds and stardom at this family site
  
Toronto Special Events - The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Lawrence site,
presented by McDonald's Special Events, is a family-oriented site featuring the
best in children's entertainment including comedy, theatre, interactive music,
juggling and balloon sculpting workshops. Visitors can also participate in a
circus experience, watch a movie on the street and enjoy a frosty treat in an
outdoor ice cream parlour.

The Yonge and Lawrence festival site's McDonald's Special Events Main Stage
provides audiences with a marvellous mix of music and theatrics. The stage
includes a one-man show by the "Master of the Unusual," Michael Trautman. This
inventor, comedian, and juggler will delight audiences with musical gags or his
horn suit (Saturday and Sunday 1, 4 and 7 p.m.). Students of The Glenn Gould
School of The Royal Conservatory of Music come together as a brass quintet to
perform Classics for Kids, popular classical and Broadway hits (Saturday and
Sunday, 12 and 4 p.m.). Inspired by the hit television show "Canadian Idol",
the Toronto Pop Idols invites young devotees to sing popular songs in front of
the crowd and, of course, judges. The winner of this two-day amateur
competition wins recording time at Mainway Recording Studios (Saturday 6 - 8:30
p.m., Sunday 6 - 8 p.m.). The audience's enthusiasm rouses Sleeping Beauty at
the Royal Party Theatre show but not before hearing the magical enchantress
sing songs such as "Once Upon A Dream" and "It's A Small World" (Saturday and
Sunday 2 p.m.). The Movie on the Street presented by McDonald's Special Events
gathers pajama donning guests to watch the big screen. It is almost like a
giant, Saturday night sleep over (9 p.m.)!

At the Music Jam Sessions, children can learn how to play a variety of
percussion instruments as they participate in a series of sessions including
drum circles, music improv and percussive storytelling. The kids can also be a
part of an air rock band or join in the huge musical construction of tubes and
pipes, Tone Tubes.

Run Away with the Circus is an area filled with amazing aerial delights,
gravity defying trampoline jumps and interactive workshops. Audiences can watch
past performers and members of the Moscow Circus amaze with their ever-so-wacky
characters at the Wonderful World of the Circus, presented by McDonald's
Special Events or participate in workshops that will teach the basics of
juggling, the illusion of magic or the artistry of balloon sculpting.

The Yonge and Lawrence site also features fun in the Inflatable Alley, Toddler
Town, the Ronald McDonald Sports Zone and the frosty fun of the Nestlé Ice
Cream Parlour.

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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