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May 19, 2004
Hawksley Workman headlines the concert line-up for this uptown site
  
Toronto Special Events - A broad range of uptown street level attractions will
captivate audiences at the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival's Yonge and
Eglinton site, which is presented by Direct Energy Essential Home Services. The
strong, all-Canadian pop and rock music line-up, aerial acrobatics, percussion
and thrill shows will all have audiences uttering "Wow!"

At the peak of the spine-tingling entertainment at the Yonge and Eglinton site
will be a huge evening concert featuring Hawksley Workman and the Wolves.
Workman, whom the media say fuses of the sounds of great musicians such as Jeff
Buckley, David Bowie and Prince, will mesmerize audiences with a performance of
earnest balladry with a mischievous twist. Five-time 2004 East Coast Music
award-winners Crush show off a variety of diverse musical influences with a
charismatic and down-to-earth performance to open the evening. The concert gets
under way at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 on the Direct Energy Midtown Mix stage.

A variety of award-winning bands will fill the Direct Energy Midtown Mix stage
throughout the entire weekend. Juno Award-nominees and up-and-comers fill the
stage's line-up for Saturday including Popjoy (12 p.m.), Melissa McClelland (1
p.m.), Lindy (2 p.m.), Turn Off the Stars (3:30 p.m.), Jacynthe (5 p.m.) and
Barlow (6:30 p.m.). The impressive musicianship continues on Sunday with
appearances by Kronicle (12 p.m.), Mia Kulba (1 p.m.), Alun Piggins (2:30
p.m.), Jason Plumb & the Willing (4 p.m.), Danny Michel (5:30 p.m.) and Shaye
(7 p.m.).

A fast-paced thrill show from Xtreme Air, presented by Direct Energy Essential
Home Services, features an 85-foot highfall tower, 50-foot power track and a
Russian swing. This show, seen for the first time in Toronto, also includes
enormous amounts of belly-aching comedy and audience interaction. Extreme
percussionists SWARM, presented by Direct Energy Essential Home Services, will
capture the Toronto audiences for the first time with funky, invented
instruments and powerfully energizing music. The performers in this
Vancouver-based troupe leap from instrument to instrument, making the music and
the movement inseparable. Silk, rope and ring routines, by Toronto's Zero
Gravity Circus, will show off the stunning physicality of their world class
acrobats.

The ultimate gaming experience of the PlaystationR2® Game Station, a giant
midway right on Yonge Street and delicious BBQ food areas and a beer garden
complete the celebrations on this festival 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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