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June 1, 2005
7th Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival July 8 – 10, 2005
  
World’s longest street to feature free entertainment for the whole family! Over 500 artists on four distinct sites! 16 different performance spaces! Phenomenally successful restaurant promotion Summerlicious returns!

Toronto Special Events – Canada’s 1,896-kilometre cul-de-sac will once again be
transformed into a curb to curb celebration of tastes, talent and all that is
Toronto for the 7th Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, July 8 – 10, 2005.

Yonge Street, where it intersects with Dundas St., St. Clair Ave., Eglinton
Ave. and Lawrence Ave. will be converted into four distinct sites for free
entertainment covering the artistic spectrum and ideal for the whole family.

Each festival site provides a combination of musical entertainment, street
theatre, circus arts and so much more and each main stage within each site has
been themed: Dundas St.: Global Roots and Rhythms Stage; St. Clair Ave.: the
Scotiabank Big Band Stage; Eglinton Ave.: the Midtown Mix Stage and Lawrence
Ave.: The McDonald’s® Main Stage.

With over 500 artists from every corner of the world on four distinct sites,
the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival will include:
  • On the Global Roots and Rhythms Stage (Dundas): the female quartet Roses in the Snow, Afrofest: Fojeba, The Gary Kendall Band, Kalabash, 2005 Juno Award-winner Sonia Collymore, the Flyer Bulger Klezmer Band and The Liquidaires;
  • On the Scotiabank Big Band Stage (St. Clair): the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, John Alcorn with Strings, Anna Romain, DeeKaye Ibomeka, and the Wyndam Regency Orchestra;
  • On the Midtown Mix Stage (Eglinton): the East Village Opera Company (Tyley Ross/Peter Kiesewalter), teenage pop sensations Liam Titcomb, Aselin Debison and Christine Evans, Afrokraut rockers Shawn Hewitt and The National Strike and Kevin Hearn (of Barenaked Ladies);
  • On the McDonald’s® Main Stage (Lawrence): Second City’s Big Bad Wolf vs. Lord Underwareface von Schtinker, one of the best mountain bike trials riders in the world Ryan Leech and an open-air screening of the Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles” among many, many, other performers and special activities for the entire family.


A large midway will also be set up at Yonge and Eglinton with a special
children’s midway at Yonge and Lawrence.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival will also present the Toronto debut of
Les Girafes – An Urban Operetta from Compagnie Off (France). Yonge Street
will never be the same after a herd of 8-metre high red giraffes manipulated,
articulated and disarticulated by 18 invisible operators blind and on stilts
slide along at a low trot, swinging their long flexible necks and standing out
nonchalantly against the facades of Yonge Street. An event not to be
missed!

A full schedule with a complete list of all performers including bios is
available online at www.toronto.ca/special_events.

The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also marks the return of the phenomenally
successful restaurant promotion Summerlicious presented by American Express
which will once again shine the spotlight on Toronto's hospitality industry.
Summerlicious is back with prix fixe offers at 120 of Toronto's finest
restaurants. The prix fixe menus are available at lunch and dinner at
unbelievable price points. In past years Torontonians and tourists alike
enthusiastically celebrated the diverse and innovative cuisine of Toronto with
delicious menus available at restaurants city-wide. Summerlicious kicks off on
July 8, to coincide with the Street Festival opening celebration, and runs
until July 24.

Also, discover Toronto from July 8 – 24 with the Celebrate Toronto Passport,
offering discounts at 24 of Toronto’s most thrilling destinations. Visit www.toronto.ca for printable coupons or call
Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 for a list of locations where you can pick up a
copy of the passport booklet.

Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE and getting there
couldn’t be easier. All four festival sites are accessible via the Toronto
Transit Commission (TTC).

Festival hours are: Friday, July 8: 7pm-10pm (Dundas only), Saturday, July
9: 12 noon – 11pm (all sites), Sunday, July 10: 12 noon – 8pm (all sites).

In six short years the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival has grown to be one of
Toronto’s highest-profile events with an annual attendance of more than one
million people over 3 days. 20% of the festival’s total audience is tourists
whose spending alone generates an economic impact of $7.4 million in the GTA.
Since its inception in 1998, the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival has been
awarded six Festivals and Events Ontario Awards, three Canadian Event Industry
Awards and two Ontario Economic Development Awards. The addition of the
Summerlicous restaurant promotion to the festival in 2003 has continued to
increase the festival’s potential to generate major impact on the Toronto
economy.

Yonge Street, known as the longest street in the world, was named in honour of
Sir George Yonge, British Secretary of War in 1793. Lacking a “highway
department,” Governor John Graves Simcoe forced settlers to spend 12 days a
year to clear the road of logs and, as part of their sentence, convicted drunks
removed the stumps. The Queen’s Rangers extended the street from Old York (now
Toronto) to Lake Simcoe by 1796. And by the 1800s, Yonge Street extended to
Georgian Bay. Better known today as Highway 11, Yonge Street stretches 1,896
kilometres from Toronto to Rainy River on the border of Manitoba and the United
States.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, the
entertainment line-up and Summerlicious presented by American Express
(including participating restaurants and menus) visit Toronto online at www.toronto.ca/special _events
or the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.


Media Contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
gramsay@toronto.ca



 

 

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