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December 1, 2004
Savour the taste of WinterCity's BBQ foods at Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto Special Events - Hardy Torontonians can bundle-up and venture out for a
sizzling outdoor winter BBQs at Nathan Phillips Square on January 30 and
February 6, 2005. From Greek and Thai, to Cajun and Afghan cuisine, Toronto's
famous international cuisine is grilled to perfection by fifteen local
restaurateurs. Guests can warm up with samples to full meals, all priced right
at $5 or less. The events will sound as good as they taste with live rink-side
concerts by top Canadian musicians.

After the hugely successful introduction of the WinterCity BBQ last year, the
public demanded that the program expand from one Sunday to two - Sunday,
January 30 and Sunday, February 6. Local restaurateurs and caterers will be
offering up their specialties at the Winterlicious BBQ.

Once their tummies are full, WinterCity attendees can enjoy live music beside,
or while sashaying along, the rink. Musical guests include:

Melissa Bathory (Sunday, January 30 at 12 p.m.)
A unique blend of old-style jazz, soulful melodies and danceable pop won this
20-year-old Toronto-born singer the R&B category of the 2002 John Lennon
Songwriting Contest. Recently signed to an artist development deal, this
talented singer-songwriter is poised to become the newest Canadian soul diva.

Diane Chase (Sunday, January 30 at1:30 and 3 p.m.)
Sudbury native, Diane Chase has shared the stage with Alabama, The Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band, Rascal Flatts, Michelle Wright and many more. Her fabulous voice,
catchy lyrical hooks and natural stage charisma give her what it takes to
compete with the best country music performers touring today.

Jason Wilson & Tabarruk (Sunday, January 30 at 4:30 & 6 p.m.)
dREaD & BLUE: A Canadiana Suite, is the new album by Canadian artist Jason
Wilson and Tabarruk. Their latest album layers a strong jazz groove with the
band's traditional reggae foundation to create a refreshingly inventive sound.

Eve Goldberg (Sunday, February 6 at 12 p.m.)
Whether she's singing a capella or accompanying herself on guitar, Eve's
expressive voice and relaxed stage presence will pull you in. Her music is an
appealing blend of the many styles that have deeply influenced her, including
folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz, old-time, gospel and more.

Taxi Chain (Sunday, February 6 at 1:30 and 3 p.m.)
As active members of the Toronto music scene, Taxi Chain's sound is incredibly
original, but not so easy to describe. Led by their trademark scruffy vocals,
these five musicians deliver a distinct combo of old school funk, R&B, rock &
roll and country using the bagpipe, guitar, tin whistle, saxophone, flute,
blues harp, mandolin, bass and drums.

Rita Chiarelli (Sunday, February 6 at 4:30 and 6 p.m.)
Chiarelli's unique sound and husky three-octave voice defies categorization.
Her songs intermingle blues-based-rock undertones, jazz riffs, and cajun spice
establishing her as one of Canada's top entertainers, headlining many theatre
tours and festivals throughout Canada and the United States.

The second annual WinterCity presented by American Express Foundation is a
14-day city-wide celebration of Toronto's culture, creativity, cuisine and
incomparable diversity of spirit. Running from January 28 - February 10, 2005,
this festival dares audiences to forget the weather and join the party in the
world's coolest city. With stellar free indoor and outdoor programming, the
hugely popular prix fixe restaurant promotion, plus tons of winter events and
discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides the perfect opportunity
for tourists and locals to sample the city's vibrant arts scene.

For more information on WinterCity and other events produced by 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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