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November 17, 2005
WinterCity Festival: Toronto's city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine!
Bundle up and get ready for the third annual WinterCity Festival, presented by
American Express Philanthropic Program, the award-winning 14-day city-wide
celebration of Toronto’s culture, creativity and cuisine. Featuring large
outdoor spectacle shows, live music and performing arts, WinterCity runs from
January 27 – February 9, 2006.

WinterCity dares audiences to forget the weather and join the party providing
the perfect opportunity for tourists and residents alike to sample the city’s
vibrant arts scene. The Festival offers three distinct areas of programming:
the WOW (Wild on Winter) Series featuring six days of free outdoor spectacle
shows, live music and performing arts throughout Nathan Phillips Square; the
Warm-up Series with dazzling performances and discounts to some of Toronto’s
leading cultural and tourist attractions; and the return of the hugely popular
prix-fixe restaurant promotion Winterlicious, presented by American Express.

New for 2006 visit the American Express “Cool” Ice Lounge, a signature piece
for this year’s WinterCity WOW Series. During the day, families can stroll
through the tent enjoying
contemporary ice sculptures while sipping hot chocolate, tea and coffee from
the ice bar. Family entertainment and ice sculpture demonstrations will take
place twice a day on festival weekends. By night, this venue will be
transformed into a festive night club venue complete with ice bar, chairs and
tables with DJ’s spinning the latest tunes.

A highlight of the WinterCity experience is Toronto’s restaurant promotion.
Winterlicious, presented by American Express, returns with an expanded
restaurant selection from January 27 to February 9, 2006. Winterlicious
features 126 of Toronto’s top restaurants offering 3-course prix-fixe menus at
$15 or $20 for lunch and $25 or $35 for dinner. American Express ® Cardmembers
can go to the ‘Front Of The Line’ ® to book early reservations on January 10
and 11, 2006. Winterlicious reservations will be will be available to the
general public starting January 12, 2006.

Back by popular demand for 2006, Winterlicious is offering a series of unique
culinary events – the perfect gift for this upcoming Holiday season. American
Express ® Cardmembers can go to the ‘Front Of The Line’ ® to buy tickets on
November 23. Tickets for the Winterlicious Culinary Experiences will be
available to the general public starting November 24. An event listing is

WinterCity hotel accommodations make it easy to plan a winter getaway in
Toronto. Book your stay with one of our two WinterCity hotel partners. The
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre package from $249 includes overnight
accommodation, a 3-course prix-fixe Winterlicious dinner for two at JW’S
Steakhouse, breakfast for two at the Parkside Restaurant and parking. To book
this package, call 1-800-905-0667 and ask for code: PKGW.

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The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto package from $179 per room, per
night includes full buffet breakfast for two at Yonge Street Grille and valet
parking. To book this package, call 1-800-847-5075 and ask for code PKGV. Some
restrictions apply, see Web site for details.

For more information on WinterCity and other events produced by Toronto Special
Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media Contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events



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