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May 19, 2004
Toronto's downtown core gets into the roots of rhythm
  
Toronto Special Events - In the heart of Toronto's downtown core, the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival's Yonge and Dundas site offers a variety of
award-winning roots, blues and Celtic music, international puppetry, circus
arts, acrobatics and a mouth-watering barbeque served up by neighbourhood
restaurants.

Canada's most accomplished musicians will mark Saturday night with an outdoor,
evening concert. The Irish Descendants will headline the night with their
award-winning Celtic sounds that range from touching ballads to high-energy,
toe tapping reels. Local favourites, The Skydiggers, team up with the Cash
Brothers for a rare performance together. These long-time friends and musical
collaborators will revisit their shared country, folk and rock musical roots, a
journey that has seen these musicians write and perform together in various
band incarnations spanning twenty years. The show will take place on
Yonge-Dundas Square beginning at 8 p.m on the Roots & Rhythms Stage.

The music will continue all weekend long with a style of music that speaks
directly to the roots and traditions of Canada. The Roots & Rhythms Stage will
feature performances on Saturday by Roscoe Project (12 p.m.), John Borra Band
(1 p.m.), Brothers Cosmoline (2 p.m.), Swamperella (3:30 p.m.), The Silver
Hearts (5 p.m.), and Jenny Whiteley (6:30 p.m.). Sunday's roster continues to
explore the roots with appearances by NQ Arbuckle (12 p.m.), The BeBop Cowboys
(1 p.m.), Anne Lindsay (2:30 p.m.), Atomic 7 (4 p.m.), Chris Whiteley (5:30
p.m.) and Jimmy Bowskill (7 p.m.). For more information on these artists,
please see the Artist Information Backgrounders.

The Yonge and Dundas festival site also boasts two international street theatre
troupes. Making their Canadian debut direct from Germany, Altrego is a unique
puppet show that uses colourful, wood-carved puppets to visually tell humorous
stories to music. Established in 1995 by Viktor Kucera and Dirk Volkmann,
Altrego has been delighting audiences throughout Europe. Barcelona, Spain's
Circo Imperfecto is a slapstick-inspired trio that combines mime, comedy and
acrobatics into one lively and memorable show.

Canadian talent will be spotlighted with Toronto's own High Strung serving up
their distinct blend of high-energy aerial circus arts and dance above the
heads of spectators. Visitors to the Yonge and Dundas site can also witness
unusual tricks and manoeuvres from a Toronto-based professional team of six
unicycle riders. The Unicycle Trials Team will use props such as stairs and a
car to wow all those who come out to see these one-wheeled wonders.

Scrumptious BBQ served up by four neighbourhood restaurants will add to the
excitement of this eye-popping site.

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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