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May 19, 2004
Rare outdoor venues showcase classical arts and cultural performances
  
Toronto Special Events - Showcasing Toronto's rich classical arts and cultural
entertainment scene, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Yonge and St.
Clair site, presented by Scotiabank, includes a blend of jazz, big band, opera
and orchestral music, cultural dance performances and street theatre.
Acrobatics, a rock balancing display and delicious food round out the festival
experience at this rich site.

Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform at the Yonge and St. Clair
festival site for an open-air evening concert on the Scotiabank Street Symphony
stage. The members of Canada's foremost symphonic ensemble will perform pieces
from Handel, Mozart and more. Opera in Concert will open the evening with a
performance of "Heroines of the Opera - Madness, Murder and Joyous Singing!"
These evening performances will take place on the Scotiabank Street Symphony
Stage on Saturday, July 10 beginning at 8 p.m.

The Scotiabank Street Symphony Stage continues throughout the weekend, taking
audiences through time with symphonies, big band and swing. Artists on the
stage on Saturday, July 10 include Moresca & Friends (12 p.m), Arcady (1:30
p.m.), Swing Rosie (3 p.m.), Chris Bottomley Group (4:30 p.m.) and Kollage (6
p.m.). Exploration of the eras continues on Sunday with appearances by The
Transcendent Violin (12 p.m.), Canada Pops Orchestra (1:30 p.m.), George Lake
Big Band (3 p.m.), Show Tunes by Juliann Kuchocki (5 p.m.) and Sonata Sings
Sinatra (6:30 p.m.). For more information on these artists, please see the
Artist Information Backgrounders.

With umbrellas, tables and food, the Scotiabank Jazz Café provides an authentic
European feel for the smooth and sultry sound of live jazz music. Local duos
and trios offer up a mix of jazz styles and sounds throughout the weekend with
performances by Loungevity, the Christopher Plock Trio, Emily Weedon, the
Daniela Nardi Trio, the Robin Boers Trio, the Shannon Butcher Trio, Beverley
Taft, and the Ron Davis Duo. For more information on these artists, please see
the Artist Information Backgrounders.

The Yonge and St. Clair festival site comes alive with a variety of intriguing
human tricks. The Toronto debut of Florida's The Living Garden, presented by
Scotiabank, provides a unique entertainment experience, where audiences watch
as a performer transforms herself into a shimmering water fountain. The
AcromaniAcs will tickle the imagination of the onlookers with a mixture of hand
balancing and holds that demonstrate the beautiful capability of the human
body. By using patience and concentration, Rock on Rock is an exhibit of rock
balancing that is awe-inspiring.

Presenting the premiere of a specially commissioned piece for the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival, OMO Dance Company showcases the pulsating thrills of
modern dance right on the street. OMO Dance Company is a dynamic, multiracial
company that engages and excites its audiences through Artistic Director Debbie
Wilson's critically acclaimed choreography. This excitement will take place
throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Returning to the Yonge and St. Clair site is the popular Journeys in Dance
Stage with a variety of traditional dance styles from different cultures. The
stage, which runs throughout the festival, will take audiences to Hungary,
Greece, Egypt and beyond. Dancers performing on the Journeys in Dance Stage,
each complimented by live musical accompaniment, include Hungarian Kecskeszem
Ensemble, dance OREMUS danse, Rhythmic Fire South Seas Voyage, Toma Que Toma,
Habeeba Hobeika Dance Studio and Chinese Solo Dance.

This festival site is also enriched by more comedic street-level theatre by
Commedia Dell'arte, The Hickadillys and more.

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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