Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Toronto City Hall Music, art and dance transform Nathan Phillips Square |
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Culture — In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Toronto City Hall, Nathan
Phillips Square will be transformed into an open air theatre of music, dance
and pyrotechnics for one night only – Saturday, September 17 beginning at
The event also marks the launch of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign – a
major 16-month celebration of Toronto’s vast cultural activities and the
current architectural renaissance taking place in Canada’s largest city.
The FREE event features performances by more than 100 local, national and
international artists, culminating with the production Of Angels and Light by
Italy’s Studio Festi and presented in collaboration with members of Toronto’s
Circus Orange, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dance Theatre David Earle, High
Strung Aerial Dance, Kaeja d’Dance and The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre
and created specifically for Nathan Phillips Square.
Of Angels and Light will transform City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square into a
celestial stage incorporating aerial acrobatics, dance, live music, light, fire
and projections. Studio Festi is internationally-renowned for its open-air
performances with specific interest in historic architecture. The performance
takes place on the ground, in the air and on the building. On the ground,
dancers perform in enormous transparent spheres that roll through the audience.
In the air, dancers are suspended by invisible cables and helium-filled spheres
brightly decorated with renaissance images. On the building, the angels dance
on ten architectural structures positioned around the walkway. The West Tower
also serves as a vertical stage for the final dance.
In addition, “Celebrating 40 Years: A Retrospective Exhibit about Toronto City
Hall,” an archival exhibition inside City Hall features photography and
information on the original design competition and the building’s construction,
original furniture displays and news photographs from major events on Nathan
Phillips Square over the past 40 years.
Live with Culture represents a tipping point of a process that essentially
began in Toronto with the launch of City Hall in 1965. The campaign highlights
the cultural vibrancy that sets our city apart from any other place in the
world and will also help strengthen the bond between cultural and economic
growth. Live with Culture is a 16-month event campaign running from September
17, 2005 to December 2006.
“Cultural institutions affect every aspect of our city. As the mayor of a
community that contains the greatest number of working artists per capita of
any city in Canada, I can assure you that the arts mean business and are
fuelling a remarkable economic and social renaissance in Toronto,” said Mayor
This public celebration for the 40th Anniversary of Toronto City Hall is FREE
and getting there couldn’t be easier. Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100
Queen St. West, easily accessible by the TTC Queen Street car (501), on the
Yonge subway (Queen Street exit) or the University subway (Osgoode Station
For more information on Live With Culture the public can visit
http://www.livewithculture.ca/ or call Access Toronto at
Grant Ramsay, Toronto Special Events,