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January 27, 2005
WINTERCITY DAY 1: Internationally renowned Groupe F opens festival with world premiere pyrotechnic production
What: Groupe F, globally known as the experts behind the recent Athens Olympic
Games opening and closing ceremonies, has created a unique winter composition
of sound, flame and explosives exclusively for Toronto's curved City Hall
towers. An international collaboration and world premiere, The Alchemist blends
the enchantment of European artistry with the undeniable talents of Canadian
performers and technicians. This event is free.

When: 7 - 8 p.m.
Friday, January 28

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Why: The second annual WinterCity presented by American Express Foundation is a
14-day citywide celebration of Toronto's culture, creativity, cuisine and
diversity of spirit. Running from January 28 - February 10, 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, the
public can call 416-338-0338 or visit

Here are other highlights that can be seen today:
  • Opening of My Life, My City photo exhibit, Toronto City Hall, Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W., 7 - 10 p.m., free (continues through February 10)
  • Winter Street Theatre, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 6 - 9 p.m., free
  • Rink-side Concerts, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 6 - 7 p.m. & 8 - 10 p.m., free
  • 27th Annual Rhubarb Festival, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., various times, one day pass $15, weekend pass $20, festival pass $40 (continues through February 10)

Media contact:
Amber Authier, Events Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,
416-395-7318, Cell: 416-416-553-0017,



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