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May 19, 2004
Opening Ceremonies paves the way for a weekend that will create memories
Toronto Special Events - The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival launches at a
brand new location - the intersection of Yonge and Dundas. On Friday, July 9 at
8 p.m., the incredible opening ceremonies will set the stage for a full weekend
of fantastic music, vibrant dance, breathtaking thrill shows and more.

This multi-disciplinary arts event will feature one to three song performances
by some of the top Canadian musical talent. The music line-up for the evening
includes In Essence, Keshia Chanté, Denzal Sinclaire and Opera in Concert. The
smooth vocals and harmonies dripping with emotion earned In Essence a 2004 Juno
Award for Best R&B Soul Recording. With three top-ten radio hits and the
up-coming release of her full-length, self-titled debut album (Vik
Recordings/BMG), Keshia Chanté is a 16-year-old who is rising to the level of a
new global superstar. Verve recording artist, Denzal Sinclaire is blessed with
an exquisite delivery of rich jazz vocals, an extreme sensitivity to melody and
a playful lyrical imagination that has earned him many awards. Opera in
Concert, featuring an enchanting aria by a beautiful operatic diva, will rise
to the levels of her voice in a magical appearance. A zesty blend of Acadian
and Zydeco music from the internationally renowned, Nova Scotia based band,
Blou, will close the evening.

Vocalists are not the only musical stylists being highlighted at this year's
Opening Ceremonies. The thumping beat of percussion will start the evening with
Maracatu Nunca Antes who will drum the audience into an expectant frenzy in
preparation for the evening event. Vancouver-based SWARM will continue the
thread of drumming. These extreme percussionists will capture the audience with
funky, invented instruments, powerfully energizing music and frenzied movement
from instrument to instrument.

To visually astonish the crowd, Toronto-based AcromaniAcs will tickle the
imagination of the onlookers with a mixture of hand balancing and holds that
demonstrates the beautiful capability of the human body. Toronto's Circus
Orange returns with an explosive performance that includes a mixture of
pyrotechnics and dance. The costumes, sparks and giant flaming props of this
oft- comedic troupe are sure to delight the masses.

Culture Shock Canada, with more than ten dancers, will delight audiences with
their entrancing hip-hop dance performance. Founded in 1998 by choreographer
Carole Woodstock, Culture Shock Canada is an organization dedicated to
encouraging positive lifestyles, non-violence, and physical fitness and
community involvement through hip-hop dance.

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

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

Kimberly Bain
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events



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