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May 19, 2004
Toronto's healthy festival season can be sampled in one packed weekend
  
Toronto Special Events - The City of Toronto is bursting at the seams all
summer long with festivals, events, attractions and activities that demonstrate
the vibrancy, diversity and life that makes up this city. Just one of these
great festival weekends runs from July 9 - 11, 2004. Sport enthusiasts, culture
vultures, art lovers and taste testers will all be pleased with the line-up of
events on the weekend with such famous festivals as the Afrofest, the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival, Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta, the Molson Indy, the
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and many more.

Celebrate Africa, celebrate summer and celebrate Toronto at this year's
Afrofest. Audiences are invited to join thousands in Queen's Park where the
cooling grass and shading trees are among the star attractions. Music Africa
presents the 16th annual Afrofest, Toronto's festival of African music and
dance on July 10 and 11, 2004. Two international groups, 16 local bands and the
Babatunde Olatunji Stage with the finest drumming and dance instructors
celebrate Africa. The African Marketplace, workshops, and the Children's
Village will also be featured at this continental showcase of the richness and
diversity, a display of this city's at its best. For more information on
Afrofest, the public can visit the Music Africa website at www.afrofest.org or
call 416-469-5336.

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. For more information on the Celebrate
Toronto Street Festival, the public can visit www.toronto.ca/special_events or
call 416-338-0338. For media inquiries, please contact James Tay at Music
Africa Inc. (416-469-5336, jet@torfree.net).

The Corso Italia BIA is proud to present the 7th Annual Corso Italia Toronto
Fiesta from July 9 to 11. The Toronto Fiesta is a wonderful opportunity for the
whole family to experience the food and culture of Toronto's own Corso Italia.
Over 20 bands will be performing live on street corners, patios and balconies,
featuring a variety of music from classical to salsa. In addition, food and
beverage retailers will offer a mouth-watering selection of tastes and
flavours, with promotions and samples of cuisine. Events take place from 7 to
11 p.m. on Friday, July 9 and from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 10
and 11. For more information on Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta, the public can
visit www.torontofiesta.com or call 416-698-2152. For media inquiries, please
contact Joanne Smale or Adrienne Lloyd at Planet3 Communications (416-922-4459,
info@planet3com.net).

Toronto's Molson Indy is one of the most anticipated annual spectator events in
Canada and one of the most popular races within the Champ Car World Series.
Nineteen years of the Molson Indy in Toronto will continue this July when the
drivers of the Champ Car World Series take to the 1.75 mile track at Exhibition
Place. But, that's just the beginning. Be sure to check-out MotorFest, live
bands, driver and celebrity autograph sessions at the track, while downtown the
Molson IndyFest and Molson Canadian Blow-Out Bashes get the city revved up for
the big event. For more information on the Molson Indy, the public can visit
www.molsonindy.com call 416-872-INDY for tickets. For media inquiries, please
contact Cynthea Galbraith at Molson Sports & Entertainment Inc. (416-966-6218,
cynthea.galbraith@molson.com).

The largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the Toronto Outdoor Art
Exhibition is a wonderful fresh-air alternative to private and public
galleries. The work of established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative
students is featured side by side in a wide range of traditional and
experimental art forms. Now in its 43rd year, the Toronto Outdoor Art
Exhibition attracts a huge audience of buyers, curators, collectors and a
public curious about art. The juried exhibition provides a fantastic forum for
over 500 artists to display and sell their work and to engage with a public of
over 100,000 in three days of the show. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
takes place at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday, July 9 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.),
Saturday, July 10 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, July 11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
For more information on the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition , the public can
visit www.torontooutdoorart.org or call 416-408-2754. For media inquiries,
please contact Elke Town at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (416-408-2754,
toae@torontooutdoorart.org).

Afrofest, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Corso Italia, Molson Indy and
the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition are just some examples of the great
festivals that will be taking over Toronto from July 9 to 11. Other fabulous
new festivals running that weekend are Harbourfront Centre's exploration of
electronic music at Beats, Breaks and Culture: Toronto's Electronic Music
Festival, the Distillery District's culturally diverse music gathering, the
Global Café Festival and the mouth-watering tastes of Lawrence Avenue West and
Warden Avenue at the Taste of Lawrence.

Visiting all these festivals couldn't be easier. All festivals are accessible
via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). TTC one-day Passes can be purchased
for $7.75 on both Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11.

For more information on all events taking place on July 9 - 11, 2004, 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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