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December 1, 2004
WinterCity warms up everywhere with citywide entertainment
Toronto Special Events - WinterCity presented by American Express Foundation
audiences don't need to love the frosty outdoors to participate in the
festival, which runs from January 28 to February 10. They can de-frost at the
Warm Up Series which offers stellar programming at Toronto's world-class
shopping centre, the Toronto Eaton Centre and 36 of the city's finest cultural
and family attractions. To make it even more enticing to venture out, Toronto's
world class attractions will be offering great discounts and deals throughout
the festival offered via the WinterCity Passport. All these options are great
for patrons to peel back the layers and Warm Up!

Toronto Eaton Centre
Warm Up at the Toronto Eaton Centre with Montreal's Dominique Major and the
elegantly captivating Wheel in Motion. Developed in Germany, the Wheel in
Motion encloses the pure athleticism of gymnastics within the revolving wheel
structure to create a stunning display of skill and balance. Audiences can
enjoy the Wheel in Motion February 1 through 6.

Audiences will want to bring their notebooks to the Toronto Eaton Centre when
some notable chefs conduct mouth-watering demonstrations. Chef, artist and
professional bon vivant Bob Blumer shows why he is one of today's most
imaginative food personalities when he brings his whimsical Surreal Gourmet to
the Toronto Eaton Centre on January 29. TV personality, instructor and
best-selling author, Donna Dooher encourages audiences to find their inner chef
on January 30. The Food Network's License to Grill host Rob Rainford will teach
audiences how to master the grill on January 31.

La Bohème and a Bite with the Canadian Opera Company
Torontonians can experience one of the world's most popular opera's La Bohème
and a stylish dinner at Bouchon Restaurant and Wine Bar. Guests can enjoy an
informative post-show talk and meet other young opera lovers while sampling a
fine French meal in the spirit of Café Momus. La Bohème and a Bite takes place
on Sunday, February 6 with the performance at 2 p.m. (Hummingbird Centre for
the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East) and dinner at 6 p.m. (Bouchon
Restaurant and Wine Bar, 38 Wellington Street East). The opera ticket costs $29
and dinner is $30. The public can call Ticketmaster at 416-872-2262 or visit for more details.

The Glass Menagerie WinterCity Preview with CanStage (Berkeley Theatre, 26
Berkeley Street)
Audiences are invited to enjoy a special WinterCity preview of the watershed
play that made Tennessee Williams famous. Amanda Wingfield's dark and
bewildering family gambles its future happiness on a lone Gentleman Caller.
This special preview includes a pre-performance discussion and an exclusive,
interactive post-performance TalkBack with company members. The Glass Menagerie
WinterCity Preview takes place on Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are
from $27 to $80. And are available by calling 416-368-3110 or visiting

Master Classes and Dance Studio Tours at the National Ballet of Canada (470
Queens Quay West)
Enthusiasts shouldn't miss the chance to take a ballet class taught by one of
the National Ballet of Canada's Principal Dancers. The Master Class takes place
on Saturday, February 5. Elementary to Intermediate Levels for participants
aged 12 to 16 takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Intermediate to
Advanced Levels for participants ages 16 and up, taught by Ryan Boorne, takes
place from 2 to 4 p.m. There is a $20 charge to participate in the class and a
$5 per person charge to watch the class. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Walter
Carsen Centre, home of the National Ballet of Canada, include the popular Shoe
Room, a visit to the Wardrobe area and an opportunity to watch dancers rehearse
for an upcoming performance. Tours take place hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Thursday, February 3. Pre-registration is required for both the Master Classes
and the Dance Studio Tours, so participants are encouraged to call 416-345-9686
extension 317 or visit

Laugh Resort Comedy Club presents Roman Danylo (Holiday Inn on King, 370 King
Street West)
Roman Danylo is a Canadian standup and improv veteran. Currently starring in
the Comedy Network show "Comedy Inc.," his credits also include numerous
appearances at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival and in his own episodes of
"Comedy Now" and "Comics". His combination of stand-up and audience
participation has left audiences howling all across North America. Roman Danylo
appears on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5 with shows at 8:30 and 10:45
p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available by calling 416-364-5233 or visiting

Second City presents Women Fully Clothed (56 Blue Jays Way)
Women Fully Clothed brings together an all star cast of Canadian funny women
including Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood, Debra McGrath and
Teresa Pavlinek. This hilarious sketch comedy features scenes that capture and
reflect what's going on in the hearts and minds of women today - wives,
daughters, mothers, sisters and friends. Women Fully Clothed takes place on
Saturday, January 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday January 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30
and are available by calling 416-343-0011 or by visiting

Opening Night Gala of the World of Comedy International Film Festival (The
Royal Cinema, 608 College Street)
Film-lovers can laugh away the winter blues at this gala evening of film and
festivities in celebration of the third annual World of Comedy International
Film Festival! The festival, which runs from February 9 to 13, offers the
public a rare chance to see features, shorts, animation, mockumentaries, and
narratives from some of the most exciting emerging Canadian and International
comedy filmmakers. The Opening Night Gala of the World of Comedy International
Film Festival takes place on Wednesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20
and are available by calling 416-487-7574 or visiting

The 27th Annual Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander
This annual festival of new works remains the largest festival of its kind
under one roof in Canada. Over the past 27 incarnations Rhubarb has been the
seed ground to such artists as Daniel MacIvor, Ann Marie MacDonald, Atom Egoyan
and Diana Flacks. Works such as League of Nathans, Dali, Beaver and STEM began
their lives as Rhubarb offerings. The Rhubarb Festival takes place from
February 2 to 20. $15 buys a one-day pass, $20 gets a weekend pass and $40 gets
a full festival pass. Passes are available by calling 416-975-8555 or visiting< /a>.

Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West)
Visitors can celebrate African Hertiage Month at the Kuumba Festival. Two
jam-packed weekends of music, dance, food, film, visual arts, kids activities
and more. The Kuumba Festival takes place February 4 to 6 and February 11 to 13
at various times. Most events are FREE. For more information on this event, the
public can call 416-954-4502 or by visiting

Winterfolk III Festival (Various venues)
Audiences can celebrate the world of roots, blues and folk music at Toronto's
3rd annual winter music marathon featuring more than 80 musicians in 40
performances at 5 clubs at the corners of Broadview and Danforth. Allen's, Dora
Keogh, The Black Swan, The Old Nick, and Stanley's host a weekend of seminars,
workshops and performances all within 100 feet of each other. Winterfolk III
Festival takes place on Friday through Sunday, February 4 through 6. A weekend
pass costs $40 and a day pass costs $20. Passes are available by calling
416-667-9914 or visiting

Fun in the Sun! presented by the Bob Marley Committee (York Event Theatre, 101
Eglinton Avenue East)
Fun in the Sun! celebrates the life of Bob Marley and his message of
humanitarianism and peace with children's activities, performances, an awards
ceremony and an evening concert. Fun in the Sun! takes place on Saturday,
February 5 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $25 and are available by
calling 416-968-6984 or visiting

Southern Ontario Orchid Society Orchid Show (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre,
6 Garamond Court)
The Orchid show offers more than 9,000 square feet of all things orchids -
blooms, art and photography exhibits, seminars and demonstrations, the orchid
help desk and a tea room. 30,000 blooms will fill the Japanese Cultural Centre
with all proceeds from the event going towards orchid education and
conservation. The Southern Ontario Orchid Society Orchid Show takes place
Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost
$10 with children 12 and under are free. More information for this event is
available by calling 905-625-3475 or visiting

Great Family Entertainment includes:

Take me out to the Opera! with the Canadian Opera Company
Young people aged 8 to 17 and their parents are invited to this special
WinterCity family weekend at the opera. On Saturday, audiences will enjoy an
exciting two-hour opera workshop at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre
including a behind the scenes introduction to opera productions, an "Elements
of Bohème" opera tour, and interactive opera-themed activities. Then, on
Sunday, attend a matinee performance of La Bohème. This tale of young love and
tragic loss, set to Giacomo Puccini's glorious music, is one of the world's
most popular operas. Workshops take place on Saturday, February 5 at 11 a.m.,
12, 1 or 2 p.m. at Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front Street
East). La Bohème performances take place on Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at the
Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East). Tickets cost
$96 for one child and one adult and are available by calling 416-872-2262 or

WinterCity Icy Blast at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
A blizzard of winter art activities welcomes visitors to the Art Gallery of
Ontario at two special WinterCity Family Sundays. Families will recreate one of
the "coldest" northern paintings, Lake and Mountains by Lawren Harris and make
snow globes to take home. WinterCity Icy Blast takes place on Sundays, January
30 and February 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Family Passes cost $30.00, which admits two
adults and up to five children. More information on WinterCity Icy Blast can be
obtained by calling 416-979-6648 or visiting

Dora the Explorer's Castle Treasure Hunt at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)
Dora the Explorer comes to Casa Loma and she needs help! That rascal Swiper has
been up to his old tricks and swiped some important things from the rooms of
this beautiful castle. Kids can join Dora as she searches Casa Loma for her
missing treasures and celebrate the release of her newest DVD, Dora the
Explorer: "Catch the Stars". Dora the Explorer's Castle Treasure Hunt takes
place Saturdays and Sundays, January 29 and 30 and February 4 and 5 from 9:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). This event is free with an admission
cost of $12 for adults, $7.50 for youth and seniors and $6.75 for children. For
more information on this event, the public can call 416-923-1171 or visit

Blue Planet WinterCity Preview at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
(165 Front Street East)
This special WinterCity preview includes a post-show reception and Q&A with the
cast. In this fabulous new show, an intergalactic travelling salesman crashes
onto a small planet inhabited only by children. Soon he teaches them to fly,
nails the sun to the sky and chases away the rain. Their non-stop fun seems
perfect until the kids discover its impact on the other side of the planet.
This play is recommended for children ages 7 to 10. Blue Planet WinterCity
Preview takes place Saturday and Sunday, January 29 and 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $19 and are available by calling 416-862-2222 or visiting

Fairly Odd Parents: Chin Up at the Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road)
Based on the top-rated animated television comedy, this brand new, live stage
show features the Superhero "Crimson Chin," who loses his confidence at a comic
book convention until Timmy convinces him to help save "real fictional people
in real fictional danger!" Five young Superheroes from the audience join the
action to help win the battle of good versus evil. After the show, check out
ice sculpting, snowball flinging techniques, cryogenics (the world of the
really, really cold), the science of comfort food and hundreds of world-famous
exhibits on your way to the ultimate winter experience, the Science Centre's
indoor, living Tropical Rain Forest! Fairly Odd Parents: Chin Up takes place on
Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chin Up show take
place at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. This event is free with the admission
cost of $14 for adults, $10 for youth and $8 for children. For more information
on this event, the public can call 416-696-1000 or visit

The Twins and the Monster presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Roy
Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street)
This special WinterCity preview of The Twins and the Monster features an
exclusive per-concert interactive performance by Soul Drums Community Drumming
Circle, facilitated by Doug Soul. Set in a forest in Africa, two twins outwit a
fierce monster and restore their devastated village. Beautiful carved masks,
singing, drama and costumes help to create an exotic atmosphere, as powerful
music sweeps audiences to a faraway land. Viewers can join in a Swahili
sing-along with "Fungua, Fungua Hodi," a song from the story. The Twins and the
Monster is a recent production by the people who brought us The Mysterious
Maestro in 2002/2003 and Jack and the Beanstalk in 2000/2001. African story by
Tololwa Mollel, music by John Estacio, conductor Gary Kulesha and storyteller
Norma Lewis. The Twins and the Monster takes place on Saturday, January 29 at 1
and 3 p.m. Tickets are $7.25 and $11.75 (this ticket price is valid for January
29 performance only) and are available by calling 416-593-4828 or visiting

Family Ski & Snowboard Night at Centennial Park Snow Hills (256 Centennial Park
Free on hill skiing and snowboarding clinics, Canadian Ski Patrol
demonstrations, giveaways and lots of food and hot chocolate for all. Limited
Rental equipment available at a special price. Please contact the Snow Centre
for restrictions. No pre-registration required. Family Ski & Snowboard Night
takes place on Saturday, February 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for
adults and children are free. For more information, the public can call
416-394-8754 or visit

Winter Wonders at the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park)
A weekend of winter-inspired family fun at Canada's leading international
Museum. Visitors can take part in a scavenger hunt to find Ice Age animals and
winter artifacts, play a traditional Inuit bone and pin game, and make a
special ROM take home craft. Twentieth Century Fox's animated movie Ice Age
will be screened on both days at 2 p.m., and a winter concert will take place
on Sunday at 3 p.m. Winter Wonders takes place on Saturday and Sunday, January
29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adult, $7 for students
and seniors and $6 for child. For more information on this event, the public
can call 416-586-8000 or visit

Winter Family Day at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue)
Visitors are invited to join in Inuit storytelling sessions, venture through
the Nuvisavik exhibition, and create works of woven art. The Nuvisavik
Exhibition: The Place Where We Weave features woven tapestries and drawings.
Trained weavers from Pangnirtung have interpreted the drawings of local
artists, creating woven stories about past and present Inuit culture. Winter
Family Day takes place on Saturday, January 30 at 12 to 5 p.m.. Admission is
$22 for a family pass, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children. For
information on this event, the public can call 416-599-5321 or visit

Shalia's 3rd Birthday at the Toronto Zoo (North of Highway 410 on Meadowvale
Visitors can celebrate Shalia's 3rd birthday in the Gorilla Rainforest.
Visitors will get to watch as Shalia enjoys the yummy birthday cake made
especially for her, sing Shalia Happy Birthday, sign a giant-sized birthday
card and visit the rest of the Gorilla Troop. Shalia's 3rd Birthday takes place
on Sunday, February 6 at 11 a.m. (Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Admission to the Toronto Zoo is $18 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for
seniors. For more information on this event, the public can call 416-392-5929
or visit

DiscoverAbility Children's Arts Festival (Metro Hall, 55 John Street and
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West)
The fifth annual DiscoveraAbility exhibit features 800 pieces of art created by
elementary and secondary school students from across Toronto. The art pieces
range from paintings, sculptures, murals, stained glass, and more. The artwork
on display will be auctioned in support of charity at a gala evening featuring
live music, entertainment, door prizes and guest speakers. The DiscoverAbility
Children's Arts Festival takes place from January 31 to February 4. The Gala
Auction takes place on Thursday, February 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event
is free. For more information on this event, the public can call 416-730-8142
or visit

Animation Workshop at the National Film Board Mediatheque (150 John Street)
Visitors can be a filmmaker for a day at the NFB WinterCity weekend animation
workshops for kids… and parents too! Free films and interactive fun are perfect
for all ages. Animation Workshop take place Saturdays and Sundays, January 29
and 30 and February 5 and 6. The cost is $3 per child. For more information on
this event, the public can call 416-973-3012 or visit

Incredible discounts will be offered at 36 of Toronto's landmarks and
attractions with the WinterCity Passport presented by American Express
Foundation. The Passport provides the holder with discounts such as 20 percent
off and 2-for-1 admission to destinations including Casa Loma, the Ontario
Science Centre, the National Film Board and the Toronto Zoo, plus so many more.
For a full list of all the attractions participating in the WinterCity Passport
and printable attractions coupons, the public can visit

The second annual WinterCity presented by American Express Foundation is a
14-day city-wide celebration of Toronto's culture, creativity, cuisine and
incomparable diversity of spirit. Running from January 28 - February 10, 2005,
this festival dares audiences to forget the weather and join the party in the
world's coolest city. With stellar free indoor and outdoor programming, the
hugely popular prix fixe restaurant promotion, plus tons of winter events and
discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides the perfect opportunity
for tourists and locals to sample the city's vibrant arts scene.

For more information on WinterCity and other events produced by Toronto Special
Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact:
Amber Authier, Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,



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