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November 4, 2004
Audiences relive childhood dreams as fairy tales are carved in ice
Toronto Special Events – Toronto's foremost ice sculpting competition and
display, Designs in Ice presented by Scotiabank, returns to Yonge-Dundas Square
on Monday, December 27 through Wednesday, December 29. Informative step-by-step
demonstrations, magical aerial performances, interactive audience voting for
the People's Choice Award and tons of Canadian carvers competing and creating
before the audience's eyes make up this popular event.

Audiences can experience three days of cool outdoor art, showcasing the work of
up to 15 of Ontario's top ice carvers. They will chisel over 36,000 pounds of
ice into magnificent sculptures and transform Yonge-Dundas Square into a
fairytale in ice. Audiences can relive childhood dreams and escape to a world
of make-believe with fairies, witches, princes and princesses.

The viewing public can then place a vote for the sculptures of their choice
determining which carvers receive the cash awards sponsored by Scotiabank for
1st ($1000), 2nd ($750) and 3rd ($500) prizes. All three winning sculptures
will also receive a trophy. The awards will be distributed in a ceremony on
Tuesday, December 28 at 6 p.m. Once completed, sculptures will remain on
display through December 29. The public can also view informative ice carving
demonstrations by professional carvers each afternoon.

Adding to the icy magic of the Designs in Ice will be performances by the UK’s
The Dream Engine. The troupe will be presenting their show, The Candle, where
an aerialist cocooned in silks emerges in the middle of a giant, transparent
candle. Illuminated against the evening sky, this eight-metre structure is
supported entirely by air, which creates a hypnotic and bewitching real-life
fairy tale. Shows take place at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday, December 27 and
Tuesday, December 28.

Designs in Ice is three-day ice-carving exhibition and competition with a
22-year history in Toronto. The event has showcased the work of Ontario’s top
ice carvers, each chiseling blocks of ice into magnificent sculptures. The
event comes alive with each sculpture being themed by such topics as Lord of
the Rings (2001 – 2003), the Millenium (2000) and the Olympic Spirit (1999).
The event’s popularity demanded the move to Yonge-Dundas Square, in the heart
of downtown Toronto, in 2003. Designs in Ice commanded two Festival and Events
Ontario Achievement Awards (2001 and 2002) and an International Festivals and
Events Association Pinnacle Award (2002).

Admission to Designs in Ice is FREE and getting there couldn’t be easier!
Yonge-Dundas Square is located at 1 Dundas Street East. Take the TTC Yonge Line
subway (exit Dundas station).

For more information on Designs in Ice and other 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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