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February 3, 2005
WINTERCITY DAY 8: Dutch troupe, Close Act, offers breath-taking winter street theatre
Dutch street theatre troupe, Close Act, creates a mythical dream world where
huge birds and a voluminous hot air balloon soar above the crowds,
stilt-walkers fight with fire and beautifully-costumed characters tell their
mysterious story in a fluid fantasy language. This exceptional group of
dancers, actors, musicians, fire performers, acrobats and stilt-walkers will
carry you away on a journey to a magical place called Malaya. With Toronto City
Hall as a structural backdrop, big steel mobile art objects will roll through
Nathan Phillips Square and futuristic silver creatures will explore the
surroundings with their light binoculars. Fusing light, sound and motion, torch
flames will flicker in the night and hot blazes of fire will shoot into the
dark sky to the haunting sounds of cello and a graceful singer floating far
above the ground. This event is free and will also take place on Saturday,
February 5 and Sunday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

7 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 4

Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. W.

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 to February 10, this
festival dares audiences to forget the weather and join the party in the
world's coolest city. With free indoor and outdoor programming, the 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:
  • The Taste of Liberty, The Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., 7 p.m. Cocktails, 8 p.m. Dinner, $50 a person
  • Roman Danylo, Laugh Resort Comedy Club, Holiday Inn on King, 370 King St. W., 8:30 and 10:45 p.m., $15 a person, receive 2-for-1 with WinterCity Passport coupon.

Media contact:
Amber Authier, Events Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,



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